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Turkish forces are “heroes of the Mohammadian Army,” mosques recite “Conquest” chapter of Qur’an

Turkish forces are “heroes of the Mohammadian Army,” mosques recite “Conquest” chapter of Qur’an

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“Across Turkey’s mosques, the Diyanet, or the directorate of religious affairs, organized calls to prayer and recitation of the ‘Conquest’ chapter in the Quran, broadcasting it over loudspeakers. Turkish mainstream media, including state-run Anadolu Agency, broadcast Islamic clerics telling followers the northeast Syria operation was ordained by God. The pro-government media outlet shared dozens of posts allegedly showing Muslims from around the world reciting the ‘Conquest’ chapter of the Quran in support of the Turkish military.”

The chapter in question is the 48th chapter of the Qur’an, which says, among other things: “Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. Those who follow him are ruthless to unbelievers, merciful to one another.” (48:29)

How is it that Erdogan and the Diyanet seem not to have grasped what is so patently obvious to Western non-Muslim leaders, that the Qur’an teaches peace and tolerance?

More on . “How Turkey’s Erdogan Portrayed Syria Offensive as a Pan-Islam Struggle,” by Rikar Hussein, , November 13, 2019:

WASHINGTON – As Turkey last month announced its military incursion into northeast Syria, Turkish officials said the operation was to “prevent the creation of a terror corridor” along Turkey’s southern border with Syria. Locally, however, their message added a religious zeal to the Muslim nation by depicting the offensive as an Islamic struggle against “infidels.”…