from @shahinasvlogs - I absolutely love this concept which can be easily ignored; human emotion and instinct can and should be nurtured and cared for. Something which #Islam as a belief and State truly understood and made effort to maintain and manage. The more I see how the government's across the globe work nowadays, the more I see this simple concept is missing. Even people who are supposed to be in a 'caring' profession can lose touch and emotion towards patients due to seeing and dealing with alot of deaths. This can harden a person's outlook on life itself. Such a beautiful way of thinking is truly missing in the harsh world we live in today in the absence of Islam.
On October 30, 1918, The Ottoman Empire surrendered and on August 10, 1920, almost 2 years after their surrender and 1 year after the horrific and unfair treaty of Versailles, the Allies were set for another unfair treaty, and this time it was the “sick man of Europe”. In the treaty, the Ottoman Empire, (what was left of it) was partitioned. The Ottoman “State” was trimmed down to northern Anatolia, touching the black sea. The western part of modern Turkey, Thrace and Izmir were under Greek control while Constantinople was demilitarized under International control of France, Britain and Italy. The Southern part of Anatolia was divided between the Italian and French. On the East, the Armenians were given a state and a small British zone. The treaty was signed between the Ottoman Empire and the Allied Powers. It is said that this treaty was worse than that of Versailles because the Allies made borders, without looking at the demographics. A large portion of Muslim population was under Armenian and Greek control. While the areas occupied by Italy and France had a majority of Muslim Turks. This treaty angered the Turks and nationalistic sentiments among them grew and they saw themselves being cornered by the Allies. The Muslims in Anatolia started revolting against the occupiers. This revolt was led by Mustafa Kemal Pasha (Later Ataturk). The Turkish National Movement (Kuva-yi Milliye) in Anatolia culminated in the formation of a new Grand National Assembly (GNA; Turkish: BMM) by Mustafa Kemal and his colleagues. Another fun fact about this uprising is that the hero of Medina, Fakhreddin Pasha also joined this war after he was released from prison in Malta. The Turks fought of western, eastern and southern front in the Turkish war of independence and in the end, they won. This lead to the creation of Republic of Turkey. Although I do not agree with many of Ataturk’s reforms, but i know why Turks love him. He saved their homeland and I’ve seen that even the religious Muslim Turks are grateful to Ataturk regardless of their differences with him. Because of this war, Constantinople (Istanbul) still belongs to Muslims.
Author of Portrait of a Turkish Family Irfan Orga was born into a properous family in the twilight of the Ottoman Empire. His mother was a beauty, married at thirteen, who lived in the seclusion of the harem, as befitted a Turkish woman of her class. His grandmother was an eccentric autocrat, determined at all costs to maintain her traditional habits.
But the First World War changed everything.
Death and financial disaster reigned, the Sultan was owerthrown and Turkey became a republic. In 1942 Irfan Orga arrived in London, and seven years later he wrote this extraordinary story of his family’s survival.