Turkish President Erdogan was one of the first to say he would be attending the funeral, but now that the day of the funeral has actually come around,
Erdogan is not there. A few reasons why he "SPAT THE DUMMY". Erdogan was initially on the roster of speakers, but two unnamed speakers had been
added to the program, meaning that foreign guests Erdogan and King Abdullah II of Jordan would no longer be able to make an address. Erdogan had also
hoped to lay a piece from the cloth covering the "Kaaba in Mecca" on Ali’s coffin during the service, but the event’s organizers had turned down
this request, along with another to have a top Turkish cleric read from the Koran during the ceremony. It was also reported that Ali’s family had
invited the U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, a noted rival of Erdogan, to the funeral. If true, this would no doubt add further to the
Turkish president’s displeasure.And to make matters worse, Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday that there had been scuffle between Turkish
presidential bodyguards and U.S. security personnel assigned to protect him, a scene reminiscent of a recent fracas involving Erdogan’s bodyguards
in Washington. So it appears that his intended appearance at the funeral was a waste of time, as it was stacked against
I'm sorry to hear that Ali's memorial service became so politicized. I mean, we don't really know what goes on in the hearts and minds of people, but
somehow I suspect those people like Erdogan, only wanted to attend for their own political gains, and to present themselves in a favorable light.
A lot of clans in the Middle East claim to share the Prophet's lineage. And even more claim to be descendants from the Prophet's great-grandfather
(aka the Hashemites), and thus, from the same family tree as the Prophet. At least several of the Middle Eastern royal families are Hashemites.
What's all the fuss about Ali being a good Muslim. He was not, as he had affairs with women. Why are all these foreign (Muslim) dignitaries bending
their knees? Is this really the greatest Muslim in modern times?
Am I the only person who thinks Ali, while being a great sportsman and part-time social mover, is all a bit hyped.
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