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  1. The Birth of Islam as an Empire.
  2. Khalid ibn-Walid (known as The Holy Sword) is a historical figure of some myth and his history.
  3. Khalid was needlessly cruel and on more than one occasion was chastised for being overly violent.

The short period of time after the death of Mohammad was a tumultuous one of growth and redefinition. What would follow Mohammad's career of revelations and what it would mean for a society governed by them was the looming question to be quickly and unavoidably answered by the actions of the new Muslim empire. Military expansion and a unification of diverse tribes became key paths to success, and within three years all of Arabia and Persia fell to the Islamic empire. Endless military campaigns and the eager desire of warriors to conquer further lands for Islam became a cycle and an inherent part of Islam for many years to come. The empire grew and became stable, but the tenuous nature of its hold on power during the short period of inception meant that key actions, places, people, and customs would have enormous historical echoes affecting all of what was to come. The factors that contributed to Islam's rapid takeover are innumerable, and perhaps not all available to the modern scholar.

[...] He never lost a single one of his more than 100 battles (Akram) and it was he that could be held singularly responsible for both the acceptance of battle as a form of holy devotion to God, and for the swift victory that the empire enjoyed during his career as a general. When Abu Bakr was Caliph, Umar wanted Khalid removed because he felt that the reckless general was too blood-thirsty. Abu Bakr, however, responded to Umar's request by saying Sword which the Lord hath made bare against the heathen, shall I sheathe it? [...]

[...] The third and fourth factors are the two Muslim leaders Khalid ibn-Walid and Abu Bakr, whose actions and personalities balanced each other and left a profound, indelible impact upon the Muslim empire for centuries to come. It is possible and even reasonable to say that if any one of these factors, especially the persons of Abu Bakr and Khalid, had not been present at the time Islam would've never been an empire at all. It's useless to hypothesize what could've happened to Islam, had any of these four factors not been present to shape the way Islam presented itself to the world, but it is easy to see how these factors became key to the development of the Muslim empire as it is written in history books today. [...]

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