Seems to not related with Christmas, the birth of Jesus but pre-Islamic the Turks had celebrated a holiday called “Nar Dugan” which referred to the winter solstice! “Nar” means sun and “Dugan” means birth, so it meant the birth of the Sun and in French Noel means “day of birth” and derived the Latin word “Natalis”.
In the Turkish customs the sun is very important, the pre-Islamic Turks believed in one God, they called God as “Tengri” and they prayed to Tengri in order to return the sun to them but the sun needs to fight with the night a mean darkness and evilness. According to their beliefs, the day and night are fighting in the shortest day but the longest night of the year on December 22, after the long struggle the sun gets victory over the night, a mean the Sun defeats the dark and evil powers, then the Sun’s victory is celebrated by the Turks under a sacred tree gorgeously, as the story goes, the sacred tree is White Spruce which is believed to symbolize the center of the earth and then it’s called Tree of Life and they adorned it with fruits, especially apple and pomegranate. Today, the Turkish women still use this tree in their carpets, rugs and laceworks as well as Turkish Muslims use it on the tiles to decorate inner walls of the mosques.
As I stated, the return of the sun is rebirth and they called this day; “Nar Dugan” and in this respect, during the coldest days of the winter and in the eve of Nar Dugan a Turkish saint Ayaz Ata comes in view to help the hungry, poor, orphaned people. The literal meaning Ayaz Ata; “Frost Father” and he was created of Moon light.
After following the Islam, except Seljukian period, Turkey’s Turks generally leave their old customs although the minority of the Turks in Central Asia, Siberia and Azerbaijan still celebrate Nar Dugan as before adopting Islam and they still decorate their homes with all kind of spruce and pine trees to celebrate the New Year solstice on December 22.
On the photo, a decorated tree of life adorned with fruits on the wall of 13th century Seljukian madrasah, Gok Madrasah (Sky Madrasah) in Sivas.
Then I should ask, a couple of questions to Erdogan:
1- If Israel is a “terrorist state” years ago why you signed a military alliance with Israel?
2- If Israel is a “terrorist state” what about the Saud Arabia and other Arab countries that kills Muslim Arab children in Yemen?
3- If Israel is a terrorist state” why you have sold the Mavi Marmara victims to Israel at a deah monkey price = 20 millon dollars?
4- If Israel is a “terrorist state” why your son’s ship trade with Israel?
5- If Israel is a “terrorist state” as a Muslim why you accept their Eternal Jewish Servant and Courage medals and David Horn?
6- If Israel is a “terrorist state”, why you give them Kurecik Base to protect Israel against Iran?
7- If Israel is a “terrorist state”, at first why you recognised Jerusalem as a capital of Israle on 28 June 2016 when you signed an agreement on the Mavi Marmara affair in Jerusalem?
8- If Israel is a “terrorist state” why you are still co-chairman of the Greater Middle East Project that only works for Israel?
9- If Israel is a “terrorist state” while you spreading hate and hostility amongst people, why you are still the beloved Muslim leader of the Israeli politicans and Jewish think tanks?
10- Who are you in reality, will you show your true face to your disciples who filled up with your hatred to non-Muslism and Turks who love Ataturk?
So far except EU I haven’t been in any anti US, NATO, the UK, Israel, Germany, in a word any anti-West campaign and hereafter including the EU I will not be in any anti-West campaign either which organized by Erdogan backed groups within the knowledge of him in order to save himself and his Islamist regime.
The Republic of Turkey is a Western country and will be stayed as a Western country in the Western league, whatever anti-Turkish Western Erdogans, Turkey’s Erdogans, even Erdoğan’s pro-China and Russia leftist supporters in Turkey and abroad think that there is no place for Turkey in the West, no Turkey is in the West, not just since 1923 or 1299, Turkey has been in the West since 1071 when the Turks officially entered into the Anatolian Peninsula.
If I were a politician, I would like to work for permanent peace between Turkey and Greece.
Although their religion, language differences two nations are resemble each other than any other nation on earth, even their patriotism about their national values and hostility arguments against each other are same too.
Two sides’ politicans, intellectuals and media should seek permanent peace to back on amicable terms as Ataturk and Venizelos succeed in 1930s, even they fought each other during the the War of Turkish Independence, Venizelos nominated Ataturk for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1934.
I hope one day my dream on Turkey and Greece comes true 🙏
Ramadan is a period of fasting and spiritual growth, and is one of the five pillars of Islam and the month Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and in the Islamic calendar, the timing of Ramadan varies from year to year and lasts either 29 or 30 days. It’s considered the holiest month in Islam.
Ramadan is obligatory those over the age of puberty for every mature, sane, and healthy Muslim, but under certain conditions there is no obligatory for ill people, old age and mentally ill and insane, chronically ill, and those under the age of puberty, but pregnant women, people with a temporary illness, soldiers in battle or do military service, anyone who is traveling may suspend their fasting and can make up their missed fasting days following month of Ramadan, even they prefer to fast the shorten days of the year, especially in the Winter season. The Muslims who practice the fasting are expected to abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from dawn to sunset each day of Ramadan.
Some people think Islam is an obstacle to democratic development, but it’s not because secularism is the key point for the democracy in Turkey or any Muslim country if it’s a democratic country. Secularism is crucially different between Turkey and the rest of the Muslim world.
