Article In Issue 11 Of 'Voice Of Khurasan' Turns Focus On First War Between Muslims And Romans At Ajnadayn In Present-Day Israel, Says: 'Islam Is Said To Have Spread By The Sword; The Question Is, Did The Roman And Persian Empires Wear Bangles?'

August 24, 2022

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An article in the latest issue of "Voice of Khurasan," which is published by the Islamic State's Khurasan Province (ISIS-K), underlines the religious spirit that drove early Muslims to fight for the cause of Islam alone and cites lessons from the life of celebrated early Islamic military commander Khalid ibn Walid.

The article, titled "Lessons of the Muslim Warrior Khalid Ibn Walid," notes Walid's achievements, but stresses that despite his military successes Walid quietly followed orders from Umar ibn Khattab aka Umar Faruq, the second Islamic caliph, to step down. "During the battle of Damascus, Umar Faruq wrote a letter to Abu Ubaidah in which there were orders to remove [Khalid ibn Walid] as chief and it was also ordered that Hazrat Abu Ubaidah ibn Jarrah would be the new commander-in-chief of the Muslims," it says.

Upon hearing about his dismissal as military chief, Khalid ibn Walid said he had not fought for Umar but for Allah, and returned to fight as a soldier, the article notes, referring to him as Saifullah ("Allah's sword"). The article goes on to to point at that though Islam is said to have been "spread by the sword," the Roman and Persian empires spread in the same manner. 

Following is the text of the article:[1]

"The Battle Of Ajnadayn [Fought Near Beit Guvrin In Present-Day Israel In 634 CE] Was The First Major Battle Between Muslims And Romans"

"The Battle of Ajnadayn [fought near Beit Guvrin in present-day Israel in 634 CE] was the first major battle between Muslims and Romans. If we look at the numerical ratio here, there were one lakh [100,000] Romans. The Romans also sent only their first contingent. They thought that the first contingent of Romans would suffice for 40,000 Muslims. See strategy. They must have heard the name of Hazrat Khalid ibn Walid, but he did not see Khalid fighting on the battlefield. There were no special weapons, while the Romans had catapults and cavalry, and they themselves were drowned from head to toe [in body armour].

"The Muslims had light swords and spears and light cavalry. But when the war ended, the results were extraordinary and unbelievable. Seventy thousand Romans were killed while only four and a half hundred Muslims were martyred. The human mind is unable to understand these consequences.

"You will not find such results anywhere in the entire history of war in the world. What were the forces that were working there? Islam is said to have spread by the sword. The question is, did the Roman and Persian empires wear bangles? However, they could not stand in front of a small group of Muslims.

"You cannot understand these things unless you understand the religious and spiritual side of the matter. Unless you understand the spiritual powers of the Muslims who were with these armies, you can never imagine how this result could come out of this kind of war.

"The Holy Koran narrates the incident of the Prophet [Muhammad] throwing a handful of ashes in the Battle of Badr. '...When you struck (them), it was not you who struck, but Allah struck' – (Chapter Al-Anfal: 2).  And then the revelation of the angels in the Battle of Badr is among another miracle.

"The ranks descended, and the Muslims joined the army and fought against the polytheists. And then the fact that the Muslims were less than a third of the enemy forces and did not have any significant weapons, yet they inflicted a decisive defeat on the enemy. Hardly anyone in the history of Islam fought a war in which Muslims outnumbered the enemy. This is an amazing miracle."

"There Is No Doubt That Hazrat Khalid Was The Greatest General In The World, But There Is No Doubt That Hazrat Khalid Himself Admits That The Secret Of His Success Lies In The Light And Grace That Gave Him Allah"

"There is no doubt that the best cavalryman like Hazrat Khalid [Ibn Walid] was not [yet] born in the history of the world. The way he used cavalry in war has never been used before. The cavalry was entangled. Usually the enemy had heavy cavalry, while the Muslims had a light cavalry. He would confuse the enemy's cavalry and remove a part of his cavalry from the battle, pushing back the enemy infantry.

"Then they would retreat from here and once again attack the enemy's cavalry. The manner in which Khalid ibn Walid used his cavalry to attack the opposing army from the side and retreat was a new addition to the military strategy of the time. Never seen before. This war technique devised by Hazrat Khalid was also used by the German forces in modern times with great success on the African front in World War II.

"There is no doubt that Hazrat Khalid was the greatest general in the world, but there is no doubt that Hazrat Khalid himself admits that the secret of his success lies in the light and grace that Allah gave him... through His Messenger.

