Name: ‘Abbas
Title: Qamar Bani Hashim (Moon of the Hashemites)
Kunya: Abu al-Fadhl al-‘Abbas
Father: Ali ibn Abu Talib (Peace be upon them)
Mother: Fatimah bint Hizam al-Qilabiyyah (Umm al-Baneen)
Born: 4th Shaban, 26 AH/647 CE in Madinah, Hejaz region of the Arabian Peninsula
Died: 10th Muharram, 61 AH/680 CE, after being martyred in the Battle of Karbala
Age at Martyrdom: 33
Buried: Karbala, Iraq
Al-Majlisi has narrated that “Al-‘Abbas was a handsome man. When he would mount the horse his feet would reach the ground. He was called the full moon of banu Hashim and He would keep the banner of al-Husayn, peace be upon him.”
On the 10th of Muharram, when the enemy blocked him from the water, he came out against them reciting:
“I am not afraid of death because death keeps calling for retaliation, I fight until I cannot be seen in the heat of the battlefield, my soul is to protect the soul of al-Mustafa, the purified one, I am al-‘Abbas and I have come with the water carrier and I am not afraid of the day of the battlefield.”
(From Behar al-Anwar, Vol. 45)