by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah
Tick-tock! “Eternally Husseini” is just 21 days away!!
Father of the Arabs. Voice of the Arabs. Smile of the Arabs. Hope of the Arabs. Liberator of Egypt. Sire of the Nonaligned Movement. Unifier of Africa. Gamal Abdel Nasser, rendered here spectacularly and beautifully by the invaluable and incomparable Mohammad Hamza of Intifada Street, was all that and more. Much, MUCH more. The revolutionary legacies of so many are directly linked to Nasser and all that he achieved after throwing off the shackles of the Egyptian monarchy and Rothschild-financed British Imperialism–everyone from Indonesia’s Sukarno to Ghana’s Nkrumah, Congo’s Lumumba to Palestine’s Habash, Libya’s Qadhafi to Syria’s Hafez al-Assad and more. Much, MUCH more. Nasser was larger than life. Larger than reality itself! He was a giant who could walk through solar systems as if he was merely crossing the street and thanks to his unmatched eloquence, unrivaled passion and all-encompassing love for our people, millions upon millions of Arabs and others in the Global South achieved Mouqawamah Consciousness under his watch.
Algeria was freed from French colonialism largely due to Nasser’s backing. Yemen was freed from Saudi-backed tyranny largely due to Nasser’s backing. Oman, where PFLOAG waged a revolution of epic proportions, would’ve been free from the Sultan’s iron grip if Nasser had not been taken from us so soon. Though the usurping Zionist entity’s Mossad poisoned him on September 28th, 1970, and though the last 47 years have seen Sadat, Mubarak, Mursi and Sisi undo much of his impeccable and heroic work, we still have everything that he achieved in the most important notebooks of ANY revolutionary: our hearts and our souls. Nasser’s Free Officers Revolution and subsequent liberationist project of Arab Nationalism were obviously secular but he was still a devout Muslim who wanted the Ummah unified in the face of the ‘Israeli’ enemy. And on this very note, what sticks out most to me, personally, about Nasser’s remarkable life, was how he diligently worked with prominent and brilliant Al-Azhar cleric Sheikh Mahmoud Shaltut to end sectarianism and purge Sunni Islam’s most important religious institution of Saudi Arabia’s pernicious influence. Shaltut passed a binding fatwa that made Jaafari Shi’a Islam as legitimate to Sunnis as their own 4 schools of thought, solidifying that Muslims are one. Nasser had prevailed over Al-Saud’s filth and fitnah.
And it is this beautiful revolutionary action that prompted Iron Galaxy and I to have Hamza include Nasser in the “Eternally Husseini” promo artwork, though I don’t mention him by name on the record. Just as Imam Hussein (A.S.) sought to unify the Ummah through his sacrifice on Ashoura, Nasser sought to unify the Ummah through his deeds even if it meant his life. Indeed, bringing Muslims together–as the Empire is trying to kill you and liquidate the revolutionary movement you established from the bottom up–simply SCREAMS “Eternally Husseini”. We pray that we honor Nasser with this album… Ain’t no doubt that we wouldn’t even be here without him. #EternallyHusseiniComingSoon #HusseiniDayMay25th #MaddCold #HipHopHizbullah #LongLiveNasser