"But emotionally, we the Arabs, and all of the Muslims, are attached to
'Ali (the cousin of Prophet Muhammed s.a.w. and first Imam of Shi'a Ithna Asheri). This means that all of the Arabs are Shi'ites. If a Shi'ite is
one who is attached to 'Ali, then all of the Arabs are Shi'ites. Where is
the Arab who is against 'Ali? There
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On March 31, 2007, Libyan leader Mu'ammar Qaddafi called, in a speech
in Niger to Tuareg tribal leaders , for the establishment of a second
Shi'ite Fatimid state in North Africa, after the model of the 10th-13th
century empire that ruled North Africa, Egypt, and parts of the Fertile
Sunni and Shi'ite as a colonialist plot, and rebuked the Arab League
members for "hating Iran."
anniversary of the coup that brought the Libyan Free Officers to power â"
Qaddafi gave a speech in which he denied the existence of a non-Arab
Berber people (this also being a colonialist plot), provoking protest
among Berbers and supporters of minority rights in the Middle East and
Against the Arabs"
acknowledge, and we must know who is deepening it. Perhaps it is
the enemy of Islam, the enemy of the Arabs, the enemy of the Persians,
that is deepening it...
Islam and Sunni Islam. This is a forbidden innovation [bid'a]... When
did Muhammad say: 'I have brought you Shi'ite Islam and Sunni Islam?...
against Iran and Iran against the Arabs, and then Shi'ites against Sunnis
and Sunnis against Shi'ites.
this? It is for the benefit of the 'other' that we are speaking about,
for the benefit of the enemy, for the benefit of colonialism.
disintegration of the Abbasid Empire and its old age, is similar to the old
the Arab and Islamic regimes we have today. At the beginning of the 10th
century, the situation was like this...
formed an umbrella over North Africa, and under its banner all of the
tribal, denominational, political, and ethnic differences fused, and they
all became one single Fatimid identity, which lasted 260 years and
extended as far as the Arab East.
inherited the disintegrated Abbasid state, which had become weak at that
point in time...
are from Fatima Al-Zahra [Fatima 'the Radiant'], and it produced
Al-Azhar.(1) One of the historic citadels of the Fatimid state was Al-Azhar,
daughter of the Prophet. The Fatimid state's name and origin were
[also] from Fatima Al-Zahra...
mini-states in its interior... They all became Fatimids, and there was
means Persians, and Sunni means Arabs. This is a lie. This is deceit.
Those who say this are ignoramuses who do not know history.
Fatimid state was the
first Shi'ite state..."
"North Africa is Arab and Shi'ite"
traditions. They are all Shi'ite customs and traditions.
'Ashura and the remembrance of the 'Ashura and our lord [sayyidna] 'Ali; the
[tashayyu' l-] our lord 'Ali.
Mu'awiya ['Ali's rival and the
founder of the Umayyad dynasty]. From Egypt to the Atlantic Ocean, there is
not a single person named Mu'awiya. They are all named 'Ali, Fatima,
Khadija, Hassan, Hussein, etc.
right to the Imamate, and what is the Imamate, and so forth â" who has
more right to the Imamate than the Prophet's family [ahl al-bayt]? The
Prophet's family has more right than all of the rulers around today who
are not from the Prophet's family.
themselves into a mess and said that the Sunnis are against the Shi'ites and
foreign occupation and the Zionist settlement that brought this.
into a mess [by saying you are] Shi'ites and Sunnis, then go ahead,
[but] the Shi'ites [then] are not Iran."
"The Shi'ite Fatimid State Arose in North Africa, and We Want to Revive
Fatimid state, and its identity will be a Fatimid identity. The Arabs and
the Berber Arabs will be fused in it, and the parties, the Left and the
Right, the extremists, and the proponents of violence will be fused in
it. All of them will become a single
end, and in Sudan, and the conflict in Egypt will end, and the conflict
in the Sahara will end. Tribal, sectarian, and ethnic conflict will
end, because we will have become Fatimids...
whom we say are Berbers are the original, unadulterated Arabs. The fact
that France and Western colonialism say to them 'you are not Arabs' â"
whoever accepts this will bear his responsibility.
