Famous Islamic Landmarks

Tomb of Salahuddin Ayyubi

The green tomb on the right (refer to the picture above) houses the grave of Salahuddin Ayyubi, the Muslim general who fought the Crusaders at the Horns of Hattin in northern Palestine and recaptured Jerusalem for the Muslims on 2nd October 1187 CE. On the left is an empty marble sarcophagus donated by Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany to the mausoleum.

Salahuddin Ayyubi’s real name was Yusuf ibn Ayyub, the title of Salahuddin “The righteousness of the faith” was given to him as a result of his actions as a soldier fighting for Islam. He was born in Tikrit, in modern-day central Iraq, to Kurdish parents. Between 1187 and 1189 AD Salahuddin Ayyubi captured 50 Crusader castles and much of the Crusader kingdom. His actions as a kind and just ruler made even his enemies remember him as chivalrous and honourable. During the siege of the Kerak castle he refused to bombard a tower in which a honeymoon couple were staying.

Baha ad-Din, one of Salahuddin’s officials wrote, “...Everyone who appeared before him was treated with honour, even infidels . Once a Frank prisoner was brought before the Sultan. He took one look at Salahuddin and the prisoner became white with fear and terror and agitation was clearly visible on his face. The interpreter asked him: ‘What are you afraid of?’ the prisoner replied, ‘At first I was afraid of seeing that face, but after seeing it and standing in his presence, I am sure that I shall see only good in it.’ The Sultan was moved, pardoned him, and let him go free”

Salahuddin and Richard (the Lionheart) grew to respect one another as military leaders. When he heard that Richard had fallen ill in Ascalon, he sent peaches and pears to help restore him to health. He also sent packs of snow from Mount Hermann to cool the King’s fever. At Arsuf, when Richard lost his horse, Salahuddin sent him two replacements.

 The Jewish philosopher Maimonides was one of Salahuddin Ayyubi’s personal physicians. When Jerusalem was recaptured, Salahuddin invited the Jews, who had been banished by the Crusaders, back to Jerusalem to live peacefully among the Muslims.

 Salahuddin died of a fever on March 4, 1193, at Damascus, not long after Richard's departure. Salahuddin had given most of his money away as charity. When they opened his treasury they found there was not enough money to pay for his funeral.

You can see Salahuddin Ayyubi's tomb just outside the Ummayid Mosque in Old Town in Damascus, Syria.

(Information obtained from Islamic Landmarks' website)

More Famous Islamic Landmarks
Noah's Ark
Tomb of Hud
Mosque of Cordoba
Latest Travel News
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establis...
Emirates touches down in Mexico City...
Air Arabia named as Middle East and Afr...
Featured Sights To See
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Madrid, Spain

A hot favorite among the art aficionados, this art gallery showcases the works of predominantly European art. With works of big painters and artists including Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Constable and Van Gogh on display, the gallery offers an interesting peak into the many colors of modern and traditional art. Paseo del Prado 8, Las Letras Tel: +34 91 369 0151  Timings: Tue-Sun 10:...

The Kremlin

The Kremlin

Moscow, Russia

This massive fortress was built in the 12 th century to protect against invasion. It is a remarkable structure comprising of a citadel enclosed by brick walls and gates. It owes its magnificence to the history that it embodies. The fortress was ransacked by the Mongol invaders in the 14th century but was later restored to become the seat of power of the Czars and the Communist rulers.  ...

City Wall and Gate

City Wall and Gate

Sanaa, Yemen

The seven centuries old, 40 feet high mud wall that goes around the old city is also quite well-preserved, and is a sight in itself. It contains the Bab-al-Yemen, a large portal that celebrates the entrance into the old city. Out of the original six gates that marked the entry into Sana'a, it is the only one surviving in its original shape. Slip into a time warp as you pass through the large gate,...

Södermalm

Södermalm

Stockholm, Sweden

Once the home of the working class, it is a bohemian area that has the Medborgarplatsen or the Citizens’ Square which is surrounded by restaurants and pubs.   ...