Turkey – A Divine Opportunity

A brother writes:

“I refer to the recent, failed attempt at a coup to oust the AK Party in Turkey. While Muslims the world over are falling over backwards in praise of the success of the AK Party to retain power – and understandably so – not a single message appears to contain sincere Naseehat regarding the inevitably fatal consequences of failing to implement the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) while having the power to do so – particularly those aspects of the Sunnah for which there is absolutely no impediment for implementation other than a lamentable inferiority complex to the “Sunnah” of the Kuffaar and a lack of faith (Imaan) in the Divine Protection and Barakah which is the immediate consequence of adopting any of the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).

Despite professing good Islamic intentions, the practice of Islam of the AK Party is very similar to the diluted and liberal version of Islam which Morsi came with, before he was replaced by Allah (azza wa jal) with a ruthless tyrant. When one is granted power and fails even to perform the simple, “pro-Islamic” task of giving preference to the Sunnah appearance of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) over the “Sunnah” appearance of the Kuffaar, at least within himself and within those close to him, then what can be the consequence for such gross dereliction of duty other than the removal of power by the Ultimate Sovereign?

It is clear that the momentary snatching away of power and instability that occurred during the failed coup attempt were merely a warning from the Ultimate King Who grants sovereignty to whom He wills, and Who snatches away sovereignty from whom He wills. Yet, such is Allah’s (azza wa jal) infinite mercy that despite our satanic state of Istikhfaaf – picking and choosing at will which parts of the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) to relegate as a “non-priority”, primarily based on our enslavement to Kuffaar values – and despite being completely undeserving of any Nusrat, He (azza wa jal) continues to grant us respite and multiple opportunities.

In spite of our wretched state as an Ummah suffering over the past century from a self-imposed enslavement to the “Sunnah” of the Kuffaar in every aspect of life – not only the easy-to-implement Sunnahs pertaining to appearance, mannerisms and behaviour – time and time again Allah has granted various pro-Islamic governments the opportunity to take the “leap of faith” and fully implement the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the inevitable consequence of which will be the immediate descent of the Barakah and Nusrat of Allah (azza wa jal) without which there is not the slightest hope of resuscitation for this wretched Ummah currently wallowing in an abject state of utter humiliation as a direct result of our satanic attitude of Istikhfaaf towards Allah’s Sacred Prohibitions and the Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). (Istikhfaaf, i.e. to consider something as being insignificant and unimportant – Al-HAQ)

Please comment in detail on the failed coup attempt, and proffer some much-needed Naseehat to the supposedly pro-Islamic AK Party and to the Muslim community at large.”


We are in agreement with the views presented by the Brother. However, the Turkish conflagration requires deeper examination and rumination for a better understanding. The comparison between Erdogan and Morsi of Egypt is not entirely correct. Erdogan was reared and nourished in a culture of kufr, atheism, fisq and fujoor. He is basically a product of the kufr cult which the devil, Attaturk had imposed on Turkey.

Erdogan is also a pupil of Gulen who has his own brand of kufr ‘islam’ which has no relationship with Islam. In all likelihood, Erdogan is unable to recite the Qur’aan Majeed, and we venture to say that he may not be aware of the basic masaa-il pertaining to Imaan, Tahaarat and Salaat, and this is no fault of his since he was reared in such an environment in which the atheism of Attaturk was the state ‘religion’ imposed on the populace by force. Every semblance of Islam was abolished by Attaturk. Thus Erdogan and the members of his Islamic party are all the products of the kufr cult of Attaturk. Thus, their lack of a proper understanding of Islamic Aqaai-id, the Shariah and the Sunnah is to be expected.

Despite the twin evils of Gulenism and Attaturkism which were the only ideologies in which Erdogan was nourished, Allah Ta’ala in His Infinite Mercy saved Erdogan and a great portion of the Turkish people from total adoption of kufr. His western attire and appearance and his alienation from the Sunnah are quite understandable. Notwithstanding all these colossal drawbacks, Allah Ta’ala bestowed the taufeeq of Imaan to the Turkish Islamists, and via the agency of Erdogan, Allah Ta’ala opened the avenue of Islam for the Turkish people.

