Iraqi Turkmens in Erbil welcome Turkish mosque sermon

April 12, 2014 at 6:01 pm | Posted in Turkmens | Leave a comment
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Iraqi Turkmens in Erbil welcome Turkish mosque sermon
Iraqi Turkmens in Erbil welcome Turkish mosque sermon

It will be the first time since the Friday sermon is read in Turkish in Erbil since the end of the Ottoman Empire.

World Bulletin / News Desk

The autonomous Kurdish Regional Government of northern Iraq has given permission for one mosque in the city of Erbil to recite the Friday sermon in Turkish. The decision has made ethnic Turkmens, who have a strong presence in the city, very happy.

Turkmen lawmaker Aydin Maruf Selim welcomed the decision, calling it an important step for the Turkmens of Erbil and a ‘historic decision’.

The Iraqi Turkmen Front Council member also noted that it will be the first time since the Friday sermon is read in Turkish in the city since the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Promising more Turkish sermons in the future, he called the decision a natural right for the Turkmens and call on them to congregate to the mosque.

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