In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
In the seventh century of Islamic history an event occurred that changed the world. Had this episode of history not been documented they say it would not have been believed! The Mongol army headed west into the Muslim lands and Baghdad and attacked the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate.
Among the many incidents that occurred during this time was the infamous sacking of Baghdad, which was left in a state of utter ruin.
The famous historian Ibn Al Athir said, “For some years I continued averse from mentioning this event, deeming it so horrible that I shrank from recording it and ever withdrawing one foot as I advanced the other. To whom, indeed, can it be easy to write the announcement of the death-blow of Islam and the Muslims, or who is he on whom the remembrance thereof can weigh lightly? O would that my mother had not born me or that I had died and become a forgotten thing before this befell! Yet, withal a number of my friends urged me to set it down in writing, and I hesitated long, but at last came to the conclusion that to omit this matter could serve no useful purpose.
The Invasion of the Tartars into the Muslim lands was an event that was noted for its ruthlessness and devastation. In this course we will look at what were the circumstances that surrounded this time in history and the lessons that can be learnt.
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