Ja'far ibn Aqeel

Ja'far ibn Aqeel (Arabic: جَعْفَر ٱبْن عَقِيل, Jaʿfar ibn ʿAqīl) was the son of Aqeel ibn Abi Talib,[1][2] and his mother was Umm-Thaqr as the daughter of Amer—Hesam ibn Ameri—who was from Bani Kilab.[3][4] Meanwhile, he was the son-in-law of Ali ibn Abi Talib.[5]

Ja'far is considered as one of Hussain's companions; he entered the battlefield after Abdullah ibn Moslem,[6] and he killed 2 (or 15) fighters of the army of Omar Saad.[7] He was killed by Boshr ibn Hoot Hamdani[8] or Khalid bin Asad al Johani in (the battle of) Karbala[9] on the day of Ashura when he was with Hussain ibn Ali.[10][11]

Ja'far ibn Aqeel was reciting the following epic verses in the battlefield:

  • "I am an Abtahi (Makki) young and am from Talib descendant, (I am) from the descendant of Hashim and Qalib;
  • and without doubt we are the master of grandee, this is Hussain the master of cleaners"[12][13]

Additionally, the name of Ja'far ibn Aqeel ibn Abi Talib has been mentioned in Ziyarah al-Nahiya al-Muqaddasa and also Ziyarah al-Rajabiyyah.[14]


  1. ^ Ashuraa and men of valor islamicbooks.info Retrieved 19 April 2018
  2. ^ Ja'far ibn Aqeel ibn Abi Talib findagrave.com Retrieved 19 April 2018
  3. ^ Tarikh 2 (History 2) lib.eshia.ir Retrieved 19 April 2018
  4. ^ Encyclopedia of Imam Hussain (a.s.) (Mohammadi ReiShahri), P. 169
  5. ^ Jafar ibn Aqeel hadith.net Retrieved 19 April 2018
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of Imam Hussain (a.s.) (quoted from Mohammadi ReiShahri), P. 167
  7. ^ Ibn Shahr Ashub, Al-Manaqib, Vol. 4, P. 105
  8. ^ Ibn Tawus, Ali ibn Musa, al-Eghbal bel 'Amal al-Hasanah, Vol. 3, P. 76
  9. ^ Names of Martyrs who sacrificed their lives at Karbala for the sake of the lofty principles of Islam as mentioned in "Ziyarah al-Nahiyyah" al-islam.org 19 April 2018
  10. ^ Ja'far ibn Aqeel ibn Abi Talib ashoora.ir Retrieved 19 April 2018
  11. ^ Avalam --Imam Hussain--, P. 276
  12. ^ Maghtal al-Hussain(s) lel-Kharazmi, Vol. 2, P. 26
  13. ^ Seyyed Morteza Askari, 2 schools of Islam, Compilation the movement of Husseini(a.s.) in the revival of the Prophet's tradition, Vol. 3 ghadeer.org Retrieved 19 April 2018
  14. ^ Mohammad Rei Shahri, Danneshname (Encyclopedia) of Imam Hussain (a.s.), P. 166-167