North Africa, and not in Iran. We want to revive it once again. We
direct a renewed call to all of the forces in the first Fatimid state to
revive [it in] a modern, second Fatimid state â" on the condition that
it be free of all of the sectarian conflicts and [the debate about] the
Imamate and [religious] rule [hakimiyya] and the sophistry of old...
Imamate to Musa Al-Kazim or to Isma'il...(2) This matters [only] to
Ja'far Al-Sadiq and Isma'il and Musa Al-Kazim, and they are gone, may
Allah have mercy on them.
Caliphate, 'Ali or Mu'awiya. The Caliphate has nothing to do with religion,
and this is a worldly struggle for rule. If they decided after the
Prophet who would be ruler, it was because the Prophet was not a ruler. He
was a prophet, that's it, and then he passed on. He was a prophet, and
he died, without a son, a successor, a regent [wasiy],(3) or a
'Ali. This means that all of the Arabs are Shi'ites. If a Shi'ite is
one who is attached to 'Ali, then all of the Arabs are Shi'ites. Where is
the Arab who is against 'Ali? There
for Mu'awiya or for 'Ali?' They will tell you ''Ali'. Ask them: 'Are you
for Fatima Al-Zahra or someone else â" the wife of Mu'awiya, Yazid, or
someone else?' They will say: 'No, I am for Fatima Al-Zahra.'
family, of Fatima and 'Ali. All of the Arabs, all of the Muslims, are the
party of 'Ali. If being the party of 'Ali means being Shi'ite, then we
are all Shi'ites. This is true. This is our culture."
"If Being Sunni Means That You Believe in Muhammad and His Sunna...
Then the Iranians are Sunnis"
then the Iranians are Sunnis. Did the Iranians say to you: 'We are against
Muhammad'? No, they say: 'Muhammad, peace be upon him, is our Prophet.'
[And if you ask them:] 'Do you follow his sunna?' they will say: 'Of course,
we follow his sunna.'
Then you are Sunnis? Yes, indeed.
and ask: 'Do you love 'Ali?' We will say: 'Yes, we love 'Ali.' [They will
ask:] 'Do you love 'Ali or Mu'awiya?' We will say: 'We love 'Ali.' Then
you are Shi'ites.
"The Shi'a Has Moved Now From Iran to North Africa, the Second Fatimid
State Must Arise"
occupation with a call to hate Iran, because Iran is producing an atomic
bomb, and because Iran is such-and-such and the Persians are
such-and-such â" [all] this is in order to divide Islam in two. When you ask
them: 'Why do you hate Iran?' they say: 'Because it is Shi'ite.'
Shi'ites. That's it, the Shi'a has moved now from Iran to North Africa.
The second Fatimid state must arise...
longer will one be against the other, or will there be war one against
the other, and borders. What borders? They don't interest us.
Tunisian, Mauritanian, Nigerien, Malian, and so on, and [you can] stay in
Sudan, in the Fertile Crescent, in
Jordan â" but the identity will be a
more right than the Fatimid state, which descends from Fatima Al-Zahra.
And if rule is a matter of worthiness, understanding, and democracy, then
hand rule over to the people... and put an end to governments, kings,
and presidents.. .
right than all of you, oh you who take advantage of Islam. Who are you
to rule in the name of Islam? If you want to rule in the name of Islam,
then the Prophet's family is most worthy and has more right...
freedom. One is a Shafi'i, another a Maliki, another an Ismai'ili
[Shi'ite], and another [follows the] Khawarij...
it is clear what is
permitted and what is forbidden, and Allah said: 'Do
not form groups and parties'... So why should we dispute? Over what?...
mosque that is Sunni?! Who holds this view? In the days of the Prophet,
was there a mosque for the Shi'ites and a mosque for the Sunnis?... They
are all Allah's mosques.
not all face the sacred house [i.e. the Ka'ba in Mecca]?
"The Two Holy Sites Are Mecca and Jerusalem"
say they are today. The two holy sites are Mecca and Jerusalem [and not
Mecca and Medina]...
family and of 'Ali. We thank them for joining [the supporters] of the
Prophet's family. This is a tremendous thing.
