AN UNHOLY CAUSE
FAMOUS MOSLEM LEADER'S INDICTMENT OF TURKEY. To all the Moslems in India and in His Majesty's other dominions His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual head of the "K-Vioja communitv of Mo)iaJnrtiedans and President oi the All-India Moslem League, has sent the following clarion appeal fo.- loyalty to the King Emperor: London, November 2, 1914. With deep sorrow I find that the Turkish Government have joined hands with Germany, and. acting under the German orders, tire madly attempting to wage a most unprovoked war against such mighty Sovereigns as the King-Emperor and the Tsar of Russia. This is not the true and free will of the Sultan, but of German officers and other non-Moslems, who have forced him to do their bidding. Germany and Austria have been no disinterested friends of Islam, and while one took Bosnia the ether has long been plotting to become the Suzerain of Asia Minor and Mesopotamia., including Kerblela, Nejef, and Bagdad. If Germany succeeds, which heaven fobid, Turkey will become only a vassal of Germany, and the Kaiser's Resident will be the real ruler of Turkey, and will control the Holv Cities.
No Islamic interest was threatened in this war, and our religion was not in peril. Nor was Turkey in peril, for the British and Russian Empires and the French Republic had offered solemnly to guarantee Turkey all her territories in complete independence if she had. remained in peace. Turkey was the trustee of Islam, and the whole world was content to let her hold our Holy Cities in her keeping. Now that Turkey has so disastrously shown herself a tool in German hands she has not only mined hersolf, but has lost her position of trustee of Islam, and evil will overtake her. Turkey has been persuaded to draw the sword in an unholy cause, from which she could be but ruined whatevor else happened, and ens will lose her position as a great nation, for such mighty Sovereigns aa the King-Emperor and the Tsar can never be defeated. Thousands of Moslems aire fighting for their Sovereigns already, and ail men must see that Turkey has not gone to war for the cause of Islam or for tho defence of her independence. Thus our only duty as Moslems now is to. remain loyal, faithful, and obedient, to our temporal and ascul&Jf *JJ»gjfsWj©i
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AN UNHOLY CAUSE, Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915