“Swords flashed like lightning amid the blackness of clouds, and fountains of blood flowed like the fall of setting star. The friends of God defeated their opponents… noon had not arrived when the Musalmans wreaked their vengeance on the infidel enemies of God, killing 15,000 of them, spreading them like a carpet over the ground and making them food of the beasts and birds of prey. Fifteen elephants fell on the field of battle, as their legs, being pierced with arrows, became as motion-less as if they had been in a quagmire, and their trunks were cut with the swords of the valiant heroes… God also bestowed upon his friends such an amount of booty as was beyond all bounds and calculations, including five hundred thousand slaves, beautiful men and women.”1
~ Sultan Mahmud’s minister al-Utbi on his campaign to India
“Sultan Mahmud behaved bravely and victory fell to him, he become famous as a Ghazi; and he captured Jaipal with fifteen men, who were some his sons and some his relations, and he killed five thousand Hindus and brought back much plunder.” 2
~ Historian Qazi Abdul Ghani Khan.
“(Sultan Mahmud, marched to attack Thanesar in 1011) for the purpose of planting the standard of Islam and extirpating idolatry. (In the ensuing battle) blood of the infidels flowed so copiously that the stream was discolored, notwithstanding its purity, and people were unable to drink it… The Sultan returned with plunder which is impossible to count. Praise be to Allah for the honor he bestows upon Islam and Musalmans!” 3
~ Sultan Mahmud’s minister al-Utbi on his conquest in India.
“(In Sultan Mahmud’s conquest of Kanauj), the inhabitants either accepted Islam or took up arms against him to become the food of the Islamic sword. He collected so much booty, prisoners (i.e., slaves) and wealth that the fingers of those who counted them would have been tired… Many of the inhabitants of the place fled and were scattered abroad like so many wretched widows and orphans… Many of them thus effected their escape and those who did not fly were put to death. The Sultan took all seven forts in one day, and gave his soldiers leave to plunder them and take prisoners.” 3
~ Minister al-Utbi.
“(Sultan) Mahmud utterly ruined the prosperity of the country and performed there wonderful exploits, by which the Hindus became like atoms of dust scattered in all direction… This is the reason, too, why Hindu sciences have retired far away from those parts of the country conquered by us, and have fled to places which our hands cannot yet reach, to Kashmir, Benaras, and other places.” 3
~ Alberuni, Great Muslim scholar and scientist, d. 1050
“(In his forays to India) he became a terror all over the north. …Most Muslims adore him; most Hindus hate him… After Mahmud’s raids and massacres, Islam was associated in northern India with barbarous cruelty and destruction” 3
~ Prime Minister Nehru.
“Mahmud Ghaznavi’s raid was aimed against local oppressors of the poor & downtrodden masses of Sindh.2day we c same oppression across Pak”. 4
~ Imran Khan, Pakistani Politician, Celebrity and former Cricketer.
1 Sir H. M. Elliot (1869). “Chapter II, Tarikh Yamini or Kitabu-l Yamini by Al Utbi”.The History of India, as Told by Its Own Historians. The Muhammadan Period. Trubner and Co. pp. 24–26.
2 Captain G. Roos-Keppel, Qazi Abdul Ghani Khan (1906). Translation of the Tarikh-i-Sultan Mahmud-i-Ghazvani. Anglo-Sanskrit Press.
3 M. A. Khan (2008). Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery. p145-148 http://secularafrican.wordpress.com/type/link/