Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-131)



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10- Rumours began to spread among the people about the conspiracy and Salah ad-Deen's officials were worried that the matter would be discovered and the main players would flee, so they decided to arrest them. Then they were brought before Salah ad-Deen, one by one. He asked them to admit what they were doing, and they admitted it, giving as their excuse the fact that their provision had been stopped and their wealth taken away.682

11- It became clear -” from investigations and confessions -” that they had appointed a caliph and vizier, and that there was a dispute among them about the caliph and vizier (whether or not they should be from the family of Ruzayk or the family of Shawar).

12- Salah ad-Deen consulted the scholars about them, and they ruled that they should be executed. When Salah ad-Deen hesitated to carry out this ruling, the muftis and consultants asked him to hasten the execution. So he issued orders that they be killed and crucified, "so they were hung at the gates of their palaces and crucified on trees in front of their houses."683 Among the well known people who were executed were the poet 'Amarah ibn 'Ali al-Yamani, 'Abd as-Samad al-Katib, al-Qadi al-'Uwayris and the chief preacher Ibn 'Abd al-Qawy. Al-Qadi al-Fadil made a sincere effort to intercede with Salah ad-Deen for 'Amarah, despite the previous enmity that had existed between them, but 'Amarah thought it was a trick and refused to accept it, so he was crucified like the others.684

13- The people of the palace were arrested initially, then transferred to various locations, and he gave the palace to his brother al-'Adil. That was because Salah ad-Deen thought that "so long as they stayed there, the palace would become a symbol that raised their hopes and a focal point for the misguided, and a concealed place for swearing allegiance to innovation (bid'ah)."685

14- The Ismaili sect was banished from Egypt. As for the others involved, it was announced in Cairo that all the troops and courtesans of the palace and the Sudanese troops were to be exiled to the farthest region of Upper Egypt.686

15- Research and investigation into this issue has shown that there was a preacher called Qudayd al-Qaffas in Alexandria, where most of the population was Sunni. His call spread throughout Syria and Egypt; artisans and craftsmen at the border point of Alexandria took part of their earnings to him, and women sent some of their wealth to him.687 Books and writings were found in his possession that were indicative of blatant disbelief.688 Thus Salah ad-Deen -” by the grace of Allah and then by virtue of his patience and strong leadership -” was able to put an end to this conspiracy which finally prompted him to make a decisive move with regard to the remnants of the Fatimid state, namely the caliph's family, the senior officials, the courtesans and the Sudanese troops.689

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