Stories from Biblography

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-144)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.The death of Noor ad-Deen Mahmood'Imad al-Isfahani noted:Noor ad-Deen (may Allah have mercy on him) ordered the circumcision of his son al-Malik al-Salih Isma'eel on the day of Eid al-Fitr, and we celebrated this event; the stores...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-143)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.7- Salah ad-Deen paid attention to protocol with regard to symbols of power and authority. He did not regard himself as equal to his master Noor ad-Deen. He sent messengers from Cairo to Noor ad-Deen to tell...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-142)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.1- Al-'Imad al-Isfahani said: Salah ad-Deen did not disobey Noor ad- Deen. He worked for him as one who is capable and sincere, and he based all his decisions on the well-founded advice of Noor ad-Deen.7692- Abu...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-141)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Conquest of NubiaAt that time, Nubia was a Christian kingdom; its capital was the city of Danqalah which was located at the headwaters of the Nile. It had had a strong connection to Egypt since the Islamic...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-140)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Incorporation of the eastern MaghrebSalah ad-Deen strove to consolidate the achievements he had made in Egypt by securing the borders of his country so that he would not be caught unawares. His efforts resulted in the incorporation...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-139)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.if they saw Noor ad-Deen on his own they would not be able to remain seated firmly in their saddles. This land is his, and we are his Mamelukes and deputies here. If he wanted to dismiss...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-138)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.In fact the arrangements made by the Sunni leaders, such as Noor ad- Deen and Salah ad-Deen, to fight the spread of Rafidi Shiite ideas, bore fruit. The Rafidi Shiite madh-hab became totally extinct in Egypt, which...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-137)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Erasing the Fatimid symbols and currencyAs well as erasing the Fatimid symbols in Egypt, use of Fatimid currency was also abolished, especially since it bore inscriptions of Fatimid beliefs which supported their claim to the caliphate such...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-136)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Cancelling the Friday khutbah in al-Azhar Mosque and abolishing the teaching of Fatimid thought thereIn 567 AH/1171 CE, Salah ad-Deen dealt a lethal blow to the Fatimid madh-hab in Egypt, which undoubtedly finished it off. That was...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-135)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.How Salah ad-Deen put an end to the Fatimid madhhab and legacyIt is not easy to uproot a madh-hab or way of thinking merely by changing the political system in some land or other. Such a change...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-134)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.This was the Rafidi Shiite view of Egypt during the era when Islam flourished. The Rafidi Shiite al-Majlisi commented on these texts by saying that Egypt became one of the worst lands at that time, because its...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-133)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.I am astonished by 'Amarah al-Yamani's eulogy for the Fatimids and his nostalgia for their innovations, festivals and palaces, his challenge to the new Sunni state in Egypt and his defence of the Fatimids and their lies...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-132)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.The poet 'Amarah ibn 'Ali al-YamaniAdh-Dhahabi said concerning him that (his name was) Abu Muhammad 'Amarah ibn 'Ali ibn Zaydan al-Hakami al-Madhhaji al-Yamani ash-Shafi'i al-Fardi, the poet and author of the famous Diwdn. He was born in...

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

To read the previous part of this story,click here.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...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-129)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.In the letter that was written with the pen of al-Qadi al-Fadil from Salah ad-Deen to Noor ad-Deen after the completion of the investigations carried out by Salah ad-Deen, the beginnings and development of the conspiracy are...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-130)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.He was sent ostensibly to us but secretly to them, showing to us a friendly face that we never trusted, and discussing with them offers of help in doing evil of which we were always aware. The...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-128)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Lessons from the fall of the Fatimid state in EgyptThe Fatimid state lasted for a little more than two hundred and eighty years, then became a thing of the past, as if they had never dwelt or...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-127)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.The death of al-'Adid 567 AH/1171 CEIbn Katheer said: Al-'Adid in Arabic means 'the chopper'. The Messenger of Allah (SAAW) said concerning Makkah: 'Its trees are not to be chopped down (la yu'dad)' i.e., they are not...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-126)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Salah ad-Deen was anxious and hesitant to bring about the downfall of that caliphate, because the 'Ubaydi legacy in Egypt had lasted for more than two hundred years. But Noor ad-Deen regarded the conquest of Egypt as...

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

To read the previous part of this story,click here.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...