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Arif Ekiz. DHA Photo

Arif Ekiz. DHA Photo

Arif Ekiz, a 74-year-old man from the province of Muğla in southern Turkey, was allegedly beaten up by an imam after warning him not to preach politics during Friday prayers, daily Milliyet has reported.

The 28 year-old imam allegedly responded violently when Ekiz told him not bring politics into the mosque, after Ekiz spoke up about the imam’s praising a political party during Friday prayers.

Ekiz claimed that his wife rescued him from the angry imam, while fellow worshippers attending prayers at the mosque also tried to calm the imam down. Ekiz was hospitaized overnight after receiving several blows to his face. The imam allegedly attacked him with a garden rake, striking him in the legs and hip.

A administrative investigation was launched after Ekiz filed an official complaint against the imam.


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Tekion Particle

6/25/2012 1:44:35 AM

That Imam is planted by the ruling AKP why else would he get so offended and violent. In western countries like UK the church has to finance itself through donations by the congregation where as in Turkey they are all on a payroll paid by the tax payer. It is all so wrong. If you use it you pay for it should apply, in which case the Imam would not be attacking anyone! Would you attack your paying customer?

Sedat Özdemir

5/9/2012 10:53:35 PM

@Harry Foundalis, The character limit increased to 500. They will post new ground rules soon.

Harry Foundalis

5/9/2012 10:40:22 PM

@mara mcglothin, I usually agree with you, but not this time. There is one religion that's missing the "moral compass" in its holy book to let its believers behave morally, ON AVERAGE. Hint: it's not Christianity. And a disclaimer: I am no Christian.

Harry Foundalis

5/9/2012 10:34:02 PM

How can some people's comments here exceed 250 characters? "Joe Nelson" = 390, "elf htmsl" = 366, and "illwhyus dlgnt" = 432. I envy them. Am I missing something?

mara mcglothin

5/9/2012 3:32:53 PM

JOE This is only proof that ALL religions are burdened with their own nutjobs. Christianity is no different. It is simply practiced in countries where the democratic system protects us from others' beliefs and vis versa. Simple.

Michael Johnson

5/9/2012 8:30:21 AM

Islam, the religion of peace and tolerance. This imam needs some re-education, pronto.

joe nelson

5/8/2012 11:51:02 PM

After reading and watching the worlds news these last thirty years as an adult I've come to know nobody is perfect not even my own county the United Sates of America, but I must say you muslims scare me, I think you are capable of doing some real looney tunes stuff. I'm going to go buy myself a gun to protect myself and family because I have lost faith in anything you muslim's say or do.

Rimon Tree

5/8/2012 11:18:48 PM

@ Mara unfortunately it won't happen anything to the Imam. I remember a recent article of Burak Bekdil, where he suggested that one should go to court with an Imam instead of a lawyer, if one wants to win! And keep in mind the recent "tongue slip" of the esteemed PM! ;-))

mara mcglothin

5/8/2012 9:31:43 PM

This man must sue for his rights, or is it not legal to sue an Imam in Turkey? The esteemed PM has sued just about everyone else. I would really love to see what the Relgious Affairs Directorate says about this issue HDNews please follow this.

sam stevens

5/8/2012 8:31:09 PM

What an example to give to the followers he preaches too, the religion of peace & tolerance I believe its called.
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