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« on: June 13, 2011, 04:23:34 pm »

Islam Rising? Turkey's Ruling Party Wins Election

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is considered the new strong man in the Middle East and the most powerful leader in the Muslim world.

After winning Turkey's national elections for the third time since 2002, Erdogan is also the man the U.S. and Israel will have to contend with for at least the next four years. 

On Sunday, his Justice and Development Party (AKP) party won 50 percent of the vote and 325 seats in Turkey's parliament.

While the election left the party with a big majority, it didn't give them the two-thirds majority needed to independently rewrite the country's constitution -- their main goal. 

Many feared if that if the AKP won enough seats in parliament, they'd re-write the constitution and institute Sharia law. 

Still, the results do accelerate the nation's growing influence in the region. With Turkey literally straddling Europe and Asia, the Turks see themselves as a nation of bridges.

The government is also building political bridges in the Muslim world, positioning itself to fill a power void left by declining U.S. influence in the Middle East.

"Believe me, Sarajevo won today as much as Istanbul," Erdogan said following Sunday's victory.  "Beirut won as much as Izmir. Damascus won as much as Ankara, Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, (and) the West Bank. Jerusalem won as much as Diyarbakir."

The government insists its agenda is to implement Western-style democracy, but some see a number of warning signs behind that claim.   

More journalists are in jail in Turkey than most any other nation, and the government plans to restrict Internet use in August.   

Another concern --  the AKP and Ergogan are closely linked to the Fetullah Gülen movement, whose agenda is to achieve world domination through Islam.

Finally, Middle East expert Daniel Pipes warned Sunday's election might be the last fair and free ones in Turkey.

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Turkey Election Sparks Fears of Islamic Caliphate

Turkey is in the final days of an election campaign that will affect one of America's biggest Middle East allies for years to come.

The elections center around one party and one man -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In Istanbul, it's hard to escape posters of Erdogan, the head of the ruling Islamist party, the AKP. The polls point to a sizable victory for the AKP, and that would be the third straight election win for a party that worked hard to make one of the most secular Muslim nations on earth even more Islamic.

"I don't think we're going to go to sharia law, but many people fear we are going more and more to our Middle Eastern roots," Cansin Ilgaz told CBN News.

Political adversaries like Gursel Tekin, the No. 2 man in Turkey's main opposition party, say the world is now finally seeing the real Erdogan.

"The dear prime minister in America and Europe was very popular and they supported him in 2004 and 2007 and his mask looked very liberal," Tekin, vice president of Republican People's Party, told CBN News while he was campaigning in Instanbul.

"But now they see that he's not liberal," Tekin said. "He's restricted freedom and the journalists can't express themselves because of the prime minister. Therefore, the mind of Ergogan is fascist and it's a dictatorial regime."

Some accuse the AKP of using democracy to gain power and then limit freedoms. CBN News asked Erdogan's second in command, Egemen Bagis, about those charges.

"Turkey has never been as democratic as she is today. Some people might not enjoy the fact that Turkey's becoming a stronger country," Bagis said.

"We can understand their feelings, but Turkey's becoming more and more democratic every day," he said.

But if Erdogan's party wins a majority of seats in this election, some fear he'll re-write Turkey's constitution, set up a presidential system and consolidate his power.

The AKP party is closely linked to the worldwide Gülen Islamic movement, and some even feel he hopes to re-establish an Islamic caliphate with Turkey as its head.

Whatever the outcome of Sunday's elections, Turkey will be a different country come Monday. What kind of country is still to be decided.

That's why many Christians in the Middle East are praying for Turkey and the future of the region.

"As Christians we have a very special calling. No matter what the government is, whether it's evil or whether it's good, we need to pray for them," Turkish pastor Levent Kinrin told CBN News.

"We need to bless them," he added. "And we need to pray they would also recognize, realize the gospel of Jesus Christ, come to know it, come to accept it because God wants the salvation of all men."

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The Gülen Movement: A New Islamic World Order?

Fetullah Gülen has been called the world's top public intellectual and the face of moderate Islam. He has held court with Pope John Paul II and received praise from former President Bill Clinton.

"You're contributing to the promotion of the ideals of tolerance and interfaith dialogue inspired by Fetullah Gülen and his transnational social movement," Clinton told audience members during a video address at the World Rumi Forum in 2010.

Yet others have branded Gülen a wolf in sheep's clothing and a modern day Ayatollah Khomeini. CBN News recently took a closer look at the the life of the reclusive imam who directs a global Islamic movement from the Pennsylvania mountains.

Master Teacher or Deceiver?

Gülen's story takes him from a small town in Turkey to founder of a multi-billion dollar Islamic movement bearing his name.

