The signs of Turkey going in a more Islamist direction are getting ever more obvious. The country that was the driving force behind the Ottoman Empire (represented here by Sultan Suleiman, the boss of the former empire) seems to long for its return. Now the Turkish Deputy PM is accused of inciting hatred against non-Muslims in the country.
According to PJ Media, citing Turkish news outlets, Numan Kurtulmus, the deputy prime minister of Turkey, recently announced the following at a public meeting:
"Independence means being able to stand up to kafirs (infidels) by calling them kafirs."
Kurtulmus was clarifying the Turkish government’s understanding of “independence” at a local meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). He discussed “the four fundamental elements on which the new Turkey has been established,” then explained the ideology behind the AKP's stance:
"In our dictionary, kafir is not the non-Muslim. In our dictionary, kafir is the despot, the oppressor, the one who persecutes people, and the imperialist. I am talking about our economic and political independence on these lands. We know Allah is one and we do not bow down or kneel down to anyone, other than before Allah. That is why as Turkey now advances in this path, some people are getting uptight."
However, according to Islamic scriptures, “kafir” is indeed the term used to define "non-Muslim," and this term is used universally by Muslim societies to refer to non-Muslims, or “unbelievers.”
But there is even more to “kafir” than that. Dr. Bill Warner, the author of several books and articles on political Islam, explains just how dire the “kafir” label is within Islam:
"The language of Islam is dualistic. As an example, there is never any reference to humanity as a unified whole. Instead there is a division into believer and kafir (unbeliever). Humanity is not seen as one body, but is divided into whether the person believes Mohammed is the prophet of Allah or not."
According to the official biography of Islam’s founder, Mohammed (Ishaq 759), the kafir is also to be raped, writes Dr. Warner:
"Christians and Jews are infidels, but infidels are kafirs, too. Polytheists are Hindus, but they are also kafirs. The terms infidel and polytheist are religious words. Only the word "kafir" shows the common political treatment of Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, animist, atheist, and humanist.
The Koran defines the kafir, and kafir is not a neutral word. A kafir is not merely someone who does not agree with Islam, but a kafir is evil, disgusting, the lowest form of life. Kafirs can be tortured, killed, lied to, and cheated."
Representatives of the Commission against Racism and Discrimination of the Human Rights Association of Turkey (IHD) have announced that they are filing a criminal complaint against Kurtulmus for calling on Turkish citizens “to call a kafir a kafir”:
- Kurtulmus is provoking discrimination against non-Muslim citizens of Turkey and viewing them as enemies.
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