Motivation speech of Muslim General Tariq ibn Ziyad who conquest Spain and Portugal

Tariq ibn Ziyad is considered to be one of the most important military commanders in Islamic history. He was initially the deputy of Musa ibn Nusair in North Africa, and was sent by his superior from the north coast of Morocco to launch the first thrust of a conquest of the Visigothic Kingdom (comprising modern Spain and Portugal).

Tariq ibn Ziyad or Taric bin Zeyad (also spelled as Tarique, Tarik or Tarek) (Arabic: طارق بن زياد‎, 15 November 689 – 11 April 720) was a great Muslim Umayyad general who led the conquest of Visigothic Hispania in 711 under the orders of the Umayyad Caliph Al-Walid I.

Around the Tariq’s life , there are many legends.

On April 29 711, the armies of Tariq, composed of recent converts to Islam,[5] landed at Gibraltar (the name Gibraltar is derived from the Arabic name Jabal al Tariq, which means mountain of (the) Tariq, or the more obvious Gibr Tariq, meaning rock of Tariq).

The 17th century Muslim historian Al-Maqqari wrote that upon landing, Tariq burned his ships and then made a speech, well-known in the Muslim world, to his soldiers.


  1. Oh my warriors, whither would you flee?
    • Behind you is the sea, before you, the enemy.
    • You have left now only the hope of your courage and your constancy.
  2. Remember that in this country you are more unfortunate than the orphan seated at the table of the avaricious master.
  3. Your enemy is before you,
    • protected by an innumerable army;
    • he has men in abundance,
  4. but you, as your only aid,
    • have your own swords,
    • and, as your only chance for life, such chance as you can snatch from the hands of your enemy.
  5. If the absolute want to which you are reduced is prolonged ever so little,
    • if you delay to seize immediate success,
    • your good fortune will vanish,
    • and your enemies, whom your very presence has filled with fear, will take courage.
  6. Put far from you the disgrace from which you flee in dreams, and attack this monarch who has left his strongly fortified city to meet you.
  7. Here is a splendid opportunity to defeat him,
    • if you will consent to expose yourselves freely to death.
    • Do not believe that I desire to incite you to face dangers which I shall refuse to share with you.
    • In the attack I myself will be in the fore, where the chance of life is always least.
  8. Remember that if you suffer a few moments in patience, you will afterward enjoy supreme delight.
    • Do not imagine that your fate can be separated from mine,
    • and rest assured that if you fall, I shall perish with you, or avenge you.
  9. You have heard that in this country_
    • there are a large number of ravishingly beautiful Greek maidens,
    • their graceful forms are draped in sumptuous gowns on which gleam pearls, coral, and purest gold, and they live in the palaces of royal kings.
  10. The Commander of True Believers, Alwalid, son of Abdalmelik, has chosen you
    •  for this attack from among all his Arab warriors;
    • and he promises that you shall become his comrades
    • and shall hold the rank of kings in this country.
    • Such is his confidence in your intrepidity.
  11. The one fruit which he desires to obtain from your bravery is that the word of God shall be exalted in this country, and that the true religion shall be established here.
  12. The spoils will belong to yourselves.

Remember that I place myself in the front of this glorious charge which I exhort you to make.

  1. At the moment when the two armies meet hand to hand,
    • you will see me,
    • never doubt it,
    • seeking out this Roderick,
    • tyrant of his people,
    • challenging him to combat, if God is willing.
  2. If I perish after this,
    • I will have had at least the satisfaction of delivering you,
    • and you will easily find among you an experienced hero,
    • to whom you can confidently give the task of directing you.
  3. But should I fall before I reach to Roderick,
    • redouble your ardor,
    • force yourselves to the attack
    • and achieve the conquest of this country,
    • in depriving him of life.
    • With him dead, his soldiers will no longer defy you.”

The Muslim armies swept through Hispania and, in the summer of 711, won a decisive victory when the Visigothic king, Roderic, was defeated and killed on July 19 at the Battle of Guadalete. Afterwards, Tariq was made governor of Hispania but eventually was called back to Damascus by the Umayyad Caliph Al-Walid I, where he spent the rest of his life.


