al-Barāʾ
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b. ʿāzib b. al-ḥārit̲h̲ al-awsī al-anṣārī , a Companion of the Prophet. He was too young to take part in the Battle of Badr, but he accompanied Muḥammad on numerous other expeditions and later took part in the wars of conquest; he brought Rayy and Ḳazwīn under Muslim dominion. He later espoused the cause of ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib and fought under his banner at the Battle of the Camel [see al-d̲j̲amal], at Ṣiffīn [q.v.], and at al-Nahrawān [q.v.]; the famous ḥadīt̲h̲ of G̲h̲adīr Ḵh̲umm [q.v.] was related on his authority. After his retirement to Kūfa, he lost his sight towards the end…

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Zetterstéen, K.V., “al-Barāʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1204>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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