Histories & Culture

Taymallah, meaning “slave of God”, is the name given to the descendants of Taymallah bin Tha'laba bin ‘Akayah bin Sa'b bin ‘Ali bin Bakr bin Wael.

The tribe’s ancestor, Taymallah, had two wives, Ruqash al-Taghlabiyyah known as al-Barsha' and Asma bint Jal bint Uday, known as al-Jadhma'.

The story went that Asma’ threw the second wife, Ruqash, into the fire, and so Ruqash was called al-Barsha', meaning “spotted”. Ruqash sprang back out of the fire, though, setting Asma’ on fire and cutting off her hand. Asma’ was then called al-Jadhma', or “the mutilated”. The Taymallah are entirely descended from al-Jadhma'.

The Taymallah were Christian, and a section of the tribe broke away and headed towards Lebanon, where they settled down. The valley they live in is still called “Wadi Taym”.

Among the poets and prominent men of the Taymallah:

- Taymallah ‘Amru ibn La’i, a poet and a horseman
- Ahadini, the Mad
- Di’ah ibn Maalik, known as the poet of Persia
- ‘Ubayd Allah bin Ziyadah ibn Dhubyan, the murderer of Mas’ab ibn al-Zubayr

Source article: تيم الله
Translated form the Arabic by Andrew Leber,
Brown University, Class of 2012.