Turkey Prez Erdogan making all-out efforts to re-establish Caliphate
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is making all-out efforts to establish himself as the ruler of the Muslim world by reconverting the famed Hagia Sophia into a mosque, undoing the foundations of modern Turkey as envisaged by its founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
However, according to a new watchdog report released by the US State Department, Ankara continues to be the regional transit hub for the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.
Though democratically elected, Erdogan has behaved in an increasingly autocratic fashion and has little patience for European-styled secularism as envisaged by Ataturk. Under the Erdogan regime, there has been a crackdown on dissent and critics of the government have been sent behind bars.
Caliphate is an Islamic state under the leadership of an Islamic steward with the title of caliph. For 400 years, from 1517 to 1924, the caliph sat in Istanbul, before the position was abolished by Ataturk.
In July, Erdogan controversially declared the nearly 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia open to Muslim worship after a top court ruled the building’s conversion to a museum by modern Turkey’s founding statesman in the mid-1930s was illegal.
Erdogan is openly calling for the re-establishment of an Islamic state, said Frontier Alliance International (FAI) mission President Dalton Thomas on the conversion of the 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia.
“The President of Turkey is openly calling for the re-establishment of the Islamic State, the restoration of its ancient borders and the conquest of Jerusalem. When the world wakes up from the corona hangover, we will face the resurrected Caliphate,” Thomas had said in a tweet.
Thomas described the development as crushing and destruction of a secularist Turkey.
“This is an Islamic revival taking place inside Turkey. This is the crushing, destruction, dismantling and the deconstruction of secularist Turkey moving the country back to its original formation as an Islamic state that controls the Middle East,” Thomas said.