List of Muslim military leaders

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A Muslim soldier is a Muslim who has engaged in war, or is trained in the art of war. Some of the more contemporary belong to state or national military forces and are more accurately described as soldiers. Some of the older entries may be more accurately be described as warriors, and some as militia. Entries in this chronological list are accompanied by dates of birth and death, branch of Islam, country of birth, field of study, campaigns fought in, and a short biographical description.

Muslim military leaders[edit]

This list includes notable conquerors, generals, and admirals from early Islamic history to the 20th century.


600s[edit]

  • Khalid ibn al-Walid, (592–642), also known as the "Drawn Sword of God", he led the armies that conquered Palestine and Syria with a limited number of troops. He led incursions into the Byzantine and Persian empires and won. He never lost a battle, his courage and skill still inspire people to this day.[1]
  • 'Amr ibn al-'As, (592–664). Known as a shrewd politician and general who is most noted for leading the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 640.
  • Hussain ibn Ali(Sha'aban 4 AH – 10th Muharram 61 AH; 8 January 626 CE – 10 October 680 CE) Was The son of Ali Ibni Talib and the grandson of Muhammad who fought tyranny as he refused to pledge allegiance to Yazid. On 10 October 680 (Muharram 10, 61 AH), he and his small group of his followers and family members, who were between 72 or more, fought with a large army. Husayn and all of his men were killed and beheaded.
  • Abbas ibn Ali- The son of Ali Ibni Talib
  • Musa bin Nusair, (640-716). An Umayyad governor and general in North Africa.
  • Al-Hajjaj bin Yousef, (661-714). Umayyad administrator of Iraq.
  • Muhammad bin Qasim, (695-715). An early Arab General who captured Sindh in Pakistan.
  • Nusaybah Bint k’ab Al Maziniyyah. Female fighter who fought at the Battle of Uhud with the army of Muhammad after converting to Islam.
  • Umar II, Umayyad Caliph

700s[edit]

900s[edit]

1000s[edit]

1100s[edit]

1200s[edit]

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1400s[edit]

1500s[edit]

Suleiman with army

1600s[edit]

1700s[edit]

1800s[edit]

prince who opposed the Dutch colonial rule, during Java War (1825-1830)

1900s[edit]

  • Ayub Khan Military ruler of Pakistani Government.

Rawandan Civil War

  • Mbaye Diagne, The bravest UN observer in Rawandan, saving over 1000 people

Unclassified[edit]

Muslim warriors[edit]

The following Muslim warrior and soldiers, while not in significant leadership positions, are still of particular note

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