Throughout the history of Islam, Muslims have produced some of their most sterling achievements in the month of Ramadan. Here is a brief glimpse into them:
BADR: The greatest battle of Islam was fought and won on the 17th of Ramadan 3 AH when a group of ill-equipped Muslim soldiers defeated a larger, better equipped Quraish army.
MAKKAH: The city of Makkah was conquered without a battle on 20th Ramadan 8 AH. This was one of the most important dates in Islamic history for after it, Islam was firmly entrenched in the Arabian Peninsula. SPAIN: By 92 AH Spain was under the tyrannical rule of King Roderic of the Visigoths. Roderic had forced his six million serfs and persecuted Jews to seek the aid of the Muslims of North Africa. Musa ibn Nusair, the Umayyad governor of North Africa, responded by sending his general Tariq ibn Ziyad at the head of 12,000 Berber and Arab troops. In Ramadan of that year, they confronted the combined Visigoth army of 90,000 Christians led by Roderic himself. After burning his boats, Tariq crushed the forces of disbelief. Not only was Roderic and his forces completely annihilated, but Tariq and Musa succeeded in liberating the whole of Spain, Sicily and the south of France. This was the beginning of the Golden Age of Spain where Muslims ruled for over 700 years.
PALESTINE: In Ramadan 682 AH, Salahuddin Ayyubi, after battling the Crusaders for years, finally drove them out of Syria.
MONGOLS: In the seventh century AH the Mongols of Genghis Khan swept across Asia destroying everything that lay in their path. In 617 AH Samarkand, Ray, and Hamdan were put to the sword causing more than 700,000 people to be killed or made captive. In 656 AH Hulagu, the grandson of Genghis Khan, continued this destruction. Even Baghdad, the leading city of the Muslim world, was sacked. Some estimate that as many as 1,800,000 Muslims were killed in this awesome carnage. With the whole Muslim and Christian world threatened, Saifuddin Qutuz from the Mamluks of Egypt, united the Muslim army and met the Mongols at Ain Jalut on 26th Ramadan 668 AH. They crushed the Mongol army and reversed this tidal wave of horror.
What are you going to achieve this Ramadan?
Adapted from the article by: Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick
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