Since our childhoods, we all have heard many amazing and extraordinary stories about war fighters, but how many of us have heard tales about the exceptional warrior of Islamic history, Khalid-Bin-Waleed. He never in his life, lost any battle. Later on, he accepted Islam and fought for the Muslims. The Battle of Mu’tah, that was fought between the Romans and Muslims, was so acute and extreme that during that battle, nine of his swords were broke, which helped him gain the title of Saif ullah, which means, “The Sword of Allah”. He took part in more then fifty military campaigns.
Khalid-Bin-Waleed is still considered one of the most successful and determined war commander in the history. He was born in Makkah and belonged to Quraysh tribe, and he was well known for his wealth and his family’s charitable works. At that time, this tribe was considered capable and dynamic, the Qurasysh use to control Makkah. His father was known for his fine personality, that no one could match in Makkah. His father was the owner of many gardens in Taif. Khalid-Bin-Waleed stayed as a non-believer for 19 years after the Prophet Muhammad (p.u.p.h) was declared the last prophet of Islam. Khalid-Bin-Waleed attacked the muslims from behind, which made Prophet Muhammad (p.u.p.h) lost his four teeth, in the battle of Uhud. On that very moment, the prophet prayed, that how Allah will give this nation guidance, who doesn’t even respect their prophet, so further in Surah Al Imran, Allah commands the prophet that, you have no right on him, if Allah wants to give him guidance, He surely will. After signing the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, he accepted Islam and became a true believer of Allah and His Prophet. He became the protector of Muslim Umma and a loved sahaba and companion of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). Khalid-Bin-Waleed was at front with Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), heading towards Makkah, with an army of 10,000 muslim soldiers, to purge all the false idols that Pagans had filled Makkah with and use to worship them. After the demise of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), Khalid-Bin-Waleed recovered many provinces, those who went astray and needed guidance from Allah. Abū Bakr sent him to capture Iraq, and there he secure Al-Hirah, which is now called Kufa. We can say this, without doubts that the whole Arab got united, because of the great efforts of Khalid-Bin-Waleed. He successfully defeated the Persian forces. Furthermore, he won the Battle of Yarmouk against the Byzantine army and put an end to their rule in Syria. Khalid-Bin-Waleed started his campaign in Syria, then Umar R.A removed Khalid-Bin-Waleed from his command, but he was still the leader of Muslim Umma. Hazrat Umar R.A then further clarified himself, as why he replaced him because then people would obey him instead of Allah and that is against the beliefs of Islam. As Khalid-Bin-Waleed became popular among the people and they started to rely on him, so the reason why Umar R.A removed him was to ensure people that there is none but Allah that we all have to rely on, Him.
This didn’t change him, he did his duties as the Caliphate. He continued to serve the Muslims and the rise of Islam started to begin in middle eastern countries. He is among the top most 20 popular military personnel’s of the world and ranks at number 20 out of 1,194. His leadership lessons are taught in US, middle eastern countries and in many different parts of the world.
Khalid-Bin-Waleed was the greatest leader, that Islam have and so far no commander has ever existed in the Islamic History like him. He died in Homs, Syria, in 642 at the age of 53. After his death, the whole Medina was in tears. Then Umar R.A ordered the people that do not weep for the one, who has gone to janaat (paradise).
In 2013, Assad’s army destroyed Khalid-Bin-Waleed tomb that is in Syria. The continuous heavy shelling affected the tomb and the mosque very badly. It is to be said, that the mausoleum is completely destroyed. May the ones who did this, meet their end soon. As everyone has to pay for their sins, if not in the world then hereafter.
One of Khalid-Bin-Waleed”s most famous saying, that Muslims firmly believe, is;
"When Allah decides a matter, it is done." -- Khalid ibn al-Walid