Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi(Part-35)



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Scholars and judges urge fighting on the battlefield
One of the most prominent of such figures was al-Qadi Abul-Fadl ibn al-Khashshab, the Qadi of Aleppo, whose exploits in this field were famous. When the Crusader siege of Aleppo intensified in 513 AH/1119 CE, al-Qadi ibn al-Khashshab came and urged the people to fight, riding on his mount with his spear in his hand, delivering an eloquent speech which motivated and stirred them. The people wept and felt great respect for him, and they sallied forth to fight the invaders.156 Although the people of Aleppo were able to save their city that year, the Crusaders did not hesitate to try again to take Aleppo, in 518 AH/1124 CE, when they destroyed all the villages around Aleppo so that they would not be able to offer any support to the city. The Franks camped in Harran and then marched towards Aleppo from the direction of Mashhad al-Jaff, from the north. Al-Qadi ibn alKhashshab played a role in encouraging the people to fight the invaders, and in encouraging Aq Sunqur al-Bursuqi, the ruler of Mosul, to join the fight, as will be discussed below, in sha' Allah, when discussing the role of the Seljuk rulers in Mosul, Damascus and elsewhere in warding off the attacks of the Crusaders.

Poets and their role in the resistance movement
Some poets played a major role in encouraging the Muslims and describing the situation of the Ummah and the nature of the Crusader invasion which had occupied their land and transgressed people's honour. One of the most famous of these poems was that of al-Qadi al-Harawi, which was also attributed to Abul-Muzaffar al-Abyurdi, which begins with the words:
We mixed blood with our flowing tears and there was no room left to apportion blame. The worst weapon for a man is flowing tears, when the flames of war intensify by the sword

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