Over 90,000 mosques around Turkey gave sermons on conquest and asked community to pray for the troops during Turkish military operation on Syria, Hürriyet newspaper reported.
Turkey’s religious authority on Friday called on all religious clerics in Turkish mosques, which are state employees, to read Quran’s chapter 48 on conquest (Al-Fath) and invited community to pray for Turkish soldiers.
Ali Erbaş, Director of Religious Affairs, said in a statement:
For the victory of the Afrin cross-border operation initiated by our heroic security forces against terrorist organisations which threatens our country and our peacefulness, the Surat Al-Fath will be read before, during and after morning prayers. We will also say our prayers for our army and our nation. I ask all our staff to perform the program in question.
Erbaş also joined the morning prayer in Ankara’s Hacı Bayram Mosque, Hürriyet said.
This has many in Europe on edge, as many Muslims would be glad to see Europe conquered by Islam, an Austrian cardinal and leading future candidate for the papacy said.
He also warned that the Christian heritage of Europe risked disappearing.
“Will there now be a third Islamic attempt to conquer Europe? Many Muslims think that and want that, and they say ‘Europe is at the end,’” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said, as cited by the Archdiocese of Vienna.
He was speaking during the church festival “Holy Name of Mary.” The holiday commemorated the victory over the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Vienna in 1683.
He asked God to have mercy on Europe as people of Europe “are in danger of forfeiting our Christian heritage.”
“And now we wonder what Europe will look like… [Europe’s Christian heritage] is already being felt as missing [by many people]. Not only economically… but above all human and religious matters.”
“What will become of Europe?” the cardinal asked.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
January 21st, 2018