Ahmed Yassin (1938 – 2004)
The “Quadriplegic” who revived jihad in the Muslim World.
Despite his physical disability and partial blindness, Ahmed Yassin was one of the most prominent and influential figures in the Palestinian war. He believed in armed resistance being the only resolution to freeing Palestine. He rejected all peaceful talks that required making any concessions or recognizing Israel as a legitimate state.
In 1987, Yassin participated in founding the Islamic Resistance Movement of Hamas. He formed security and military groups named as the “Palestinian Mujahidoon”, which changed later to “Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades”, to fight and resist the Israeli occupation.
Yassin survived two Israeli assassination attempts in 2002 and 2003. Yet he was assassinated On March 22, 2004, When Israeli Helicopters launched three missiles, instantly killing Yassin, his bodyguards and nine bystanders, as they left the mosque after Dawn prayer.