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Jihadist Mustafa Kemal Pasha and his Turkish hagiographer Berk Akk

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Apr 29, 2009 at 17:49

berk akk wrote :

>1-Ghazi word may have its original mean as your description.<

"May have" ? It does have it !

> As you are good searcher ,according to me your big mistake is arranging your search results in wrong chronoligical order. Dear sir,ghazi term is used for any one injured in a war of defending his country against invaders since more than 100 years.<

The encyclopedia of the Turkish language is silent on that.

>There are many non muslim,non turkish ghazis in Turkey especialy at ww1..Unbelievable?

What is unbelievable is your - I'd say almost encyclopedic - ignorance ! It amazes me more and more ! True, it is sometimes very amusing.

So what happened on November 14th, 1914 ? Do you know? No ?! ... The caliph declared jihad on the Entente. It became Turkey's next - but not last - holy war (not just WWI !!!) . Sheikh ul-Islam issued the formal fatwa to that effect accompanied by all pertaining ceremonies and parphernalia of jihad's commencement. The fatwa announced :

"Of those who go to the Jihad for the sake of happiness and salvation of the believers in God's victory, the lot of those who remain alive is felicity, while the rank of those who depart to the next world is martyrdom. In accordance with God's beautiful promise, those who sacrifice their lives to give life to the truth will have honor in this world, and their latter end is paradise."

In other words all Moslems (not just Turks) who were fighting the enemies of "Allah's shadow on earth" were given a unique chance to become ghazis - defenders and propagator's of Allah's faith, swords in His hands etc. etc.

>2-I am already astonished for your supposition of Ghazi M.Kemal as jihadist as your description term.A man who changed all religious laws of ottoman empire to secular constitution.?

I also am astonished ... but by either your wilful ignorance or continuous credulity in the official Turkish theories of everything. I have tackled the issue in many of my comments and I don't want to repeat the same over and over again. So refute the following comment "Ghazi Mustafa Kemal's jihad" IN DETAIL !

< His ghazi title was due to an shell injury in a battlefield ,the battlefield in his homeland:) not in another land.<

Nonsense. The Grand National Assemby accorded him the title in September 1921 after the victory at the Sakharya river. It's should be so commonly known , particularly in Ataturkestan, that I am most unwilling to attach any reference to it. But let this one suffice, although its 'ghazi=victorious' equation is as inaccurate and perverted as your identigyng "ghazi" with a "soldier wounded in a defensive war".

* [...] in 1921 led the Turkish armies against the Greeks, who had occupied a large part of Anatolia. He checked them at the Battle of the Sakaria, 23 August–13 September 1921, for which he was granted the title of Ghazi ('the Victorious') [...]* .

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