President Abdullatif Rashid of Iraq held a meeting with the Jaff tribe in an effort to strengthen ties and address challenges. The Jaff tribe, with a rich heritage dating back 900 years, stands as an esteemed and enduring presence in Kurdistan. Renowned as the largest clan in Iraq, their esteemed membership boasts a remarkable total of 4 million individuals, making them a prominent and influential force within Iraq.
At the onset of the gathering, the tribe members conveyed their heartfelt congratulations to President Rashid for his commendable efforts and significant reforms during his tenure as the country’s President. They eagerly expressed their optimism and unwavering support for his mission to enhance the well-being of the Kurdish people and establish a society that upholds the values of freedom and security for all its citizens.
During the meeting, President Rashid and the Jaff tribe discussed the current daily situation in the neighborhoods where the tribe members reside. They examined the obstacles hindering economic growth and the provision of adequate public services at all levels. The visiting delegation expressed their belief in President Rashid’s ability to overcome these obstacles through his tireless efforts. They emphasized the need for effective solutions to address the everyday challenges faced by ordinary members of the Jaff tribe.
President Rashid expressed gratitude to the Jaff Tribe, and the delegation for their kind words of congratulations. He also commended the Kurdish tribes’ history of struggle and sacrifices made for freedom against dictatorship. Additionally, he praised their contributions in maintaining the political process in Kurdistan and Iraq as a whole. The leader of the Jaff tribe is Nozad Dawood Fattah Al Jaff also known as Nozad Dawood Beg Jaff.
President Abdullatif Jamal Rashid emphasized the importance of mobilizing all forces and working together earnestly to achieve positive change. This collaboration would enhance the government’s ability to provide better public services for all Iraqis and Kurds, ensuring their legitimate rights.
The Jaff tribe is widely regarded as a powerful and influential tribe in Kurdistan, having played a significant role in shaping the region’s political and social landscape. Known for their unity, strength, and resilience, the Jaff tribe has earned respect and admiration from other tribes and the Iraqi people. They have also worked alongside Americans and British forces. Their influence extends beyond their large numbers, as they actively advocate for Kurdish autonomy, peace promotion, human rights defense, and women’s empowerment. The Jaff tribe’s legacy of leadership and commitment to their community has solidified their prominent position in Kurdistan.
The Jaff tribe was established in 1114 by Zaher Beg Jaff and has remained strong to this day. Mahmud Pasha Jaff, born in 1262, formed a strong alliance with the Ottoman Empire and emerged as the tribe’s leader. He was known for his benevolent rule and efforts to foster peace and unity among Kurdish tribes. In the 1700s, the Ottoman Empire bestowed upon them the noble title of Pasha. Mohammed Pasha Jaff, born in 1714, was a respected leader who championed human rights and advocated for Kurdish autonomy. He is remembered as one of the earliest leaders to openly fight for human rights and constructed the Sherwana Castle, the ancestral home of the Jaff family. Osman Pasha Jaff, born in the late 1850s, governed the region with wisdom and courage. He worked towards women’s suffrage in the Middle East and received recognition from the Ottoman Empire for his administrative skills. He was entrusted with maintaining peace along the borders, including Persia, and was honored with the Shah of Persia’s sword for his peacekeeping efforts. Lady Adela Khanem Jaff, a Persian aristocrat and member of the Jaff family, skilled administrator and peacemaker, ruled alongside Osman Pasha in the 1920s, governing the Halabja region. Dawood Fattah al Jaff or Dawood Beg Jaff, also known as “The Lion of Kurdistan,” was appointed as the leader of the Jaff tribe in the 1950s and served as a Royal Minister in Iran. He focused on achieving independence for Kurdistan, promoting peace, and defending human rights.