Tomb of Jafar-bin-Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him)

This is the tomb of Jafar-bin-Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him), the second amir appointed by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) to lead the Muslim army in the battle of Mu’ta.

  • Jafar (may Allah be pleased with him) was the paternal cousin of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) and the older brother of Ali (may Allah be pleased with him).
  • He had a special love for the poor and often mingled and associated with them.

  • He was amongst the first of the companions to emigrate to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) during the persecution of the Quraysh. He was the spokesman of the Muslims who successfully defended the emigrants in the court of the King Negus against the Quraysh who had come to force them back to Makkah.
  • When Zaid (may Allah be pleased with him) had been killed, the flag of the muslims was taken by Jafar (may Allah be pleased with him). He intentionally disabled his horse to dispel any idea of returning home from the battlefield. With flag in one hand and sword in the other, he jumped into the enemy lines. The enemy cut his right hand, which held the flag. He at once transferred it to his left. When that was cut off, he held the flag in his teeth and supported it with his bleeding arms. His body was cut into two by somebody from behind and he fell dead, he was around 33 at the time.
  • On hearing the news of his death, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) went to his house to condole with his family. He called his sons Abdullah, Aun and Muhammed, consoled them and blessed them with his prayers.
  • After his death Jafar (may Allah be pleased with him) became known as Jafar Al-Tayyar, The One of Two Wings, in reference to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) having a vision of him in Paradise with two wings.

References:  Fazail-e-Aamal – Sheik Zakariyya Kandhalvi

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