Saturday, April 19, 2008

Moqtada al Sadr: Enough !

Here is my version of the last few paragraphs of Moqtada al-Sadr's statement, issued Saturday, April 19, warning of "open war until liberation". See also other excerpts and helpful explanations on the RoadstoIraq site.

The text follows:

And look, what is the sin of the followers of Al Sadr that they should emerge from the oppression of the destroyer [Saddam] to fall, thereafter, under the oppression of the occupation, and of the government and the nawasib, and the great and the pulpits and the rumors and the assassinations and the policies that have come to us from beyond the borders, and the silence of the religious powers, and of the political powers, domestic and foreign and international? The beloved Gaza was blockaded and everyone was silent, and [likewise] now the city [Sadr City] is blockaded and everyone is silent, and where now are human rights, and [the rule of] laws, which they wish to impose for the sake of their spurious "freedom and democracy"?

Is their sin resistance which is the honor and strength of this world and the next, because the people have not and will not compromise their right to resist the occupier of any nationality. And we will announce, if they do not come to their senses, war until liberation and by God the blood of martyrs for liberation is in our veins, and it will be received by God with the best acceptance.

Or is their sin that they are the popular base which has not accepted your politics and your ugly worldly fighting, because they do not accept the partition of Iraq, nor do they accept the theft of its wealth, or any long-term agreement that favors the occupier more than it favors Iraqis, or leaving camps or fixed bases for the occupier... How many times have we extended our hand to our Sunni and Shia compatriots, sometimes praying together in the Abu Hanifa mosque [Sunni], and sometimes in the Buratha mosque [Supreme council]. And look how we were received! And we do not forget in our tribulation--in fact we are a tribe that favors them even in our penury--the Iraqi minorities, because we have defended the Christians, and the Shabak and the Turkman and the Chaldeans and others, and we still do. And what has been our reward for that except attacks on our Messenger, and the Pope going to visit the biggest country occupying our Iraq, forgetting the oppression that the Iraqi people face--both the majority and the minority. And forgetful likewise of the suffering of the people from poverty and want and lack of basic services and security and in other ways.

And therefore I direct this last warning and last word to the government of Iraq: Either it comes to its senses, takes the path of peace and renounces violence against its people, or else it will be like the government of the destroyer [Saddam], and even if everyone has allied with them [the present government], earlier they were allies of ours, and they could be [allies of ours] again...If [the government] does not come to its senses and sweep away its recalcitrance, and that of the militias that are part of it, then we will declare open war until liberation. For there is no charge of wrongdoing in against a person who is forced [to do something] against his will.

Finally I wish to thank those of the authorities who have spoken out through their preachers in rejection of the blockading of cities and particularly Sadr City, and against the government attacking persons for political reasons. And I criticize the silence of those of them who merely listen, and look--desiring from them and from the government of Iraq that they should demand from the occupier a schedule for its withdrawal at the earliest possible time.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why didn't you translate the word "nawasib"? As you well know, it is an insult used to refer to Sunnis.

1:22 PM  
Blogger badger said...

Actually I learned that from the RTI site, one reason I referred people there for explanations.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a search engine called google....
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=nawasib++sadr&btnG=Search

5:02 PM  
Blogger NonArab-Arab said...

Hey anonymous, if your Arabic is so good and your spare time so abundant, start your own blog and provide even 10% of the service that Badger does. Maybe then you'll be in a position to turn snarky (and non-anonymous).

6:08 PM  
Anonymous JTM said...

Actually, Nawasib is a term used to refer only to those Sunnis who profess a hatred for the Shi'ite prophet. It doesn't apply to all Sunnis. It's more akin to "Islamic extremist," which is supposed to refer only to a subset of all Muslims.

In other words, for anyone but an Ann Coulter wanna-be, it's more subtle. More importantly, it is not inconsistent for al-Sadr to simultaneous reject Nawasibs and also pray with (other) Sunnis.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Shi'ite prophet"

The Shi'ite have a prophet other than Mohammed PBUH ?????????

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

interestingly when i came to that word, nawasib, prior to reading the rest of the text, i googled it.

from your own link anon, we have cole

From his side, Muqtada makes a distinction between "Sunnis" on the one hand, and "Saddamis" and "Nawasib" on the other. (Nawasib are those Sunnis who have a violent hatred for the Shiites and the family of the Prophet, and nowadays in Iraq "al-Qaeda" would be such a group in Muqtada's eyes.)

although from my initial google, the link at the top was here, and frankly i wondered what docstrangelove's qualifications were for this..

It is an insult used to refer to Sunnis. It is not a word you would use when you are interested in reconciliation. It is a word you would use to incite hate and violence.

so perhaps it is a derogatory term to describe the kind of sunnis who might hate any shia so much they would seek revenge by any means to kill them. i don't know.

after all there were obviously plenty of shia available to drill holes in sunni.

jesus. who exploits this? who does it serve? does acknowledging the reality CAUSE the reality?

emerge from the oppression of the destroyer [Saddam] to fall, thereafter, under the oppression of the occupation, and of the government and the nawasib

there are extremists in every segment, including ours. they threaten the fabric of iraq. they are used as tools to divide iraq.

is sadr an extremist? from this speech is doesn't sound like it.

interesting after my diversion re that word and then read the comments.

annie

2:12 AM  
Blogger William deB. Mills said...

Many thanks for your translation of Moqtada’s speech – much more revealing than the snippets provided by the mainstream media.

Moqtada’s answer to his own question about the reasons for the attack on his forces is important:
“is their sin that they are the popular base which has not accepted your politics and your ugly worldly fighting, because they do not accept the partition of Iraq, nor do they accept the theft of its wealth, or any long-term agreement that favors the occupier more than it favors Iraqis, or leaving camps or fixed bases for the occupier?”

That, by the way, constitutes a pretty reasonable and moderate political platform – peace, unity, freedom. It also must truly resonate with the people of Sadr City.

We should beware the latent power of a population that is forced to stand up to protect itself.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this translation via google "is Sadr an extremist" (its the 2. entry) because in the mainstream media i allways read he was an extremist but i didn't find any evidence.
Now at last I know he is not as bad as the media wants us to believe.

thanks for this

12:05 PM  

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