Ben Yusuf unmasked

The Prophet has commanded us to rule the world. Where in all your land of Spain is the glory of Allah? When men speak of you they speak of poets, musicmakers, doctors, scientists. Where are your warriors? You dare to call yourselves sons of the Prophet? You have become women! Burn your books! Make warriors of your poets! Let you doctors invent new poisons for our arrows. Let you scientists invent new war machines! And then, kill! Burn! Infidels live on your frontiers. Encourage them to kill each other. And when they are weak and torn, I will sweep up from Africa, and the empire of the One God, the true God, Allah, will spread, first across Spain, then across Europe, then the whole world!
~ Ben Yusuf

Ben Yusuf is the main antagonist of the 1961 epic El Cid directed by Anthony Mann portrayed by the actor Herbert Lom. He is a power general of the Almoravid dynasty who seeks to spread his religion and expand his power across the known world.


In the opening events of the film Ben Yusuf has summoned all the Emirs of Al-Andalus to North Africa and chastises them for their complacency in dealing with the infidels and reveals his plan for Islamic world domination. He hopes to weaken Spain from within by both having the Moors living there do battle with their Christian countrymen, as well as to manipulate the Christian kingdoms themselves into turning on each other and then subsequently bringing his own grand army to ultimately take it all.