This traces one of the most energetic and dynamic episodes in the history of Islam that follows immediately after the passing away of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Madina to Jerusalem Encounters with the Byzantine Empire; traces one of the most energetic and dynamic episodes in the history of Islam, that follows immediately after the passing away of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It charts the course of Muslim history from 8-15AH / 629-637CE when the great expansion into al-Sham (Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon) took place. This book attempts not only to recount the military battles that led to the Muslims liberating Jerusalem from the Byzantines but also to understand the reasons why Byzantine confederates of al Sham abandoned their former masters for Islam. Ismail Patel attempts to address the Islamic expansion from a wider perspective with both the Muslim and non-Muslim readers in mind. It will hopefully assist the non-Muslims to shake off the prejudices created by the Orientalists and help Muslims to have a better understanding of how the first generation of Muslims challenged the superpower of the time.