Alija Izetbegovic

 
Nationality : Bosnian
Birth : 8th August, 1925
Death : 19th October, 2003
About : Alija Izetbegović was a Bosniak politician, activist, lawyer, author, and philosopher who in 1990 became the first President of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served in this role until 1996, when he became a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, serving until 2000. He was also the author of several books, most notably Islam Between East and West and the Islamic Declaration. he had earned a law degree at the Sarajevo Law School. Izetbegović was married four times. He had a son, Bakir, who also entered politics, as well as two daughters. In April 1983, Izetbegović and twelve other Bosniak activists  were tried before a Sarajevo court for a variety of charges called "offences as principally hostile activity inspired by Muslim nationalism, association for purposes of hostile activity and hostile propaganda". Izetbegović was further accused of organizing a visit to a Muslim congress in Iran. All of those tried were convicted and Izetbegović was sentenced to fourteen years in prison.

Alija Izetbegovic Quotes

All in all this is a difficult political struggle which will go on for years, in which our people won’t die anymore; I’m not sure how much we will be able to win, but I’m certain that we won’t loose anything that we have now.
As far as the sovereignty of Bosnia-Hercegovina is concerned we agreed to have limited sovereignty for a limited time and that is clear from the Dayton Agreement.
Bosnia is a complicated country: three religions, three nations and those “others”. Nationalism is strong in all three nations; in two of them there are a lot of racism, chauvinism, separatism; and now we are supposed to make a state out of that.
I believe that the people, instead of pretty lies, should be told the truth, no matter how ugly it may be. What can we do, destiny hasn’t been kind to us; but, with the help of God, we will prevail.
In these negotiations we are not a helpless object, although great world powers are involved. We play an active role and try to influence our destiny; we have our own trump cards and we use them.
Our goal: the Islamization of Muslims. Our methods: to believe and to struggle.
The international community is pushing things forward in Bosnia… but it is doing it at expense of the Muslim people. I feel it as an injustice, these are the things that I cannot live with.
We Bosniaks would for sure fight for integrity of Bosnia.

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Anger and hatred lead to fear; compassion and concern for others allow us to develop self-confidence, which breeds trust and friendship.

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