Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected the idea of “moderate Islam” as a Western invention that is being used to weaken the ancient religion.
Erdogan made the remarks in reference to Saudi Arabia’s so-called reforms.
Last month, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed to restore “moderate” Islam to Saudi Arabia, which is the place where Islam emerged some 1400 years ago.
The prince has also launched a massive anti-corruption move, arresting hundreds of Saudi princes and officials. The move was welcomed by the United States.
Erdogan denounced a “moderate” interpretation of Islam during his speech at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Women’s Advisory Council on Friday.
“The term ‘moderate Islam’ is being lathered up again. The patent of moderate Islam belongs to the West. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam; Islam is one. The aim of using such terms is to weaken Islam,” he said.
“Perhaps the person voicing this concept thinks it belongs to him. No, it does not belong to you,” the Turkish president added.
Erdogan slammed the kingdom for not giving women the right to drive, asking, “Is there such a thing in Islam?”
He also criticized the EU for “burka bans” which he said were “discrimination against Muslim women.”