Despite a grade school-level education, the Turkish imam leads a worldwide following of some 5 million devotees. They refer to him as "Hoca Efendi," or master teacher.

"What is the endgame of this movement, which constitutes a multi-billion dollar budget, which constitutes thousands of high schools all around the world, to universities, NGOs, markets, banks?" Turkish journalist Tulin Daloglu asked, voicing a question many have raised.

Gülen claims to represent a moderate brand of Islam compatible with the modern world. He emphasizes interfaith dialogue and the pursuit of science.

Yet one expert told CBN News there's much more to the story.

"It's not just a religious movement; it's the Fetullah Gülen movement. They call themselves that. So it is, you can say, a cult. It is a highly personalized movement," Ariel Cohen, a Middle East analyst with the Heritage Foundation, said. Cohen has been tracking the Gülen movement closely.

"This is clearly the world according to the Koran, the world according to Islam, the world according to Fetullah Gülen," he told CBN News. "But what he's talking about is not the caliphate, is not the sharia state--he calls it the New World Islamic Order."

Far from Mainstream?

Cohen said some in the U.S. government and academia support reaching out to Gülen's followers as a way to counter al Qaeda and other jihadist groups.

"The idea being, just like people who say that we should have a good relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, that these are 'mainstream Islamists,'" he explained.

But according to leading French-Turkish scholar Bayram Balci, Gülen's ideas are anything but "mainstream" for a Western society.

Balci writes that the movement "serve(s) to accomplish three intellectual goals: the Islamization of the Turkish nationalist ideology; the Turkification of Islam; and the Islamization of modernity."

"And therefore, (Gülen) wishes to revive the link between the state, religion, and society," he writes.

Critics claim Gülen wants Islam to play a more active role in societies, breaking down barries between mosque and state while also promoting Turkish nationalism and identity.

Country Club for Islam

The Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center, the worldwide headquarters of the Gülen movement, is located not in Ankara or Istanbul, but on 25 scenic acres of the Pocono Mountains in rural Pennsylvania.

CBN News toured the compound with a staffer but were not permitted to film or to meet Gülen. The 70-year-old leader is in poor health and rarely gives interviews.

Gülen came to America in 1998, reportedly to seek medical treatment. Since then, he's directed his global empire from Pennsylvania. A federal judge granted him a green card in 2008.

Shortly after he left for America, a series of secretly recorded sermons featuring Gülen aired on Turkish television. In one of them, he told his followers:

"You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers...You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it..."

"You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey … Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all in confidence. Know that when you leave here -- as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here."

After the tapes aired, Turkish authorities indicted Gülen on charges that he was plotting to overthrow the secular government of Turkey. The charges were eventually dropped.

Targeting America's Youth

Meanwhile, the Gülen movement continues to expand its influence through the construction of schools worldwide, including in America.

Currently, there are about 125 Gülen schools spread out over 25 states. One school in Philadelphia receives some $3 million annually in taxpayer money.

"They work through the education system. Their main tool is educating kids," Cohen told CBN News.

Gülen charter schools have nondescript names, like "Truebright Science Academy," and focus heavily on math and science.

Many of the teachers hail from Turkey. Federal authorities are reportedly investigating whether some employees kick back a portion of their salaries to the Gülen movement.

Classified documents released by WikiLeaks show that U.S. officials have concerns about the Gülen schools.

"We have multiple reliable reports that the Gülenists use their school network (including dozens of schools in the U.S.) to cherry pick students they think are susceptible to being molded as proselytizers," U.S. Embassy officials in Ankara said in a 2005 report.

"And we have steadily heard reports about how the schools indoctrinate boarding students," they said.

Meanwhile, in its birthplace of Turkey, the movement continues to grow. Gülen followers are said to make up at least 70 percent of Turkey's federal police force, ostensibly devoted to their master teacher half a world away in the Pocono Mountains.

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A Universal Leader For All Muslims

 

Throughout the Islamic world today there is a call for the restoration of the Islamic Caliphate.  The Caliph (Khalifa) in Islam may be viewed somewhat as the Pope of the Muslims.  The Caliph is viewed as the Vice-regent for Allah on the earth.  It is important to understand that when Muslims call for the restoration of the Caliphate, it is ultimately the Mahdi that they are calling for.  For the Mahdi is the awaited final Caliph of Islam.  As such, Muslims everywhere will be obligated to follow the Mahdi.

 

If you see him, go and give him your allegiance, even if you have to crawl over ice, because he is the Vice-regent (Khalifa) of Allah, the Mahdi. 10

 

He will pave the way for and establish the government of the family [or community] of Muhammad… Every believer will be obligated to support him. 11

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