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?