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Sayid Mohamed Abdule Hasan established the Dervish State in Somalia that fought the 20 year-long Campaign against British, Italian and Ethiopian forces

iftineducation.com – Sayid Mohamed Abdule Hasan established the Dervish State in Somalia that fought the 20 year-long Campaign against British, Italian and Ethiopian forces. He was famous for his poetry and is unofficially the father of Modern Somalia! One of his famous poems is written as follows:


“I say no to his (British) peace that will never be honest
I decline his gift of which the other world the reward is hell
I abstained all and discarded his gold offer
I opted war more than his peace, wasn’t wrong choice
I picked divine abode (Fardowsaad) in the next world
I made a clear choice of the two pleasures and picked the next world,
I turned down dimwit infidel’s companion bootlicking
And say no to party with the son-of a bitche and reject pigsty houses
I can’t be porter for the colony, like the loose-lipped, talkative Iidoor men
I have not taken the turban just to brook for the colony
I do not disobey thee Lord (ALLAH) to bless infidels



Sayyid Mohammed was someone who could speak in his poem across cultures and make his followers feel the abundant miseries European imperialist inflicted their faith and values that fueled the savagery revolt against British colonial power. The reminiscence of his philosophy, devotion and sacrifice for the freedom and the initiation of statehood for then balkanized Somali tribes inspired Somalis of the horn for generations. Sayyid Mohammed up to today remains immortal memory as an African hero and as an identity for all Somalis in the horn!

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