Muhammed Tahir over at Ummah Pulse has put together an excellent article on the latest attempt by Turkey's secular fascists(who I lovingly refer to as "Ataturdists") aka Donmeh munafiqs to "modernize" Hadith. Aren't these the same charlatans who enforced hijab bans, and have a well documented history of obstructing the practice of Islam in the country? Check out my take on "Islamic Reformation." Its good to see the usual suspects praising this charade, it just confirms what their true intentions are. Hats off to Ummah Pulse.
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In an almost comical display of verbal acrobatics, Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs is desperately attempting to retreat back into the shadows after having the spotlight shone on its attempts to rewrite the entire canon of Prophetic sayings (hadith).
As was reported in this week's JumuhPulse, the commissioning of this massive undertaking at Ankara University conveniently coincided with a visit to that same city by the Pope in 2006.
Not to leave the Turks to their own devices, the Vatican sent a key lieutenant of the Pope, Jesuit priest Felix Koerner, to oversee and direct the project and ensure that it served the designs of the church. Unfortunately, in their excitement to announce this project to the public, the BBC failed to exercise proper discretion in concealing not only the ultimate aim of the project (an Islamic reformation) but also the project's sponsors (the Vatican).
The public response has been swift. The original article on the BBC site elicited over 1500 responses within a day of the article being posted. We here at UP can only speculate at the volume of calls to the Directorate of Religious Affairs during the same period, although one can make a pretty fair guess from the lengths Dr. Mehmet Gormez, the Directorate's deputy director, has gone to in attempting to obfuscate a pretty accurate description of the project's aims by the BBC's Robert Pigott. The Directorate issued a press release to complain about the accuracy of the BBC's reporting and is even considering legal action.
Speaking to the English-language Turkish online news outlet Today's Zaman, Gormez was at pains to assure its reporters that their "project cannot be considered a reformation of Islam." He did confirm however that the project "will make a new compilation of the hadith and re-interpret them if necessary."
Gormez also rolls out the age-old explanation that their project is in fact "a return to an original form of Islam that has been diluted over the centuries by various developments." I'm sure by "various developments" Mr. Gormez wouldn't be referring to Church-sponsored revisions of the primary sources of Islam carried out by secularist academics trained at western universities using post-modernist methods and being coached by Jesuit priests?
My head is spinning. Is Mr. Gormez so arrogant as to assume that people don't understand the English language? Their project is doomed to failure simply on the basis of the intelligence level they assume their readership possesses. The Directorate's backtracking also includes assertions that their effort is "being conducted independent of domestic and foreign politics." Perhaps he should confirm that with Mr. Koerner.
I guess blusterous lying is also a post-modernist orientalist trait as well as a Neocon one.
"They wish to deceive Allah and those who believe, but they deceive only themselves without realising it. In their hearts is a disease; and Allah has increased their disease: And grievous is the punishment that they incur, on account of their lying." (Surah Baqarah 2:9-10)