It must be remembered that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Your deeds are your rulers.”

In other words, Allah Ta’ala saddles a nation with rulers who are the reflections and manifestations of their deeds, whether good or bad. Approximately half of the Turkish population comprises of atheists and secularists – followers of Attaturk, and of Gulen with his religion of kufr. In this scenario, it is not expected that the ruler/president will be a 100% or even a ‘50%’ follower of the Sunnah. In fact, their Imaan dangles on a thread.

Any attempt to impose the Shariah and Sunnah 100% in such a corrupt scenario by even a president who may be a genuine Wali of Allah Ta’ala, will be quickly torpedoed. We narrate this understanding from Hadhrat Maulana Masihullah (Rahmatullah), our Ustaadh and Shaikh. He maintained that even the greatest Buzrug will fail in the current scenario of almost total irreligiosity (bad-deeni and be-deeni) if it is assumed that the ruler is such a Deeni personality. It is quite logical that a pious ruler stands not the ghost of a chance against a satanic people wallowing in fisq, fujoor and kufr.

Morsi is the most recent example of the failure to impose even a very ‘moderate’, very liberal version of Islam. There are parallels in the Egyptian and Turkish scenarios. In both countries, half or more than half the populations are kuffaar masquerading as Muslims. The U.S.A. was the conspirator to oust Morsi, and it is the author of the Turkish botched coup. The military, navy, airforce, the civil service, the judicial system, the police force, the intelligence agencies and just about every wrung of government are glaringly kufr and kuffaar. To aggravate this satanic state of affairs, the greater part of the population is practically kuffaar. There is no hope for the greatest Buzrug to impose Shariah Law should he succeed in being installed as president or Ameerul Mu’mineen.

Success is reliant on the masses. Their Aqaa-id (Beliefs) and A’maal (Deeds) are of crucial importance. These two factors are the determinants for either Divine Aid (Allah’s Nusrat) being granted or withheld. That is precisely why Allah Ta’ala ordained that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) devote the first 13 years of the mission of Risaalat in Makkah, teaching the Sahaabah only Beliefs and Morality.

The lone president is in reality impotent. The power is with the masses, not with the small clique of rulers. The rulers will be in accordance with the A’maal of the masses. In the form of Erdogan, Allah Ta’ala has bestowed a great Ni’mat on the Turkish people. Allah Ta’ala has used him to open up the doors of the Deen to the masses. If the people take good advantage of this Divine Bounty, using the opportunity to nourish their Imaan with Ilm and Taqwa by means of self-reformation, then Allah Ta’ala will most certainly transform the leadership to conform to the spirituality of the people.

Erdogan has opened up the bolted Musaajid and Madaaris. Children are now free to pursue Deeni education. The masses are free to adopt Islamic appearances and Sunnah culture. If they spurn this Ni’mat of Allah Ta’ala, Erdogan will be removed from the scene to be replaced by brutal suppression and oppression – all reflections of the deeds of the people. The onus lies on the masses. The process of Islamization has to commence at grass roots level by the Ulama and the masses. Currently there appears to be no opposition for genuine Islamization of the people. If this Allah-given opportunity is squandered in ghaflat and measures for the Islaah of the people are not instituted, the vista of freedom which is presently enjoyed will be closed. Erdogan and his party will disappear from the scene to be replaced by a brutal, tyrannical regime as had happened in Egypt.

The necessary change for the acquisition of Divine Aid has to incumbently come from the bottom, from grass roots level. It will not succeed from the top or governmental level. Firstly, the government is genuinely ignorant of the Deen, and so are the people. The Ulama and those who have Deeni understanding have to initiate the programme for the Islaah of the people. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’aan Majeed:

“Verily, Allah will not change the condition of a nation until they change their own condition. And, when Allah intends punishment for a nation, then there is nothing to ward it off, and they will not find a friend (or helper) besides Allah.” (Ar-Ra’d, Aayat 11)

[Comment by Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]

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