Government circular bans Gülen followers from collecting sacrificed animal skins


Date posted: September 23, 2015

A recent government circular sent to police departments across Turkey told police to seize the skins of sacrificed animals during Eid al-Adha collected on behalf of the “Fethullah Gülen terrorist organization” (FETÖ) — a derogatory term President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his political associates developed in order to disparage the faith-based Gülen movement, which is inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.

The circular also asked police officers to take action against people collecting the sacrificed animal skins on behalf of the Gülen movement — also popularly known as the Hizmet movement — for financially supporting terror. The restriction also comprises other religious groups, effectively preventing any group’s charitable activities.

Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government have targeted the Gülen movement since investigations in December 2013 into a graft implicated members of his family and senior government officials. Without showing any concrete evidence for their accusations, both AK Party leaders and Erdoğan claim that the graft probes were launched by sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the police force and in the judiciary in order to topple the AK Party government. The Gülen movement denies all accusations.

More than 2.6 million animals — including cattle, sheep and goats — are sacrificed across Turkey during Eid al-Adha, a TL 10 billion market including transportation, butchering, and the selling of skins and offal.

The Turkish Aviation Board (THK), Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate Foundation, the Turkish Soldiers Foundation, the Turkish Red Crescent and some mosque development associations play a big role in collecting the animal skins in order to create an income.

The restriction imposed on the Hizmet movement, as well as on other religious groups, contrasts with the views of Religious Affairs Directorate President Mehmet Görmez, who had said that during Eid-al Adha last year people were free to donate animal skins to any organization.

“Our people can donate [animal skins] to any organization, in a similar way that they can disperse [animal] meat.

Religious Affairs Directorate Foundation sold sacrificed animals to EBK

The Religious Affairs Directorate Foundation signed a protocol with the Turkish Meat and Fishery Authority (EBK) in 2007 saying that it would sell the meat from the sacrificed animals back to the EBK, the Sözcü daily reported on Monday.

According to the protocol, the Religious Affairs Directorate Foundation would buy 2,500 cattle from the EBK for TL 1,680 and would sell the meat back to the EBK for TL 1,278. The protocol said that the skins and offal of the animals would also be given to the Religious Affairs Directorate Foundation.

The Religious Affairs Directorate Foundation demanded that only 2 percent of the sacrificed animal meat be distributed to people in need in 10 different locations across Turkey, for which the EBK would be informed about over the following year. The rest of the money from the sold meat would be kept for the Religious Affairs Directorate Foundation.

However, according to the practices of Islam, if a person deputes another person or institution to perform the religious duty of sacrifice, the meat of the animal must be distributed to people in need. It cannot be sold or taken by the deputed person or institution without the permission of the owner of the sacrificed animal. On the other hand, if a person sacrifices the animal himself, he should distribute at least one third of the meat to those in need.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Religious Affairs Directorate Foundation refuted the stories in the media and said that it is not working with the EBK and it has its own professional system for organizing the cutting up and distributing of the sacrificed animals on behalf of the donators for the last four years.


Bayram Kaya contributed to this report.

Source: Today's Zaman , September 23, 2015


Related News

Royalties provide Fethullah Gülen with modest income, his lawyer says

Turkish religious scholar Fetullah Gülen makes a living off the royalties he receives from his more than 60 books, the self-exiled Muslim leader’s lawyer has said in response to media scrutiny.”My client has written over 60 books which were all listed among best sellers. He makes a living by copyright income,” said Gülen’s lawyer, Nurullah […]

Arresting police to make Erdoğan happy

It is no secret that under the direction of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan police officers who conducted graft operations against his close associates have been detained.

CHP asks gov’t about file allegedly targeting TUSKON

Complaints over the past month from the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) over increased political pressure and profiling of its members have now been conveyed to Parliament, with the CHP demanding a governmental explanation on the issue.

Anti-police operation is gov’t attempt to take revenge for graft probe

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has recently been engaged in a bitter fight with the Hizmet movement. This conflict intensified after Dec. 17, 2013, when a major graft operation targeting government ministers and connected businessmen became public. The prime minister claims the operation was orchestrated by the Hizmet movement in an effort to overthrow his government. However, he has not provided any evidence to prove this claim, and the movement denies the accusation.

Purge-victim businessman sent back to prison a week after stomach cancer surgery: son

Hacı Boydak, a Kayseri-based Turkish businessman, has been put in solitary confinement only one week after he underwent a cancer surgery, according to his son.

Money trail in corruption case

The fact that the government practically stalled the investigation with a major reshuffle of the judiciary, police, watchdog agencies that track money, and finance and banking activities, while pushing emergency laws through Parliament to prevent further investigations and leaks, casts a shadow on how far the Erdoğan government had gone in these dirty deals.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Kimse Yok Mu gives away Eid al-Adha meat in Mali

Fethullah Gulen denies ties to attempted coup in Turkey

Turkish coup attempt: who is Fethullah Gülen?

Over 50 thousand Filipino families benefit Eid al-Adha meat aid

Turkish PM Erdoğan’s way worries and puzzles

Local, foreign participants debate Turkish democracy at Abant platform

Turkish aid organizations deliver clean water to 20 million

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News