The Sacred Flag of Rebellions

The Arab Revolt flag was used by Arab Nationalists who rebelled against Ottoman Empire during World War 1.

The time when Ottomans were busy defending their soil from enemy’s hands, the Arabs rebelled and back stabbed Ottomans. They killed thousands of Ottoman soldiers and looted weapons and trains. Arabs were helped by British ARMY that was stationed in  Egypt. Arabs and British had quite ignorable relations before World War 1 but during this war Arabs and Britain found a common interest, i.e. The fall of Ottoman Empire.

Britain empowered the rebels and provided them with everything they needed to weaken the Ottoman Empire. They got guns, explosives and even their flag from Britain. Yes, their flag was also made by an English.

The flag was designed by the British diplomat “Sir Mark Sykes”, in an effort to create a feeling of “Arab-ness” in order to fuel the revolt. Although the Arab Revolt was only very limited in scope and concerted by the British rather than by Arabs themselves, the flag influenced the national flags of a number of emerging Arab states after World War I. Flags inspired by that of the Arab revolt include those of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Sudan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, the Palestinian national movement (also used by the PLO and by the Palestinian Authority), Somali land, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Libya.

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The Royal Angles

World War 1 ended with the tragic fall of the last Muslim Sultanate. Before the war, Ottomans started splitting in many parts due to traitor acts of some communities. Having a major part in rebellions, the Arabian Saud family took great part in making the Ottomans lose the war. The Ottomans were facing European enemies in west and in east they were fighting 2 powers, Europeans and Arabs. To have a detailed look on this rebel of Arabs we have to go back to the origin of Arab Revolt.

Arab Revolt started in 1916 by Sherif Hussien Ibn e Ali. At that time the Ottomans ruled the Arab lands including the Holy cities of Mekkah and Madina.    Arab members of Parliament supported the Counter coup which aimed to dismantle the Ottoman constitution and supported the monarchy of Abdul Hamid II. There was great anger in Arabs after the re-establishment of Ottoman constitution. Arabs could not simply go with the constitution. Their views presented extremely conservative thoughts.

In 1916, Arabs decided to revolt against the constitutional state of Ottoman Empire. Lead by Sherif of Mekkah, Arabs killed thousands of Ottoman soldiers who were fighting at both sides, east and west. The Ottoman trains to Mekkah and Medina and other Arab cities were looted an Ottomans were killed. The famous fall of Aqaba city was also the “achievement” of Arab rebellions.

Before WW1, the Arabs fought the Ottomans at low level. So the rebels were easy to handle by Ottoman government. After the WW1 broke out, the British ARMY stationed in Egypt sent many representatives to Saud rebel leaders. They studied rebel needs and assisted them in breaking the Ottoman Empire from within. Provided the rebels with the heavy weaponry like advanced guns and explosives.

Among those representatives was T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia). This man went to the Arab rebel leaders and helped them with his experience of war and strategies. It was Lawrence who helped Arabs in fall of Ottoman city of Aqaba. After taking over Aqaba and the big guns within it. Lawrence met his fellow countrymen in Egypt and asked for more weapons for Arabs. Probably Aqaba was not enough for the “wish to kill”. Britiah troops in Egypt gave the “heavy guns” to the Arab rebels through Lawrence, indirectly breaking the Ottoman Empire.

Arabs used those explosives to loot the Ottoman trains moving towards Mekkah and Madina. They simply blew up the tracks and train stopped and massacre start. What more a traitor can do against his country? Hopeless.
After these little victories against Ottomans, Arabs move towards North, defeated the Palestinian territory, Syrian lands and Iraqi areas pushing Ottoman borders further an further into Turkey.

Facing 2 enemy forces and one of them being close friend in near past, Ottomans were confused who to fight. Turkey lost the war and was divided into pieces by enemy forces.

Concluding, as stated above, Ottomans were divided not only by enemy but also by Friends.

On the Arab revolt many movies are filmed, but the most famous one is the “Lawrence of Arabia”.

Watch its trailer

A Military Genius

After the enemy invasion of Turkey, Turkish freedom fights started. Lead by nationalists like Mustafa Kemal, the Turkish troops targeted the enemy forces and their supply lines. Greece advanced to the western part of divided Turkey and forms a Greek district around Izmir city.

