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Ataturk was a Muslim

How can we say that Ataturk was Muslim?
Lets see what he said about his religion:

O My Nation! Allah is the One. His glory is sublime. May Allah’s peace, grace and goodness be upon you. The principles He laid down are the verses in the Glorious Qur’an. Our religion that granted the spirit of knowledge is the last religion. It is the most perfect religion because unless our religion had complied with reason, the truth and wisdom, there would have to be some discrepancies between divine and natural laws. It is Almigthy Allah Who makes all divine laws.” (Ataturk’S and D, v. 2, p. 93)

Clearly, this statement shows his love for his religion Islam. Yet some people try to present him as some anti-Islamic or some Freemason or Jewish. Why would any person who is jew distribute the Free copies of Quran among his nation? Does this make any sense? No it does not.

Ataturk was a very good Muslim and he loved Islam and Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.). We can see his love for Islam and Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) in Ataturk’s following part of a speech:

Those who doubt that he is a true prophet should look at this map and read the epic of Badr. The victory that the Prophet Muhammad (saas) won with a handful of devout Muslims against the vast and wealthy horde of the Qur’aysh is not the work of a mortal man. That battle is the most explicit proof of his Prophethood“. (Ataturk and Religious Education, Department of Religious Affairs Press, p. 2)

Quaid e Azam and name “The Grey Wolf”

Ataturk was named “Grey Wolf” for his bravery and for being a military genius.
Quaid e Azam M.A. Jinnah once bought a book that had information of  Ataturk and his revolution. Jinnah was very inspired by Ataturk. He gradually started seeing Ataturk’s refection in him. For the fact that Muhammad Ali  Jinnah thought of himself as “Ataturk of India (before independence)”. He used to talk to his family and friends about Ataturk. People who were close to him started knowing that Jinnah was inspired by Ataturk. Jinnah’s daughter named him “Grey Wolf” (which is the name given to Ataturk) because she knew that Jinnah was very inspired by Ataturk.
The name “Grey wolf” was given to Ataturk and Jinnah’s daughter Deena named Jinnah “Grey wolf” because Jinnah mostly used to talk about Ataturk.

Quaid e Azam M.A. Jinnah and M.K. Ataturk

May 22, 2012 2 comments

Fall of Ottoman Empire, the rise of nationalist movement, the Turkish revolution and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and then his reforms.

Pakistani people have known this all for decades. Not only the Pakistanis but the founders of Pakistan were very interested in Turkish revolution. Quaid e Azam is, many times, thought to be a conservative in in Islamic thoughts was amazingly very inspired by the Turkish nationalist and reformist, Mustafa Kemal Pasha Ataturk.

While Mustafa was changing Turkey from a backward country to a civilized and leading country, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (the founder of Pakistan) was keenly observing him.

Now a days people propagate a false idea that Jinnah had nothing to do with Mustafa Kemal and that Jinnah was not inspired by Kemal. To a learnt person, these allegations do not mean anything. Jinnah was inspired by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. He wanted to make Pakistan a very well established and civilized state just like Ataturk made Turkey.

In November 1932, Jinnah read H. C. Armstrong’s biography of Kemal Ataturk, Grey Wolf, and seemed to have found his own reflection in the story of Turkey’s great modernist leader. It was all he talked about for a while at home, even to Dina, who consequently nicknamed him ‘Grey Wolf’. Being only thirteen, her way of cajolingly pestering him to take her to High Road to see Punch and Judywas, “Come on, Grey Wolf, take me to a pantomime; after all, I am on my holidays.” (Wolpert)

This shows how much Jinnah was inspired by Ataturk. There is one more example that I would like to mention here.

Immediately after his death, Quaid-i-Azam, as President of AIML, issued a directive on 11 November 1938 to all the branches of the Muslim League in the whole of Indo-Pak subcontinent to observe Friday, 18 November as “Kemal Day”.

In this connection following directive was issued:
I request provincial, District and Primary Muslim Leagues all over India to observe Friday the 16th of November as Kemal Day and hold public meetings to express deepest feeling of sorrow and sympathy of Musalmans of India in the irreparable loss that the Turkish Nation has suffered in the passing away of one of the greatest sons of Islam and a world figure and the saviour and maker of Modern Turkey Kemal Ataturk“.

During a press interview Quaid-i-Azam Jinnah thus praised the services of Mustafa Kemal:
He was the greatest Muslaman in the modern Islamic World and I am sure that the entire Musalman world will deeply mourn his passing away. It is impossible to express adequately in a press interview one’s appreciation of his remarkable and varied services, as the builder and the maker of Modern Turkey and an example to the rest of the world, especially to the Musalman States in the Far East. The remarkable way in which he rescued  and built up his people against all odds, has no parallel in the history of the world. He must have derived the greatest sense of satisfaction that he fully accomplished his mission during his life-time and left his people and his country consolidated, united and a powerful nation. In him, not only the Musalmans but the whole world have lost one of the greatest men that ever lived“.

Khlafat Movement and Founder of Pakistan

Molana Muhammad Ali Jouhar with other Islamic Ulema, started a movement against the British occupation of Ottomam Territory after their victory against Ottomans. Molana gathered a number of Ulema and Political workers and convinced them to start a political yet religious movement to preserve the weakened Ottoman Caliphate. The political workers included a man who was to become the founder of a country, Gandhi.
Gandhi was Indian Congress Leader who supported the idea that Britain should leave India but Indians should not make them leave with aggression. His “Ahinsa theory” was popular those days. Found a way into Muslim community, Gandhi whole hartedly accepted his involvment in Khilafat movement.
On the other hand, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was not no sure that this movement would lead to any conclusion because a wise man thinks ahead of his time. There were 2 reasons that Quaid e Azam expressed for him not supporting such movement.

1) The movement had Gandhi as one of the top leaders. Same Gandhi who wanted Muslims to be crushed under Hindu government after independence.
2) The movement itself would lead to nowhere.

This thought remained true and Khilafat Movement ended with no conclusion or success. Legends has it that Quaid e Azam was admirer of Ataturk and that may be a good reason for him for not partcipating in Khilafat movement which was actually opposing the newly formed Turkish assembly and Mustafa kemal Ataturk and wanted Caliph to be supreme power again.

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: