Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regretted the publication of books insulting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), calling the decision a “shame”.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regretted the publication of books insulting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), calling the decision a “shame”.
“Even though I do not have direct knowledge of what happened, I am sad that it happened under an administration for which I am responsible,” he said Thursday in a meeting with a group of Turkish muftis, “Aksalser.com” reported.
No excuse is acceptable, he said, urging authorities to open an investigation to identify the perpetrators of the insult.
Religious textbooks for first graders have been distributed by the Turkish Ministry of Education in some towns in northern Syria.
The manual contained an image of the Prophet (pbuh) despite the fact that Muslims regard any sort of representation as a form of blasphemy.
The people of Jarablus in response set the book on fire in protest against the blasphemy.
Meanwhile, the residents of Al-Bab took to the streets with banners praising Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
After the backlash, officials in northern Syria decided to send the textbooks back to Ankara.
Turkey wields increasing influence over areas of northern Syria like Aleppo, after several military operations in the region.
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