  1. Tariq ibn Ziyad. From Wikipedia
  2. Gibraltar. From Wikiped
  3. Rock of Gibraltar. From Wikipedia

The Rock of Gibraltar (sometimes by its Latin name, Calpe,[1] or its Arabic name, Jabal al Tariq (“Rock of Tariq”), from which its English name is derived; Peñón de Gibraltar in Spanish) is a monolithic limestone promontory located in Gibraltar, off the southwestern tip of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula.[2] It is 426 m (1,398 ft) high. The Rock is Crown property of the United Kingdom, and borders Spain. The sovereignty of Gibraltar was transferred from Spain to the Kingdom of Great Britain by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 after the War of the Spanish Succession.[3] In 2002, the United Kingdom and Spain were working on “ending the centuries old [sovereignty] dispute over the rock.”[4] Most of the Rock’s upper area is covered by a nature reserve, which is home to around 250 Barbary Macaques. These macaques, as well as a labyrinthine network of tunnels, attract a large number of tourists each year.

The Rock of Gibraltar was one of the Pillars of Hercules and was known to the Romans as Mons Calpe, the other pillar being Mons Abyla or Jebel Musa on the African side of the Strait. In ancient times the two points marked the limit to the known world, a myth originally fostered by the Phoenicians.

Gibraltar (play /ɪˈbrɔːltər/) is a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. It is a peninsula of 6.843 square kilometres (2.642 sq mi) whose isthmus connects to the north with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is the densely populated city area, home to almost 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities.[3]

Evidence of Neanderthal habitation in Gibraltar between 128,000 and 24,000 BCE has been discovered at Gorham’s Cave, making Gibraltar the last known holdout of the Neanderthals.[7] Within recorded history, the first inhabitants were the Phoenicians, around 950 BCE. Subsequently, Gibraltar became known as one of the Pillars of Hercules, after the Greek legend of the creation of the Strait of Gibraltar by Heracles.

An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession. The territory was subsequently ceded to Britain by Spain under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. It became an important base for the British Royal Navy, which drove the local economy and provided employment for a large portion of the local population. Today its economy is based largely on tourism, financial services and shipping.[4][5]

The sovereignty of Gibraltar is a major point of contention in Anglo-Spanish relations as Spain asserts a claim to the territory and seeks its return.[5] Gibraltarians resoundingly rejected proposals for Spanish sovereignty in referenda held in 1967 and 2002. Under its 2006 constitution Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some powers, such as defence and foreign relations, are reserved to the UK Government.

Seven centuries of Moorish control ended when Gibraltar was recaptured by the Duke of Medina Sidonia in 1462 as part of the Spanish Reconquista.

After the conquest, King Henry IV assumed the title of King of Gibraltar.


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7 Responses to “Motivation speech of Muslim General Tariq ibn Ziyad who conquest Spain and Portugal”

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  2. tariqbinziyad Says:

    You have heard that in this country_

    there are a large number of ravishingly beautiful Greek maidens,
    their graceful forms are draped in sumptuous gowns on which gleam pearls, coral, and purest gold, and they live in the palaces of royal kings.

    really is he a hero? is this why he conqured spain? what a shame….iam a muslim too but this is somthing i can not realte too

    • drkokogyi Says:

      May be those were some incentives but at least he is a good leader, fighter and could delivered the wining of those lands.
      We need to praise him and his efforts. Compare with the present 57 Muslim countries and other Muslims who are fighting the losing war against Islamophobia and those who even dare not open their borders to Palestinians…
      I have NO mood to rebut U. You need to have an optimistic view on Islamic history at least to inspire the new generation of Muslims brother.

  3. A.H.SOFI Says:

    There r some points in the speech which i think can’t be the actual words of Tariq ibn Ziyad. But these lines are fabricated lines regarding women , their beauty etc etc. This is the art of west to malign the muslim personalities.

  4. aiwadia Says:

    I agree , the enemies of Islam mix the truth and lies together to discredit Muslims. It reminds me of the Mel Brooks film Blazing Saddles : they are trying to make out that Muslims are only lascivious horney buggers .As if Tariq bin Ziyad was running around saying ‘where is the white women at’ He went at the behest of Julian to revenge his daughters rape and to bring the true religion and The Word of God to the Iberian peninsula. What a brave man to burn his ships- no retreat , no surrender.

  5. Ch Asif Mahmood Says:

    What a great man in history of Islam. It was glorious period of Muslim when they ruled Europe. Some lines are fabricated to malign Muslims. Muslim world needs Generals like this Great person. We are proud of him.

  6. saif Says:

    World would be better if todays generals or prime ministers had to take front line

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