|Blessed Companion , Jawad-the Generous|
|Born||c. 595 C.E.
|Died||c. 656 C.E.|
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Talhah or Talha, son of Obaidullah (Arabic: طلحة بن عبيدالله) (died 656) was one of the first eight persons to embrace Islam and a devoted disciple and companion of Muhammad, best known for his roles in the Battle of Uhud and the Battle of the Camel, in which he died.
Early life (597–610)
Talha was 64 (lunar) years old at his death on 7 December 656, indicating a birth-year of 594.
Muhammad's era (610–632)
Muhammad, in a Hadith accepted by Sunni Muslims, specified ten of his companions who were promised paradise. Those companions named in this Hadith are referred to by Sunnis as The Ten Promised Paradise (Arabic: العشرة المبشرون بالجنة; al-`Ashara al-Mubasharîn bi-l-Janna). Talha was one of the Ten Promised Paradise. Talhah was also given the title of "The Generous" by Muhammad.
In the third week of July 632, Abu Bakar scraped together an army mainly from the Banu Hashim (the clan of Muhammad) to defend Medina from an eminent invasion by the apostate forces of Tulayha, a self-proclaimed prophet. The army had stalwarts like Ali ibn Abi Talib, Talha ibn Ubaidullah and Zubayr ibn al-Awam; each of them was appointed as commander of one-third of the newly organised force, they had their roles during the Ridda Wars but however did not face any combat scenarios.
Battle of the Camel and Death
During the "Battle of the Camel" Marwan ibn al-Hakam is said to have shot his general Talhah with an arrow to the thigh while he was commanding Aisha's army, resulting in his death. Marwan killed Talhah in revenge for his alleged betrayal of the third Caliph, Uthman.
- Ibn Saad/Bewley vol. 3 p. 171.