Yusuf ibn Ayyub, Abu al-Muzhaffar Saladin al-Ayyubi.
His name lasts more than 830 years. He who conquered the conqueror (al-Qâhirah), a new city named Cairo built by warlord Jauhar ats-Tsaqiliy to serve as the capital of the Fatimid dynasty. Initially, the capital of Egypt was Fustat, since Amr bin Ash entered Egypt.
As the Fatimids came to power, in the north-east of Fustat a new city was built which became the heart of power. Khalifah al-Muiz li Dinillah was named the city with al-Qahirah, on June 11, 972. In 1168 AD Fustat was burned as a strategy to hold the Crusaders. Al-Maqrizy describes the city’s gripping atmosphere after burned for 45 days. Neglected, deserted, nobody there, when it had been the center of power before.
Three years later (1171) Saladin conquered Cairo and ended the leadership of the Fatimid dynasty, as well as a sign of the founding of the Ayyubid dynasty. Saladin immediately built fortresses protecting Egypt and Cairo from crusader attacks. Magnificent fortress with super intelligent planning was not only a strong fortress, but functioned as supplier of clean water for the residents. The combination of the fortress and the water channel extends around Cairo. Some of the old fortresses and wells could be seen in Qal’ah Saladin (Saladin Citadel) located in Al-Abaqea, Cairo.
Saladin not only armed with army to conquer Cairo and Fatimid dynasty. Egypt was subdued with his personal powers, before his armies. The people became united with him against the violent assault of the Crusaders to Egypt. And unable -even- to step on their feet in the land of the prophets. Saladin along with the Egyptian people thwarted the expansion of the Crusaders.
Young Yusuf, conquered the conqueror city with his decent and his strong and influential character. He did the same thing when he was conquering Damascus. Cairo and Damascus were two important cities that became the gates of the conquest of al-Aqsa Mosque. Then, the battle of Hithin, 4 July 1187 became a nightmare for the Crusaders who ruled the al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem. (read: https://www.aspacpalestine.com/en/736-para-inspirator/item)
After the victory in Hithin, it provides a mental injection for Muslims as well as bad psychic pressure for crusader alliances. Especially with killing not a few of their elite knights (Knights Templar). Furthermore, Saladin was more intensive in the strategy of regional control around Jerusalem (Al-Quds). In a short time, successively Saladin conquered cities: Ashkelon, Acre, an-Nasirah, Haifa, Nablus, Jenin, Bisan, Jaffa, Beirut, Ramallah, Bethlehem, al-Khalil.
The news of Saladin’s victory made Jerusalem increasingly uproar. Al-Quds for 88 years under Christian rule and control, was increasingly aware of the final seconds of its rule. Finally, on 2 October 1187, al-Aqsa Mosque returned to the fold of Muslims.
Since 1948 until now al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem and Palestine are occupied and colonized by Zionist Israel. Already 69 years, Muslims yearn for the return of the holy mosque to the Muslims.
Who is willing to be Yusuf the conqueror? Or at least bring forth and raise it, prepare it to enter the city of Jerusalem with full izzah (honor) just like 830 years ago.
Begin the project of conquest from self and family. Do not say it becomes our grandchildren’s work, because if that’s what we do then it will not culminate into reality. However, if we are determined that we become Yusuf Saladin, it could be if we do not realize that our children and grandchildren continue it. AlLâhu al-Musta’ân.
Blessing Note 71