He had a number of brothers, amongst whom were Zaid, Talhah, Abu Bakr, and ‘Abdullah radiya Llahu ‘anhum who were all martyred alongside their uncle Hussain Ibn ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu in Karbala’. The life of Hassan ibn Hassan rahimahu Llah was saved by his mother’s paternal cousin, Asma’ ibn Kharijah al Fazari, who pulled him aside from those who had been taken captive, saying, “I will never hand over the son of Khawlah ever!” ‘Umar ibn Sa’d then said, “Give Abu al Hassan his nephew.”
Also among his brothers: ‘Amr, ‘Abdur Rahman, Hassan, Muhammad, Yaqub, Ismail, ‘Umar, and Hamzah radiya Llahu ‘anhum.
The progeny of Hassan bin ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu only continued through Hassan al Muthanna and Zaid ibn Hassan.
It becomes apparent from the above that Hassan ibn ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu would name his children after the Sahabah—Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, Talhah, etc.—as an expression of love and a means of honouring them. If the fabrications contained in some books—of enmity and hatred existing between the Sahabah and Ahlul Bayt—had any basis then the Ahlul Bayt would not have named their children after their enemies, according to their assumption, as a person will never name his beloved children after those who he loathes.
Hassan al Muthanna rahimahu Llah also had uterine brothers through his mother, Khawlah bint Manzur al Fazariyyah, and they are: Ibrahim, Dawood, and Umm al Qasim; who were the children of Muhammad ibn Talhah bin Ubaidullah radiya Llahu ‘anhu who was titled Muhammad al Sajjad, as Hassan ibn ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu married his widow after he was martyred in the Battle of Jamal.
In addition, Hassan ibn ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu married the sister of Muhammad al Sajjad, Umm Ishaq bint Talhah, who bore him a son who he named Talhah after his maternal grandfather, Talhah ibn Ubaidullah radiya Llahu ‘anhu, the eminent Sahabi and one of the Ten Promised Paradise.
Also noteworthy is that Hassan al Muthanna rahimahu Llah also went on to marry the daughter of one of the Ten Promised Paradise, Ramlah bint Sa’id ibn Zaid, as will be discussed. May Allah be pleased with them all, verily they were brothers who loved each other deeply.
 Tahdhib al Tahdhib, 2/ 230; al Mufid: Al Irshad, 2/25; ‘Umdat al Talib, pg. 167.
 Siyar A’lam al Nubala’, 3/279.
 Tarikh al Dimashq, 15/55.
 Al Majdi fi Ansab al Talibiyin, with the research of Mahdi Raja’i, pg. 202.Back to top