Humpday History Highlight

November 14, 1914 – The Ottoman Empire Declares A Holy War

Is there ever an instance when these animals don’t declare holy wars? It’s their national pastime.

In this case, I heard the Ottomans declared war on the Recliners, but my facts may be a tad askew.

In Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman Empire, the religious leader Sheikh-ul-Islam declares an Islamic holy war on behalf of the Ottoman government, urging his Muslim followers to take up arms against Britain, France, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro in World War I.

The sheikh’s declaration of a holy war, made two weeks later, urged Muslims all over the world–including in the Allied countries–to rise up and defend the Ottoman Empire, as a protector of Islam, against its enemies. “Of those who go to the Jihad for the sake of happiness and salvation of the believers in God’s victory,” the declaration read, “the lot of those who remain alive is felicity, while the rank of those who depart to the next world is martyrdom.”

How’d that work out for ya, Sheikh? Last time I checked, your “empire” was divided into three countries, courtesy of the British and the French. Boy that must’ve really burned your Koran, huh?

10 thoughts on “Humpday History Highlight

  1. Jim Scrummy

    Some things never change. Turkey was going secular for awhile, then decided to go back to stupid about 10 years ago, just in time for the 100th anniversary of WWI. Fun times ahead.

  2. Ranba Ral

    Not only did the Brits divide his country for their own colonial holdings, Attaturk and his guys caused enough trouble that Mehmed VI was exiled and Abdülmecid II was overthrown 2 years later and a secular government instated.

  3. formwiz

    In those days, holy war against the Limeys meant taking on the likes of Winnie Churchill, Allenby, and Lawrence; none of whom screwed around.

    In fact, the Turks stayed in their box a nice, long time after that, even declining an invite to join the Allied side in WWII.

    Note they waited 40 years after Churchill was dead to start anything.

  4. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Jim – Good, maybe history will repeat itself. This time with Israel splitting up the country.

    Ranba – Sadly, now Britain is Turkey-West.

    Formwiz – Zombie Churchill will have his revenge!

  5. JT

    In 1914, the Sheik’s message must have sounded to westerner’s that the Sheik took too many magic carpet rides without his helmet.

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