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Narjis (Greek: Νάρκισσος) was reportedly the wife of Imâm Al-Ḥasan the `Askarî, the mother of the twelfth Imâm of Twelver Shi'a Islam, and the grand-daughter of a Roman or Byzantine Caesar called Bardas.

There are many traditions regarding her ancestry, saying that she was Roman.[1]

Her name has been recorded as Rayḥâna, Narjis, Sayqal, Hadith or Suwsan in Shî`î books.[2] There are a couple of narrations regarding the origin of her mother. Her mother was reportedly a descendant of Imâm Simon-Peter the companion and Waṣî (`Arabic: وصي) (Executor-of-Will) of Jesus. See Mahdi#Mahdi in Twelver Shi'ism for more details.

Some Shia sources have stated that she was a Roman Princess who pretended to be a slave so that she might travel from her kingdom to Arabia.[3][4] [5]

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  2. ^ Sachedina, Abdulaziz (1981). Islamic Messianism. Albany, NY, USA: State University of New York Press. pp. 72–74, 78. ISBN 0-87395-458-0. 
  3. ^ The Expected Mahdi
  4. ^ Online Islamic Courses
  5. ^ Amir-Moezzi, Mohammad Ali. "ISLAM IN IRAN vii. THE CONCEPT OF MAHDI IN TWELVER SHIʿISM". Encyclopedia iranica. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 

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