The cover-up of the ancient mosaics and frescoes was "unqualified to the point of destroying the structure's character and artistic value," Istanbul Municipality Deputy Secretary General Mahir Polat said. The 4th-century museum was transferred to the property of the state's religious authority, and will open for Muslim worship on Oct. 30.
Turkey's top religious body used the Friday sermon of Oct. 16 to encourage donations despite having one of the largest budgets in Ankara. The Diyanet's annual budget for 2021 is at 12.9 billion liras, daily BirGün reported on Oct. 19.
Istanbul's leading professional chambers, including the Istanbul Bar Association, appealed the transfer of Heybeliada Island's historic sanatorium to the Directorate General of Religious Affairs on Oct. 6. The appeal was based on the grounds that the use of the property by the Diyanet would compromise the multi-cultural, social and natural heritage of the site.
Turkey’s religious authority head brands broadcasts ‘normalizing adultery’ as ‘crimes against nation’
The head of Turkey's top religious authority said that broadcasts that "normalize adultery and encourage violence" were devoid of Muslim ethics. "It's a crime against the nation, our civilization and our future generations to broadcast content that normalizes adultery, and encourages violence and abuse," Diyanet President Ali Erbaş said.
As Western attention has given up on Turkey’s human rights record, many might actually believe that things are getting better. But they’re getting worse. Just two days ago, a Kurdish villager died after being thrown from a military helicopter. He wasn’t worth the news in the Turkish media.
A deputy of the main opposition CHP has criticized the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) after a video footage showing a child being battered at a Quran course has surfaced. CHP MP Ali Öztunç called on Diyanet head to enlighten the incident, while also indicating that he does not believe the explanation of the district governor's office that the 10-year-old child was beaten by a 15-year-old child attending the same course.
The state in Turkey treats its people as tenants without rental contracts. The people of the land are vassals who must obey. Minorities are expected to comply and there are dangerous crowds who are never to be trusted.
Run by Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), the Islamic Research Center (İSAM) has seen a 600-percent increase in its budget over the last 16 years. Known for holding a symposium about Islamic fatwas on medical issues, the foundation is chaired by a founding member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Women in Turkey tried to directly communicate with President Erdoğan and convey their demands through the Presidential Communications Center. In a period of 30 days, from the replies we received, we understand that our demands were not sent to the president.
İslam Özkan writes: Rather than calling for their total abolishment, one should ponder upon the sociological reasons behind the state’s inevitable ties with religious sects in Turkey. Were the gaps to be filled in another manner, the need for such sects would not arise.
The ownership of Turkey’s first pandemic hospital Heybeliada Sanatorium has been transferred to the country's top state religious body Diyanet. The structure on the Heybeliada Island will be used an Islamic education center, daily Sözcü reported on Sept. 5.
Turkey's media watchdog RTÜK has slapped opposition TV station Tele1 with a five-day black screen broadcast ban over statements critical of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) and Ottoman Sultan Abuldhamit II. Opposition leaders have slammed RTÜK for its move, saying that this is an "attack on free press and people's freedom of information."
An imam has lost his life after being forced to touch several bodies of COVID-19 victims without his hazmat suit on in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, Yeni Yaşam daily reported on Aug. 31. The imam's wife said that she thinks the mufti's office forced her husband to work with COVID-19 victims because he had entered a conflict with the office before.
Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) spent 29 million Turkish Liras (approximately $4 million) to fund mosque and Quran associations in 2019, according to a report in Birgün. State treasury figures indicate that the Diyanet spent 6.6 billion Turkish Liras ($910 million) between January and July of this year.
Turkey’s top religious authority’s district office ‘seizes employees’ premiums to purchase official vehicle’
A district office of Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) confiscated employees' premiums of over thousand liras to raise funds for an official vehicle. The district mufti's office notified employees of their claim over premiums via text message.