The Haroun was the government of the Daraawiish, a 19th century Dhulbahante state.[1] The British government realized how important the haroun was. They said this about it:

but the Haroun, which was his emblem of power and seat of government, offered a fairly large though movable objective. Though the Mullah himself might escape, the capture of the Haroun meant the destruction of his prestige, and, in all probability, his own final surrender.[2]


  1. commons, house of. Parliamentary Papers: 1850-1908. p. 58. Here a few footmen only were found, who reported that considerable numbers of horses and camels had moved south-west from there on the previous night; that the main portion of the Haroun (and presumably the Mullah) had been at a place
  2. Official History of the Operations in Somaliland, 1901-04;