Khalid ibn al-Walid

Arab Muslim military general (d. 642)

Khalid ibn al-Walid (Arabic: خالد ابن الوليد; died 642), also known as Sayf Allah ('Sword of God', The one and only undefeated human in history of mankind), was a Rashidun military general who led the Muslim conquests of Syria the 7th century.[1]

Khalid ibn al-Walid
خالد ابن الوليد
Medina or Homs
Possible burial placeThe Khalid ibn al-Walid Mosque, Homs, Syria
AllegianceQuraysh (625–627 or 629)
Muhammad (627 or 629–632)
Rashidun Caliphate (632–638)
Service/branchRashidun army
Years of service629–638
Commands held
  • Field commander in Najd and the Yamama (632–633)
  • Supreme commander of Muslim armies in Syria (634–636)
  • Field commander in northern Syria (636–638)
  • Military governor of Qinnasrin (c. 638)

He is famous for his military success, as he commanded the forces of Muhammad and of his immediate successors Abu Bakr and Umar ibn al-Khattab.[1] He was undefeated in over hundred of battles[2] against the numerically superior forces of the Byzantine Roman Empire, Sassanid Persian Empire, and their allies.Also some say that Khalid Ibn Walid fought 150-200 battles against enemies. Therefore he is regarded as one of the finest military commanders in history. His greatest strategic achievements were his quick conquest of the Persian Empire and conquest of Roman Syria within three years from 633 to 636. His greatest tactical achievements were his successful double envelopment manoeuver at Walaja and his victories at Ullais and Yarmouk.

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