Summons to a Intifada Against Britain
Translated from:-"Oriente Modemo," 1941, pp.
552-553; broadcast over the 'Iraqi and Axis radios.
A "Fatwa " Issued by Haj Amin al-Husseini (Arafat's 'Uncle'1),
In the name of Merciful and
I invite all my Moslem brothers throughout
the whole world to join in the Holy War for God, for the defense of Islam
and her lands against her enemy. O Faithful, obey and respond to my call.
Proud Iraq has placed herself in the
vanguard of this Holy Struggle, and has thrown herself against the strongest
enemy of Islam certain that God will grant her victory.
The English have tried to seize this
Arab-Moslem land, but she has risen, full of dignity and pride to
defend her safety, to fight for her honor and to safeguard her integrity.
Iraq fights the tyranny which has always had as its aim the destruction
of Islam in every land. It is the duty of all Moslems to aid Iraq in her
struggle and to seek every means to fight the enemy, the traditional traitor
in every age and every situation.
Whoever knows the history of the East
has everywhere seen the hand of the English working to destroy the Ottoman
Empire and to divide the Arab countries. British politics toward the Arab
people is masked under a veil of Hypocrisy. The minute she sees her chance,
England squeezes the prostrate country in her Imperialist grasp, adding
futile justifications. She creates discord and division within a country
and while feeding it in secret openly she assumes the role of advisor and
trusted friend. The time when England could deceive the peoples of the
East is passed. The Arab Nation and the Moslem people have awakened to
fight British domination. The English have overthrown the Ottoman Empire,
have destroyed Moslem rule in India, inciting one community against another;
they stifled the Egyptian awakening, the dream of Mohammed Ali, colonizing
Egypt for half a century. They took advantage of the weakening of the Ottoman
Empire to stretch out their hands and use every sort of trick to take possession
of many Arab countries as happened to Aden, the 9 Districts, the Hadramut,
Oman, Masqat and the Emirates of the Persian Gulf and Transjordania. The
vivid proof of the imperialistic designs of the British is to be found
in Moslem Palestine which, although promised by England to Sheriff Hussein
has had to submit to the outrageous infiltration of Jews, shameful politics
designed to divide Arab-Moslem countries of Asia from those of Africa.
In Palestine the English have committed unheard of barbarisms; among others,
they have profaned the el-Aqsa Mosque and have declared the most unyielding
war against Islam, both in deed and in word. The Prime Minister at that
time told Parliament that the world would never see peace as long as the
Koran existed. What hatred against Islam is stronger than that which publicly
declares the Sacred Koran an enemy of human kind? Should such sacrilege
go unpunished? After the dissolution of the Moslem Empire in India and
of the Ottoman Caliphate, England, adhering to the policy of Gladstone,
pursued her work of destruction to Islam depriving many Islamic States
both in the East and in the West of their freedom and independence. The
number of Moslems who today live under the rule of England and invoke liberation
from their terrible yoke exceeds 220,000,000.
Therefore I invite you, O Brothers,
to join in the War for God to preserve Islam, your independence and your
lands from English aggression. I invite you to bring all your weight to
bear in helping Iraq that she may throw off the shame that torments her.
O Heroic Iraq, God is with Thee, the Arab Nation and the Moslem World are
solidly with Thee in Thy Holy Struggle!
Source:The Arab War Effort-A Documentary
Account The American Christian Palestine Committee (New York, n.d.).
1. The Mufti
of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini was later the notorious Nazi who mixed
Nazi propaganda and Islam. He was wanted for war crimes and the slaughter
of Jews in Bosnia by Yugoslavia. His mix of militant propagandizing
Islam was an inspriation for both Yasser Arafat and Saddam Husein. He was
also a close relative of Yasser Arafat and grandfather of the current Temple
Mount Mufti. "Arafat's actual name was Abd al-Rahman abd al-Bauf Arafat
al-Qud al-Husseini. He shortened it to obscure his kinship with the notorious
Nazi and ex-Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini." Howard
M. Sachar, A HISTORY OF ISRAEL (New York: Knopf, 1976). The Bet Agron
International Center in Jerusalem interviewed Arafat's brother and sister,
who described the Mufti as a cousin (family member) with tremendous influence
on young Yassir after the Mufti returned from Berlin to Cairo. Yasser Arafat
himself keeps his exact lineage and birthplace secret. Saddam Hussein
was raised in the house of his uncle Khayrallah Tulfah, who was a leader
in the Mufti's pro-Nazi coup in Iraq in May 1941.
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