The Battle for al-Andalus

Islam preys on weakness to conquer land, if one were to examine past conquests or entry to non-Muslim lands by immigration, then a takeover, it would be found this is the case.

We are seeing similar now with the Islamic State and Boko Haram (aligned with the Islamic State) entering regions which are destabilised or their fighters cause the destabilisation with Jihad.

Examples are Syria, Iraq, Egypt, the Philippines, Libya, Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and too many more to mention.

Due to the migrant flood, plus immigration programs since World War II, Jihad is now spilling into European land and becoming a common occurrence.


If we look back in history to the time of the invasion of Iberian Peninsula (now Spain and Portugal), the Visigoths (Germanic tribes) had control of the region, although due to struggles for power within their rule this had made the region weak. Christians and Jews were reportedly treated unfavourably during Visogoth rule, which assisted in the conquest as Jews and Christians likely thought they would get a better deal under the rule of Muslims, the conquerers are now known as the (Muslim) Moors.

Muslims had recently conquered the Berber tribes of the Maghreb; the Berbers were indigenous tribes who lived in small communities, lived by their own set of community rules and some worshipped their own Gods.

After the invasion of the Maghreb many were killed, enslaved and many natives subsequently converted to Islam.

Tariq Ibn Zayed, a Berber, was taken as a slave and later freed to convert to Islam.

Tariq was a commander under Musa ibn Nusayr, the governor of the Northern African part of the Maghreb under the Umayyad Caliphate, with its Capital in Damascus, Syria.

Tariq was ordered to undertake a looting spree and to invade further along the coast of the Maghreb, however he took it upon himself to cross the strait over to the Iberian Peninsula. Some historians record the objective of the expedition was to liberate the people under Visogoth rule and assist in a civil war against the ruling King Rodrigo.

Traitors within Iberian Peninsula alerted Tariq of the weak points along the coast and the best time to return to make an attack ; this happened many times during the invasion, including when Jews opened the city gates of Toledo to allow the Muslim army to enter the city.

And there Tariq invaded the Peninsula on 27th April 711, with an army of approximately 13 thousand men, they were primarily converts to Islam.

The name Gibraltar is said to be a corruption of – “Jabal Tariq”, which means “Mount Tariq” – Tariq landed the boats close to what is now commonly known as the rock of Gibraltar.


Salafi mosque at Gibraltar rock, built in 1995, gifted by the late King Fahd al-Saud of Saudi Arabia


Tariq’s army was immediately met with resistance and within a legendary tale, Tariq burned the boats used for the journey.

Tariq is reported to have said to his troops:

“My Dear brothers, we are here to spread the message of Allah. Now, the enemy is in front of you and the sea behind. You fight for His cause. Either you will be victorious or martyred. There is no third choice. All means of escape have been destroyed.”

This left no choice but for the Muslim men to fight for conquest, starting with the Battle at Guadelette.


As detailed in this photo, the British government must hold “Jihad in the way of Allah” in high regard as Tariq’s portrait and a Moorish Castle at the rock of Gibraltar was featured on the 1995 edition of the five pound note of Gibraltar.


During Ramadan – the year of 711, at the battle of Guadelete – King Rodrigo is to believed to have been killed whilst fighting the invaders along with his army, his body was never found after the battle; although his tomb was later found in Portugal.

Once the Muslim army had laid waste to the King’s army, they seperated into divisions and advanced north, one by one towns and cities submitted to the invaders, the rule of the King fell.

On hearing this Musa commanded an army of approximately eighteen thousand Muslims to travel from the Maghreb to the Iberian Peninsula. The army disembarked at Gibraltar and joined Tariq’s soldiers to conquer the Iberian Peninsula, they conquered Granada, Malaga, Meriden and Seville. Shortly afterwards, most of the Iberian Peninsula was under the rule of the Moors. The fall of Toledo was a pivotal point in the invasion as it was the Visogoth capital.

The Iberian Peninsula was re-named al-Andalus (The Vandals, the name given to Germanic Visagoths) by the conquering Umayyad Caliphate, the Capital was Cordoba.

The people of the land, Christians and Jews signed treaties and surrendered to Islamic rule, this would enable them keep their properties, many gave their daughters for marriage to Muslims and some converted to Islam.

At the battle of Guadelete there was a Visigoth, named Pelayo (Pelagius). Pelayo could see they were going to be defeated and began a journey to the mountains in Picos de Europa, part of the larger Cantabrian Mountain Range of northwestern Spain, where the climate was harsh and the mountains were rocky and hard to navigate.

This was where many non-Muslims fled to if they were not killed, converted, or brought under the Dhimmi system of paying the Jizyah.

Some of the Muslim army managed to make it to the north, but they never managed to gain a stronghold there and were always expelled.

