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« on: Nov 25, 2008 10:27 AM »


A nice talk 1 hour 20 minutes

Speaker Mufti Abdur Rahman Ibn Yusuf Mangera of the ZamZam Academy (USA)
http://www.zamzamacademy.com/files/audio/mufti/lectures/05Sultan%20Salahuddin%20Ayyubi.rm

Background to the talk:

Although he loved peace, Salahuddin Ayyubi became one of the world's greatest warriors. He was born in Tekrit in 1138 CE when his father Ameer Najmudin was the ruler of Tekrit. He was brought up by his noble father and talented uncle, Asad-ud-din Shirkhu. Salahuddin was a very intelligent and noble person. He loved peace and never enjoyed fighting battles. But all changed when Salahuddin was ordered to go to Egypt with his uncle. He went to Egypt many times with his uncle to fight two enemies, the Franks and the Batnids. After his uncle's death, he became the commander and Vizier of Egypt. Salahuddin Ayyubi never lived in the palace. Instead, he lived in a small house near the mosque. Salahuddin had a great love for Islam and as the vizier and general of Egypt, he tried hard to root out the Crusaders. For this purpose, he maintained a strong army. He established peace and prosperity throughout the country. From the beginning, many prejudiced Egyptian ministers disliked him. When they saw he was winning the hearts of the Egyptian people they did many conspiracies against him but due to Salahuddin's wisdom, they were defeated. When the Fatmid caliph Al Aziz died, Salahuddin became the ruler of Egypt. When Salahuddin took over Damascus the people opened the gates of the city to him and greeted him warmly.

The Crusaders were not happy by Salahuddin's increasing power and success. Uniting their forces, they planned a decisive attack on Muslim area. Battle of Hittin took place. Muslims won under the leadership of Salahuddin. Thousands of Crusaders were arrested. Salahuddin treated the prisoners with tolerance.

In 1187 CE, Salahuddin conquered Jerusalem. Thousands of Crusaders were arrested. However, when their mothers, sisters, and wives appealed to Salahuddin, he released them. Many crusaders were ransomed. However, he paid for many of them. In addition, he provided them transport, etc. He allowed neither massacre nor looting. He gave free pardon to all citizens. He even arranged for their traveling. He granted freedom to Christians to leave the city if they paid a small tribute. Salahuddin paid it, himself, for about ten thousand poor people. His brother paid it for seven thousand people. Salahuddin also allocated one of the gates of the city for people who were too poor to pay anything that they leave from there.

On Friday 27th Rajab 583 AH, Salahuddin entered Jerusalem. After entering the city they went straight to the Mosque and cleaned it. Then for the first time in more then 80 years, the people of Jerusalem heard the Azan (call of prayer) from Al Aqsa Mosque.
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 25, 2008 10:50 AM »

I posted this on the old board  bebzi

salam,

Found these things recently that are awesome:

* http://www.zshare.net/audio/abdur-rahman-ibn-yusuf-salahuddin-mp3.html - 80 minute Lecture on the life of Salahuddin by Sh. Abdur Rahman Ibn Yusuf

* http://www.islamic-study.org/Saladin%20(Salahu%20ad-Deen).htm - article Saladin: a Benevolent Man, Respected by both Muslims and Christians

http://www.saladin.tv/ - they\'re making a cartoon series of his life for kids... SO CUTE!!!

* http://jannah.org/blog/2007/01/30/road-to-damascus-37-salahuddins-tomb/ - description and pictures of Salahuddin\'s Tomb

* http://jannah.org/blog/2007/01/24/road-to-damascus-33-qalat-salahuddin/ - description and pictures of Salahuddin\'s Castle


Some good books you can buy on his life:

* Saladin: Sultan and Uniter of Islam (National Book Network) – By Stanley Lane-Poole
* The Life of Saladin (Adam Publishers) by Beha Ed-Din
* Salahuddin Ayyubi (Ferozsons Pvt. Ltd) – Translated by Sarwat Sharif
* Muslim Heroes of the Crusades (Ta-Ha Publishers) - By Shahnaz Husain


Some interesting facts:

# After Salahuddin (rahmatullahi alai) overthrew the Fatamid dynasty in Egypt, he changed the creed of Al-Azhar University in Cairo from Shia to Sunni. It’s stayed this way up to our current times Mash’Allah, being one of the top notch Islamic universities in the world.

