Author: Dr Salih Yucel

Untold stories from Gallipoli front lines

The Gallipoli Campaign is considered by many as the greatest war in Australian and Turkish history.  The stories of veterans have been passed down from generation to generation in the form of oral and written history. Some might say Gallipoli war stories are the most honoured ones in both Australian as well as Turkish history. These stories vary in nature. Some bewildering for the reader, others make the reader smile while many make the reader become lost in deep thought or start shed tears. While there are numerous stories, I wish to relate some unforgettable ones that I have...

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Beyond ceremonial Islam: Displaying good behaviour

One of the most influential scholars of Islam al-Ghazali (1058-1111) states that half of the people run away from Islam because of misbehaviour of Muslims towards others.  Inculcation of good behaviour amongst humans was one of the reasons that the Prophet Mohammad (s) was sent as a blessing to humankind by our Creator. In a hadith, the Prophet (s) states that “I have only been sent to perfect good moral character” (Musnad). According to al-Shatibi (1320-1388), Islam aims to build noble character amongst its followers. Today manu Muslims claim to practice their religion but focussing more on appearance than...

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Simple lifestyle essential for successful leadership

History testifies that all great Muslim leaders and scholars had a simple lifestyle of the ordinary citizen. Some even lived a life in poverty.  Umar ibn Abdu’l Aziz (682-720), Tariq ibn Ziyad (670-720), Nureddin Zangi (1118-1174), Saladin Ayyubi (1133-1197), all Ottoman Sultans from Osman Ghazi (d.1324) to Yavuz Sultan Salim (1470-1520)  had a very simple life. They did not leave almost any inheritance similar to Four Rightly Guided Caliphs. Not just these leaders but also their top administrators followed their footsteps as well. Umar ibn Abdul Aziz after consulting with the great scholars of the time forbade trade and...

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