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The Battle of Ain Jalut (September 3, 1260) was undoubtedly one of the decisive battles in history in which the Muslims triumphed over the combined armies of the Mongols, the Crusaders and the Armenians. Also it spared Muslims from annihilation, broke the perception of Mongol invincibility, and allowed the Muslim army to retake lost territories.

Not since the Battle of Badr had the Muslim world stood face to face with extinction as it did at the Battle of Ayn Jalut.

Mamluk Sultan of Egypt, Saifudheen Qutuz led the Muslims into the battle, which initially swayed towards the Mongols.

When Qutuz saw the left wing of the Muslim army almost destroyed by the Mongols, he climbed on a rock and threw away his combat helmet, so that his warriors could recognize him. He was seen the next moment rushing fiercely towards the battlefield yelling “Wa Islamah.. Wa Islamah!” (“Oh my Islam”), urging his army to keep firm, and advanced towards the weakened side, followed by his own unit. Qutuz’s courage stunned Muslim army who promptly followed his footsteps which shattered the mongol army and brought victory to Islam.

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