Islamist group holds 'official' exam around Turkey

Turkey's Sunni Islamist Hezbollah-linked group, which has no relation with Lebanese Hezbollah, held a countrywide religious 'exam' with the attendance of 300-thousand students with the education ministry's official approval
Monday, 19 February 2018 23:10

An association linked with Sunni Islamist militant organization Turkey's Hezbollah affiliated 'Free Cause Party' (Hüda-Par) organized an examination on prophetic biography in the name of the Islamic prophet Muhammed at public schools under the authority of Ministry of National Education.   

Bilal Tırnakçı, a director from the ministry, has signed an official statement, announcing that the goal of the examination is to teach the students about the prophet’s life as an example.


The Hezbollah-affiliated platform, — unrelated to its Lebanese namesake — reported on its newspaper that the examination was held in 75 cities around the country with the attendance of approximately 300 thousands of students.

Female and male students were divided into separate classrooms during the examination in accordance to Islamic rules as the "reward" for the exam was announced as Umrah, an Islamic pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia's Mecca.

The platform’s spokesperson thanked the directors of the schools where the exams were held. Of all the 300 thousands of students who participated in the exam throughout Turkey, 32-thousand students attended only in İstanbul while 13-thousand attended at around 40 schools in the southeastern city of Gaziantep.


The recent Islamic examination shows again that Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) continues to transform the country’s educational, cultural and social life in accordance with Islamic motives by means of numerous religious cults and groups.    

Turkey's Hezbollah is one of the main radical Islamist organizations in Turkey. The group was founded in 1978 and got organized in the mainly Kurdish southeast.

Hezbollah earned itself a gruesome nationwide reputation in the early 2000s when police discovered its so-called grave houses across Turkey, in which dozens of people were killed and buried after torture. The victims who disavowed Hezbollah's ideology and journalists. 

In 2003, a year after AKP came to power, Hezbollah sympathizers founded the Association for Human Rights and Solidarity with the Oppressed, which was outlawed in 2012, leading to the creation of the Free Cause Party (Hüda-Par) the same year.