Source: http://news.yahoo.com/al-qaeda-chief-urges-westerner-kidnappings-prisoner-exchanges-114335980.html

"The Ummah (Muslim world) must support this jihad with all that it can, and the mujahideen (Islamist militants) must unite around the word of Tawhid (unity)," said Zawahiri, an Egyptian-born doctor.

"So everyone should prioritize the interest of Islam and the Ummah over his organizational or partisans interest, even if he gives up for his brothers what he sees as right."

What does partisans interest mean?

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    partisan. Apr 26, 2014 at 16:00
  • It is a typo or a misspoken word. It is partisan interest(s), which is a familiar enough concept. Apr 26, 2014 at 16:04

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This is probably a typo for partisan interest. A "partisan interest" is an interest that derives from one's affiliation with a party or faction.

In this context, the sentence you've quoted is basically saying that Muslims should prioritize the interests of Islam as a whole over the interests of subgroups of Islam or other factions (e.g. the interests of Shias, Sunnis, Afghans, Arabs, etc.).

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