The ominous words of Salah ad-Din about our Ummah

“After I die, you will see these Muslims fall apart in disunity, and you will see the Europeans grow strong. The best thing to do for now is to continue the fight until we drive them from the Coast (of Palestine) or die.”

This is a statement of Salâh ad-Dîn Abul-Afdal Yûsuf ibn al-Ayyûb, popularly known as “Saladin” in the West, as recorded by his personal companion and scribe, Ibn Shaddâd (page 203 of his chronicles). Saladin stated this after King Richard of England proposed that Saladin’s brother, Sayf ad-Dîn (popularly known as “Safadin” in the West), should marry his sister Joanna. So admirable was Saladin’s character that his worst enemy who had traveled over 2000 miles to eliminate him, ended up offering his own sister to his family. This is the result of perfect Islâmic “Ikhlâq” and “’Adab”.

Also, Saladin stated in regards to the troubles he endured uniting the entire Muslim world under one banner:

“I do not know what will happen to me, if Allâh wills that the enemy should grow strong. They have established a base from which they can retrieve other lands. you will see these Muslim leaders sitting at the tops of their grandiose towers saying, ‘I shall not come down,’ until the Muslim world will be destroyed.”

How did Saladin destroy his enemies, drive the Franks from Jerusalem and most of Palestine, and be written of so well by the European historians whose people he defeated? This is how:

“On July 3 Salâh ad-Dîn performed the Friday prayer in the Masjid of al-Aqsa, I saw him prostrating and repeating his prayers over and over again as his tears soaked the prayer mat.”

On February 20, 1193, Saladin rode out to meet the pilgrims returning from the Hajj in Makkah. He had longed to perform the Hajj his entire life, but the constant Jihâd did not allow such. That night he fell ill and broke out into a tempestuous fever. On the fourth day of his illness they had him bled, which was a tradition of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Saladin would not stop sweating. On the ninth day of his illness he stopped taking liquids. By March 3rd on the eleventh day of his illness, Saladin had sweat so much that the bed was soaked and the floor stained. The scholars who witnessed this testified to it being a match to the description of a good death in the Sunnah.

On the morning of March 4, 1193, the Imâm Abû Ja’far was reciting from the Qur’ân as Saladin’s son al-Afdal, and his friend and administrator al-Fâdil, as well as others looked on. As the Imâm reached following verse of Sûrat at-Tawbah, the Qur’ânic chapter most associated with Jihâd:

” … Hasbuna-llaahu laa ilaha illa huwa; ’alayhi tawakalt; wa huwa Rabbu-l ’arshi-l ’aTHeem.”
“… Allâh sufficeth me; There is no god but He; On Him is my trust; He is the Lord of the Throne Supreme!”

Saladin smiled from ear to ear, and breathed his last.

One response to “The ominous words of Salah ad-Din about our Ummah”

  1. Alessandra says:

    I enjoyed this entry very much! As a Catholic, I do not know much about Muslim culture, but I loved this story and your writing…What is Hajj by the way? As you can guess, I’m unfamiliar with many of the terms.