Omar Al-Mukhtar

Omar al-Mukhtar

On 16 September 1931, Omar Mukhtar, the leader of the Libyan resistance to the Italian occupation, was publicly executed by the Italian Army. A Quran teacher and Imam by training, he led the Libyan struggle against the Italian occupation for over 20 years.

Although fighting against occupation, he was unstinting in his resolve to carry himself, and his followers with honour, and dignity. In one oft quoted incident he was protecting two Italian survivors saying “We do not kill prisoners.” Some of his followers questioned this commenting “They do it to us.” Omar Mukhtar responded with, “They are not our teachers.”


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