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Durrat al-Ṣadaf (Arabic: درّة الصدف) is one of the women who are said to have been martyred trying to take Imam al-Husayn's (a) head from the Yazid's army.


Name and Lineage

Durrat al-Sadaf was the daughter of 'Abd Allah b. 'Umar al-Ansari. There is no report about her in authentic sources.

Fighting with Yazid's Army

According to some sources, when she heard his father that the captives of Karbala and Imam al-Husayn's (a) head have arrived in Aleppo, she said, "O father! there is no good in living after the murder of the guides (Imam al-Husayn (a) and his companions). By God, I will definitely do all I can to release the captives and take the head [of Imam al-Husayn (a)]."

Near Aleppo, she fought with Khawli's agents, who held Imam's head, for taking it. Hanzala b. Jandal and Abu l-Aswad al-Du'ili accompanied her in this fight. Durrat al-Sadaf injured Muhammad b. Ash'ath and finally she was martyred.

Some scholars believed that her story bears no relation to reality.

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