Umair Ul Umar

Eisa Fazili and Syed Owais, my university mates

Eisa Fazili and Syed Owais, my university mates

Soren Kierkegaard: “The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins.” Martyrdom is defined as voluntary death for a cause. Martyrdom is the ultimate and apocalyptic vindication of the martyr’s cause and proof of his righteousness. The power of martyrdom lies in its potential to change society. It forces […]

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The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar?

The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar?

When I learned of the death of Kamal al-Assar, a few years ago, I was baffled. He was only in his 40s. I remember him in his prime, a young rebel, leading the neighborhood youth, armed with rocks and slingshots, in a hopeless battle against the Israeli army. Understandably, we lost, but we won something […]