Abu Talha al-Ansari

Abū Ṭalḥa, Zayd ibn Sahl ibn al-Aswad ibn Ḥarām al-Khazrajī (Arabic: أبو طلحة زيد بن سهل الأنصاري‎) was a renowned Companion of the Islamic prophet Muḥammad and one of the Anṣār (the ‘Helpers’) of Medina.[1] He was from Banu Khazraj, which after the Hijrah came to be known as the Ansar. He was mostly known as a valiant fighter and skilful archer of the early Islamic period. Abū Ṭalḥa was known to have been a horseman of Muhammad[2] and was at Muhammad's side during the oath of allegiance at al-ʿAqaba and in the battles of Badr, Uḥud and Khandaq.[3]

He died at the age of 70 in the year 34/654 in Medina. Those who narrated from him include: Anas ibn Malik, Ibn Abbas, 'Abd al-Rahman ibn 'Abd al-Qari, 'Abd Allah ibn Abu Talha and Ishaq ibn 'Abd Allah ibn Abi Talha, with the penultimate and last of whom being his son and grandson.[4]


  1. ^ Encyclopaedia Islamica
  2. ^ Thiqat Ibn Ḥibbān, volume 3
  3. ^ Ibn Saʿd, al-Ṭabaqāt al-Kubrá, 3
  4. ^ al-Dhahabi, Siyar A'lam al-Nubala', 2:27