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Izz ad-Din al-Qassam

Influential leader, resistance, and preacher

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Date of Birth:



Ladeqiya, Syria

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Izz ad-Din al-Qassam was a prominent Muslim preacher, religious teacher, and social reformer.

He became a leading figure in resistance against British and Jewish forces in Palestine.

His actions and martyrdom in 1935 sparked the Great Revolt of 1936-39.

Al-Qassam's legacy influenced subsequent Palestinian leaders, including Yasser Arafat.

The military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, is named after him, signifying his lasting impact on Palestinian national identity and resistance movements.

Brief bio

Born in Syria, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam was deeply involved in anti-colonial struggles and the fight against Zionist movements in the Levant.
After fleeing from French rule in Syria, he settled in British mandate Palestine, where he rallied the lower classes, especially landless farmers, against British and Jewish forces.
He founded the Black Hand, a militant organization, and led numerous attacks and acts of sabotage.
His death during a confrontation with British forces turned him into a symbol of resistance and martyrdom.

Major Milestones


  • Born in Ladeqiya, Syria in 1882.

  • Played a key role in the 1921 Syrian revolt against French rule.

  • Fled to Haifa, Palestine, post-French siege in parts of Syria.

  • Founded the Black Hand in 1930, an anti-Zionist and anti-British militant organization.

  • Martyred by British forces in a manhunt and gun battle in 1935, leading to his martyrdom.

  • Pioneering the use of guerrilla tactics in the Palestinian resistance...See More

  • Mobilizing and inspiring the Palestinian lower classes and farmers.

  • Leading the first organized armed resistance against British and Zionist forces.

  • His death ignited the Great Revolt of 1936-39, a major uprising against British rule.

  • His legacy continued to influence Palestinian resistance movements and leaders

Date of Last Update: 
January 16, 2024

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