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19 Mayıs – May 19th

May 19th, the birth anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Pasha. A legendary leader, a military genius and a true believer of Islam.

On 19th day of month May in the year 1881, Mustafa Kemal was born. His father was Ali Reza Effendi and his mother was Zubayde Hanim.

Studied firstly in a religious school and then in a modern school, Mustafa was showing the signs of future leader of a very brave nation.

He then joined military school and there for his extraordinary  qualities, Mustafa was named “Kemal (means Perfection or Perfect)”. Mustafa, after his military training, joined Ottoman Military but after some years the WW1 broke out.

Mustafa was stationed in Gallipoli to defend the front. His opponents, the allied forces of Europe, were advanced in technology but still Mustafa defeated them an successfully defended Ottoman Empire and Caliphate.

Other Ottoman troops were unable to defend the country so enemy took most of the Ottoman lands. Sultan signed a treaty called “Treaty of Sevre” which would save the Sultan but divide the Ottoman land into pieces. Some land would be ruled by Britain, some by France, Some by Greek and some by Italy.

Mustafa at once rejected this treaty and gathered Turkish troops to resist the European occupation of Turkish lands. He, with his nationalist fellows, reunited turkey and threw out the enemy forces.

Then made a new government and implemented many reforms to transform a lagging nation in a new civilized, well mannered nation. Thus became the founder of Modern turkey.

Surely, the sacrifices made by Mustafa Kemal and the reforms implemented by him to re-establish the Turkish nation cannot be ignored or forgotten.

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