Hurmala ibn Kahil al-Asadi (Arabic: حرملة ابن كاهل الأسدي, romanizedḤurmala ibn Kāhil al-Asadī) was an Umayyad archer in the Battle of Karbala. He is said to have been the killer of Abd Allah ibn Husayn and Abu Bakr ibn Hasan.

Hurmala ibn Kahil
حرملة ابن كاهل
Diedc. 680–687
Bilad al-Sham, Umayyad Caliphate
AllegianceYazid I (r. 680–683)
Years of service680
Commands held
Battles/warsBattle of Karbala (680)
RelationsBanu Asad (clan)

When Imam Al-Husayn had lost all hope against the enemy at the Battle of Karbala, he came out riding on a horse and asked for water for his six months old child Ali al-Asghar who was dying of thirst. Hurmala sent a three-headed arrow flying into the little child's throat.[1]

He was later captured and killed by the forces of Mukhtar al-Thaqafi.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Mohammed Raza Dungersi (2012). A Brief Biography of Imam Husayn (a.s.). Bilal Muslim Mission of Tanzania. pp. 27–44. ISBN 9976956851.[self-published source]