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"[Khalid Ibn Walid said that he] had been blessed by that, so he used to keep the blessed hair of the Holy Prophet, attached to his body to the extent of faith and then the title of Saifullah by the Holy Prophet was in itself a guarantee that there would be no power in the world which overcome him. None can defeat the sword of Allah.

"There is a reason why the task of conquering Iraq and Sham [Syria] was taken from Khalid ibn Walid. After the Battle of Ajnadayn, the Muslims were now able to spread to different parts of Sham and face the enemy forces directly. The defeat of Ajnadayn was a great defeat for the Romans. But they still had large cities, such as Damascus, Jerusalem, etc., and they also had large cantonments there. But the massacre of their troops at the hands of Khalid opened their eyes. For the first time they took this defeat very seriously. They started calling in troops from his entire empire."

"In The Battle Of Ajnadayn, A Torah Priest Came To Khalid Ibn Walid And Asked Him, 'Are You their commander?' He said, 'I will Be Their Commander As Long As I Obey Allah And His Messenger'"

"The king of Armenia, Baanes, arrived with his own army; troops came from all over Europe and Yugoslavia; and Hercules [Heraclius 1] himself was there with his army... Now they fought another great battle together. They started preparing thoroughly. The Muslims knew that more bloody wars were coming, but most of the Muslims themselves had no idea how intense they would be.

"If we take a comprehensive look at all the campaigns that Muslims faced in those days against the Persian and Roman empires and look at the military maneuvers and war plans of the Muslim and Roman Byzantine forces, we find a lot in all these analyzes. We would also like to make the important aspect a topic of discussion, the history of which bears witness.

"When the Romans first came in contact with Khalid ibn Walid in the Battle of Ajnadayn, a Torah priest came to Khalid ibn Walid and asked him, 'Are you their commander?' He said, 'I will be their commander as long as I obey Allah and his Messenger [Muhammad], and when I disobey the command, then they will not respect me and I will not be their commander.' It came out of the clergyman's mouth that this is the reason why you are defeating us.

"In the same way, Khalid once sent Hazrat Zarar to spy on the Roman army. He would take off his shirt and throw his armor and fall on the enemy, that is, he would fight only with sword and spear and he would be delivered from afar because of his special attire that he was Zarar bin al-Azur. He was a brave and valiant warrior by nature. When Zarar was sent to spy, he moved so close to the Roman army that he stood in front of the Romans and began to examine them. At first he kept his horse running slowly."

"Setting A New History, We Cannot Achieve The Victories That These Mujahideen Achieved In The Early Centuries. This Was The Most Important Spiritual Aspect Of Hazrat Khalid’s Extraordinary Conquests"

"When a Rumi [Roman] left his camp, Zarar turned and attacked him. Zarar killed two of the four on the spot, while the rest fled in terror. The Roman army was now terrorized by the Muslims, and rumors were circulating in the Roman army that some invisible forces and spiritual forces were with the Muslims.

"The Roman general also sent one of his spies into Khalid's army. The man easily mingled with the Muslims because he was an Arab Christian. He joined the Muslim army one night and returned and told his king that they were people who looked like monks at might. They spend the whole night in worship, prayer, asceticism, Koran recitation, and remembrance of Allah as if they have nothing to do with the world. And if you look at them during the day they were like princes who seem to have no other job but to ride horse.

"These are the people that if their king’s son steals, they will cut off his hand and if the king himself commits any misdeed or immorality, he will be stoned! It was such a great testimony to the role of the Muslim army that it was recorded in history forever. Unless Muslim generals, experts in defense, military and military sciences and arts, make use of this faith and spiritual aspect, which every Muslim general and conqueror in the history of Islam has used in the past.

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"Setting a new history, we cannot achieve the victories that these mujahideen achieved in the early centuries. This was the most important spiritual aspect of Hazrat Khalid's extraordinary conquests. This invisible spiritual and moral aspect from a military point of view has been and will continue to play a decisive role for Muslims."

"After The Victory In Ajnadayn, The Muslims Turned Back To Damascus"

"Another extraordinary event took place in the Battle of Ajnadayn, which must be mentioned. Vardan Bor, who was a commander of the Jorumians, planned that we would deceive and martyr Khalid bin Walid. He wanted to send someone who will tell him that in the morning Vardan wants to meet him, that is, the Roman general wants to meet Hazrat Khalid in the middle of the battlefield. His intention was that when Khalid ibn Walid would come to the battlefield to meet him, Vardan himself would catch him there and ten riders would come out at once and kill Hazrat Khalid.

