Arfaja al-Bariqi

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Born about 598
Bareq, Arabia
Died 654
Allegiance Flag of Afghanistan (1880–1901).svg Rashidun Caliphate.
Service/branch Flag of Afghanistan (1880–1901).svg Rashidun army
Rank Commander
Governor of mosul (642–654).

Arfajah b. Harthama al-Bariqi[1] (Arabic: عرفجة بن هرثمة البارقي‎‎) was a companion of Muhammad.[2] He was governor of Mosul during the reign of Rashidun Caliph Umar.[3] Abu Bakr dispatched Arfajah with Hudaifa bin Mihsan's corps to fight opponents of Islam in Oman.


His full name was Arfaja b. Harthama b. Abd-al-Uzza b. Zuhayr b. Thailbh b. Amr b. Sa`d b. Thailbh b. Kinanah al-Bariqi Ibn Bariq Ibn Uday Ibn Haritha Ibn Amr Mazikiee Ibn Aamr bin Haritha Algtarif bin Imru al-Qais Thailb bin Mazen Ibn Al-Azd Ibn Al-Ghoth Ibn Nabit Ibn Malik bin Zaid Ibn Kahlan Ibn Saba'a ( Sheba ) Ibn Yashjub Ibn Yarab Ibn Qahtan Ibn Hud (prophet) (Eber)) .

Ridda wars[edit]

In 633, Abu Bakr dispatched Arfaja bin Harthama to Mahra [4] following the orders of Abu Bakr, Then sent Ikrimah marched to join Arfaja bin Harthama. As Arfaja had not yet arrived, Ikrimah, instead of waiting for him, tackled the local rebels on his own. At Jairut Ikrimah met two rebel armies preparing for battle. Here he persuaded the weaker to embrace Islam and then joined up with them to defeat their opponents. Having re-established Islam in Mahra, Ikrimah moved his corps to Abyan, where he rested his men and awaited further developments.[5]


Arfaja Al-Bariqi was appointed Wali (governor) of Mosul[6][7] The area of Mosul was very sparsely populated when it was conquered by the Muslims. During the reign of Umar, the Muslim army found it a suitable place to construct a base. Later the area was settled and a mosque was erected, Umar ordered the resettlement of the 4000 settlers to Mosul. The new buildings were constructed from mud bricks, instead of reeds, a material that was popular in the regionand,Other already populated areas were greatly expanded. At Mosul, Harthama at the command of Umar, constructed a fort, few churches, a mosque and a locality for the Jewish populationhe used it as his headquarters for the northern military operations. Utba consolidated his position in Tikrit and later advanced to Bajurmi and Shahrazour where his troops settled there. At Mosul Arfaja at the command of Umar, constructed a fort, few churches, a mosque and a locality for the Jewish population.[8]