Only in dreams, memories of yesterdays are seen and hear.
Every night, thunders of volley guns and howls of cries
Of men and women shiver us in our dreams.
See, a shadow holding a scythe. Death is upon us!
Abrupt expiry of courageous juveniles is hunting the future.
Only hope is left for us. A desire to live, and to love.
Wishing, that one day, morning dew may fell upon our face.
No more black smokes – vapor of bloodshed.
A sigh of relief and breath of new life.
Gallipoli, are we here to stay?
The story of Gallipoli is not unitary. Thousands of stories fill up the emptiness of curiosity. It expresses an inquisitiveness of actuations of brave souls who fought and died. Two opposing narratives are billowing Gallipoli: a campaign to take over Hellespont and a defense to rebuild imperial sovereignty. Beyond from these narratives, a resounding phenomenon is about to be born. Reverberating from Augsburg (1555), Westphalia (1648), England (1688), Philadelphia (1776), Paris (1789) to Istanbul (1923), and fostered by the Enlightenment thinkers. It is that idea that resuscitates glories of the past, the will to live together in the present, and sacrifices to be performed for the future. Nationalism is imagined, principally political but sometimes cultural, perceived to be homogenous, and yet very territorial.
Nationalism became the source of conflicts and wars for the next century. Many communities victoriously fought to express nationalistic desire (e.g. the recent ones are Tuvalu, Serbia, Kiribati, Nauru, Timor Leste, Montenegro, Kosovo, and South Sudan), while some are still fighting for it until now (e.g. Moros in the Philippines, Rohingyas in Burma, Tamils in Sri Lanka, Uighurs and Tibetans in China, Kashmiris between India and Pakistan, Basques in Spain and France, Kurds in Turkey, Scottish and Ulster Irish in UK, etcetera). The legendary hero, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who aimed for solidarity and unity among his people, lay the foundations for the birth of the Republic of Turkey. It also marked the beginning of national consciousness for Australians and New Zealanders, as they annually commemorate Gallipoli during the Anzac Day.
Why nationalism is so fervor and powerful, that it can stand on its own amidst the hegemonies of religion, democracy, capitalism, secularism or sovereignty? Although some of those elements may complement nationalism. It is only a matter of fact that it has directly affected the psyche of human beings. Before, individuals voluntarily sacrificed themselves for their personal beliefs or religion, but now, it is the nation (or country) that directly commands them to die for her even without their consent. Does this lead to an increased cohesion and solidarity of trust within a nation? What are the moral consequences of nationalist exclusion? Do minorities have voices and spaces in the socio-political configuration of a nation?
It is ironic to wonder that majority of communities in Europe are aspiring to become one, as personified by the emergence and development of the European Union. Several centuries long, there is a plethora of kingdoms and states in Europe, while there are few polities in the Orient, e.g. the Andalusians (711-1492), Safavids (1501-1736), Mughals (1526-1857), and Ottomans (1299-1923). And suddenly, at the behest of colonial powers, the Orient and the Far East disintegrated into numerous nations expressed by interlinking identities and norms such as languages, religions, customary traditions, ethnicities, political ideologies, territorial boundaries, and among others.
Gallipoli may be a blessing for the Turkish republic, but it is certainly not for the ummah (community of believers in Islam). Was it necessary for Atatürk to abolish the Caliphate? It could have remained symbolic in nature comparable with many monarchies in Europe and Asia, where there is the head of the government while the monarch/caliph holds a titular position. This led to a vacuum in search for a symbolic reference and political maneuvering of the imagined ummah, where for four decades of exportation of radical and exclusivist Wahhabi-styled Islam financed by Saudian petro-dollars is unfortunately becoming the dominant image of Islam. Far from what the Qur’an and the Sunnah taught the believers, in respect to the formative years of pluralistic Muslim community. Now, the Orient is beleaguered with a self-styled Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh), a result of decades-long agony of penetration from external forces including socio-political and economical stagnations that are voided of intellectual self-criticism of its people.