Before Pelayo retreated to the mountains, a Muslim commander ordered Pelayo and his sister to be captured, for which she was.
A Muslim commander took a liking to Pelayo’s sister and took her for his hareem, he then married her. On the wedding day after the marriage ceremony, she allegedly committed suicide by taking poison.

On hearing this Pelayo rebelled against Muslims, refused to pay any Jizyah or submit to the rule. This was the point he decided to gather forces to fight the Muslim army and build his own army.

Pelayo and his small number of troops, retreated to a cave at Covadonga in North Western Spain. The Umayyad Caliphate wanted rid of this troublesome pocket of resistance and sent an army who sought Pelayo down within the mountains.

A Bishop named Oppo was sent to speak to Pelayo at first to ask him to submit, the Bishop had already colluded with Muslims at the first battle, this proved fruitless and Pelayo was adamant he would not.


The Bishop returned to the Muslim army commander and said:

“Go on to the cave and fight because only the sword will obtain anything from him.”


On arriving at the cave the Muslim army were reluctant to enter and made the decision to stay at the bottom, they shot arrows up, some of the arrows deflected off the mountains and killed the Muslims.
Pelayo having no real weapons had strategically placed his soldiers within the mountains, they hurled boulders and tree trunks down the mountains towards the Muslim army.

This method was successful, plus due to the Muslim army having no supplies, they starved and harsh weather conditions saw most die, the remainder retreated .


Covadonga Cave, now a tourist attraction


There was one more battle after this between Pelayo and Muslims in the northern vicinity, Muslims were again defeated. The area was never contested again.

Pelayo was subsequently elected by his people to become King, and formed the Kingdom of Asturias, it was from that Kingdom the Reconquista of Spain was planned.


Pelayo spent a lifetime of fighting back Muslim rule, until he died in 737, he was buried and later his remains were moved to a tomb near to the cave with a plaque which reads:

“Here lies the Holy king Don Pelayo, elected in the year 716, who in this miraculous cave began the restoration of Spain.”


Pelagius (Pelayo) of the Kingdom of Asturias


His successor was his son-in-law Alfonso I from Cantabria, he led his forces southwards into al-Andalus, town by town they took back land from Muslims, building more pockets of resistance.

Al-Andalus, changed rule many times and in the later years was split into Taifas, which were independently controlled regions, the Caliphate, thus the unity of the Ummah was non existent between regions, making it easier to take back the land. Plus Muslims were having their own battles to gain territory and war booty between the Taifas.

It took over 700 years for the people of the Kingdom of Asturias to take back Spanish land from the Muslims, the defining moment was the Conquest of Toledo due to it being the capital of the Iberian Peninsula prior to Islamic rule

Muslims were ultimately defeated in 1492 at the fall of Granada, they were finally expelled in 1609 along with Jews whom their ancestors assisted Muslims with the invasion.


In recent years we are seeing an unprecedented amount of migrants crossing from African and Middle Eastern lands into Europe, Italy, Greece and Spain are seeing the largest amounts.

Below is a video of migrants crossing on a boat into Spain and scattering as they hit the beach.



The Islamic state announced in 2015 they would sent boats of refugees and in with them would be fighters.

The governments of Europe treat this as nothing but a refugee crisis and the people of Europe are expected to accept this even though the Islamic State clearly laid out their plans for infiltration into Europe in many documents, including The Black Flags from Rome document in 2015.

Yesterday it was reported a Senior UN official David Beasley of World Food Program, said the Islamic State are planning to destabilise the African Sahel region which will result in a further influx of “refugees”.


“My comment to the Europeans is that if you think you had a problem resulting from a nation of 20 million people like Syria because of destabilisation and conflict resulting in migration, wait until the greater Sahel region of 500 million people is further destabilised.”


We need to learn lessons from history, this proves difficult because the history books have been distorted over time to further the advancement of Islam in the West.

The UN migration agency reports 3460 migrants have arrived in Spain by 10th April this year alone, mostly by boat across the strait. The figure was 21,663 in 2017 and 8,162 in 2016. Although this is little in comparison to Italy which runs in the hundred of thousands for the last two years alone it is enough to cause destabilisation due to the culture differences between the migrants and the people of Europe, plus the speed in which the change is occurring.
The Islamic State, and in fact all Muslims have their sights set on the revival of a Caliphate in Spain with the goal of worldwide Islamic rule.

We are beginning to see for the first time this could be a realistic prospect.


“With God’s permission, al-Andalus will once again be the land of the caliphate.”

(The Islamic State, one week after 2017 Barcelona attack)


© Islamic Blueprint-JA Statham 2018

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Click picture to read about the oppression of Catholics in Al-Andalus

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