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20 August 636, a battle that changed history

Between Byzantines & Muslims at Yarmuk, #Syria

Byzantines assembled a huge army against Muslims who had won Syria 1 yr ago

Muslims retreated to Yarmuk, bound by cliffs 200ft high
Vahan, a renowned General, was in command of Byzantines

Abu Ubaida was commanding Muslims, but Khalid, though removed from command by Umar, the second Caliph, was still his second in command

Retreating Muslims had brought their families & family camps were behind the army camps
Before the battle began, Vahan tried to negotiate. Khalid represented the Muslims

Vahan said,”We know that desert is very harsh. You are very poor. That is why you come to raid us every now and then. Please go back. We will give you food and gold.”
#Khalid thundered,”It was not hunger that brought us here.

We are in the habit of drinking #blood, and we are told the blood of the #Romans is the sweetest of its kind, so we came to shed your blood and drink it.

Recite shahada (Muslim declaration of faith) or be ready to die.”
Then 8000 Muslims appeared with 4000 Christian heads on their spears who were part of 5000 reinforcement contingent from Egypt, which was Christian till then.

Muslims had ambushed

Remaining 1000 were ritually beheaded in the space between 2 armies, Christians watched in horror
Battle began. #Christians were winning. As the #Muslims fell back, their own women rained stones on them,”Do not retreat. Charge ahead. Otherwise Christians will enslave us.”

This continued for six days. Every time Muslims retreated, women forced them to join battle again.
On the 6th day, #Muslims attacked at night

#Christians never imagined night battle

In retreating, they fell off cliffs to their death

Within next 6yrs Muslims won Christian lands till #Morocco, and are holding them till date

At that time it was 3/4th of total Christendom
1. Even today, 1383 years after Yarmuk, whenever #Muslims attack kafirs, #kafirs say,”Oh, you are hungry. Take this food, some gold, some jobs.”

So much for #SunTzu. Nor kafirs accept that Muslims do not follow the kafir rules of war like no fighting at nigh
#SunTzu also wrote that choice of the place of battle must not be left to enemy

In fact today hardly any #Christian knows about this world changing battle, what to say of other kafirs, whereas every Muslim child knows about Yarmuk, and above dialogues
2. Muslim women knew that if their men won’t fight, they and their children would be enslaved.

(All quotes are from Raymond Ibrahim article on the battle in FPM today. He took them from a 8th century book of a Muslim historian.)
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