"Wa Islama: Oh Islam!"
by: Ayesha AbdulMajid
"From A Young Boy to a Slave"
For a long time, he lived as a slave just outside of Sham, which is today the area of Jordan, Syria, and Palestine. One night, he had a dream. In his dream, a man came to him and told him that he was going to own Egypt and annihilate the Mongols and the Tartars. By the time he had this dream, he was a teenager.
When he woke up, he went to Al-Izza
Abdul-Salam, the scholar at that time who stood defiant against the leaders
of Islam who were corrupt. Al-Izza was happy when Mahmoud told him about
his dream. He said that it was Rasulullah (S) who told him that in his
dream. He explained that Rasulullah (S) was telling him that he was going
to liberate Egypt from the Mongols and the Tartars.
"His Dream Awaited"
He led the Muslims, who were then referred to as 'Turks', and caused the first defeat and great loss of territory on the "invincible" Mongols. The victory reinspired the Muslims discouraged by the Mongols' recent destruction of Baghdad, the caliph, and the Caliphate; it also marked the end of Mongol westward conquering. Many historians wrongly claimed that huge numbers let the Muslims win against the superior Mongols, counting 120,000 Muslims instead of 12,000.
The Mongols repeatedly charged to shoot at the approaching Muslims, avoiding hand-to-hand combat for which they were insufficiently armed and mounted. They shot Sayfuddin's horse, and broke the Muslim left. But after Sayfuddin restored order, the Muslims stood fast, shooting faster and farther than the galloping Mongols. He continued to shout his famous battle cry, "Wa Islama! Wa Islama! Wa Islama!" (Oh Islam!) which sent the message to his soldiers that Islam was in danger. The Mongols' commander, Kedbuga, was killed, and their Syrian allies deserted. The Muslims, armored and riding larger, fresher horses, charged the Mongols who were riding tired ponies. The Mongols broke and lost many men, alot of their reputation, and all of Syria.
The reason that that they defeated
the Mongols against all odds was only because of the help of Allah (SWT).
Seeking Allah's help, Sayfuddin Qutuz became a legend of Islam.
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