Women’s rights in Turkey

In Europe it is generally thought that Islam is repressive to women and any rights Muslim women have are due to Western influence. The writer of this article, a Turkish female political analyst, explodes this myth. First, she gives the source of the Women’s rights:

Turkish women have enjoyed equality in the law of marriage since Ottoman times. The “Islam” which is the root of modern Turkish social norms is a religious, not a traditional conservatism; ours is rooted in the Qur’an, not in Bedouin social customs.

And then explains that these rights were acquired not from the West but from Islam.

One might think that the free women of Turkey owe these democratic rights to feminist activism. However, the women of Turkey attained equality through the morality of Islam.

She then compares when women in different countries were given these rights and says:

Turkish women first exercised the franchise in 1930, but these rights were given to women in 1923, decades before women in Quebec (1941), Japan (1947), Mexico (1947), Belgium (1948), greater Canada (1950), or Australia (1961).

One can see that this is the age of the jihad of the pen as it is by use of the pen that we will correct such misconceptions against Islam.

Muslim Rulers and the British Empire

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Promised Messiah and Mehdi, said that Jihad of the sword against the British rule in India was not required because;

  • Jihad of the sword was meant to protect freedom of religion and belief and that existed under British rule.
  • Jihad was only to be conducted when Muslims had the resources to carry out such warfare and
  • Only a Muslim ruler or government could declare Jihad and not just anyone.

So, today let us look at how a couple of Muslim rulers were regarded by the British Empire.

Who was the agent of the British?

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is accused of being a British agent because he declared that fighting the British rule in India was not Jihad, as defined by Islam. The reason he gave for this was that the British allowed every religion freedom of worship and preaching and Jihad is only allowed where these are prohibited by a ruler.

One further reason he gave was that Jihad can only be declared by a Muslim ruler or government. So let us see what Muslim rulers were doing while the British destroyed the Mughal rule over India. Continue reading

Turkey’s Chief Justice: If that is Islam, I am no Muslim

Turkish Chief Justice Ha?im K?l?ç touched on the violence being perpetrated in Muslim countries and said, “If this is what is means to be a Muslim, then I am no Muslim.” The Chief Justice was attending a ceremony for the opening of the 2013-2014 academic year.

He said, “If we were to just analyze Muslim countries in particular, such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, or India, and even closer to home, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, they are all on fire. They are burning up. It is impossible to speak of human dignity in these places.

It was nearly 150 years ago that the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement said that the acts of barbarism being committed in the name of Islam are in fact unIslamic. He wrote a book called “Jihad and the British Government”, in which he discussed in details what is the correct meaning of jihad. Similarly, restoring women’s rights, educating women, putting an end to calling each other heretics, freedom to choose and hold any religion without penalty or punishment and to preach and propagate it etc were all reforms he tried to introduce into Muslim thinking.

We are pleased to see that the Chief Justice of Turkey, a Sunni Muslim has now echoed the views of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. If Muslims had followed Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad all those years ago, Islam would now be the world’s dominant religion.

Original Source: Washingtontimes.com

Vatican Requests 1,500-Year-Old Bible Held In Turkey

The Vatican has allegedly issued an official request to examine a 1,500-year-old Bible that has been held in Turkey for the past 12 years, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

The Bible reportedly contains early teachings of Jesus Christ and is written in gold lettering on animal hide in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, which was the native tongue of Jesus.

According to a report by National Turk, the Bible was seized from a gang of smugglers in a Mediterranean-area operation. The report states the gang was charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations, and the possession of explosives.

Today’s Zaman reports that the Bible is under high security and that a Turkish daily newspaper, the Star, claims the book could be a copy of the Gospel of Barnabas — a controversial text which some claim is an addition to the original gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — that was suppressed.

In it, Jesus is said to have predicted the coming of the Prophet Muhammad.

Due to its value as a cultural and religious artifact, even photocopies of the pages could be worth between 3 and 4 million Turkish Lira, or about 1,700,000 to 2,300,000 U.S. dollars.