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Turkey’s Top Imam to Turkey’s Religious Congregations: “Do not trade, stay out of politics”

“Do not trade, stay out of politics”


According to recent reports, Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), gave the Turkish congregations the message of “Do not trade, stay out of politics “.

The details of the remarks made by the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) with 30 religious communities during the preliminary meeting of “congregations”, which took place for the first time after the failed coup on 15th July 2016, revealed. Speaking through examples of the Gülen community’s organizational structure, commercial relations and their involvement in state Institutions, Diyanet authorities gave messages to other congregations “do not trade, stay out of  politics” along with other five major messages.

As reported by Ayşegül Kahvecioğlu from Milliyet and daily newspaper Karar, Diyanet is going to organize a “meeting of the congregations” in Istanbul for the first time in history of Republic of Turkey in order to “clear the negative image of congregations which is created by Gülen Community” and inform congregations to prevent further formation of structures like Gülen Community. It should be noted that Gülen Community listed as terrorist organizations by Turkish Government. The actual meeting is going to take place at the end of January 2017.


During the preliminary meeting, the “Meclisi Mesayih Nizamnamesi”, which contains the control policy of the Ottoman State towards the sects, is shown as an example, but in the present case it is stated that the communities should establish their own internal audits instead of such a structure in the Presidency of Religious Affairs. “Controllability and transparency” of congregations also was emphasized. However there was not any proposal for the abolition of the revolutionary law which closed religious institutions such as  Tekke and Zaviye, and that the Presidency of Religious Affairs does not have such policy agenda.

High Council of Religious Affairs is going to prepare a report of preliminary meeting, then the Director of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez is going to hold another meeting with the same congregations. At the end of the meeting, the views of Presidency of Religious Affairs and the congregations are expected to be gathered and submitted to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and President Tayyip Erdogan.

Çeviri: WHatti – Onur Ercan


What …. is mean?

Congregation in Islam: an organization formed for the purpose of providing for worship of God, for religious education, which resembles a local church society but mostly not restricted to a mosque or a place.


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