"Therefore, the spy came to spread rumors that the Roman emperor wanted to make a peace treaty with the Muslims. In any case, Khalid was Saifullah, he had spiritual support and help. Apparently there was no reason not to believe the messenger's words, but there was a hint from Allah. Hazrat Khalid stared at him and only asked, 'Are you telling the truth?' So, out of fear, this messenger made an insignificant mistake and he risked his life to reveal all the secrets.

"When this knot was played on Khalid, he first came in glory and took the sword and prepared to kill these ten hidden Romans, but Hazrat Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah advised him not to go. He advised to send Zarar who will go there and kill those Romans or capture them alive and then the order of the next day should be kept as it was predetermined, so that the Romans would not have any doubts.

"Therefore, the next day, Hazrat Khalid ibn Walid reached the middle of the field to meet the Roman general Vardan, the night before, Hazrat Zarar had gone with ten companions and killed these ten Romans and put on their war clothes and they were hiding there wearing armor. When Vardan did the same mischief that he had planned and after capturing Khalid, he shouted at his companions, then Khalid calmly stood in his place and Hazrat Zarar surrounded Vardan with ten companions.

"When Vardan saw that the game was turned upside down, he only begged Khalid to kill him with his own hands, not to hand him over to Zarar. Khalid was so glorious that he only hinted at Zarar and as soon as he saw him, Zarar severed Vardan's head from his body. After the victory in Ajnadayn, the Muslims turned back to Damascus. In Damascus, the Muslim army was divided into two parts. On the one hand, Khalid and on the other hand, Syedna Abu Ubaidah bin al-Jarrah took command. The people of Damascus believed that the stronghold of Damascus would protect them and they did not agree to peace at any cost."

"During The Battle Of Damascus, Umar Faruq Wrote A Letter To Abu Ubaidah In Which There Were Orders To Remove Him As Chief"; "Khalid Said... If I Had Fought For Umar, I Would Not Have Fought Now, But If I Had Fought For Allah, The Lord Of Glory, I Would Have Continued To Fulfil My Responsibilities As A Soldier"

"The Romans who had been killed in Ajnadayn or other small battles were terrified of it, so they did not want to go out and fight. These Romans had already lost 6,000 of their soldiers at the hands of Hazrat Khalid.

"In this situation, the siege seemed to be very long, so he decided to open the gates by climbing the wall of the fort through commando action. And then this is what happened. From one side of the city, Hazrat Khalid entered with his armies fighting. When the people found out that Hazrat Khalid had entered the city and defeat was certain, the leadership of the city rushed toward the gate where Hazrat Abu Ubaidah's troops were positioned.

"They opened the door and offered to sign peace treaty with Hazrat Abu Ubaidah to enter the city in peace and surrender and set the conditions of peace. But on the other hand, Hazrat Khalid ibn Walid was not informed of this order and peace and he was still engaged in fighting. There is a strange scene here when the two Muslim armies meet in the middle of Damascus, one is entering peacefully and on the other side, blood was dripping blood from Hazrat Khalid's sword. Khalid's argument was that they conquered the city by the force of the sword, while Hazrat Abu Ubaidah was adamant that the city was captured as a result of a peace treaty.

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"Finally, Hazrat Khalid accepted Abu Ubaidah's argument and accepted all the conditions of peace. And thus the Muslims captured Damascus. Some other extraordinary events also took place during the battle of Damascus. The first Khalifah [caliph] in Medina, Emir-ul-Momineen Abu Bakr Siddiq died and Umar Faruq succeeded him as the Khalifah.

"During the battle of Damascus, Umar Faruq wrote a letter to Abu Ubaidah in which there were orders to remove him as chief and it was also ordered that Hazrat Abu Ubaidah Ibn Jarrah would be the new commander-in-chief of the Muslims. Hazrat Abu Ubaidah was very saddened by this letter, but the order of the commander of the believers should be obeyed.

"See the character of Saifullah [sword of Allah] here. When he was told that he was being deposed and made an ordinary soldier, do you accept this command head on? In response, Hazrat Khalid said with satisfaction that if I had fought for Umar, I would not have fought now, but if I had fought for Allah, the Lord of Glory, I would have continued to fulfil my responsibilities as a soldier! And then history saw that Khalid's sword continued to move in the same way as the sword of a mujahid and a soldier of Allah.

"Today, if a Muslim general has to be turned into an ordinary soldier overnight, yet the shining example of Hazrat Khalid ibn Walid does not diminish, as he was the soldiers who were the devoted worshipers at night and glorious horsemen at the day."


[1] (U.S.) August 8, 2022. The original English of the article has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.

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