AL-ASH`ATH IBN QAYS AL-KINDI, may Allah’s curse be upon him.
This man was equally involved in the assassination of Imam Ali (p.b.u.h.).
On the night of the assassination Ibn Muljam (l.a) came to al-Ash`ath ibn Qays (l.a) and both retired to a corner of the mosque and sat there when Hujr ibn `Adi (a.r) passed by that side and he heard al-Ash`ath (l.a) saying to Ibn Muljam (l.a), “Be quick now or else dawn’s light would disgrace you.” On hearing this Hujr (a.r) said to al-Ash`ath (l.a), “O’ one-eyed man, you are preparing to kill ‘Ali (as)” and hastened towards Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (as), but Ibn Muljam had preceded him and struck Imam Ali (as) with sword when Hujr (r.a.) turned back people were crying, “Ali has been killed.”
It was his daughter, the wife of Imam Hasan (as), who killed Imam Hasan (as) by poisoning him. Mas`udi has written that:
His (Imam Hasan (as)’s) wife Ja`dah bint al-Ash`ath (l.a) poisoned Him (a.s) while Mu`awiyah (l.a) had conspired with her that if she could contrive to poison Imam Hasan (as), he would pay her (l.a) one hundred thousand Dirhams and marry her to Yazid (l.a.). (Muruj adh-dhahab, vol. 2, p. 650)
His son Muhammad ibn al-Ash`ath (l.a) was active in playing fraud with Hadrat Muslim ibn Aqeel (as) in Kufah and in shedding Imam Hussain (a.s)’s blood in Karbala. But despite all these points he is among those from whom al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah (all Sunni revered scholars) have related traditions.
May Allah damn the killers of Imam Ali (as) and invent new ways to punish them all.
Allahumma Ajjil Le Waliekal Faraj!