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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for anyone wanting to know more on the life of khalid bin waleed
An amazingly written and well researched book, the author has gone to great lengths of research and commitment to delivering a truly outstanding and amazing account of history. The Author personally visited each and every battlefield's and also learnt arabic so he could research through the earlier written acccounts of events in the archives of various arab countries. The...
Published on 6 Jan 2008 by A. I. Cheema

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1.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassing
What is this rubbish that is supposed to be a historical tome on the early rise of Islam and Khalid Bin Al-Waleed. Shame on the author for such fantastical hero worship. Anyone with half a mind can see the untruths written are a slight on Islamic history. I doubt the author so much as left his house ion order to research any of his so called "facts".
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Published on 15 April 2012 by Musab


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for anyone wanting to know more on the life of khalid bin waleed, 6 Jan 2008
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This review is from: The Sword of Allah: Khalid Bin Al-Waleed, His Life and Campaigns (Hardcover)
An amazingly written and well researched book, the author has gone to great lengths of research and commitment to delivering a truly outstanding and amazing account of history. The Author personally visited each and every battlefield's and also learnt arabic so he could research through the earlier written acccounts of events in the archives of various arab countries. The author took a great deal of time visiting all the mentioned battlefield so he could determine what was actually possible and what could be the imagination of earlier historians.
The book is a must read for anybody wanting to learn about the greatest general the world has ever seen with an amazing display of courage and faith in each and every battle. The campaigns spanned almost all the middle east and almost destroying 2 of the largest empires at the time (the roman and the persian). After i read this book i learnt that the book is actually part of the curriculum in military history in various miltary schools in asia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing life., 26 Feb 2011
This review is from: The Sword of Allah: Khalid Bin Al-Waleed, His Life and Campaigns (Hardcover)
I had never heard of Khalid until I discovered this book on Amazon whilst researching the early years of Islam. I was trying to understand how Islam over ran the Persian and most of the Byzantine empires. The Army of Islam annihalated Persian and Roman armies vastly superior numerically owing to their commander's outstanding abilities in strategy and tactics. Khalid was physically and mentally tough, skillful in the use of weaponry and horsemanship as exhibited in the duels of champions that customarily preceded battles. He was also extremely violent. Lt General Akram's gripping account of an oustanding miliary leader also provides insight into the workings of the early Islamic community.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hero, 2 Mar 2014
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Amazing book. To read in detail the life of such a great person. Once you start you will be hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read, 29 Aug 2013
This review is from: The Sword of Allah: Khalid Bin Al-Waleed, His Life and Campaigns (Hardcover)
This book is definitely one for your shelf, especially if you are into Islamic literature and the Sahaba. The books grips you from start to finish, detailing Khalid bin Waleeds actions. In truth, it is more for the person into reading on Islamic history rather than for someone looking for an in depth analysis of how exactly khalid bin waleed went about his tactical genius. It is more people of all ages, from your 12 year old to the 60 year old. the only negative thing I would say about this is the relationship between Khalid bin Waleed and Umar bin Khataab; in the book it is portrayed that both were mortal enemies. After completing the book, I researched their relationship further and came to learn that it wasn't in fact as bad as made out and when Khalid bin Waleed passed away, he had in fact left all his wealth to Umar and the ummmah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars After the biography of the Prophet, this may be the best history book for Muslims to read, 5 Sep 2012
The level of historical accuracy and battlefield analysis in this book is amazing, and the writer has a wonderful entertaining narrative style. No doubt one of the best books in Islamic history ever. I am repeating this review on this edition as well to give a balance against the hater who is reviewing every edition of this book negatively.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassing, 15 April 2012
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What is this rubbish that is supposed to be a historical tome on the early rise of Islam and Khalid Bin Al-Waleed. Shame on the author for such fantastical hero worship. Anyone with half a mind can see the untruths written are a slight on Islamic history. I doubt the author so much as left his house ion order to research any of his so called "facts".
This book is more akin to sci-fi/fantasy that a historical guide. William Shatner would be proud to have written this.
Not only this, but the print is awful the paper poor and I don't know who translated it (if anyone) but the written English is that of a twelve year old.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Outright Shirk, 15 Jun 2011
This review is from: The Sword of Allah: Khalid Bin Al-Waleed, His Life and Campaigns (Hardcover)
Where can I even begin with the problems with this book?
Firstly the book screams of outright shirk. It is clear that the author idolises Khalid and Muhammad. These two figures are mentioned heavily whilst Allah the Most High is scarcely mentioned.The book is hostile to Umar ibn al Khattab the 2nd Caliph of Islam, and mentions how Umar was extremely unfair to Khalid. All sources the author referenced are assumed to be completely correct and unbiased. The author assumes every single anecdote and detail about Khalid's life from these sources is completely correct. The book is completely bias consulting only Islamic sources and dramatises incidents. The author writes as if he knows what Khalid was thinking and feeling. E.g "Khalid breathed the air and was happy". The author does not give a source for this incident and cannot have possibly known this detail. None of the sources are examined critically, and many incidents made up to defame Khalid are not cleared up by the author. The format, font and layout of the book is lazy, and it could have been half the size. Although the author clearly invested a lot of time into researching the battle sites he could have used this time effectively to research early Islamic sources and more importantly their authenticity. The book states that the Muslims invaded other lands for booty and fun.
Khalid is shown to be a role model for Muslims everywhere yet the reader of the book will come out with a view that Khalid was a murderer of innocent people, a womaniser, and above all a warmonger.
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