Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini

Who was the Grand Mufti, Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini?

Haj Muhammad Amin al-Husseini was born to the wealthy, prominent and a devout Muslim Husseini family in 1893 in Jerusalem. The family was the most powerful and influential clans of the Ottoman Province, with his grandfather Mustafa and half-brother Kamal both being the muftis of Jerusalem. Husseini attended Al-Azhar University of Cairo and studied Islamic philosophy, carrying on his family tradition. Husseini received the honorary title of ‘Haj’ on his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1913.


Husseini voluntarily joined the Ottoman Army during the First World War and was recruited as an artillery officer. He came back to Jerusalem in 1917, finding his home to be very different from when he left. This was due to the fact that the Palestinian population of 800,000 people was made up of mostly Arabs and Muslims in particular. Husseini got offended at all the Jewish immigrants who poured from all over Europe as a part of the Zionist movement. It was not only a religious concern for him but he saw each Jew coming in the land as the reason to displace an Arab. He saw Jewish immigration as a threat to Arabs and Islam, foreseeing a time where Jews would be diluting Palestinian population and would eventually start demanding political rights.

The whole idea of sharing their land with anti-Islamic nation and ending the Muslim control was unacceptable to Husseini from the beginning so he rejected Balfour Declaration and also the British Mandate in Palestine. Thus it was clear that Husseini was not in favor of the Jewish immigration from the very beginning and condemned at every step. He founded a Society of Palestinian Youth and went as far as taking part in launching attacks on the Jews. He was accused for the same by British authorities and sentenced to imprisonment for ten years. Things took a turn in 1920 when Husseini was given the title of “Gran Mufti” by the British High Commissioner Sir Herbert Samuel who took Husseini under his patronage as he sought to extend his hand befriending Palestinian Arabs.

Nazis found in Arab an ally in the form of Husseini who declared him to be the “Fuhrer of the Arabic World”. He took a refuge in Egypt after the war ended in 1945 and influenced people like Anwar Sadat, Gamal Abdul Nasser and Yasser Arafat. Yasser Arafat met Grand Mufti while he was still young. He became his role model and a mentor and also involved Arafat in his cover network.

Arab Muslims consider Haj Amin Al-Husseini not only as the man of the past but also the man of the present. He still is a role model for a number of groups of radical Muslims who have common views with him regarding Jews, West and the Sharia Law. He was one of the dearest friends Nazis had, who helped and got help from them in the times of war. One can say that Haj Amin was the father of Arab nationalism and the only reason he is not revered as much in Palestine today is because “he did not succeed in destroying the Jews and Israel”.

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§ 19 Responses to Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini

  • Black Rabbit says:

    “At the Nuremberg Trials, Eichmann’s deputy Dieter Wisliceny (subsequently executed as a war criminal) testified:

    ‘The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry … (blah blah)’”

    No he didn’t, you liar, he never even mentioned the Mufti in his entire testimony.

    Read it for yourself, Dieter Wisliceny testified on the Jan 3, 1946, Afternoon Session. IMT Blue Series Volume IV page 355-373:
    http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/01-03-46.asp#wisliceny

    I suggest you check sources before repeating the propaganda lies of others.

  • Jon Erland Madsen says:

    In the Wikipedia biography of Yassir Arafat, he is said to belong to another clan than Haj Amin al-Husseini. The latter is from the al-Husseinis of Jerusalem, while Afarat allegedly came from the al-Husseini clan of Gaza. They were, thus, not related.

    • Ken Wardlaw says:

      Regardless of what Wikipedia claims as Yasser Arafat’s lineage, Yasser Arafat himself on more that one occasions claimed to be related to the Haj.

  • Jon Erland Madsen says:

    Arafat’s close relationship to the nazi mufti seems to be negated on this pro-israeli web site as well

  • Greg Lanning says:

    It is absolutely true – but absolutely irrelevant – that Wisliceny’s 1946 testimony did not even mention the Mufti. Wisleceny was already talking before 1946. The role of the Grand Mufti as one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry was given by Wisliceny two years earlier in a conversation with Endre Steiner in Bratislava in June of 1944 and is cited by David Dallin in his book The Myth of Hitler’s Pope.

    • Mitchell Wachtel says:

      Very true. I hope our Catholic friends do not think most Jews are opposed to Pius XII. It’s good you have mentioned that book.

