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Muhammad bin Qasim



Muhammad bin Qasim(695-715), born around 695, was an Arab General who captured Sind. He was orphaned as a child, so his education was handled by his mother. His uncle, Hajjaj bin Yousaf, taught him the art of governing and warfare. Quasim, an intelligent and cultured young man, assisted his uncle at the age of fifteen. He served under the great general, Qutayba bin Muslim, at the tender age of sixteen. He displayed skilful fighting and military planning under the command of Qutayba bin Muslim. Then Qutayba bin Muslim appointed him as the commander for the all-important invasion on Sindh. At the age of seventeen, he proved that he was able to win all his military campaigns without many problems.

Besides being a great general, Muhammad bin Qasim was also an excellent administrator. He established a good administrative structure and peace and order in the areas he conquered. He was a religious and kind hearted person, who had great respect for other religions. During his period, the Hindu and Buddhist spiritual leaders were given stipends. Muhammad bin Qasim had the misfortune to become a victim to party politics.



Updated on 7th June, 2005

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