Breaking the ice at the Battle of Yarmouk

I  saw this wonderful story here and thought to share it here too..

The Battle of Yarmouk took place over six days in August 636 when the Islamic State (the Caliphate) was under the rule of the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) closest companion Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him).  The  battle comprised a series of engagements between the Islamic Caliphate and the Byzantine Empire near the Yarmouk River, along what is today the border between Syria and Jordan, south-east of the See of Galilee. It is regarded as one of the most decisive battles in human history, and marked the first great wave of Islamic conquests after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Here is how the battle began.

At dawn the Muslim corps lined up for fajr salah (dawn prayer) under their respective commanders. As soon as the prayers were over, every man ruished to his assigned place.  By sunrise both armies stood a little less than a mile apart awaiting the battle to commence.

Then, a Byzantine general by the name of George (known as Jarjah in Arabic) emerged from the Byzantine army and rode towards the Muslims. Halting a short distance from the Muslims he raised his voice and asked for Khalid bin Waleed.  Khalid, one of the commanders of the Muslim army, rode out with the anticipation of beginning this epic battle with a duel with George.

However, this duel was unusual. As Khalid drew near, the Roman made no move to draw his sword and begin fighting.  Instead, he proceeded to ask Khalid a few questions.

General George said to General Khalid in Arabic:

“O Khalid, tell me the truth and do not decieve me, for the free do not lie and the noble do not decieve. Is it true that Allah send a sword from heaven to your Prophet? . . . And that he gave it to you? . . . And that never have you drawn it but your enemies have been defeated?”

“No!” replied Khalid.

“Then why are you known as the sword of Allah?”

At this point, Khalid explained to George how he recieved the title of Sword of Allah from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).  He recieved this title after triumphing by the Will of Allah at the Battle of Mut’ah.

At this, George asked Khalid:

“Tell me, to what do you call me?”

Khalid replied, “To bear witness that there is none to be worshipped but Allah, and Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, and to believe in what he has brought from Allah.”

“If I do not agree?”, asked George.

“Then the Jizya (a tax), and you shall be under our protection.”

“If I still do not agree?”

“Then the sword!“, exclaimed Khalid.

George considered the words of Khalid for a few moments, then asked:

“What is the position of one who enters your faith today?”

“In our faith there is only one position.  All are equal,” replied Khalid.

“Then I accept your faith!”, George concluded. [Conversation narrated in Tabari, Vol 2, p595]

Glory be to Allah, how amazing!  This epic battle began with the conversion of one of the Byzantine commanders to Islam! We learn here of the straight forward truth that Khalid bin Waleed spoke.  He explained in clear terms, using just a few words with vast meanings the fundamentals of the Islam. It is never too late to become Muslim, as long as one is alive – even if he was just about to fight Islam!

What’s even more astonishing is the fate that Allah, may He be exalted and glorified, had in store for George.  A few hours later that very day, George would fight heroically for the faith he had just embraced and die a martyr.

Allah says in the Qur’an:

“Think not of those, who are slain in the way of Allah, as dead. Nay, they are living. With their Lord they have provision.” [Surah Ale Imran: 169]

A fitting end for a seeker of truth.

Taken from The Companions:: May Allah ( The Almighty) be pleased with them.


12 thoughts on “Breaking the ice at the Battle of Yarmouk

  1. SubhanAllah! A lovely article, Ayesha.

    An ending that suited the truth seeking General very well. Beshak, as Allah says that there is Hidayat only for those who seek to be on the right path.

    May Allah bless us all with that urge to seek the right path. Aameen.

  2. Subhn`Allah
    And all Glory belongs to Rabb-ul-Alameen

    May the writer of this story and the hearer get rewarded by The Almighty. Ameen.

    a humble adam

  3. Allah o Akbar!
    There so many dimensions of this historic incident of Islam.

    Firstly, if Allah wants to enlighten a heart, He does this even a person has intended to clash Islam. The acceptance of Hazarat Umar bin Khatab (R.A) Islam is a similar event.

    Secondly, true spirit of Jihad-bis-Saif can be visibly witnessed here. Islam NEVER talks about ‘Kill Non-Muslims’ rather if they pay the tax, they can live within Muslim State peacefully. There is NO Islam in kidnapping, killing, suicide attacks, riots, demolishing schools, forcing men to grow beard, women to wear Hijab and do whatever you want. Acts of Taliban and criminals in Tribal Areas are not Islam rather they are degrading Islam with their brutal deeds. They are accomplishing the Jewish, Hindu’s and Christian’s job of devastating Islam. May Allah show them the right path, Aameen.

    Thirdly, “In our faith there is only one position. All are equal,”

    Lastly, Hazrat Khalid bin Waleed didn’t compel George to enter the circle of Islam, neither did he used luring words. There wasn’t any compulsion; no loud and terrifying aspects. He was, Subhan-Allah, simple, straight-forward and clear in explaining the core of Islam. Can we devise a better method of spreading Islam than “Saif Ullah” of Prophet (PBUH)?

    May Allah shower unbounded blessings upon you, for this heart-touching and Emaan raising piece of text.

  4. Assalamoalaikum. ji shukria lekin maine post ke shuru mian likha he ke maine yeh nahin likha 😀
    jahan se liya he uska link akhir main aur shuru main diya he 🙂

    balkay mere poore blog par yehi aik cheez he jise maine nahin likha 🙂

    blog par khush amdeed aur InshaAllah atay raha karain 🙂

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