“God is great” (Allahu Akbar), was the phrase they uttered both before and after their crimes. What should we, the ones who were born with the phrase “God is Great” whispered into our ears, as part of our mothers’ ritual prayers, think of these events?! How can we avoid the victim’s face and the head of the one who was slaughtered?
The Muslim world’s clash with freedom of expression is long and problematic. The campaign currently spread under the slogan “Anything But God’s Prophet” appears to be another addition to the unnecessary clash between Islam and freedom of expression.
If you are interested in defending Islam, look at the way politicians are harnessing it: watch Erdogan threaten the security of the world with Islam, or Al-Azhar do the same, while he lives in a parallel universe, not daring to criminalize even ISIS (because ISIS uses texts from the Qur’an) … Have you heard anyone of them say: Leave religion to individuals and let us build a state for all? Would any leader among them dare say that?
Many secular Turks feel that the conversion of the most famous Istanbul museum to a mosque is mainly a struggle between Erdogan supporters and Atatürk Republicanism. Secularist Turks, who are in majority in Istanbul municipality, feel that the conquest of the city this time is targeting them.