Secularism is an English word and it is somewhat misleading, since it is often used in the context of antireligious philosophy, but the term used in Turkish is based on the French “laicitè,” which means “separation” between religion and the state affairs and Turkey has accomplished this successfully thanks to Ataturk and his revolutions.
Ataturk had brought secularism, secularism brought democracy instead of Sharia in Turkey and equality for all citizens, so equal Islamist politicians set up Islamist parties and one of them is Erdogan’s Akp which have been ruling Turkey since 2002, but in a Sharia system they would be a second-class citizen as we all were in the Ottoman period and they would not have any politic right. Today the Islamist government and its leader Erdogan try to bring Turkey back into a sultanate by use of democracy.
Once, Erdogan was quoted as saying, “Democracy is like a tram. You ride it until you arrive at your destination, then you step off.” Erdogan, who is now president of Turkey, has decidedly stepped off the tram. A constitutional referendum will be held throughout Turkey on 16 April 2017, if Erdogan wins, not just a change in the system of government but also the Turkish regime will be changed. Erdogan’s de facto one-man rule will be codified into what can only be described as a tribal chieftain and sultanate.
Erdogan’s new constitution is a copy of the Syrian Constitution but Bashar al-Assad’s version is secular and more democratic than Erdogan’s.
Erdogan’s constitution would also allow him to dissolve the parliament, Erdogan wants federation for Turkey and his advisors have suggested that if people say “yes” Turkey can be converted into a federation that means; if Erdogan wins the referendum, it will effectively put an end to the secular unitary democratic Turkish Republic.
I say NO NO NO!
Marine Le Pen, the National Front leader has every right to refuse to wear a headscarf to meet an Islamic scholar in Beirut or wherever she is!
1- Wearing headscarf is not either an obligation for a Muslim women unless they perform the Salaat =Namaz, ( ritual prayers of Islam).
2- Both non-Muslim and Muslim women are free to visit inside of the mosques without wearing headscarg, it’s not obligation either but they wear it to respect the believers of Islam and local muslims around the mosque, so Marine Le Pen did right thing and an Islamic scholar is not a value of Islam, even though local people, and state of Lebanen pay respect him. In fact, Islam forbids these habits but the Arabs never leave pre-Islamic manners and their habits spreads into the other Muslim nations.
3- Marine Le Pen is a non-Muslim woman, so Muslim or non-Muslim how people dare to criticise her?
4- Muslims and Lebanese scholar need to learn their religion at its first source from the Koran.
5- Non – Muslim Marine Le Pen is not provocator but the Labenese scholar and his disciples are,they do not have any right to demand wearing of headscarf from a non-Muslim woman.
6- Well done to Marine Le Pen, I do not agree with her in politic but this time she is right.
Tonight is the holy night on which the birth of Islam’s prophet Muhammad is marked and Islamic world is under the tyrannic regimes and terror threats unlike Prophet Muhammed and Islam commands.
Turkey is not an Islamic state yet, but the country is under the rule of the worst Islamist tyrant who is hand in hand all type of terrorism in order to his regime, but the tyrant has always blamed other countries, and his disagrees among the Turkish citizens for his faults and last night including 30 police officers 38 citizens died, 19 are in critical condition 155 were injured by a pkk terror attack in Istanbul but shame or resignation does not exist in tyrant’s dictionary, because Islam is much more than a religion for him and his adherents but an opium which make the tyrant’s adherents blind-deaf.
Hope Mawlid al-Nabi opens their eyes and ears then brings them the gift of happiness and blessings today and always!
Along with Istanbul last 24 hours deaths toll in Muslim countries.
Egpyt Cairo Church bombed: 28
Yemen Aden military base bombed: 60
Somalia Mogadishu terror attack on port : 29
The table is horrendous.
Muslims need to face the reality and what is the problem, if the problem is Islamic understaning they face to face with Islam, they should do it, before blame non-Muslim countries, because I belive there is a language problem and interpretation problem about the Holy Quran because all ages book can not be source of tyranic regimes in Muslim countries and some terror groups and Turkey must get rit of the tyrant and his Islamo fascism.
We must do it and tonight I hope Muslims think about why Islam is mentioned with terrorism and why Muslim countries under the tyrants rules?
My heart goes with all the terror victims, their families frends in Istanbul and other parts of the World
After Israel paid Erdogan $20 million for Gaza flotilla raid, tonight Erdogan’s court drops all charges against Israel in Gaza flotilla case.
Thank you Erdogan for confirming me once again because I belive and assert that as money talks, Erdogan sells what he belives and you sold your disciples at dirt cheap price.
No Erdogan no, although the EU is an anti-Turkish and Turkey union like you, it’s not against you and anti-Islamo fascists union, how you forget Erdogan, how you forget; when you abolished the Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code and try to sell the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and detained Turkish best military officers, the bloody bastard EU declared you unoffically as a voluntary servitude of the EU and friend(!!) of modern Europe but in their real opinion you are an illiterate dictator as you are.
You can not see the facts in reality that the EU hates you as you hate all people who disagree with you and your new frame-up with the Asian and Russian dictators’ club Shanghai Cooperation Organisation which surely welcomes you as a honorable(!) man because all dictators are there except Iran and S.Arabia’s.