Any home where light were ex­tin­guished, Barzani has lighted it up

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— Barzani was es­tab­lished on the ba­sis of jus­tice, love of hu­man and en­vi­ron­ment preser­va­tion.

— Barzani has been burnt and de­stroyed 16 times.

Dur­ing a visit the grave site of Mustafa Barzani and Idrees Barzani, we once against stand be­fore the great­est leader of the new his­tory of Kur­dis­tan. When one stands be­fore this great leader, feel some­thing of psy­cho­log­i­cal surge of ex­cite­ment, and think­ing of the po­lit­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal past of Kur­dish people and their hun­dreds of years of rev­o­lu­tions and strug­gle, and feels of a new to­mor­row. When some­one wants to bend his head down to the great­ness of Mustafa Barzani and Idrees Barzani, and sees the hum­ble­ness of their grave, the re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion to these lead­ers grow big­ger, the hum­ble­ness of the graves arises hun­dreds of ques­tion in your mind. As Kha­lat Barzani, who is one of the of­fi­cials re­ceiv­ing and wel­com­ing the guests and usual people who visit the grave site, says “Barzan is the cra­dle of ev­ery Kur­dish strug­gler, rev­o­lu­tion­ary and hu­mane, Barzan is home of all com­po­nents, na­tions, reli­gions and who­ever seeks the free­dom for Kurds.” Be­cause this of­fi­cial is orig­i­nally a ‘Barzani’ and comes from Sheikhs of Barzan and his fa­ther, Sheikh Abul­lah who passed away two years ago was in charge of wel­com­ing guests and tourists to the shrine. He says “Barzan is be­lief, dogma and thought, that’s why people around the four parts of Kur­dis­tan, the re­gion and the world come around and want to get the in­spi­ra­tion from tol­er­ance and co­ex­is­tence.”

In the last hun­dred years, Barzan was a small vil­lage, but tens of wide-scale mil­i­tary at­tacks by ar­tillery, war­planes and tanks have been launched on the vil­lage. From Sheikh Ah­mad Barzani and on, Barzani fam­ily has started their strug­gle for lib­erty and free­dom of Kur­dis­tan. Barzan is an iden­tity and a cru­cial and strong po­si­tion not only for Barza­nies, but for people of Kur­dis­tan in­clud­ing Ezi­dies, Chris­tians, Kakayis, Kurds, Turk­mans, Kil­dans, Assyr­i­ans and Arabs. Barzani has be­come the place, de­fense front and in­spi­ra­tion for lib­erty and free­dom of people of Kur­dis­tan. It was from here Mustafa Barzani started strug­gling and leading an op­pressed na­tion, who later be­came a great and fa­mous icon in the twen­ti­eth century. He was not only ad­mired in Kur­dis­tan, but was known as an iden­tity of Kurds all of over the world. For that rea­son he went to East­ern Kur­dis­tan dur­ing the for­ties of the past century, and con­trib­uted in Repub­lic of Kur­dis­tan (Ma­habad), and later crossed Aras along with 501 Pesh­marges and went to for­mer Soviet Union. There, he worked as moral­is­tic and brave Gen­eral and a far-sighted leader. He re­turns to Kur­dis­tan in 1958. This vil­lage, as Kha­lat Barzani says, con­sisted of only 335 houses and had 235 mar­tyrs be­fore 1991. In 1983, only for be­ing Barzani and Kurds, 8000 Barza­nis were com­mit­ted geno­cide (An­fal) against, as the case with hun­dreds of thou­sands of other Kurds and the chemical bom­bard­ment of the city of Hal­abja by Baath Regime. This vil­lage has been de­stroyed 16 times and evac­u­ated by Iraqi gov­ern­ments.

Barzan is for all reli­gions and na­tions

Barzani is great; no one had such an im­pact on thought and char­ac­ter of Kur­dish in­di­vid­ual af­ter his death as Barzani. He was fair, equal and pow­er­ful. The first mar­tyr of Septem­ber Revo­lu­tion, led by Barzani, was an Assyr­ian pesh­merge called (Hormiz Melek Cheko), in ad­di­tion to a brave mar­tyr and pesh­merge such as (Mah­mud Ezdi). Kha­lat Barzani talks deeply of the im­por­tance of thoughts role of Barzan as an area, and Barzani’s doc­trine as thought and it had im­pacts on life and peo­ples’ way of think­ing. (The suc­ces­sor of this doc­trine is Ma­soud Barzani. Here en­vi­ron­ment are taken care of, it’s for­bid­den to cut trees, wild an­i­mals, even snakes are for­bid­den to be killed or hunted. That’s why here is al­ways lively, only in Barzani area women’s right are pre­served, no one abuse their rights, that’s why love has al­ways pro­gressed here, there is tol­er­ance and co­ex­is­tence among all reli­gions and gen­ders. This is the jus­tice on which Barzani doc­trine has been es­tab­lished.)

