Ekrem Şama: "Jihad against the wind"

Ekrem Şama: "Jihad against the wind"
Date: 4.10.2021 17:00

Milli Gazete columnist Ekrem Şama writes on Jihad. Here is the full article.

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Although the expression jihad against the wind generally refers to jihad in spite of difficult conditions, in today's article we will describe three examples that contain the absolute meaning of this idiom. But in general, the word difficulty will be explained. 
First example:
The year is 1389. The Ottoman Sultan Murat Hüdavendigar Khan, who commanded 37 jihads, is against the united Crusader army in Kosovo. In terms of numbers, the enemy army is about four times its own army. Moreover, a strong wind blows from the opposite direction in the evening, and the dust it removes makes the mujahideen's eyes full, making them unable to look in front of them. He must win this jihad. If the war ends in defeat, the Ottoman Empire, which is still in the establishment phase, will be wiped from the map. Murat Han, who completed all his preparations and took all the precautions as a servant, prays that night without getting up from his prayer rug. He asks Allah for victory and prays with tears for the wind to be stopped. He has one more request from Allah, that he end his life with martyrdom in this jihad field.
He slept a little towards the morning, and in his dream he was informed that his prayer was accepted. As a matter of fact, it was seen that the wind changed direction in the morning. As a result, his army won a great victory as he wanted in his prayers, and he drank the sherbet of martyrdom in the field of jihad.
Second example:
On the Ottoman throne, II. Bayezid Khan. The Portuguese pirate named Vasko Dö Gama entered the Red Sea by roaming the Cape of Good Hope, and infested the Kaaba, Masjid an-Nabawi and Masjid-i Aksa, which were within the borders of the Mamluk State, which had the navy he requested from Portugal and the Caliph of Muslim. has been. As a result of the Caliph-i Muslim's request for help from the Ottoman Empire, the great sailor Selman Reis was sent to the Red Sea with the task of removing the Portuguese Navy from the region. There have been great struggles for many years. Finally, the Portuguese, who took reinforcement warships, succeeded in occupying Jeddah, and moved towards the Kaaba with the soldiers they took out. Their purpose is to destroy the Kaaba. Selman Reis uses all the means at his disposal, but this time he cannot stop the Portuguese. Attempts to retake Jeddah fail because the wind is blowing against their navy.
He opens his hands and asks Allah for help so that his jihad will result in victory. He cuts off the pages of the Qur'an with jihad verses and leaves them in the sea and continues to pray. Soon his prayer was accepted. With the change of direction of the wind, he manages to defeat the Portuguese and save the Kaaba.
Third example:
In 1538, Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha was in the Gulf of Preveza with his navy. The United Crusader Navy under the command of Andre Dorya trapped the Ottoman Navy in the gulf. The enemy fleet is outnumbered. Moreover, it is difficult to get out of the bay because the wind is blowing towards the land.
As he himself said in his memoirs, Hayrettin Pasha and his other commanders prayed for victory that night after taking all the precautions they could. The pages of the Qur'an containing the jihad verses are torn off and thrown into the sea. With the first lights of the morning, it is seen that the prayers are accepted and the wind changes direction.
As a result, the glorious Victory of Preveza, which we celebrated the 483th anniversary of last week on September 28 and was designated as the Naval Forces Day, is won.
These three examples show the following:
The mujahideen took all the precautions they could and should be taken as servants. They resorted to causes with all their might. But there is nothing they can do against the wind blowing against it. They prayed to Allah for the wind that blows, and victories were won with its acceptance.
The rule is the same today. As a servant, all duties will be fulfilled, precautions will be taken, and help will be sought from Allah for the "opposite wind", that is, the obstacles that cannot be changed by our own power.
The expedition, the preparations for the expedition and the execution of the expedition are our duty. Victory is a matter of grace and is in the will of Allah.
The oppressors are coming together.
We will stand against them!
If we are not worthy of God's help
We will burn in this fire too!


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