Ahmed Yassin - The Man Who Revived a Nation
“The West demands from us that we stop the resistance.
Instead of asking the occupiers to leave our land, they ask us
to surrender to the occupier… The peace that reinforces
occupation, settlements, and the exiling of the Palestinian
people, is not really peace.”
- Sheikh Ahmed Yassin
Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Yassin was
born in the village of Al-Jora, Majdal district, in 1938
* Born in
what was then Palestine under the British mandate, Sheikh
Yassin’s political views were forged at a time of humiliation
and defeat for the Palestinians.
responsible for eleven children, the elderly sheikh belonged to
one of many families expelled from their homes by invading
Israeli forces during the first Arab-Israeli conflict of 1948
and sought refuge in the nearby Gaza Strip.
* The Sheikh
was paralyzed in his youth as a result of an accident while
exercising on the beaches of Gaza.
* He, other
than his complete paralysis, suffered a number of other
disabilities and diseases including loss of eyesight in his
right eye due to Zionist blows during interrogation in addition
to weakness in his left eye. He also suffered from chronic
inflammation in his ear, lung infection and other diseases in
* He devoted
his early life to Islamic scholarship and studied at
al-Azhar University in Cairo, the
birthplace of the Muslim Brotherhood.
It was there that he developed the belief that Palestine is
Islamic land “consecrated for future Muslim generations until
* Back in
Gaza, Yassin continued with his life and became a teacher of
Arabic Language and Islamic Culture. He also worked as a
chairman of the Islamic Complex in Gaza before
his arrest in 1983 for possession
of weapons, establishing a military organization and championing
the annihilation of the Hebrew state.
His release was secured in 1985 as
part of a prisoner exchange deal.
Ahmad Yassin founded the Islamic
Resistance Movement, Hamas, along with a number of
Islamic activists in the Gaza Strip in 1987, from that time
forward, he would be seen as the spiritual
leader of the Islamic resistance movement in Palestine.
* In 1989,
Sheikh Yassin was arrested by the Israelis.
* On the 16th
of October in 1991, a Zionist army court
passed a life sentence in addition to
15 years imprisonment sentence
against Sheikh Ahmed Yassin after an indictment list leveled
nine charges against him including inciting the kidnap and
killing of Zionist soldiers and the establishment of the Hamas
Movement’s security and military wings.
* He was
eventually released in 1997, in exchange for two Israeli agents
arrested in Jordan during an attempt to assassinate another
Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal.
* Though the
Palestinian Authority recognized the importance of the
resistance effort, it placed Sheikh Ahmad Yassin under house
arrest on a number of occasions.
Ahmed Yassin survived a Zionist assassination attempt on the 6th
of September in 2003 when Zionist army choppers fired missiles
at a house in Gaza. He was only lightly injured in his right
on the 22nd of March in 2004, the daybreak was indeed a strange
one. Smoke filled the sky. The silence was broken by the sound
of bombs going off. Three bombs were dropped from the air from
Apache helicopters upon the aged, crippled man in his wheelchair
as he was being pushed along down the road to the mosque for his
Many righteous people from the Muslim
community have witnessed that Sheikh Ahmad Yassin lived his life
struggling and died a martyr by Allah’s grace, declaring that we
must consider him as such and that with Allah is the final