Never Forget Bosnia & Alija Izetbegovic’s “The Islamic Declaration”

Twenty years ago this week, the war against Islam in Bosnia began in earnest. In 1990 Alija Izetbegovic the first & former President of Bosnia & Hercegovina laid the intellectual foundations of what an Islamic State today should be in “The Islamic Declaration – A Programme for the Islamisation of Muslims and Muslim Peoples”.

I’ve taken the liberty to upload the actual typed document that was faxed to many a Muslim country when Bosnia declared it’s independence.

If Islam, politics, governance & statehood is something that you consider crucial to your understanding, then The Islamic Declaration is a must read.

It was the quest for an Islamic statehood that made the Serbs state:

“300,000 Muslims Will Die, They Will Disappear From The Face of This Earth”

It was Radovan Karadzic who said:

“We Fought A “Just & Holy War”

Whilst the Muslim population defending themselves were made to disarm in Srebrenica, leading to more than 8,000 Bosnian men and boys being murdered in death camps and some 30,000 Bosnian Muslims were ethnically cleansed, while countless women and girls were brutally raped.

Try telling me it wasn’t Christian extremists who were carving crosses into the chests of Muslims who were in the death camps.

I want to leave you with pictures taken in Sarajevo this past weekend to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Bosnian war.

Once bullets, now pens, souvenirs for tourists

Rose marks the spot where 26 people killed in May 1992 in Sarajevo

Memorial concert for 11541 empty red chairs, one for every person killed during siege of Sarajevo

Empty chairs for all the children killed in the siege of Sarajevo, Bosnia

Like a red scar through the heart of Sarajevo. A chair each for the dead. Utterly & unbearably moving

Flowers & notes for Sarajevo dead

Red line, Sarajevo

More flowers for Sarajevo dead

red line concert for 11,541 dead in the siege of Sarajevo

For further analysis on Alija Izetbegovic’s book, The Islamic Declaration, visit the Muslim think-tank Grande Strategy.

Picture credits go to Jeremy Bowen @jfjbowen

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