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The [Purported] Speech of the Berbero-Arab Muslim Invader of Visigoth Spain, Tariq ibn Ziyad, to his Troops in 711 AD

Posted by westerncivisheretostay on April 28, 2010

Philip Daniel


Below is a (supposed) transcription of the exhortation to battle and conquest that Amir al-Mu’minin Tariq ibn Ziyad (after whom Gibraltar — “the rock of Tariq” — is named) gave his mujahedin (Jaish Muhammad) during the invasion of Visigoth Spain in the year 711 AD. Note the emphasis on expanding al-Dawla al-Islamiyya (Dar al-Islam) and effacing fasaad-and-fisq-and-zilm-inducing kufr and shirk (massacring those kuffar and mushrikun who have not purchased aman and thus have not surrendered to Islamic rule is the prescribed hudud for their “heinous, unforgivable sins”, also cleansing all burdensome sins from a faithful abd’Allah [who smites Allah‘s foes while pursuing them on al-ribat] except debt [c.f. al-Muwatta 21.14.31]) so that tawhid (and therefore Allah through al-Muwahiddun) reigns supreme, and the fitna of governance based on laws contrary to the Qur’an and Sunna (i.e., legal systems other than those ascribed to Allah and made obligatory by him to his abid in the “divinely-inspired” Shari’a; zand, freethought [see also taghut], is rendered haraam (al-fikr kufr) and rijs (i.e., an “abomination”), and those who do not accept the constraints imposed by Islam are termed zanadiqa, heretics, ungrateful towards Allah and thus not worthy of living) cease to hold any influence and are replaced entirely by the aforementioned dictates contained within fiqh (siratul-mustaqim) as developed and codified by the various madhaheb. Also pay attention to the promise relayed by the amir al-mu’minin, echoed by umara al-mu’minin before and since in every region which the devastating claw of jihad al-talab wa’l-ibtida (ghazwat, sariyat, sa’ifat, shatiyat, akin, haramlik) has reached, that of owning and raping ma malakat aymanukum — “that which your right hand doth possess” — in other words kaffir and mushrik female war captives, enslaved by al-Muslimin, their marriages to their kaffir and mushrik spouses abrogated and the mujahedin (having fought and killed bi-amwalihim wa-anfusihim — “with their property and their lives” c.f. Qur’an 4:95/9:19/9:88/61:11 et al) thus being permitted the freedom to do to them whatever they desire, with absolute impunity, in accordance with the fiqh deriving itself from the nasikh ayatun of the Qur’an, the sahih ahadith of the Sunna, the (basically-canonical) tafsirun of the mujtahidun, and the idjma’ (of the ulema). There is also the customary guarantee of the procurement of a great quantity of maal-e-ghanimaat (in both life and after death), and of ultimately the futuhat and Islamization of the Iberian peninsula, whose inhabitants, after being made food for al-sayf in great numbers, are to be oppressed under the humiliating apartheid laws of the dhimma (‘an yadin — with “willing” submission, as ahl al-dhimma, which only Ahmad ibn Hanbal has maintained can be extended to non-ahl al-kitab) in order to facilitate an end to their continuing harb against Allah and Rasul’allah and encourage their “reversion to al-Deenu’l-Sayf” (becoming new warriors for the propagation of and assurance of the global political hegemony of Allah and his Ummat al-Muslimin, continuing the deadly cycle of Jihad al-Muqaddas.)

Oh my warriors, whither would you flee? Behind you is the sea, before you, the enemy. You have left now only the hope of your courage and your constancy. Remember that in this country you are more unfortunate than the orphan seated at the table of the avaricious master. Your enemy is before you, protected by an innumerable army; he has men in abundance, but vou, as your only aid, have your own swords, and, as your only chance for life, such chance as you can snatch from the hands of your enemy. If the absolute want to which you are reduced is prolonged ever so little, if you delay to seize immediate success, your good fortune will vanish, and your enemies, whom your very presence has filled with fear, will take courage. Put far from you the disgrace from which you flee in dreams, and attack this monarch who has left his strongly fortified city to meet you. Here is a splendid opportunity to defeat him, if you will consent to expose yourselves freelv to death. Do not believe that I desire to incite you to face dangers which I shall refuse to share with you. In the attack I myself will be in the fore, where the chance of life is always least.

Remember that if you suffer a few moments in patience, you will afterward enjoy supreme delight. Do not imagine that your fate can be separated from mine, and rest assured that if you fall, I shall perish with you, or avenge you. You have heard that in this country there are a large number of ravishingly beautiful Greek maidens, their graceful forms are draped in sumptuous gowns on which gleam pearls, coral, and purest gold, and they live in the palaces of royal kings. The Commander of True Believers, Alwalid, son of Abdalmelik, has chosen you for this attack from among all his Arab warriors; and he promises that you shall become his comrades and shall hold the rank of kings in this country. Such is his confidence in your intrepidity. The one fruit which he desires to obtain from your bravery is that the word of God shall be exalted in this country, and that the true religion shall be established here. The spoils will belong to yourselves.

Remember that I place myself in the front of this glorious charge which I exhort you to make. At the moment when the two armies meet hand to hand, you will see me, never doubt it, seeking out this Roderick, tyrant of his people, challenging him to combat, if God is willing. If I perish after this, I will have had at least the satisfaction of delivering you, and you will easily find among you an experienced hero, to whom you can confidently give the task of directing you. But should I fall before I reach to Roderick, redouble your ardor, force yourselves to the attack and achieve the conquest of this country, in depriving him of life. With him dead, his soldiers will no longer defy you.

Tariq ibn Ziyad, 711 AD

From al-Maqqari’s The Breath of Perfumes

2 Responses to “The [Purported] Speech of the Berbero-Arab Muslim Invader of Visigoth Spain, Tariq ibn Ziyad, to his Troops in 711 AD”

  1. Alamin said

    Thas was indeed a good speech. The visgoths like the rest of the germanic tribe was utterly barbaric. These barbaric tribes singlehandedly brought destruction on Rome. The “west” is just a fiction. Western civillizatiln is nothing more than a Germanic take over of Roman, Greek and Islamic heritage. Islam is nothing more than a combination of greek, persian and earlier mesopotamian cultures. The ancient greek culture was built on knowledge from minoans who were influenced by egypt, mesopotamia. You will be suprised to know that islam acknowledge Alexander the great a prophet. In essence islam is a combination of techhings of Buddha, greek stoicism and judaic tradition (itself built on persian zoroastrianism). Without Avicenna there would be no renaissance. Without Ibn Battuta there would be no Marco Polo or Christopher Colombus. The germanic people eradicated romans, took over their cities and palaces. They dessimated muslims and jews in Al-Andalus and stole eveything they had. Now 600 years later the germanics rewrite the entire history to fill the big void in their heart. History is cyclic. What comes around goes around. Humans will forever be haunted by their actions. The truth always reveals itself one way or another.

  2. Missy said

    October 18, 2010 at 6:32 pmJen,I love the example you used of caged animals. I wish I had thought of that It’s incredible that people actually live their lives like this by choice. I fight it almost everyday. There’s that voice in my head that says “all your friends have done x,;,2&#8230y&#8z21; Then I have to tell that voice it’s going get its ass kicked if it doesn’t shut up. Reply

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