# During the battle that took place over Bait ul-Maqdis in Jerusalem, Salahuddin (rahmatullahi alai) sent his very own doctor, along with fruits and ice to treat Richard The Lionheart’s sickness. Talk about compassion; something like that happening right now is inconceivable from a Muslim or non-Muslim.

# Salahuddin (rahmatullahi alai) was of the Shafi Madhab in matters of Fiqh. He was also very keen on Ihsan, as from some sources it’s mentioned that Imam al-Ghazali’s writings were an influence on him too. This becomes somewhat clear when we learn how devout he was in his level of Zuhd, offering his prayers, as well as the fact that he set up Khanqas in many of the places he traveled to.

# Moustafa al-Akkad had a script ready, and was planning to do an English film on Salahuddin prior to his death. If you’re not familiar with that name, perhaps you’ve heard of two films he produced, The Message, and Lion of The Desert. At well over the age of 70, he had intentions of making other Islamic historical movies, such as one for Muhammad Shamil (Chechen Mujahideen who fought against the Russians) and another about the Bosnian War. Sadly, Moustafa al-Akkad was a victim of a suicide bomber at a hotel in Jordan, along with his daughter.
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 26, 2008 04:12 PM »

That's why we named one of our sons Salaahuddin! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 01, 2009 04:39 PM »

I just got back from an excellent talk about Salaahudeen Ayyubi last night. Quite a timely talk, what with the current destruction of the Gaza Strip.

The talk was inspirational but made one feel ashamed at the same time..

Will post up notes/links sometime soon inshaAllaah. Thanks for the links etc, Jannah.
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 31, 2009 06:32 PM »

I saw that there was an animated series among the links, but I came across this some time ago, so I thought I would include it in this thread. This must have been released by now, so if anyone has any info on it, that would be great. Ma'salaam.


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« Reply #5 on: Nov 08, 2009 05:14 AM »

Rumi tribute for Salahuddin:

You left ground and sky weeping, mind
and soul full of grief. No one can

take your place in existence or in
absence. Both mourn, the angels, the

prophets, and this sadness I feel has
taken from me the taste of language,

so that I can't say the flavor of my
being apart. The roof of the kingdom

within has collapsed! When I say the
word you, I mean a hundred universes.

Pouring grief water, or secret dripping
in the heart, eyes in the head or eyes

of the soul, I saw yesterday that all
these flow out to find you when you're

not here. That bright fire bird Saladin
went like an arrow, and now the bow

trembles and sobs. If you know how to
weep for human beings, weep for Saladin.
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 08, 2009 07:06 PM »

I will confess first that I have not heard / seen the lecture linked to the first post but I have somewhat about Amir / Sultan yusuf (I think salah ud din was among his many titles).

Yet some writings seem to suggest that the real hero of the muslim resistance against the invaders was Mahmud Zangi (nur ud din). IN this respect, the book "Crusades through Arab eyes" by Amin Maalouf (who I think is a Christian Arab) come to mind. These writers suggest that Amir Yusuf was too willing to compromise with the invaders in order to gain a position favourable for himself against his opponents e.g. he surrendered Jerusalem and made other concessions in order to fortify his position agqainst his muslim opponents. Some suggest that it was this tendency to grant concessions to the invaders that earned him favourable mentions in their narratives of the period.

I wonder if others on this forum would be willing to give their opinions on this subject.



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« Reply #7 on: Nov 10, 2009 05:21 AM »

Thats an interesting question. I don't remember reading anything like that in Muslim sources. Nur ad Din also died much before many of the defeats Salahuddin had over the Crusaders including the capture of Jerusalem. I'm sure though there are people that consider the concessions that Salahuddin made to be 'too much or too conciliatory' just like the Sahaba at the time may have thought Ras saw's concessions were too much. In the end, there was a wisdom to each.
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 15, 2010 12:49 AM »

Nice video picturization with scenes from Kingdom of Heaven

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 30, 2010 02:19 AM »

Liked these picturizations
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