In the face of his crimes against humanity, including genocide, then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan defended Sudan’s dictator, Omar al-Bashir on the grounds that “Muslims don’t commit genocide.”
The euphemism of the religion along the lines that “Muslims do not kill,” or “Muslims do not steal” and “Muslims do not do anything wrong” can generate unpleasant questions addressed to Muslim euphemists.
In Turkey, according to criminal records, nearly six murders every day are being committed. Prisoners hardly accommodate inmates. The president indirectly accuses half the population of being traitors and terrorists. That makes Turkey hardly a Muslim country since Muslims would not commit any of those crimes.
Enter the House of Saud. Mr Erdoğan has explicitly accused, based on substantial evidence, a gang of Saudi officials for the brutal murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including dismembering his body and its disappearance. He also accused the “top levels” of the Saudi government for giving the orders for the murder of Mr Khashoggi.
He should now ask himself if he still believes his motto that Muslims do not kill. Were, then, Mr Khashoggi’s killers Catholics or Jews disguised as Muslim Saudis? Does he know why a big majority of millions of Muslim victims in the Middle East are killed by other Muslims? Or are there millions of non-Muslim killers in the Middle East disguised as Muslim jihadis?
The Khashoggi murder has also unveiled another problematic (and sharia-based) view Mr Erdoğan often expresses: diyyah.
The Oxford Dictionary of Islam defines diyyah as blood money: “Financial compensation payable to the victim or the victim’s next of kin in cases of crime against an individual, such as homicide, infliction of wounds, or battery, in place of retribution. Diyyah for killing is typically set and standard, while diyyah for injury varies according to the type and severity of injury. Encouraged by the Quran in place of retribution.”
Mr Erdoğan says that whether to pardon a criminal in the case of a crime against an individual should belong to the family of the victim.
Mr Erdoğan, who has championed the Khashoggi affair since October 2nd, when the man disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, should now ask himself: Should Mr Khashoggi’s killers be pardoned if his two sons agreed to receive diyyah from the Saudi government? Should the world decide to forget Mr Khashoggi if his two sons decided to forgive his killers? Would it be “case closed” and now that everyone can disperse?
Would it be justice because the Quran encourages diyyah?