Last week, 90,000 mosques across Turkey prayed the 48th chapter of the Qur’an for victory over the Kurds. Surah al-Fath, the 48th chapter of the Qur’an, promises Muslims who wage jihad much material reward: “Allah has promised you much booty that you will take and has hastened for you this and withheld the hands of people from you – that it may be a sign for the believers and He may guide you to a straight path” (48:20).
It also contains this command:”Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those with him are ruthless against the unbelievers, merciful among themselves” (48:29).
This is the message that the Turkish government is giving to its soldiers as it sends them against the Kurds. It’s interesting in light of the fact that Islamic apologists in the West routinely insist that such verses apply only to seventh-century situations, and not to today in any way, shape or form. Ismail Kahraman and the rest of the Turkish government hasn’t gotten the memo.
“Turkey Parliament Speaker calls offensive against Syria Kurds ‘jihad,'” by Ari Khalidi, Kurdistan 24, January 26, 2018:
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Speaker of Turkey’s National Assembly on Saturday described a now week-long military offensive against US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria’s Afrin as “jihad.”
Speaker Ismail Kahraman’s use of the Islamic definition of “holy war” came amid rising religious rhetoric from the government circles targeting Kurdish political parties and the larger Kurdish movement in Syria and Turkey as well.
“Look, we are now in Afrin. We are a big state. Without jihad, there can be no progress, one cannot stand on their feet,” Kahraman said, praising the campaign against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) that the US trained and armed in the war on the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.
He was also critical of the US military presence in the Middle East and elsewhere globally, in his remarks aired on the state TV.
Kahraman had created a heated debate in 2016 when he told a convention of Muslim scholars that secularism would have no place in a new constitution for the country.
Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, later in the day, said the YPG, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), as well as IS had no “religion, faith, or God.”
During Friday prayers this week, sermons held across some 90,000 mosques in the country focused on national unity and military victories of the Turkish past.
Imams asked for the Turkish army’s victory in Afrin….