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About Us

Why Hittin?

The Battle of Hittin took place on Saturday July 4, 1187, between the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem and the forces of the Ayyubid dynasty under Sultan Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi. It was a decisive setback in the fortune of the crusaders, enabling the Muslims to regain control of Jerusalem from those who had occupied the Holy City since 1099 and had subsequently exerted their control over much of the Bilad al-Sham.

The fear was paramount; the knowledge of the massacre of the Muslim inhabitants of Jerusalem a century earlier still lived on in the collective memory of the descendants of the First Crusaders. They expected retribution in kind from Salah al-Din and his army. What they received instead was peace and security. The Hittin Institute therefore seeks to promote and represent such tolerance and equity through education and positive interaction.

Our Vision

Corruption has appeared on land and in the sea as an outcome of what men’s hands have wrought: and so He [God] will let them taste some of their doings, so that they might return [to the right path]. (Al-Qur’an, 30:41)

It is for this end the Hittin Institute seeks to draw humanity’s attention to the importance of justice, peace and compassion.

Mssion Statement

The mission of the Hittin Institute is to highlight the message of Islam with a focus on promoting global justice. The institute aims to achieve this through developing the potential of Muslim communities by advocating pro-activity, education and empowerment. The institute also seeks to play an active role in promoting the improvement of global social conditions and to partner with local and international organisations to address global injustices. This, inspired by the Qur’anic truth, ‘We have not sent you (O Muhammad) but as a mercy for all creation.’ (Al-Qur’an, 21:107)

The Hittin Institute aims to facilitate education in the fields of history, politics and Islamic thought, as well as provide opportunities to researchers and scholars to offer both Muslim and non-Muslim communities accurate analysis concerning affairs affecting our world.