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Turkey’s religious directorate spends 97 percent of 4.37-billion lira budget in seven months

Turkey’s religious directorate spends 97 percent of 4.37-billion lira budget in seven months

The Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) spent 97 percent of its 4.37-billion Turkish Lira annual budget in the first seven months of the year, according to Finance Ministry figures, daily Sözcü reported on Sept. 4.

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Int'l Islamic University to initiate ‘intellectual struggle against organizations exploiting religion’

Int'l Islamic University to initiate ‘intellectual struggle against organizations exploiting religion’

The International Islamic Universit will “fight intellectually against organizations exploiting religion such as ISIL, FETÖ and Boko Haram” apart from its academic studies, daily Yeni Şafak reported on July 28.

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World’s Muslims celebrate ‘Feast of Sacrifice’

World’s Muslims celebrate ‘Feast of Sacrifice’

Muslims worldwide, including those in Turkey, are celebrating Islam’s holy “Feast of Sacrifice”—known as Eid al-Adha in Arabic—with millions of Muslims around the world making a pilgrimage this week to Saudi Arabia.

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Turkey's top religious official slams Gülenists for exploiting religion

Turkey's top religious official slams Gülenists for exploiting religion

Turkey’s top religious official has slammed the Fethullah Gülen network for exploiting the Islamic religion in order to direct a social movement.

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Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

Muslim pilgrims scale Mount Arafat for peak of hajj

Nearly two million Muslims from around the world ascended Mount Arafat on Aug. 31, near the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, to mark the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage.

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Turkey’s top religious body criticizes ‘liberal’ mosque in Germany

Turkey’s top religious body criticizes ‘liberal’ mosque in Germany

Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) strongly criticized a new “liberal” mosque in Germany on June 20, saying it violates the principles of Islam.

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Two million pilgrims converge on Mecca for the haj

Two million pilgrims converge on Mecca for the haj

Two million Muslims from across the globe are converging on Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty and for some pilgrims the journey of a lifetime.

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Turkey’s religious affairs head slams Gulf move to add theologian al-Qaradawi to terror list

Turkey’s religious affairs head slams Gulf move to add theologian al-Qaradawi to terror list

The head of the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) criticized the Gulf countries’ decision to add Qatar-based Egyptian Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi to the designated terrorist list on June 15.

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Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew holds ceremony in Turkey’s Erdek

Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew holds ceremony in Turkey’s Erdek

Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew conducted a religious ceremony in the northwestern Turkish resort town of Erdek on Aug. 23, with the participation of locals and some 250 visitors from the Greek island of Chios.

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Prophet’s cloak attracts Ramadan faithful in Istanbul

Prophet’s cloak attracts Ramadan faithful in Istanbul

The Hırka-ı Şerif, Prophet Muhammed’s sacred cloak made of linen, cotton and silk, is put on special display annually during Ramadan

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Turkey’s top religious body renews duties of units, establishes new department

Turkey’s top religious body has made major changes to the duties of all of its units, while also forming a new department to focus on migration and moral support.

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Former head of Turkey’s top religious body slams TV evangelists

Former head of Turkey’s top religious body slams TV evangelists

Ali Bardakoğlu, the former head of Turkey’s top religious body has slammed popular TV evangelists for “abusing Islam” for commercial purposes.

Comment(s)5/29/2017

Turkey’s top religious body helps drug addicts by sending them to umrah: AKP deputy

Turkey’s top religious body helps drug addicts by sending them to umrah: AKP deputy

Turkey’s top religious body has been helping drug and alcohol addicts receiving treatment by sending them to umrah, a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy has said.

Comment(s)8/2/2017

Main opposition criticizes postponement of Alevi saint’s commemoration due to state of emergency

Main opposition criticizes postponement of Alevi saint’s commemoration due to state of emergency

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has excoriated the government for postponing ceremonies to commemorate an Alevi saint in the southeastern province of Adıyaman.

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