The Crusader invaders from Europe massacred over 70,000 people in Bayt al-Moqaddas
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On June 7, 1099 AD, the Crusader invaders from Europe laid siege to the Islamic city of Bayt al-Moqaddas, which they called Jerusalem and captured it a month and a week later on July 15. A year earlier these European invaders taking advantage of discord among the Muslims, especially the enmity of the Turkic warlords with the Fatemid Shi’ite Muslim rulers of Egypt who controlled most of Syria including Palestine, had captured Antioch.
Then moving along the Mediterranean coast they laid siege to Arqa until May 13 but could not capture it. The Fatemids took up the proposal of peace on condition that the crusaders do not march upon Bayt al-Moqaddas, but this was ignored. Iftekhar od-Dawla, the Fatemid governor of Bayt al-Moqaddas, becoming aware of motives of the Crusaders strengthened the defences of the city.
Meanwhile, the Crusaders were given money and horses by the Turkic ruler of Tripoli, who also promised to convert to Christianity if they capture Bayt al-Moqaddas from the Fatemids. The Crusaders thus succeeded in passing unopposed through Beirut on May 19, Tyre on May 23, and turning inland at Jaffa, reached Ramlah on June 3, which had already been abandoned by its inhabitants.
On June 6, they seized Bayt-Laham, and the next day reached the outskirts of Bayt al-Moqaddas. Iftekhar od-Dawla resisted but no reinforcements arrived from Egypt. Many Muslims sought shelter in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Dome of the Rock. When the city was starved and forced to surrender, the Crusaders broke all promises and started slaughtering the Muslim men, women, and children.
In all, over 70,000 people were massacred including Palestinian Christians and the Jewish minority. According to their own accounts, the Crusaders boasted of wading in blood up to their ankles, while killing Muslims. It is stated that when the Jews sought refuge in their synagogue, the Crusaders burned it over their heads, killing everyone inside. It took Muslims over eight decades to liberate Qods through a united army of Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Persians to end the 88-year illegal existence of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
On 18th of the Islamic month of Rajab in 555 AH, Abdullah ibn Yousuf al-Azeed, the last caliph of the Fatemid Ismaili Shi'ite dynasty of Egypt, Syria and North Africa, ascended the throne in Cairo at the age of 11 years. He was a pawn in the hands of his powerful vizier Shawar who frequently changed alliances, ranging from the Zangids of Syria to the Crusader occupiers of Palestine that brought about the doom of the Fatemid state. His eleven-year reign ended with his dethronement by the young Kurdish general, Salah od-Din Ayyoubi, whom he had appointed as vizier on the assumption of containing the power of his own courtiers. Salah od-Din, who had entered Egypt as deputy commander to his uncle, Shirkoh, sent by Noor od-Din Zangi to save Egypt from the Crusaders, brutally persecuted Shi'ite Muslims, burned entire libraries, and forced the people to become Sunnis, thereby ending over two-and-a-half centuries of Fatemid rule. The Fatemid rulers were buried in the grand mosque of Cairo known as “al Mashhad al Husain” in honour of the Martyr of Karbala, Imam Husain (AS).
On 21st of the Islamic month of Rajab in 635AH, Sultan Abul-Ma'ali Mohammad al-Ayyubi, popularly known as al-Malik al-Kamel, the 5th ruler of the Ayyubid Kurdish dynasty of Egypt died after twenty years of rule. He was the son and successor Salah od-Din Ayyubi’s brother, Sultan al-Adel and defeated two invasions by the European Crusaders – the 5th and 6th Crusades. His most ignominious act was the handing over of the Islamic city of Bayt al-Moqaddas, Bethlehem and some other parts of Palestine to Fredrick Barbarossa of Germany, an act that infuriated the Muslims.
On 22nd of the Islamic month of Rajab in 690 AH, Muslims liberated from Crusader occupiers the city of Beirut (capital of what is now Lebanon). The campaign was led by the Mamluk sultan of Egypt and Syria, al-Ashraf Khalil Qalawun, a Qipchaq Turk, who went on to liberate the other cities, thus completely ending the 200-year Crusader presence in the Levant.
On 27th of the Islamic month of Rajab in 583AH, Muslims liberated Bayt al-Moqaddas from almost 90 years of occupation by the European crusader invaders who had established the usurper Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in Palestine. The Muslims were led by the Kurdish ruler, Salah od-Din Ayyoubi, who commanded a united army of Kurds, Turks, Arabs and Iranians. It was Friday when Bayt al-Moqaddas surrendered and the triumphant Muslim forces performed the Prayer at al-Aqsa Mosque. The Christian occupiers, in contrast to their brutal massacre of 70,000 Muslim men, women and children when they had seized this Islamic holy city from the Fatemid Ismaili Shi’ite Dynasty of Egypt some 9 decades ago, were given fair treatment and allowed to board ships back to their original homelands in Europe. The news of liberation of liberation rejoiced the Muslim World from North Africa to Central Asia.
On June 7, 1967 AD, army units of the illegitimate Zionist entity called Israel, entered and occupied the Islamic city of Bayt al-Moqaddas (Jerusalem), and have refused to withdraw ever since. The Zionists, with the support of the West, especially the US, have continued to oppress and expel the native Palestinians, and in addition to Judaizing this Islamic city, have drilled tunnels underneath the sacred al-Aqsa Mosque as part of their sordid plan to destroy the former qibla of Islam. World Muslims have vowed to liberate Bayt al-Moqaddas and all Palestine from the occupation of the Zionists.