Nasr ibn Sayyar, the last Omayyad governor of Khorasan
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On November 9, 748 AD, Nasr ibn Sayyar, the last Omayyad governor of Khorasan and killer of the Prophet’s venerable descendent, Yahya ibn Zaid, died in Saveh, southwest of Tehran at the age of 85, while fleeing the uprising of Abu Muslim Khorasani that replaced the Omayyads with the equally repressive Abbasid regime.
For several decades, Nasr was in charge of northeastern Iran and Transoxiana, where, as an anti-Islamic Arab nationalist leading Syrian and north Arabian tribal forces, he terrorized the people, and as in other parts of the Omayyad Empire, prevented the masses from becoming Muslims, since this would deprive the self-styled caliphs in Damascus of the revenues they reaped by levying heavy taxes on non-Muslims.
Yayha, the grandson of Imam Zain al-Abedin (AS), the 4th Infallible Successor of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) was brutally martyred in Jowzajan, which is currently in Afghanistan, and his head was sent to Damascus.