Monday, June 19, 2017

Private Letter from Ottoman Sultan Mehmed V to the Afghan Hajji-Mujahideen

Private Letter from Ottoman Sultan Mehmed V  to the Afghan Hajji-Mujahideen , 1909

"As your Caliph, I am most delighted to see Allah's most devoted arrive to the Ottoman Empire, from what I hear from my local administrators is that you wish to wage the most holy of Jihad against our enemies, which are many that have shown themselves in a few short years. But it is good to know that the Afghan people show their support to our noble and just cause of crushing all opposition to Islam, and falsely-guided revolutions led by atheists or lost Christians within our borders.

As such, I shall task your men to be dispatched to the Armenian region under the Imperial Armies' supervision, as our brave men need guidance within the rough terrain, which I hear the Afghans have excellent skills to do so. I shall also order that your men be given more modern arms and equipment to combat our enemies, as the dispatch also I received noted your men are using dated weaponry, which under my grace and friendship shall give you better.

But I must strain this with the most seriousness of tones, the Christians in this region are not at fault for the strife, but savage dogs who use them like cattle to push forward their twisted agendas; treat the people kindly as any good man of the faith and Allah should do. If reports come that Christians are being mistreated or, Allah forbids slaughtered by your men, I will humbly request your men return home to Afghanistan.

May Allah guide us all during these troubling times, and the greatest of fortunes be granted to the Hajji-Mujahideen in battle.

~ Signed, Mehmed V
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire


(Afghan Hajji-Mujahideen were a militia of volunteers from Afghanistan , who after performing Hajj in 1909,  did not return to their homes , their intention was the preservation of the Khilafat  .They went to the Ottoman authorities and informed them that they would march wherever the Khalifah commanded them. In their fighting for Ottomans, their skill truly came to light in the hills and in guerilla warfare. With order successfully restored in Eastern Anatolia, and with other regions of the Ottoman Empire once more secured, the duties of the Hajji-Mujahideen appeared to have come to an end. They arrived in Basra in early 1911, and were in Karachi - following an Ottoman notification to the British - a week later. The landing of the Afghan Hajji-Mujahideen at Karachi was perceived as a powerful display of Afghan independence and the unity of Muslims and Asiatics everywhere in the fight against further European aggressions. When news came of the Russian declaration of war, many of the Hajji-Mujahideen demanded they be allowed to return to Basra, but the British refused and the Afghans were quickly shuffled off to the Afghan frontier, where they were met by leading members of the military and marched to Kabul. )

Sultan Mehmed V