The Druze Spoons

Date: May 1927 Place: City of Jerusalem (Al-Aqsa Mosque)

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When the battles of the Great Syrian Revolt ended and the rebels moved to Azraq area in Jordan, Britain promised France to end the revolt and besieged the rebels by various means of oppression and starvation until they left to Sirhan Valley and so their journey of torment and the urgent need of children and women for food began in this harsh desert. Sultan al-Atrash was informed and he contacted the Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini, asking for help who indeed aided them and entrusted Sobhi al-Khadra to accompany a relief convoy carrying life necessities. After an arduous journey, the convoy arrived to Sirhan Valley and it had a great impact on the rescue of al-mujahideen and their families.

Sobhi al-Khadra noticed that al-mujahideen used wooden spoons made from boxes filled with subsidies because of the lack of metal spoons. Sobhi al-Khadra asked the permission of the General Leader to take these spoons. When he returned to Jerusalem, he talked to members of the Supreme Muslim Council about the suffering of the rebels and the evidence was these spoons. Therefore, Amin al-Husseini ordered to put these spoons in Al-Aqsa Mosque and wrote a phrase beside them:

(He who wants to be connected to the land and national dignity shall contemplate and eat with the Druze spoons)

This phrase remained in the mosque until 1948.

Mercy for those who made the glory of the homeland and its independence away from the lights of the hollow fame.

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