Kaysaniyya

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم


This section holds materials of relevance to the Kaysānī branch of Shiism, also known as the Mukhtāriyya due to its most famous proponent, al-Mukhtār ibn Abī ‘Ubaydah al-Thaqafī.  The belief of this movement, one of the earliest if not the earliest in Shiism, was in the Imamate and Mahdiship of Muḥammad b. al-Ḥanafiyya, the third son of ʿAli b. Abī Ṭālib through Khawla the Ḥanafī woman.  A key source to understanding this belief is through the poetry of one of the greatest Arabic poets, al-Sayyid Abū Hāshim Ismāʿīl b. Muḥammad b. Yazīd b. Rabīʿa b. Mufarrigh al-Ḥimyari (d. between 173/789 and 179/795), referred to as al-Sayyid al-Ḥimyarī, or even simply al-Sayyid.  Here we will be attempting to translate some of this poetry to English, in sha Allah.


Poems from al-Sayyid al-Ḥimyarī