In 2010, Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders called Erdogan a “total freak”, which was a big scandal. Dutch Prime-Minister Peter-Jan Balkenende even went to visit mister Erdogan in Turkey to apologise for Wilder’s statement. What they didn’t realise is that Wilders actually was able to identify that mister Erdogan is an Islamist. Wilders was able to do so, because he understands Islam.
Islam is not a religion, like Christianity and Judaism. Islam is BOTH a religious and a political ideology. Westerners often think that these two sides of Islam can somehow be conceptualised and separated. Therefore, Westerners often make a distinction between Islam and political Islam, or between Islam and Islamism. In the West, we like to cut things in pieces and identify separate “-isms” (Humanism, Jainism, Communism, Catholicism, Jihadism, etc.). This Western way of conceptualising is not possible when it comes to Islam. Islam is Islam. Islam is both religious and political.
Adopting this way of looking at Islam will actually HELP you to understand Islam better. It will also allow you to better understand things that Muslims do. Understanding Islam gives you a perspective into the collective psyche of Muslims, as well as the behaviour of Muslims who are politically active. Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an example of such a figure.
So, what does Erdogan’s current behaviour have to do with Islam? Here is a list of the link between Islam and the behaviour of mister Erdogan.
1. Muslims should not take non-believers are close friends
In Islam, Muslims shouldn’t take nonbelievers as close friends. Therefore, the friendship with nonbelievers is worthless. Germany, The Netherlands and Austria are examples of countries of nonbelievers. Therefore, Erdogan doesn’t value the friendship that Turkey has with these countries and started to repeatedly insult them. He doesn’t care, because friendships with nonbelievers don’t have value according to Islam.
2. Islamic Deception: Taqiyya
However, relationships with nonbelievers can be useful if these friendships can be utilised to contribute to the highest goal of Islam, which is the Jihad, the spread of Islam. Islamist organisations in Europe can operate more easily if the relationship between Turkey and Europe is pleasant. However, such relationships with nonbelievers are only of a temporary nature. Erdogan implemented Taqiyya when Merkel used the word “Islamist terrorism” to describe the Christmas attack in Berlin, Erdogan replied by saying: “This expression ‘Islamist terror’ seriously saddens us Muslims” and “Such an expression is not correct because Islam and terror cannot be associated. The meaning of Islam is peace. Please let’s not use it. As long as it is used we need to stand against it. As a Muslim president personally I cannot accept that.” Erdogan implemented Taqiyya in the face of the nonbeliever. This behaviour can be traced back all the way to Muhammad himself, as he, and his Muslims, on multiple occasions lied in the face of the nonbelievers to create a window of opportunity in which they could strike.
3. The highest purpose of Islam: Jihad
Erdogan has mentioned that there will be “Holy Wars” in Europe. “Holy Wars” is a term that combines the words ‘Holy’ and ‘War’, of which the first is a religious word and the second is a political word. Holy Wars are related to the Jihad, which is the spread of Islam. The female womb has also been used throughout history as a means for the purpose of Jihad. Therefore, Erdogan also recommended Turkish Muslims in Europe to have at least 5 children. “You are the future of Europe!”, he said to the Turks in Europe, “Take at least 5 children!”
4. Islam is a superior political system
According to Islam, Islam itself is the best system by which a society can possibly be ruled. All other systems are man-made and therefore inferior. Erdogan stated “Democracy is like a train: when you reach your destination, you get off”. Muslims are only allowed to participate in man-made political systems, as long as it contributes to the higher goal of Jihad. The political aspect of Islam is also totalitarian. Therefore, Erdogan got rid of the judicial power, as he arrested the Turkish judges. “You cannot be both secular and a Muslim! You will either be a Muslim, or secular! When both are together, they create reverse magnetism. For them to exist together is not a possibility!, he said, “Therefore, it is not possible for a person who says “I am a Muslim” to go on and say “I am secular, too.” And why is that? Because Allah, the creator of the Muslim, has absolute power and rule!”
5. Inability to deal with criticism and mockery
Just like all Islamist leaders and entire populations of Muslims, Erdogan doesn’t like criticism and mockery. The inability to deal with criticism can be traced back all the way to the behaviour of Muhammad himself, who ordered his men to execute a 14-year old girl for having written songs about him. Erdogan arrested and deported political competitors, intellectuals and even journalists who don’t agree with him. Even when a foreign comedian, Jan Böhmermann, made a funny video about him, he demanded that Germany prosecutes this comedian for insulting him.
6. His supporters
Because Erdogan is an Islamist, which is both a political and a religious role, his supporters in Turkey as well as Europe, often yell “Allahu Akbar” during protests and rallies, and occasionally make the sign of the Muslim Brotherhood with their hands. This is because in Islam, politics and religion are the same.
In addition, Turkish Muslim Organisations, such as the Turkish Islamic Union for Religious Affairs in Germany, combine a political and a religious role. This organisation maintains connections with the German government, in order to lobby for Turkish Muslim interests; as well as with 900 mosques in Germany; and other Islamist organisations such as Diyanet, which is responsible for spreading Islamic propaganda in Europe. Muslim organisations are per definition Islamic organisations and therefore have both a religious and a political role.
What will Recep Tayyip Erdogan do next?
The most fun aspect of understanding Islam is that it allows you to be able to predict the behaviour of Islamists as well as populations of Muslims. Right now, Erdogan is the gatekeeper of Europe and is making sure that hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants cannot enter Europe. However, such a deal can only exist temporarily. At some point, Erdogan is likely to open the gates and flood Europe with the next horde of Muslim. Erdogan is an Islamists. The highest purpose of Islam is the Jihad. Flooding the land of the nonbeliever with Muslims is a very effective way to spread Islam. He will therefore end up doing exactly this.
Let’s hope the Europeans will be able to think outside of the box and realise that a fence at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey, and some kind of sea-fence between Turkey and Greece is also a way to close the gates to Europe.