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Erdogan’s Mufti: Turkish version of Qaradawi

Monday 13/May/2019 - 03:00 PM
The Reference
Khairuddin Karaman

Like Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the former head of the so-called World Union of Muslim Scholars, Khairuddin Karaman, known for his close proximity to Turkey's ruling AK Party, went into fame and has taken advantage of religion to justify corruption and the turbulence of Turkish politics.

Karaman is known in the media as the "Mufti of Erdogan". Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan uses him to attack his so-called enemies, both within the opposition and abroad, against his attempts to expand in the Middle East.

Karaman has several slips, most recently his attack on a number of Arab countries, which deal with Erdogan's plans in the Arab region. It came to describe Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in an article in the newspaper Yeni Shafak which is affiliated to the Turkish pro-government on May 5, that they are "the devil's triangle."

Erdogan’s Mufti is 84 years old and he is the Turkish version of Al-Qaradawi. He was elected vice-president of the World Union of Muslim Scholars in Turkey in November 2018. Karaman described the union as an organization that seeks to liberate Muslims in Islamic countries from customers and enemies of Islam.

Karaman is a strong supporter of the Erdogan regime. He is the mouthpiece of the ruling regime and the instigator of violence. In an article in March 2017, he referred to the need to manufacture and possess weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.

The Mufti of Erdogan disagrees with the fatwas on the size of the ruling party, as well as provoking the controversy with his pathetic fatwas. He criticized the Turkish government with an article in January 2015 at an unusual pace. 

He quickly retracted this in February of the same year. Erdogan's son was the head of a university in Istanbul, and the following week came out with an abnormal fatwa, claiming that the description of crimes of corruption by theft is a lie.