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Abū Ṭalḥa
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Abū Ṭalḥa, Zayd b. Sahl b. al-Aswad b. Ḥarām al-Khazrajī, was a renowned Companion of the Prophet Muḥammad and one of the Anṣār (the ‘Helpers’) of Medina. He was mostly known as a valiant fighter and skilful archer of the early Islamic period. He was at the Prophet's side during the oath of allegiance at al-ʿAqaba and in the battles of Badr, Uḥud and Khandaq (Ibn Saʿd, 3/504). At the battle of Uḥud he stood by the Prophet, shooting arrow after arrow and shouting such terrifying war-cries that the…

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Dianat, Abu'l Hasan and Translated by Shahram Khodaverdian, “Abū Ṭalḥa”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0218>
First published online: 2015

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