Dismissed Turkish «rocker Imam» spoke about the desire to talk with Putin

© Photo from personal archive of Ahmet Muhsin Muhsin Musaraigne TuserDismissed Turkish «rocker Imam» spoke about the desire to talk with Putin© Photo from personal archive of Ahmet Muhsin of Tutera

A well-known Turkish Imam Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer dismissed, he said, for the love of rock music, said to RIA Novosti that wants to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss with him the subject of religious belief.

Earlier Tozer was dismissed from the post of Imam of the mosque in Kas, Antalya province with the phrase «because of unfitness for public service or loss of fitness» (according to Turkish law, the imams are civil servants).

However, Tozer believes that the real reason for the dismissal was his involvement in a rock band FiRock.

Rock goes hand in hand with religion

«I started to listen to Queen since high school, when I was in religious school, «Imam-Hatip». Freddie mercury was for me a very important person, since it began my passion for rock. I love Pink Floyd, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple — these performers are very deep feelings that they convey with their music, they awaken good emotions, so, too, are keeping pace with religion, only on the road,» says Tozer.

According to him, the Office of religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet) accuses it of interest to rock.

«They say it’s the devil’s music. But that’s not true. I look inside rock music and the like through the nut shell, I see in her the beauty of the Creator, musical harmony, its essence. And they only see the shell… In 2000 I got tired of the attacks because of the music and my marriage in the Orthodox Romanian, I decided to quit and left with his wife in Romania. But ten years later returned to Turkey and started again to work as an Imam. I then understood why God allowed me to go back: I felt that my preaching fervor and sense of mission has not disappeared over the years, and strengthened,» says a former Imam.

After Tuzer met with the leader of the group Kramp doğan Sakina, he in 2013 decided to create his own rock band FiRock, which released one album and shot three music videos.

«The first concert I gave in the city, where he worked in the Mess. The clutch has not given me permission, but allowed the head of the city administration. The resonance was great, and then Diane stalked me. Twice I was called by the head of the muftiat and offered to throw a rock music. Almost all colleagues were against me. Only 12-15 of the 150 thousand Turkish imams has offered me support,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

Then there were concerts of his rock band in the United States and Portugal.

«In Portugal I was sent by the Ministry of culture of Turkey as a civil servant, and Diane first approved, and then their approval withdrawn. Then I went to your personal leave with the permission of the head of administration of the Mess. After the concert in Portugal was hearing: the inspector came, and were against me initiated the investigation that found no fault of mine,» says Tozer.

When to fire Tutera based on his love for rock music officials have failed, they began to gather other evidence against him, he says. «For example, accused me that I was doing concerts without permission is a lie. I took the money for the concerts — also a lie: I played free for spectators, and I have proof of this. Accused me of playing instead of praying, but in recent years I have passed a total of seven concerts in Turkey and three abroad. In General, I collected everything I could,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

According to him, the guilt he even put said in the sermon, the phrase that «Edison invented the light bulb, so he will enter Paradise». «According to my opponents, in heaven, he will not fall, because he is a Christian, and I misinterpreted the Koran. But God said that all who invents and works for the betterment of life on Earth, all worthy of heaven, so in my words no contradiction with the will of Allah no. In the end I got fired the incompetent. I’m going to sue, but not to return, but to protect my good name,» says Tozer.

Erdogan wished success

In new York in 2014 before his concert Tuser in the lobby met with President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan.

«We approached him, introduced myself, said I was the «rocker Imam», in the paper, and came to give a concert in new York. Erdogan shook hands with me and said he knew me from (former — ed) head Mehmet Diyanet of Hermasa, glad to see me and wishes a successful performance. I thanked them and that was goodbye, because he was in a hurry. When I was fired, I thought to turn to him for help, but did not, did not hinder their problems. Maybe, in vain?» — said the Agency interlocutor.

«My wife is Romanian, a Christian, and we never stopped. But when we got married, Turkish Newspapers made a sensation, saying as it is, the Turkish Imam married a Christian?! Imagine us in one room and candles under the icons burned, and my prayer Mat was lying. And I, the Imam, came to the Church, waited the wife, when she came out after the service… She converted to Islam three years after her marriage, but she never offered and were not encouraged to do it — it was her independent decision,» continues Tuser.

According to him, the biggest problem of humanity is that people do not want to look into your soul.

«They don’t want to waste energy on finding their own internal resources and talents that Allah has given and which need to be developed to benefit people. The danger is that if the person slides down, he will not stand and the top has not comes up, his «ego» will not give. We must strive upward, to know themselves, to find God in himself, whoever He was. See, you are a Christian, I am Muslim, but now we are talking on the same wavelength and understand each other. And the music, including, rock, more unites people,» says a former Imam.

The decision of Constantinople — political interference

In conclusion of the conversation, he shared his opinion about the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to begin the granting of autocephaly of the non-canonical Church in Ukraine.

«Faith belongs only to God. Such a decision is political interference in the Affairs of religion, that she suffers and loses its power. People face on the ground, spreading hatred, revenge begins. If this decision will lead to tension, chaos and even clashes, then surely it can’t be right,» — said Tozer.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in mid-October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. The head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

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