  • Omar Ibrahim says:

    A brave uncompromising man whose personal ambitions did complicate the issue BUT was, certainly, NOT the sole reason for Arab defeat at the First, presently ongoing, round.
    MAY GOD receive him in his bounty and compassion.

    • Doug says:

      Wondering if there is any certainty that he was received by God when Muhammad (SAW) prayed 1000 times and still was unsure himself?

  • Qamaruddin Khan says:

    Whatever the Jews and Christian writers and politician may say about Haj Aminul Husseini he was a great leader and a brave soldier who fought for free and independent Palestine – the homeland of the Arabs. If he was actively involved in Gas Chamber killings, why he was not tried at Nuremberg? Because there was no evidence to prove it.

    • Ribb says:

      …No, he just collaborated with them. That’s really different, isn’t it?

    • Tomato Cain says:

      Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has not been indicted, but he does in fact call for the anihilation of Israel.

    • Ulrich Nehls says:

      Husseini wasn’t charged of having taken part in gas chamber killings, of course. And he wasn’t a german or austrian born person, as were those held responsible in the Nuremberg trials. Husseini was arrested in Switzerland after fleeing by airplane in 1945, handed over to french officials and then released to Egypt.

  • haissam zaina says:

    equating the palestinans with the nazis to justify their destruction does not work except for american and
    european audiance, the majority of humanity are non white and hostile to zionist racist colonialism.

    • Am Yisroel says:

      Really–and you speak for the 1.3 billion Chinese and the 1 billion Indians who comprise the majority of the “non white” world?

      That is funny because they seem to love Israel just fine–seeing how their trade with Israel exceeds their trade with the ENTIRE ARAB world COMBINED.

      BTW–none are more racist than the Arabs, who persecute and murder non-Muslims all over the planet.

  • Len Giles says:

    The famous author, and activist,Roger Tucker, (author of the book: “The case against Israel’s right to exist”), made the following comments recently: “Zionism and Nazism are identical manifestations of the same basic pathology. Zionism is definitely dangerous to the well-being of humanity.”

  • Vicky Arora says:

    Not only do Americans and Europeans have reservations about the muslim world but so does the majority of India, China and Russia. When will the Muslims realize that they have a serious image problem. When will the “moderate” muslims rise up and assert much touted “principles of Mohamed” of peace and equality? Never, I am sure.

  • Rachel says:

    Haj Amin Al Hussieni collaborated with the Nazi to the extent that he also sent delegation to Arab leaders such as to the King of Yemen at the time asking the King to participate in the ‘final solution’ that is extermination of the Jews. But the Yemeni King was very protective of the Jews and he simply told the Haj delegation that they should leave Yemen or he would do to them what they want to do to the Jews.

  • Debra Dirks says:

    These comments represent a very sad example of people talking past each other without any real communication going on at all. Try a different presentation of this issue of history in my novel The Peacemakers Struggle. God willing it will promote understanding of all sides of these issues both, current and past.

  • rosenberg says:

    As the child of parents who survived the concentration camps I have dedicated a my academic career and my clerical calling to educate the next generation to learn the lessons of the Nazi horrors. The first lesson of the holocaust is that the murder of6 million Jews in 21 nations did not begin with an edict to cast the Jews into the ovens. It began with a policy of demonizing the Jews as if they were less than human. Throughout WWII, the exiled Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al Husseini, operated out of Hitler’s bunker and broadcast and rantings that called for the murder of the Jews on Nazi radio, in the Arabic language, a daily radio message that was beamed to the middle east, while the Mufti actively recruited Arabs to join SS units that systematically rounded up and executed thousands of Jewish families in the Balkans.

    Last Friday, on January 4th, 2013, Mahmood Abbas, the leader of what the UN has defined as the State of Palestine, issued a speech in which he praised the legacy of the Mufti of Jerusalem and of slew of Arabs who have murdered Jews over the past generation. To ignore Abbas’s message is ignore the first lesson of the holocaust, which is that anyone who glorifies hose who murder Jews is to be held culpable in the advocacy of mass murder/

    It is therefore incumbent on every person of conscience to condemn Abbas and to break off all relations with him and the entity that he represents.

    I await a response from the representatives of every Jewish organization and from every responsible cleric.

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