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مشاهدة النسخة كاملة : Liberation of Damascus

12-02-2013, 09:28 AM
Liberation of Damascus

Now, let us return to Qutuz, May Allaah Have mercy upon him, in the wake of his wonderful victory in ‘Ayn Jaaloot.
The mission of King Al-Muthaffar has not ended yet. The Tatars are still present in the territories of Ash-Shaam. They are still present in Damascus, Homs, Aleppo and other cities of Ash-Shaam. They are still present in Iraq, Turkey, Persia and other countries.
There is no time for rest in the life of Qutuz, May Allaah Have mercy upon him.

In spite of the great multitude of casualties, the severe trouble from which the army suffered after it had crossed the desert of Sinai in July, fought in Gaza and then crossed Palestine entirely from South to North until Acre, and therefrom to ‘Ayn Jaaloot to fight the great battle with the strongest army on earth at that time, the next step for Qutuz, after the glorious victory in the Battle of ‘Ayn Jaaloot was to head Northwards to Damascus.
Damascus was the first Islamic station under the control of the Tatars. It is about 150 kilometers North-East of ‘Ayn Jaaloot.
This great Islamic city should be purified from the filth of the Tatars. The opportunity of the bitter defeat of the Tatar army should be best utilized in the liberation of Damascus and the other cities before the arrival of supplies from Persia, Europe or China.

Qutuz, the experienced leader, wanted to provide the greatest opportunity for the victory of his army over the Tatars in Damascus. He also knew that since the Tatar army was completely exterminated in ‘Ayn Jaaloot, and none of them remained to transmit the news to Damascus. So, he wanted to transmit the news by himself, to raise the spirits of the Muslims, and lower the spirits of the Tatar garrison in Damascus, so that it would become easier for him to conquer this great city.
He sent a great message carrying the glad tidings of this glorious victory, and it reads:

As for the victory which was achieved, decisively and perfectly, by sword strikes and lance stabs, it was because the Tatars, who failed by Allaah The Almighty [observe that he attributes the victory to Allaah The Almighty] were excessively daring with time, fearing no consequences, invaded the territories of Shaam, and sought relief from their tribes against Islam.
The soldiers of Islam were settled in their places, and no foot of a believer ever shook, but his faith was firmly established. That is because Islam has abrogated, with its Athaan, rites of Friday and the Noble Quran, the previous beliefs and religions, with its ringing bells, rites of Sunday and Scripture.

The News of the Muslims continued to be transmitted to the disbelievers, and the news of the disbelievers to the Muslims until the day passed and the night fell and both parties met face to face, and war flared between them, and the strikes (by swords, lances and arrows) were more startling than lightning, and left the polytheists cut to pieces; and from among the polytheists, every obstinate tyrant was killed, because of what their hands had sent forth, {and because Allaah Is not ever unjust to [His] servants.} [Quran 3:182]

The letter, carrying the glad tidings of victory, reached Damascus, more likely on 27th or 28th of Ramadhaan. The inhabitants of Damascus received the news of victory with indescribable joy, because many of them had no hope that the Tatars could be defeated. When they heard about the news of this brilliant victory, they raised their heads and saw the giants of the Tatars very little. Furthermore, the people of Damascus revolted against the Mongolian army, and caught hold of the Tatar soldiers and went on killing them, who, consequently, were unable to rise, nor could they defend themselves.

The prestige of the Tatars was lost and the Muslims were finally able to sigh deeply after six months of oppression and onslaught. The Muslims were done with the Tatarian garrison very quickly; some were killed, some captured, and others ran away. After that, the Muslims moved to take revenge on the Christians who dared to abuse the Muslims during the period Damascus was under the control of the Tatars. We have already mentioned some of the atrocities committed by the Christians in Damascus. Some Muslims went as far as to burn their houses and churches, and kill some of the Christians, and the matter was about to spin out of control.

Some troublemakers rose and intended to kill the Jews living in the city. However, the scholars countered them, and advised them not to be unjust, since the Jews did not take part with the Christians in abusing the Muslims during the time of the Tatar occupation of the city. The situation was very tense in Damascus, and a riot was about to break out. The feeling of pleasure and pride because of victory mixed with that of revenge and retribution. The situation became critical.

While in that state, on Ramadhaan 30th, 658 A.H., the great hero, King Al-Muthaffar Qutuz, May Allaah Have mercy upon him, arrived in Damascus, five days after the Battle of ‘Ayn Jaaloot.
He was received with a heroes' reception, and decorations were hung in the streets, and men, women and children came out to receive the hero, Al-Muthaffar.
That is, my brothers and sisters, real joy.
{Say, "In the Bounty of Allaah and in His Mercy - in that let them rejoice; it is better than what they accumulate."} [Quran 10:58]
That is the joy of victory for the Religion of Allaah, the supremacy of Islam, and the honor of Muslims.
It is incomparable to that of food, drink, wealth, majesty and authority.