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Genghis Khan was probably the most furious warrior in the history of mankind as he killed as many as 40 million people, which represented around 13% of the world population at that time.
Genghis Khan’s armies slaughtered more people than Joseph Stalin’s and Adolf Hitler’s combined.
Genghis Khan’s Birth
Ghengis Khan was born near the border between modern Mongolia and Siberia on the 31st of May, 1162. Later he became the most furious Mongol leader and the most cruel warrior ever.
How many people did he kill?
He died on August 18, 1227, at the age of 65. According to census estimates, the world’s population during the 12th century was around 300 million.
Ghenghis Khan killed 40 million (13%) people out of the total population of 300 million people around the world. It means that Ghengis Khan killed 1 out of every 7th person on the planet Earth alive at that time.
Among the 40 million people he killed, there were 5 million Muslims. His initiated genocide continued for decades. The Muslims were brutally killed, their women were raped, and their children were tortured.
Genghis Khan killed 5 million Muslims
More than 5 million Muslims were killed by Genghis Khan and his army when they attacked the three cities one by one. It was as if Muslims and Islam would soon vanish. City by city, Muslims were being wiped out.
- Nishapur (Death toll: 1,747,000).
- Baghdad (death toll: 1,600,000).
- Herat (death toll: 1,600,000).
Cities and communities like Balkh, Khiva, and Harran were wholly destroyed. These warriors would kill Muslims as if they were walking upon ants and killing them away.
Rivers of Tigris and Euphrates turned Red with Blood
There was blood all over, so much so that the rivers of Tigris and Euphrates, which would run down with fresh water, were now running in red blood.
Beautiful cities like Baghdad were destroyed. The libraries full of books and knowledge were reduced to ashes. Skillfully constructed buildings that were once used for commerce and education were being used as Muslim slaughterhouses.
Why the Muslim massacre?
Why, all of a sudden, did he become so barbaric? Well, it all started with two brutal acts of the Muslim Monarch Khwarizm Shah.
He not only ordered the killing of the Mongol caravan that had entered his Kingdom for trade but also killed those delegates that had arrived for a protest on orders of Genghis.
The Tartar Holocaust
The genocide against Muslims that started was named The Tartar Holocaust. Genghis and his army invaded the Muslim world. The Muslims, on the other hand, were divided.
The Muslim Monarch, Khwarizm, was not only a poor leader; no other neighboring Muslim leader came to help him.
Khwarizm Shah could not stand a chance against the mighty Mongols, and Caliph surrendered as he knew he could not fight back.
The genocide began in 1218 CE when the Mongols started to wipe out the Muslims. Soon, the Mongols could charge Central Asia, the Persian Gulf, Delhi, Budapest, and Moscow.
Halaku Khan – the grandson of Genghis Khan
Yet things changed and changed for good. The grandson of Genghis, Halaku, had destroyed Baghdad. However, his grandson Berek converted to Islam and rose for Muslims. He made his grandfather’s army withdraw from Baghdad in the battle of Ayn Jalut that took place in 1260. He then defeated Halaku’s army in the Caucus region.
The changed fate of Muslims is owed to the conversion of Berek to Islam, and his conversion is owed to those anonymous two merchants who introduced him to Islam. It was after this that Islam was spread to Russia and Eastern Europe.