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In Ibn Athīr's famous history book al-Kāmil, he mentions the story in our history of al-Mu'tasim, who was from the Banū 'Abbas.The event goes like this:

A Muslim woman was captured by the Romans and imprisoned, so the Romans laughed at her. The leader of the Roman king sarcastically said, "You won't ever leave this place until the muslim king himself removes you from these shackles." The woman shouted "Wa Mu'tasima!" [Oh my grief, Mu'tasima!].The Roman King laughed at her and said : "He will never come to save you unless he was riding "ablaq" [a kind of horse that is colored with black and white]. [He said this in a way of mocking her and showing the impossibility of the situation.] A Muslim man who was in the land of the Romans heard the woman call out the Muslim kings name, he found out she was Muslim. So he ran to the Muslims and told them about what he had heard. When al-Mu'tasim heard of the news, he gathered a whole army, and said the famous quote "When the first person of my army reaches the land of the Romans, the last of my army will have left us [i.e. the Muslim barracks]." He made the entire army ride the "ablaq" horses. So they set off, and he went with them on his black and white horse too.When they reached there, he took control of the area, captured it and himself entered the prison where the Muslim woman had been imprisoned."Who are you?" she said."I am al-Mu'tasim." He freed her from her shackles, a sign of humiliation for the Romans. Al Mu'tasim took over the land where this occurred, because they had waged war against the believers by humiliating a Muslim woman. Just like Allāh's Messenger ﷺ expelled the Banū Qaynuqa, for humiliating a Muslim woman.


See what we were before and what we are now.. Muslims were not afraid of the kuffaar, but now we don't even have the courage to gather forces to conquer a kaafir country which has captured our women and imprisoned them without a fair trial. E.g. Aafia Siddiqui. 


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It should start with "Once upon a time".

Would have to be taught at an elementary level so as to not question details. Of course it is possible, dependent on the size of army, to choose which colour horse to ride into battle on which day, but ablaq was, and still is the native equine lineage and the most probable to expect someone to ride up on. 

Ali ibn al-Athir, best known for the history of the world, from his limited perspective.

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On the other hand, he (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did not allow the Jews to transgress the sacred limits of the Muslims or to persist in that. He would punish anyone who transgressed against the Muslims, wronged them or overstepped the mark in doing so. When some of the Jews of Banu Qaynuqaa‘ harassed a Muslim woman in the marketplace and did a trick to expose her ‘awrah, and they challenged the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) to fight, saying: O Muhammad, do not be deceived by the fact that you killed some of Quraysh, for they were unskilled and did not know how to fight; but if you fight us you will find out that we are real men – as was narrated and classed as hasan by Ibn Hajar in Fath al-Baari (7/332) – the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) confronted them and expelled them from Madinah. That happened in Shawwaal of 2 AH. 

When the trouble caused by the Jew Ka‘b ibn Ashraf to the Muslims became grave and he began to impugn their honour and say things about their women in his poetry, and he travelled to Makkah to incite the leaders of Quraysh against the Muslims, the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) issued orders to kill him. This is mentioned in a lengthy story of events that occurred in Rabee‘ al-Awwal 3 AH, which was narrated by al-Bukhaari (2375) and Muslim (1801). 


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On 2/28/2017 at 2:49 AM, Son of Placid said:

Many leaders have sought to conquer the world.

Salam Son of Placid,



They normally go down in history as tyrants.

Or as makers of "great" empires, like Alexander the "Great"...

While definitely Alexander the "Great" was likely called a "tyrant" by the people he subjugated to his control, he is known as being "one of the greatest generals to have ever lived" in some scholarly circles:

Alexander proceeded to lead his army across more than 17,700 km of land, founding 70 cities and remaining undefeated in battle. He inspired fierce loyalty in his men, and is generally considered one of the greatest generals to have ever lived.


Anyways, both the "Great" Roman Empire and the "Great" British Empire admired Alexander the "Great" and tried to control the world too. While many people dub them as tyrants, others call them "great" because of the immensity of their accomplishments.


In the mean time many people die for nothing. 

:( There are always reasons for why people die. The reasons with bad motives are plentiful, however: greed, powerlust, revenge, and hatred. :(

Jesus Christ and his followers who walked and talked with him died in obedience to God's will, for Love. They did not die "for nothing" but rather died for God.

Thank God, this life on earth is temporary and is not the all-in-all. Christians believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and that he is returning to fulfill the rest of the prophecies concerning him! We believe that those who have died as martyrs (not killing anybody, but being killed for the name of Yeshua/Jesus) will be rewarded in eternal life!!!

Peace and God bless you

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