April 30, 2014

On this day April 30th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

An African army of moors let by General Tarik Bin Ziyad invades Europe via Spain. This warrior also known as Tarik al Gibral insipred the name of the 1,398 feet high limestone mountain which intersected North West Africa and Spain. A gateway perhaps to another world. This border was also known as Calpe (Latin), or Jabal Tariq, (mountain of Tariq, Arabic) and in spanish Peñón de Gibraltar. The term Rock of Gibraltar became synonymous with "solid" strength and might, as attributed to the victorious Moorish conquest.


On April 30, 711 AD General Tarik al Gibral traversed to Andalus, which was Spain under rule of the Visigoths. Tarik traced his roots to Nafza Berber which was a linguistic-ethnic group of Africa. A native of Sudan, the short stature, woolly hair, brown skin trooper was accompanied by an army of 7,000, majority blacks, and converts to Islam. A reinforcement of 5,000 men was sent by Musa bin Nusayr, a ruler of the northern provinces of Africa. Tariq and Musa also shared differences.

Tariq won a decisive victory when King Roderic was defeated and killed on July 19 at the Battle of Guadalete. King Roderick was drowned in the river. This remarkable victory of Tariq broke the morale of the Spaniards, and henceforward, they did not dare face the Muslims in the open. The Moors have been credited with bringing virtues such as hygiene and higher standards to the people of Europe.

Famous quote from General Tarik al Gibral; “Brothers in Islam! We now have the enemy in front of us and the deep sea behind us. We cannot return to our homes, because we have burnt our boats. We shall now either defeat the enemy and win or die a coward’s death by drowning in the sea. Who will follow me?”

The Muslim army emerged victorious and conquered Spain. The place where he landed was named Jabal Al-Tariq by the Muslims, later altered to Gibraltar. That name is a reminder of our glorious past and a heroic man who rose to the heights of courage on simply their faith and self-belief.

Al Maggari: Tarik's Address to His Soldiers, 711 CE, from The Breath of Perfumes


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