Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-125)



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Najm ad-Deen Ayub died in 568 AH. He was riding and his horse threw him, in Cairo at Bab an-Nasr, on Monday 18 Dhul-Hijjah. He was carried to his home and lived for eight days and he died on Tuesday 27 Dhul- Hijjah. He was noble, merciful, compassionate and forbearing; there were always crowds of people at his door, and he would always spend all that he had because he was very generous.638 Najm ad-Deen was held in high esteem by the people because of his religious commitment and his good attitude and conduct and his good manners. He never heard of any man of knowledge or religious commitment in the vicinity but he would give him money and hospitality. He never heard of anyone who was religiously committed in a city but he would send for him.639 Salah ad-Deen was absent on a campaign in the Levant when his father died. Najm ad-Deen was buried beside the grave of his brother Asad ad-Deen in the sultan's palace, then several years later they were both moved to Madinah, the city of the (Messenger (Sm). Their graves are in the graveyard of the vizier Jamal ad-Deen al-Isfahani, the vizier of Mosul. Najm ad-Deen was eulogized in verse by 'Amarah al- Yamani.

Najm ad-Deen was survived by his sons, Salah ad-Deen Yoosuf al- Nasir, Sayf ad-Deen Abu Bakr al-'Adil, Shams ad-Dawlah Turanshah, Shahinshah, Sayf al-Islam Tughtigin and Taj al-Mulook Boori; and by his daughters Sitt ash-Sham and Rabee'ah Khatoon.641

Abolition of the 'Ubaydi Fatimid caliphate
This step is regarded as one of the most important missions achieved by Salah ad-Deen. Noor ad-Deen was very keen to put an end to this dynasty, so he wrote to his deputy Salah ad-Deen, ordering him to give Friday khutbahs in the name of the Abbasid caliph al-Mustadi'. Salah ad-Deen excused himself from doing so, for fear that the people of Egypt might turn against him because of their inclination towards the Fatimids, and because he was not yet ready to do that. But Noor ad-Deen sent word to his deputy obliging him to do that in no uncertain terms. The Abbasid caliph had sent word to Noor ad-Deen rebuking him for the delay in promoting his cause in Egypt. He summoned al-Malik al-'Adil Najm ad-Deen Ayub and gave him a message which said:

This is a command which must be implemented immediately, so that we may attain this great virtue and noble task before death comes and we miss out on rewards, especially when the caliph of our era — al-Mustanjid -” has pinned great hopes on it and it is one of his most important wishes.642

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