He was born into a rich family in the crumbling Ottoman Empire. He was born to Kalil Tazim and an unknown mother. At the age of 11 his father died due to an incident. 5 years later, now poor, he joined the Army. He fought in the Italo-Turkish War and the Balkan Wars. Due to his actions, in 1914, he was given the rank of Warrant Officer. When World War I started, he was prepared to fight for the Ottoman Empire.