Imam Nasser bin Murshid: The Founder of the Ya’rubi State in Oman

By: Raya Al Maskari

CEO and founder of Omanspire works as a media specialist, quality management, and lead auditor, Raya is also a visual artist and a graphic designer.
Imam Nasser bin Murshid is a renowned figure in Oman’s history, having founded the Ya’rubi state and ruled from 1624 AD to 1649 AD. During this time, Oman was experiencing chaos, and parts of its coast were occupied by the Portuguese. However, Imam Nasser bin Murshid’s leadership and strategic planning united the country and prepared it to confront the Portuguese.
In his efforts to oust the Portuguese, Imam Nasser bin Murshid laid siege to Sohar, where the Portuguese were stationed. When the siege became prolonged, he built a castle in front of the Portuguese’s castle, which ultimately led to the Portuguese’s surrender in 1643 AD. This victory was a turning point in Oman’s history and helped to free the country from the Portuguese occupation.
During his reign, Imam Nasser bin Murshid sought to acquire advanced weapons, ammunition, and gunpowder to aid in his fight against the Portuguese. He obtained these weapons from the British, which gave him an edge in his battles and helped him to secure many victories.
One of the Imam’s major objectives was to recover Muscat, which was under Portuguese occupation. He besieged Muttrah to achieve this, but unfortunately, the plague broke out during the siege, causing both parties to end the siege through a truce. Despite this setback, the Imam’s forces successfully besieged the Portuguese in Djelfat and Qurayyat, leaving only Muscat, Muttrah, and a fort in Sohar under Portuguese control.
In conclusion, Imam Nasser bin Murshid played a critical role in Oman’s history and helped to shape the country into what it is today. His leadership and strategic planning united Oman and prepared it to confront its occupiers, leading to many victories that ultimately led to the liberation of the country.

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  • Raya Al Maskari

    CEO and founder of Omanspire works as a media specialist, quality management, and lead auditor, Raya is also a visual artist and a graphic designer.

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