Re­gard­ing re­turn­ing the corpse of Mustafa Barzani and Idrees Barzani for their home­land, cel­e­brat­ing the an­nual cer­e­monies at the be­gin­ning of March, and turn­ing the lo­ca­tion into a cen­ter full of ac­tiv­i­ties, and lay­ing bou­quets of flow­ers on both graves, these are all con­nected with Barzani’s thought and his po­si­tion in his­tory of Kur­dis­tan and his ad­mi­ra­tion by great world and re­gion’s coun­tries. Mustafa Barzani and Barzani’s have strug­gled for Kurds in Di­yarbakr, Qamishlo and Ma­habad as well. Now, there are all parts of Kur­dis­tan ex­ists here, be­cause Barzani brought up na­tion­al­ism and uni­fied Kurds.

At the same lo­ca­tion, a mu­seum is to be built ded­i­cat­ing the life and strug­gle of this great leader, in ad­di­tion to con­fer­ence hall, rest­ing and meet­ing spots.

Apol­o­giz­ing and keep­ing a stone in heart

Re­gard­ing the visit of for­eign and lo­cal con­suls and of­fi­cials, he men­tioned the sit­u­a­tion of two for­eign of­fi­cials, Kha­lat Barzani says when the Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter, Bir­makov came here, he said on the shrine (let of­fer my apol­ogy to Kur­dish people re­gard­ing our un­fair­ness to­wards Barzani), he also men­tioned the US con­sul’s sit­u­a­tion when he vis­ited the shrine and said (let hold a stone from the grave and take it to my heart.. this is as an ad­mi­ra­tion to this great Kur­dish man.)

Barzani lived hum­ble, his shrine is also hum­ble

Re­gard­ing the hum­ble­ness of the shrine, where thou­sand visit ev­ery year Ka­hat Barzani said “Barzani live hum­ble, and re­main­ing the shrine sim­ple is it can now be seen which con­sists of a stone wall with some bunches of nar­cis­sus on the graves, it’s all re­lated to Barzani’s thought. People are born sim­ple and dies great, here is sim­ple, Barzani had no for­tune un­til he passed away… that’s why ac­cord­ing to our thought and be­lief, the graves have to be sim­ple too. The great­ness of people is in good deeds, evil deeds can be done by many, but good deeds not” Re- gard­ing keep­ing the po­si­tion and place of Barzani, and main­tain­ing his path he said “dif­fer­ent and var­i­ous people come here, even his op­po­nents do, here doesn’t be­long to any party, it be­longs to all Kurds.” It means that Barzani could es­tab­lish his po­si­tion and place even with his op­po­nents, Barzani and main­tain­ing his path, and the im­pact of its ex­is­tence in mind of people is re­lated to that Barzani be­longs the na­tion and Kur­dis­tan, not any party.

Barzani was a leader every­where

Ev­ery year, thou­sands of people from dif­fer­ent level and classes come to the shrine vol­un­tar­ily as an ad­mi­ra­tion for this great leader, and love for Idrees Barzani, some of them make their way from hun­dreds of kilo­me­ters on foot, and some oth­ers come from Europe and Amer­ica to of­fer their re­spect and sin­cer­ity and love to this great leader. In 2013 more than 118 people vis­ited the shrine. Kha­lat Barzani says “this means that Mustafa Barzani was a leader of ev­ery place and time, Barzani grew up in caves and pris­ons, he felt the suf­fer­ings of people, any home where light were ex­tin­guished, Barzani has lighted it up, any home de­stroyed by Baath, Barzani has re­built it. That’s why he was a leader every­where; this path has been es­tab­lished on the ba­sis of re­sis­tance, and on serv­ing Kur­dis­tan. this path is mixed with the sac­ri­fice of ev­ery Kur­dis­tani, from Zakho to Kanaqeen, the sac­ri­fice of Hewler, Sle­many, Duhok and Kirkuk, and of Ma­habad, Di­yarbakr and Qamishlo.”

Barzani was bright­ness for all over the East

Ev­ery year, all com­po­nents of Kur­dis­tan, Kurds, Assyr­i­ans, Kil­dans, Mus­lims, Ezi­dies and Chris­tians visit the grave site. This habit is done as an ad­mi­ra­tion and love for Barzani. The ones who go to this place, they will a bright shine in mind and heart when they re­turn, and this shine, gives the con­stant de­ter­mi­na­tion and re­sis­tance to the path which has started about a century ago here. Kha­lat Barzani con­cluded in this man­ner “the dic­ta­tors will be gone, as Sad­dam Hus­sein went, what­ever crime, geno­cide and mass killing there were, the Baath regime car­ried out against Kurds, but Kurds re­mained and are grow­ing, but they gone. That’s why I say that Barzani was not only a can­dle and shine for Kurds and Kur­dis­tan, but for all over the Mid­dle East. He has al­ways ex­tended the hand of co­op­er­a­tion, brother­hood, co­ex­is­tence and love.”

Nei­ther the story of strug­gle, life and re­sis­tance of Barzani ends, nor his po­si­tion can be min­i­mized in co­ex­is­tence a jus­tice as a path and thought. We too, be­fore our re­turn, went back to the shrine and felt a brighter shine. The luck­i­est lead­ers are those be­fore whom people show re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion, and on the shadow of their great­ness they see brighter fu­ture… It’s not only love and en­vi­ron­ment preser­va­tion that are es­pe­cially about Barzani, but when some­one goes though its na­ture, he sees hap­pi­ness and op­ti­mism.

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