Abd-al-Rahman ibn Muljam

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Abd-al-Rahman ibn Muljam al-Dulaimi (Arabic: عبدالرحمن بن ملجم الدليمي) was the Kharijite assassin of Ali ibn Abi Talib,[1] the first cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad.

A number of the Kharijites met in Mecca and remembered the Battle of Nahrawan that was fought in 659 by the Caliphate under Ali and the Kharijites in Baghdad which resulted in Khariji defeat. One of the Kharijis said "If we just bought ourselves revenge for the honour of our deceased brothers". They agreed to assassinate three of the leaders of Islam: ibn Muljam was to kill Ali, and Alhujjaj Al Tamimi was to kill Muawiya, and Amr ibn Bakr Al Tamimi was to kill 'Amr ibn al-'Aas.

Ibn Muljam assassinated Ali on the morning of 19th Ramadan 40 AH, which would correspond to January 25, 661, as Ali was performing Fajar Prayer in the Mosque of Kufa.[2] He was personally decapitated by Ali's son Hasan three days later who then kept Ibn Muljam's head as a souvenir and had the rest of his body cremated [3]

Assassination of Ali[edit]

A number of the Kharijites met in Mecca and remembered the Battle of Nahrawan that was fought in 659 by the Caliphate under Ali and the Kharijites in Baghdad which resulted in Khariji defeat. One of the Kharijis said "If we just bought ourselves revenge for the honor of our deceased brothers". And they agreed that Abdulrahman ibn Muljam was to kill Ali and Alhujjaj Al Tamimi, known in the name of Al-Bark in killing Muawiya and Amr ibn Bakr Al Tamimi in killing Amr ibn Al A'as. Ibn Muljam struck Ali in the head on January 26, 661 CE (19 Ramadan 40 AH). Ali died on January 28, 661 CE (21 Ramadan 40 AH) due to exsanguination.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.ezsoftech.com/stories/infallible2b.asp
  3. ^ ادب الخلفاء الراشدين للشيخ جابر قميحة الصفحة ٥٥ Jaber Qumaiha p. 55
  4. ^ http://www.ezsoftech.com/stories/infallible2b.asp