Quote of the Day - January 24, 2012
by FSM: QUOTE OF THE DAY
January 24, 2012
In 1492, Boabdil (Abu Abdullah, Muhammad XII of Granada), the twenty-second and last Nasrid ruler of Granada, was forced to flee from his palace. The Christian army of Ferdinand and Isabella, King and Queen of Castille, had routed the last remaining source of Islamic power in Iberia, after nearly 800 years of dominance. Forcing Boabdil from his residence in the Calat Alhambra palace and driving out his retinue was the last major act of the Reconquista.
Boabdil (pictured) had been captured. After kissing the hands of Ferdinand and Isabella he was released. With his close retinue, he was allowed safe passage to leave Spain. As they went south, they came to a rocky outcrop on the Sierra Nevada pass (now called Puerto del Suspiro del Moro or the Pass of the Moor’s Sigh). From here there was a last chance to view the city of Granada and the surrounding land which had been Boabdil’s kingdom.
According to tradition, as Boabdil paused here and looked back at the land he no longer commanded, his mother Aisha noticed that he was weeping.
She reputedly said to him:
“Why weep like a woman for what you couldn’t defend like a man?”
While we in the West allow our leaders to consort with and be advised by Islamists who would happily see our democracies destroyed, will these words eventually apply to us?
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