Salah Ad-Din Ayyubi رحمة الله عليه conquered Palestine in 1187; a victory that we are still benefitting from today. Due to his efforts Allah has continued to protect Al Aqsa – the cream of the crop and the most prized city in the vicinity – for the Muslims to enter and pray.
He had 3 mimbars in his possession. One was burnt by Dennis the Australian, another is in Damascus and the third is in Masjid Khalil in Hebron, where Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام is buried. He had constructed it with 16,000 pieces of wood. When they were travelling to Al Aqsa to attempt a conquest, he instructed his army to take the wood and assemble it once they reached Al Aqsa. Instead, the army insisted on assembling the mimbar beforehand and carrying the completed mimbar on their backs to Al Aqsa. Such was their complete reliance in Allah and their firm faith that Al Aqsa will be conquered.
On their way to Al Aqsa, when night would fall the army camped outside and took a rest. In each group at least one person would remain awake in worship. Once Salah Ad-Din رحمة الله عليه walked past a camp where everyone was sleeping. They had a difficult day, it was understandable. But Salah Ad-Din‘s Imaan propelled him to wake them up and instruct them to go home. For if no-one was awake in worship who would attract the mercy of Allah, via which all victories are achieved and all goals are accomplished?
He would also practise upon the very principles he preached. He was known to spend the nights in worship crying before Allah. Once the Germans had sent 1 million soldiers on naval ships to attack him and his people. Salah Ad-Din رحمة الله عليه remained awake the entire night in Salah and dua, begging Allah for divine intervention. In the morning he was informed, “Your tears of the night drowned their ships”, and it was true – every ship had drowned along with all the soldiers!
His success in the history of Islam, boiled down to 3 sterling qualities he had embodied: A strong connection with Allah, love for Allah and the dissemination of Islamic knowledge. Love for Allah without knowledge or knowledge without love are both pathless pathways. Only when both combine in the heart of a believer can one develop a strong connection with Allah. Once that is in place, sacrificing one’s leisure and pleasure for the sake of worshipping Allah becomes easier and pleasant. And that is the ultimate goal of a believer. May Allah enable us to reach it, Aameen.
— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله
Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 15/01/18 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full talk, please click here.