In Islamic history, a number of valiant leaders were known. They lead Muslims to defend themselves from enemy attacks on the battlefield.
Not only valiant on the battlefield and bring victory for the sake of the establishment of Islamic banners, these leaders are also known to be very wise. To be a protector for Muslims.
These ‘generals’ also became protectors for people outside Islam. Well curious isn’t it? Who are the greatest generals Islam has?
- 1 1. Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, Brave Leader (583-639)
- 2 2. Khalid ibn al-Walid, Greatest Generals (584-642)
- 3 3. Sa’ad ibn Abi Waqqas, Greatest Generals (595-674)
- 4 4. Tariq ibn Ziyad, Greatest Generals (670-720)
- 5 5. Salahuddin Ayyubi, Knight of Forgiver (1138-1193)
- 6 6. Muhammad Al-Fatih the Conqueror of Constantinople (1432-1481)
1. Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, Brave Leader (583-639)
Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah was a Muhajirin from the Quraysh of Mecca who was among the earliest converts to Islam. He emigrated to Habaksyah (present-day Ethiopia) and then, emigrated to Medina.
He followed every battle in defense of Islam. After The Prophet Muhammad died, Abu Ubaidah was one of the candidates for Caliph along with Abu Bakr and Umar bin Khattab.
After abu Bakr’s election as Caliph, he was appointed to be a warlord leading Muslim forces to fight against the Roman empire. Agu Ubaidah died due to an outbreak of disease.
2. Khalid ibn al-Walid, Greatest Generals (584-642)
Khalid ibn Walid, was a warlord during the reign of Khulafa ArRasyidin who was famous and feared on the battlefield and nicknamed Saifullah Al-Maslul (the drawn sword of God). He was one of the most invincible warlords of his career.
3. Sa’ad ibn Abi Waqqas, Greatest Generals (595-674)
Sa’ad bin AbÄ« WaqqÄs was one of the early converts to Islam and one of Muhammad’s most important companions.
The heroism of Sa’ad ibn Abi Waqqas was written while leading islamic forces against the Persian army at Qadissyah. This war was one of the greatest wars of Muslims.
4. Tariq ibn Ziyad, Greatest Generals (670-720)
Tariq ibn Ziyad, known in Spanish history as a legend as Taric el Tuerto (one-eyed Taric), was a general of the Umayyad dynasty who led the Muslim conquest of al-Andalus (Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Gibraltar and surrounding areas) in 711 AD.
5. Salahuddin Ayyubi, Knight of Forgiver (1138-1193)
Was a Kurdish Muslim general and fighter from Tikrit (present-day northern Iraq). He founded the Ayyubid Dynasty in Egypt, Syria, parts of Yemen, Iraq, Mecca Hejaz and Diyar Bakr.
Salahuddin was well known in the Muslim and Christian world for his leadership, military strength, and forgiving nature as he fought against the crusaders. Sultan Salahuddin Al Ayyubi was also a cleric. He gave notes and various explanations in the hadith of Abu Dawood.
6. Muhammad Al-Fatih the Conqueror of Constantinople (1432-1481)
Sultan Mehmed II or also known as Muhammad Al-Fatih is also known as el-Fatih, “The Conqueror”. His success in conquering Constantinople caused many friends and opponents to be amazed by his leadership as well as his tactics & war strategy which is said to precede his time and also his military selection methods.
He was a protégé of Sheikh Syamsuddin who was still a descendant of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq.