Once when Ṣalāḥ ud-Dīn al-Ayyūbī was a young boy, he was playing with other children on the street. Ṣalāḥ ud-Dīn’s father saw this and grabbed him in anger, lifting him up and saying:

“I did not marry your mother so that you could play with other children, but to reclaim al-Aqṣā!”

His father was a tall man, with high status. He let go of Ṣalāḥ ud-Dīn, causing him to fall to the ground. After he hit the ground, his father asked him:

“Did it not hurt?”

“Yes,” Ṣalāḥ ud-Dīn al-Ayyūbī replied.

“Then why did you not cry?” the father asked.

Sultān Ṣalāḥ ud-Dīn al-Ayyūbī answered:

“It is not fitting for the conqueror of al-Aqṣā to cry.”

[Al-Nawādir al-Sultāniyya wa’l-Maḥāsin al-Yūsufiyya]