This is a start of an advent into a different Jahiliyya, full of expediencies and opportunism, and losing the moral and ethical essence of humanity. Where are we heading?
The essay was published at Istanbul-based Turkey Agenda on March 24, 2015 and at Sweden-based Your Middle East on April 29, 2015. It received a citation of ‘special award’ certificate only from the organizers on April 27, 2015 held at the Elite World Istanbul Hotel.
I cannot help but to cry while doing this tribute to honor our beloved father.
Just by looking at his pictures which manifest such joy and happiness,
my tears keep on flowing like streams and rivers
and heart is grieving like a lamenting event of great catastrophe.
My parents were even planning to make their first hajj (pilgrimage)
to the Ka’aba in al-Makkah, Saudi Arabia this year (2012),
all of their documents were nearly complete,
instead Allah (God) decided to invite my father immediately.
Wherever you may be, dad, we wanted you to know that your optimal success
is how you brought and guided us (your wife and children)
toward the state of success we are living now.
May Allah and our angels guide your journey to the eternal sanctuary
and blissfully haven. Farewell, for now.
54 years old
i will remember all u taught me
i’m hurt…… but won’t be sad,
cos he’ll send me down the answers
and he’ll always be my DAD:(
Evangeline Santos Nassef, am sure you remember me, though we had not communicated much…I was formerly one of the PTA Presidents of the former TCQC….your father is a very good friend a brother of mine, and just want to let you know that I personally grieved so much on your Dad’s passing. We share the grief on your loss…as it is also a great loss for us. All those who knew Naz and whose lives was touched by him…wanted to let your family accept condelences and prayers. We will truly miss your dad. God bless.
I, together with my friends mourn the passing of a very good friend and Muslim brother…Naz Adiong. We pray for the early repose of his soul. May he bring with him happy memories of our comarederies..moments that made his passing painful for all of us. No doubt that your in the hands of our Lord now. Godspeed Naz…we love you!!! Your Dad Naz was very proud of you, in fact, 1st week of December, he told us you were coming from your successful doctorate studies from abroad, that they are just waiting for you, then we will have our reunion toether with your Mom Sandra. Regards to your Mom.
John Philip Santillan Do accept my heartfull condolences to you and Adiong family. It was a shocking news, after a long years of waiting and just and two weeks ago, i was able to talk to your father through his cellphone, my bestfriend in highschool. May his soul rest in peace. . . . I still can remember his voice and our laughters, plans for summer. . . Nassef, thank you. And please do take care and give my regards to Robin he also knew me. May GOD bless you all.
Ibrahim Macatoon Abdulrahman Macacua I AM DEEPLY shocked and felt very sad upon knowing the untimely death of your beloved father NAZIR ADIONG, my best friend & my classmate (DC ‘73). I pray for his soul to rest in peace & for you to regain strength. Accept my heartfelt & deepest condolence!
Dvine Gianan mare, i’m very saddened by what happened. Grabe nashock naman kme nila mama kanina. Hope your strength w0n’t fail you, sana nga andyan ako para mabigyan kita kahit unting c0mf0rt lang..wag k masyad0ng mad0wn lalo na nasa turkey k ulit isipin na lang natin peaceful n ang papa mo sa heaven..magkikita-kita din tau ulit! I love u mare, ingat ka dyan.. We send u our c0nd0lences.. I’m here sh0uld u need me..
Sanem Arslan My dearest, I’m terribly sorry to read the saddened news on your wall and so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you, your family and with those he left behind. May his soul rest in peace. Please try to be strong canım… He will be truly missed but may the happy moments you all shared be a source of comfort. My heart goes out to you and your family. I’m always here for you… Let me know if there is anything I can do for you and your family. I will give you a big hug when we see each other…
Xhenezh Singhcondolence ymah…