Daniel and Lalou Holdt's kinship with

Ali ben Abu Talib - founder of Shiite Islam

45th great-grandfather

Imam al-Hussain - martyr of Shiite Islam

44th great-granduncle

Lady Roquai'ya - saint of Shiite Islam

1st cousin 45 times removed

Shrine of Lady Roquai'ya in Damascus - photo Jacob HoldtImam al-Hussain - grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and son of Ali - the founder of Shiite Islam- is a martyr for Shiites. He was killed by the Umayyads at Kerbela in Iraqis.  His head is buried in the Umayyad Mosque.
His 4 year old daughter Roquai'ya is in the shrine seen here in the Sayyida Ruqayya Mosque - also in Damascus.


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