June 12, 2014

Turkey’s ‘Rockin’ Imam’ gets green light from religious authorities

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By day, the 43-year-old imam Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer, pictured Sept. 25, 2013, leads prayers from his mosque in the tiny hamlet of Pinarbasi in southern Turkey. By night the imam fronts a rock band which has raised eyebrows among conservative religious authorities. But a ruling this month says the imam may keep on rocking.

RNS photo by Jacob Resneck

By day, the 43-year-old imam Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer, pictured Sept. 25, 2013, leads prayers from his mosque in the tiny hamlet of Pinarbasi in southern Turkey. By night the imam fronts a rock band which has raised eyebrows among conservative religious authorities. But a ruling this month says the imam may keep on rocking.

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ISTANBUL (RNS) His case -- as far as anyone can tell -- is unprecedented. There have not been any -- to date -- public cases of Turkish imams forming rock bands.

  • Allah Allah Sis Boom Bah

    This is brilliant. Bring on the rocking’ imams!
    I’m so glad they are introducing rock music into Islam because it will destroy the religion from within! This will light the rebellious fire and it will spread.

    Oh sure, at first it makes religion look cool. But in no time at all modern thought has to infect the masses – and with that comes the truth. God is just nonsense. Just look at what rock and roll has done to the Evangelical Christian church over the last few decades. It turned church into the shallow vegetative brain state that it is in today. Islam won’t survive 10 minutes of real thought. This is truly excellent.

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