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G̲h̲asīl al-Malāʾika
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, nickname by which Ḥanẓala b. Abī ʿĀmir (= ʿAbd ʿAmr) b. Ṣayfī al-Awsī, a Companion of the Prophet, is known. Son of a Christian monk counted among the “People of the Interval” [see fatra ], he embraced Islam and took part in the battle of Uḥud; he was about to kill Abū Sufyān [q.v.], when he was mortally wounded by one of the enemy (some think that he fell at the hand of Abū Sufyān who, by killing a Ḥanẓala, would thus have avenged his own son Ḥanẓala who had fallen at Badr). On hearing of his death, the Prophet exclaimed: “The angels will prepar…

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Pellat, Ch., “G̲h̲asīl al-Malāʾika”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2471>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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