Mustafa implemented a genius solution for countering the invasion. He waited for the enemy to fully enter the state and then attacked on highest scale to defend his people.

The two sides battled a bloody war. Greek troops were forced to limit their invasion to Izmir city. Then Mustafa prepared his nation for the best defence for 1 year. Every soul was mobilized for 1 year and Turks prepared for battle Greeks would never forget.

And then after 1 year, Turks attacked the Greeks in Izmir and took back their land from Greeks.

See the following documentary:

Can you pay someone for beating you in a war???

I came across a Facebook page which was promoting an idea that Ataturk and other nationalist freedom fighters of Turkey won the war against the strong allied enemy forces. They used to ask “how did they do that?” and then to answer their own question they used to say “actually, Ataturk and other nationalists were funded by west and they were allies of enemy.”

To those people who beieve this to be true, I question:

If you earn something, would you pay someone to snatch it from you? No!
So when Britain and other enemies defeated Ottoman Empire and took their lands, why would they pay someone to snatch those lands back from Britain and other forces?
This just do not make sense!

The fact is, when Turkish nationalists forces started to liberate  Turkey from enemy occupation, the western powers were running out of weaponry and troops. They were not able to control their occupation in Middle East. This gave a massive chance to nationalist forces of Turkey and they fought back their lands and won their freedom.

Watch this documentary to know better:

The Gallipoli Defense

The Gallipoli Campaign, also known as the Dardanelles Campaign or the Battle of Gallipoli or the Battle of Çanakkale (Turkish: Çanakkale Savaşı), took place at the peninsula of Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire (now Gelibolu in modern day Turkey) between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916, during the First World War. A joint British and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul (then still referred to as ‘Constantinople’ by Western nations)and secure a sea route to Russia. The attempt failed, with heavy casualties on both sides. The campaign was considered one of the greatest victories of the Turks and was reflected on as a major failure by the Allies.

The Gallipoli campaign resonated profoundly among all nations involved. In Turkey, the battle is perceived as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people—a final surge in the defence of the motherland as the aging Ottoman Empire was crumbling. The struggle laid the grounds for the Turkish War of Independence and the foundation of the Republic of Turkey eight years later under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, himself a commander at Gallipoli.

Some people spread a misconception that Mustafa Kemal attacked the western enemy forces because he wanted most of the Muslims to be killed. This is yet another blunder to spread or even think about it to be true.

I want to ask those people that did Muslims in past lead the battles against non-believers or to defend their soil because they wanted most Muslim mujahideen to be killed? Do Kashmiri freedom fighters fight against Indian oppressors because they want Muslims to be killed? In fact, Mustafa fought against the enemy to secure his country and secure millions of Muslim souls.

Following video shows how Mustafa fought against the western enemy forces.

(There is problem with audio of the clip but most of it is in Turkish)

Blood n Oil: Mustafa Kemal and Turkish Freedom

and they call him Atheist!

Many theories raised their heads after the death of Ataturk. Many of them suggested that Ataturk was Non-Muslim but most of them suggested that Ataturk was Atheist.

To those who propagate the false idea that Ataturk was some kind of Atheist, does an atheist promote religious thoughts? Does an atheist translate Quran and Hadith into the mother tongue of native people to make it easier to understand? If Ataturk was Atheist, why did he prepared a special copy of Quran and carried it wherever he went?

Ataturk’s deeds and word confirm the fact that he was NOT an atheist but was a devout Muslim.

Ataturk said the following words and included them in many of his speeches:

“In my view, even irreligious types are believers. It is impossible for a person to be irreligious. Nobodycan be irreligious.” (Ataturk, 02. 02. 1923, Izmir, Speech on the Future of Turkey.)

“Religion is human beings’ nourishment. An irreligious man is like an empty house. He distresses people.
We must always believe in something. This last of the faiths is of course the most perfect. Islam issuperior to all faiths…” (Ataturk, Ataturk and Religious Education, Ahmet Gürbas, Department of Religious AffairsPress, p. 2)
“The Turkish nation must be more devout. It must be devout in all simplicity. I believe this in the same
way I believe in my faith…” (Ataturk’s Words and Statements, Vol. 3, p. 69-70, 29.10.1923, statement tothe French author Maurice Pernot)”