In October 1086 on the banks of Zallaqa in Spain, Yusuf Ibn Tashfin(Moroccan Muslim ruler), in response to the pleas from Spanish Muslims, waged war against Alfonso VI(Christian Spanish ruler of the Triple Kingdom of Leon-Castile-Galicia).

Alfonso VI wrote to Yusuf before the battle, hurling much abuse at him, and made some references to the immensity of his own army and military strength, as if to frighten and scare him off. Yusuf’s reply was much shorter and more concise; “One who remains alive will see”

Out of seventy thousand Christian soldiers that assembled for battle, only five hundred are said to have survived and Alfonso himself was injured with a lance wound in his knee that later made him lame. Yusuf Ibn Tashfin managed to renew the youthfulness and spirit of Islam in Andalusia for four extra centuries.

If it was not for the colour of his skin, Islamic affiliation, successful rulership of a White European nation, Yusuf Ibn Tashfin may have received greater recognition and attention as well as praise for his unique transformation of Spain, from Non Muslim historians.

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