Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi who was entirely and normally known as Colonel Gaddafi was a powerful and indisputable Libyan political theorist, politician and revolutionary. He was born in the year 1942 and sadly and regretfully died on October 20, 2011. He ruled Libya from 1969 to 1977 as a Revolutionary Chairman of the Libyan Arab Republic.
Many of us might have heard of this powerful leader, but how he lived his personal life might be something which we may have no idea of. To highlight how Colonel Gaddafi lived his personal life, of which many of us will learn and emulate. He came, saw and conquered. He was very intelligent, courageous, sophisticated, family-oriented, and serious as well. Not only that, but he was a man so loyal and generous. Likewise, he was an austerely devout Muslim who described himself as a simple revolutionary and pious Muslim who was called by God Almighty to continue Nasser’s work. During his leisure time, he liked riding a horse and enjoyed watching and playing football. Within the compound where he lived were a football pitch, two tennis court, camels, several gardens and a Bedouin tent in which he got his guests entertained.
Frankly speaking, he was a man of fashion who worn African attires and most of the attires have the beautiful Africa map in them. As a fashion icon which he took pride in and openly accepted, whatever he put on became a fad and most people who can afford the attires he wore were seen wearing them and till now, people still dress like him. Due to his well crafted spacious wardrobe filled with African military uniforms and traditional Libya dress, he could change his outfit multiple times in a day. He was a man whose lifestyle was considered as modest when comparison was done between him and other Arab leaders.
He never trusted the Westerners. When he traveled to New York, Moscow, Rome, Paris, and Madrid he resided in a bulletproof tent to avoid been killed unexpectedly. He shunned the Western ambassadors and diplomats, because he believed that they were threats to Libya.
He usually went out with his own selected security personnel to avoid unanticipated troubles.
Colonel Gaddafi in 1969 married his first wife, Fatiha al-Nuri, the daughter of General Khalid, who was a senior key figure in King Idris’ administration. He had one son, Muhammad Gaddafi with Fatiha, but they shockingly got divorced in 1970, a year after their marriage and the year in which the son was born. Colonel Gaddafi claimed that love at first sight works when he met Safia Farkash, née el-Brasai, a nurse in a hospital in which he was under a treatment for appendicitis in the year 1969. As early as possible, they got married, lived together till his death, and they had seven biological children. Namely; Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Al-Saadi Gaddafi, Mutassim Gaddafi, Hannibal Muammar Gaddafi, Ayesha Gaddafi, Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, and Khamis Gaddafi. He adopted Hana Gaddafi, and Milad Gaddafi and took them as his children.
While some were praising him till date, others were describing him as a womanizer till date. It was said that he had been making sexual advances towards female reporters. Many of his female workers claimed after his death that they have been raped by him several times before.
To conclude, though no one is perfect, Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi lived a life well to be simulated and maintained by generation upon generation. He was actually a fearless leader who once lived on the Africa continent in Libya.