Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Erdogan’s fatwa-giver sees political parties as Troublemakers.
Erdogan’s fatwa-giver sees political parties as nuisance. (TZ).
A religious scholar who is known to be held in high-esteem by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has described political parties and Western-style democracy as troublemakers.
“[Political] parties are institutions that have become a nuisance for us due to the application of a Western-style democracy,” Hayrettin Karaman, who previously taught Islamic law at the Faculty of Theology at Marmara University, said in his column on Sunday.
“This piece is the product of a mindset which has failed to embrace democracy, pluralism and living together in peace with diversities within society,” Ayhan Kaya, director of the European Institute at Bilgi University, told Today's Zaman.
In his column in the pro-government Yeni Şafak daily, Karaman claimed, after noting that divergences are also permitted among people to a certain extent in an Islamic democracy, that diverging opinions in such a system would not lead to perpetual conflict as is the case in Western-style democracies.
Karaman's argument lends itself to being understood that opposition to those in power is not well-received should it pave the way for divisions within society.
“When a person and his cadre come to power [in an Islamic system], the power belongs to the entire community [of Muslims], [and] the community acts as a [single] whole without prejudice to the right of criticism and supervision,” Karaman said.
Karaman's opinion is not surprising considering that the society is expected to obey the political leader in Sunni Islamic dogma.
According to Kaya, Karaman's piece, from a secular point of view, appears to be a dictation.
“He assumes diverging opinions in a given community, which is established according to Islamic law, are opinions sabotaging society,” Kaya said.
President Erdoğan said years ago, when he was mayor of İstanbul during the 1990s, that democracy is not an end in and of itself, but a means to an end.
Ali Bulaç, a columnist for the Zaman daily, said in one of his past articles that Karaman has served as a fatwa-giver for Erdoğan since Erdoğan's days as mayor.Hmmmm.........'Democracy and Islam are incompatible', Democracy Stipulates that Man Is Above Allah – Which Is Blatant Heresy; However, Adopting Some of the Mechanisms that Democracy Uses Is Not Heresy. - Salafi Sheik. Read the full story here.