'Abdullah] in Jordan for example, are against the Shi'a. What does the Shi'a
means that we are the party of you, you there in Jordan. I am your
party, when I am a Shi'ite in Iran.
against others of us..."(4)
We Are Arabs, It Was Colonialism that Called Us Berbers
non-Arab Berber people in North Africa, drawing protest from Berbers,
minority rights activists, and liberals:
by land [barr barr], so they called us 'Berbers'.
The Phoenicians, who are Arabs like us and came from the East, came on
boats. They came to Phoenicia, and from Phoenicia started out from the
coast [al-sahil al-sahil], whereas we came by land, by land [barr barr].
So we are the 'by-land-by-
'You are Berbers, a different people. You are not Arabs.' They wanted
to make us err concerning our history, our origin, and our
Kingdom of Numidia. These are tribes we don't know at all. Perhaps they
were Semitic or Eastern [tribes] who came [to the region], but they
died out and are no more.
can't even pronounce their names.
say that these tribes died out during a 100-year drought. There was no rain
in North Africa, and
everyone died out, including the Amazigh tribes and the other tribes I
mentioned who were all in North Africa â" they all died out. The Berber
[barr barr] Arabs and the Phoenician [bahr bahr, i.e. "sea-sea"] Arabs
arrived, and [then] the [other] Arabs came after Islam.
other'. Whoever says this is an agent of colonialism. This is 'divide and
countries. European colonialism wants to divide North Africa and tear it
The International Campaign in Support of the Rights of the Amazigh in
Campaign in Support of the Rights of the Amazigh in Libya launched a
petition titled "Qaddafi and the Amazigh: A Policy of Blatant Enmity":
the official speech, which was broadcast on
television, by the ruler of Libya, Mu'ammar Gaddafi, on March 1, 2007, in
which he directly and
intentionally fell upon the Amazigh community in Libya. Likewise, we
strongly condemn all of the expressions of disparagement, negation, and
denial [of Amazigh existence], as well as the blatant expressions of
threat. [Likewise we condemn] the [attempt] to intimidate [the Amazigh] with
traitors â" accusations [launched] against the defenders of the Amazigh
movement who call for and work towards bringing attention to the rights
of the Amazigh in Libya..."
addition to prominent Amazigh/Berber activists, a large number of liberal
authors and human rights activists from elsewhere in the Middle East
also signed, including some of the leading figures at the recent Zurich
Conference on Minorities in the Middle East and North Africa:(7) Egyptian
scholar Dr. Sa's Al-Din Ibrahim; Dr. Shaker Al-Nabulsi; 'Adly Youssef,
chairman of Copts United; Tunisian professor Iqbal Al-Gharbi; Simon
Dang, a Darfour refugee and activist; Yemenite women's rights activist Dr.
Elham Mane'; Iraqi reformist author Dr. 'Abd Al-Khaliq Hussein; liberal
Palestinian journalist Ahmad Abu Matar; Egyptian Coptic intellectual
and human rights activist Magdi Khalil; and Dr. Wafa Sultan.(8)
(1) Al-Zahra ("the Radiant") is an epithet added by Shi'ites to the
name of Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad and the wife of 'Ali, and
Al-Azhar is the corresponding masculine form. Al-Azhar in Cairo, today one
the foremost bastions of Sunni orthodoxy, was originally established in
the late 10th century by the Fatimids as an Isma'ili Shi'ite institution.
Al-Sadiq is considered by Shi'ites the sixth Imam; the
question of the identity of his successor led to a split between Isma'ili
Shi'ites (the Fatimids' sect) and Twelver Shi'ites, the sect followed by
most modern Shi'ites.
(3) Wasiy is the term Shi'ites use for 'Ali in order to express his
status as the rightful successor to Muhammad.
(4) Wikalat Al-Jamahiriya L'il-anba', April 1, 2007.
(5) "Amazigh", literally "one who is free", is a term many Berbers
prefer when referring to themselves.
http://www.akhbar- libya.com/ index.php? option=com_ content&task=view&id=5149&Itemid=51 .
http://www.thememri blog.org/ blog_personal/ en/1106.htm.
(8) http://www.tawalt. com/qaddafi_ imazighen_ list.cfm.
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