A Descendant of Prophet Mohammed who Saved Jews


What happens if you set aside different religious beliefs and ideologies and when you look at only humanity? Hate and indifference disappear, and respect for each other prevails. This was true during the darkest time in history and is still true today.

Prior to the outbreak of World War II, Si Ali Sakkat had been a government minister in Tunisia and had also been the mayor of the capital Tunis. Si Ali Sakkat was a Tunisian nobleman, heir to an ancient liberal family, and a descendant of Prophet Mohammed.

By 1940, he was enjoying retirement on his farm at the base of Jebel Zaghouan.


The nearby Zaghouan farm was a Vichy and Nazi forced labour camp for Jews. The Jewish slave labourers repaired the airfield, which was a regular target of Allied bombing raids.


The local Tunisian population  witnessed how the Nazis who ran the camp beat Jews on a regularly.

During one of those allied bombings, approximately 60 Jews managed to escape the camp and sought refuge at Sakkat’s farm. He hid them and cared for them until Tunisia was liberated by the Allied forces. If the Nazis would have found out he would have more than likely been sentenced to death.






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