Imam Al-Hasan Al-Askari is the eleventh Imam for Shiite Muslims. He was born on 8 Rabi‘ Al-Thani 232AH (≈2December846) in the holy city of Medina. His father is Imam Ali ben Muhammad ben Ali (Imam Ali Al-Hadi) and his mother is Hadithah (transliterated also into Hudayth and has other names such as Salil). His teknonymic (Kunya) is Abo Muhammad and his title is Al-Askari (the name is related to the place where he lived in Samarra which was then considered a military base).
It is believed that Imam Al-Askari accompanied his father to Samarra when he was summoned by the Abbasid Caliph Al-Mutawakkilin 244 AH (≈858).After the death of his father, Imam Al-Askari became the successor Imam. Although he was too young, Imam Al-Askari fulfilled his duty and followed the path of his fathers’ Imams through delivering the divine teachings to the then Muslim community in Samarra.
Imam Al-Askari’s life was short as he passed away during the Abbasid Caliphate of Al-Mu‘tamid on 8 Rabi‘ Al-Awal 260 AH (≈1January 874). It is believed that he was poisoned.
Imam Al-Askari was buried in the city of Samaria alongside his father Imam Al-Hadi where a shrine has been built.