This Day in History: 0694-12-31

(31 December) The Umayyad military commander Muhammad ibn Qasim was born in Taif (now in Saudi Arabia). Muhammad ibn Qasim is known for his conquest of Sindh and Multan (711 CE). It was Umayyad governor Hajjaj bin Yusuf who assigned him to lead this expedition during the rule of Walid bin Abd al-Malik.