The Legacy of Ataturk

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

On the legacy of Ataturk, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri (q.s.) said, “I asked the late Shaykh Muzaffar [Ozak], the Sufi master of the Halveti-Jerrahi Order of Turkey, as to what happened after the almost complete destruction of the Sufi orders in Turkey by Kamal Ataturk.  He paused, smiled and said, ‘You look upon it as destruction.  We look upon it as slightly excessive grooming.’  Then he continued, ‘It is like chopping a grapevine to the ground.  If he had chopped a little, the branches would have grown only a few meters away, but because he cut the whole grapevine to the ground, it will now grow all over the place.  It is only a matter of time.’”

Fain would they extinguish Allah’s Light with their mouths but Allah will not allow but that His Light should be perfected, even though the unbelievers may detest (it). (Surah at-Tawbah:32)


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