US President Trump's visit to some of the countries in the Middle East region has led to significant developments. Qatar, which is a very important country as a surface wise small but financial power of the Gulf, was led by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt, followed closely by other states. Some countries in Qatar have cut diplomatic relations with this country, arguing that some people and institutions in Qatar are linked to terrorism, declared a comprehensive embargo and stipulated that the relations of the Qatar government should restore relations back to normal.
The main basis for such a decision is a result of Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood as well as its support for Hamas. Of course, Qatar's involvement with Iran was also one of the most talked-about points in public statements, which had a serious influence on this attitude.
Following the controlled inclusion of Iran into the international system during the last months of Obama’s reign, Iran is once again one of the interesting points in its recent development of an emerging will in the region. It’s clear that some of the forces wanted to incorporate Iran into the system, while others were disturbed by it.
In addition, it is as clear as day that as the Qatar crisis deepened and the attacks that followed in Iran causing massive casualties, that it should be regarded as a kind of extension of the same crisis. It is noteworthy that the effort to include Iran as an important actor in the Qatar-based conflict is apparent in this case as well.
This kind of attitude of Arab countries towards their brothers and sisters, whom they have been working together for years within the Gulf Cooperation Council, in a narrow sense is not a pleasant situation for the Arab world and in a broader sense can lead to the Muslim population being seriously offended. Moreover, the inclusion of Iran into the equation adds to a different dimension to the situation.
I believe that this unpleasant development can be halted immediately with the conditions being returned to normal. It should be one of the most important aims in terms of the Ummah.
This type of development is primarily a highly desirable situation for Israel, who has never wanted the Muslims to be united in the region and is nourished by the conflicts between the countries.
Moreover, for the western imperialist powers that divided the post-Ottoman territory into pieces and keep these policies on the agenda constantly - this development is certainly something that is a source of inner satisfaction. These powers, who in their official rhetoric expressed their opposition to the terrorist groups that they developed and trained with their own monetary and logistical support, put on the pretence of being the peaceful ones in the region, and if examined in detail, it is evident that they are making effort to deepen the instability that they claim to be opposed to. Recent developments and the attitudes they display to these events clearly show their intentions.
With the latest turn of events, it may seem that Qatar is seen as the main target, it is the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Iran and all those who oppose the goals of the westerners, but in actual fact it is part of a future plan to tighten the noose around Turkey. In addition, it can be argued that the region can anticipate sectarian and ethnic fragmentation. As the next target, it is impossible to see a possible confrontation between Turkey and Iran.
On the other hand, Turkey has been making effort to reconcile and to re-establish broken relations between the peoples of the same denomination. This effort should not be considered so much as hitting two birds with one stone but rather a roundabout endeavour to achieve this goal.
In this complex equation, Turkey faces a duty to keep its internal balances intact as well as putting a halt to the fractures.
For the past few days, we have been reading very detailed analyses of the Qatar crisis. The Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Iran factors, that was initially portrayed as the backdrop to the crises, it was evident that behind the scenes there were a varying number of reasons including the fact that the conflict is an extension of the natural gas and energy disagreements as well as the rivalry between the historical tribes of the region, the jealousy that has surfaced as a result of Qatar’s magnetism, and its opposition to the balances that external forces try to re-establish in the region.
A wide variety of arguments have been proposed however in time, we will see which of these is correct and which influenced the crises.
For this reason, I do not wish to further deepen the analysis by repeating the current information. But I would like to highlight a very important point of caution in the process so far.
Heartfelt attitude during conflict resolution
In a speech a few days earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was approaching the Qatar crisis from a different direction and used a language that was beyond the real political measures to resolve the crises by way of harmony and recommended that the solution to the crises should be sought by good will.
From what we have observed, in his speech Mr Erdogan was careful not to use accusatory expressions against the nations that instigated the crisis crisis-launching countries in his speech and avoided making detailed analyses regarding the actors in the background story of the event.
What did he do?
Erdogan directed a word of caution to Saudia Arabia who initiated the crises and the countries that acted along with it saying, “‘the attitude you have at present is one that breaking the unity of the Ummah, give it up”. As for Saudi Arabia, "We have accepted you as the Hadim al-Haramain, and you are important to us with this identity, you are the elder brother in the Arab world," he warned softly, "please do not forget your position."
'We’ve had enough of the infighting amongst the Muslims, lets put an end to the quarrels and strife. Set aside who is right and who is wrong; let us be brothers by taking inspiration from the Qur'an that we have declared that we all believe ".
The most important point here, as far we can feel is that he did not just say these words to the leaders. As he has done so in Turkey, he also addressed the distress that Muslim peoples in countries are experiencing and he reminded them of the values that they believed. He said, 'If we believe, Allah will make even the smallest of groups victorious against the greater communities.' In this manner he warned them but also presented a hopeful perspective for the ummah.
In addition, he also said that, 'We are with Qatar, who is in a state of oppression in this argument, and we will not allow you to crush him with baseless allegations.'
This was an important message to both the Arab countries and those who are backing their agenda. In addition, he showed that he was throwing his support behind those peoples and organisations who have been treated as they were terrorists.
In the same speech, he also said, ‘this event is a problem between brothers and sisters - highlighting the importance of brotherhood – ‘ one that we will solve together in unity” and one that will “to show the will to not get caught up in the problems accumulated in the past” and “ to show them that if we appear weak, we do not pay heed to this state of mind, and what we will not give up and will continue to strive”.
The essence of the message that he was trying to send was to identify the current problems, but not dwell on them, and that it is message that emphasised the closeness of hearts between the brotherhood.
What happens next?
By the will of Allah, I hope we will all see the answer to the question of what might happen next. But one of the most important points that we should remember is to make as much effort as possible to open up the communities and to disintegrate the efforts of those who are making an effort to drive a wedge between the communites and making an effort to divide up the Islamic world using sectarian and ethnic elements.
This includes the prevention of possible activities of terrorist elements that have been endeavouring to make way in the region with the support of international forces. The disputes in the region are to be solved by the peoples who have been the principal inhabitants of the region for centuries and their legitimate representatives today. It is necessary to keep the Islamic brotherhood, which is the strongest link among the people living in the region for centuries, at the forefront.
Even if there are too many pressure points accumulated in this frame, it is possible to keep Iran in the equation by virtue that we share the direction of Mecca. As we have done to Saudi Arabia, we should also send the same message of sincerity that is within our common book, the Qur'an, and not to sacrifice Islamic brotherhood to real political goals.
When the history of the region is carefully examined, it is clear that “there is punishment in separating and a blessing in unity”. The most important thing that is that whether it be the West or the source of the problem itself, Israel who feeds off the splitting up and splintering of the Muslim brotherhood through various ways.
The death of my father Necdet Erken
In the past week my beloved father, who had been ill for some time, passed away. For as long as I have known myself my father, who has stood by my side as well as being a mountain in the background, made much effort both openly and secretly to support me and supported his children with all his material and spiritual might.
I am thankful to all our friends and brothers who expressed their condolences and came to see us on our behalf at the funeral, visited the cemetery or our home, called me, and sent me messages and contacted me by way of social media.
On this occasion, may Allah rest the soul of all those who have passed. I hope that in the Hereafter they will meet us all together under the banner of the Messenger of Allah, Hz. Muhammed (pbuh). Amin.