Anas b. Mālik
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Anas b. Mālik, Abū Ḥamza (d. 93/712), was a Companion of the Prophet Muḥammad. He was one of the Anṣār (‘Helpers’), belonging to the Banū Najjār of Khazraj (Ibn al-Kalbī, 2/49; Ibn Saʿd, 7/17). Following Muḥammad’s migration to Medina, Anas was taken at the age of ten to the Prophet by his mother (and, according to one account, his step-father Abū Ṭalḥa), who asked if Anas could be taken on as his servant (Ibn Saʿd, 7/19; al-Dhahabī, Siyar, 3/398). He served the Prophet Muḥammad from then until the Prophet’s death. He is reported to have said that he was present at the battle of Badr in attendanc…

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Salim, Abdol-Amir and Negahban, Farzin, “Anas b. Mālik”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 978-90-04-16860-2, 20080710, 978-90-04-17859-5, 20091123, 9789004191655, 20110912

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