Friday, February 20, 2009

A Quote From Salahuddin Ayyubi

Abu Shamma, Kitab arRawadatain

"We hope in Allah Most High, to whom be Praise. Who leads the hearts
of Muslims to calm what torments them and ruins their prosperity. Where is
the sense of honor of the Muslims? The pride of the Believers? The zeal of
the Faithful? We shall never cease to be amazed at how the disbelievers
for their part have shown trusts, and it is the Muslims who have been lacking in
zeal. Not one of them has responded to the call. Not one intervenes to
straighten what is distorted; but observe how far the Franks have gone. What
unity they have achieved. What aims they pursue. What help they have given. What
sums of money they have borrowed and spent. What wealth they have collected and
distributed and divided amongst them. There is not a king left in their
lands or islands, not a lord or a rich man who has not competed with his
neighbors to produce more support and rival his peers in strenuous military
efforts. In defense of their religion they consider it a small thing to spend
life and soul; and they have kept their infidel brothers supplied with arms and
champions of war; and all they have done and all their generosity has been done
purely out of zeal for him they worship in jealous defense of their faith.
The Muslims on the other hand are weakened and demoralized; they have become
negligent and lazy, the victims of unproductive stupefaction and completely
lacking in enthusiasm. If, Allah forbid, Islam should draw reign, obscure
her splendor, blunt her sword there would be no one, east or west, far or near
who would blaze the zeal for Allah's religion, or choose to come to the aid of
Truth against Falsehood. This is the moment to cast off laziness, to summon from
far and near all those men who have blood in their veins; but we are confident
[He speaks about himself and the small party of believers who began with him and
then became a large party]; but we are confident thanks to Allah- alhamdulillah-
in the help that will come from him and entrust ourselves to him in sincerity of
purpose and deepest devotion. InshaAllah, InshaAllah the disbelievers shall
perish and the Faithful have a sure deliverance.

Salahuddin Ayyubi12th century