"Contemporary Turkish Calls for Jihad
On October 25, 2019, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the Friday prayers at the Great Çamlıca Mosque in Istanbul.
He was accompanied by Istanbul’s governor Ali Yerlikaya, mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, Istanbul’s chief of police Mustafa Çalışkan and the head of the Istanbul branch of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Bayram Şenocak. After the prayers, the hafiz of the mosque recited the Koranic Verse Al-Fath, which means “victory, triumph, conquest”.
Then, Erdogan took the microphone and recited a part of the verse first in Arabic and then in Turkish.
He told the crowd:
Our God commands us to be violent towards the kuffar (infidels). Who are we? The ummah [nation] of Mohammed. So [God] also commands us to be merciful to each other. So we will be merciful to each other. And
Erdogan then referred to another Koranic verse, As-Saff-13, in Arabic:
Inshallah, God has promised us in Syria: ‘Nasrun minallahi ve fethun karib ve beşşiril mu’minin.’ [‘Victory from Allah and an imminent conquest; and give good tidings to the believers’]. We see it is happening right now. With the permission of Allah, we will see it even more… I will meet some presidents of foreign countries [Russian and Iranian] at the Dolmabahce Palace today. I ask for your permission now to go there.”
The congregants then cheered Erdogan on, shouting “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is great). " Yaakov Apelbaum
This is from Yaakov Apelbaum's article on the Ottoman Declaration of a Jihad in 1914. As I have repeatedly reminded the pilgrim horde, the Ottoman sultan was also caliph and commander of the Sunni 'umma (Islamic community). The fatwa declaring jihad was intended to cause rebellions among the Muslim subject population of the British and French empires. This was only moderately effective.
It is nevertheless instructive to have the words of Sultan Tayyip the Great's sentiments toward the kuffar. The kuffar are we, his NATO allies. pl