Erdogan: The aim of the term moderate Islam is to weaken Islam

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an lashed out at the term moderate Islam? on Friday, saying the term?s only aim is to weaken the religion itself rather than distance it from extremists.

In a clear reference to Saudi Arabia?s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?s remarks, Erdo?an said that the origin of the term lies in the Western world.

?The term moderate Islam? is being lathered up again. The patent of moderate Islam belongs to the West. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam; Islam is one. The aim of using such terms is to weaken Islam,? Erdo?an said.

?They say we will return to moderate Islam, but they still don?t give women the right to drive. Is there such a thing in Islam? I guess they will give this right when they turn to the moderate one,? he added.

Erdo?an?s words came at a women?s entrepreneurship event held for the Organization Islamic Cooperation?s (OIC) Women?s Advisory Council at the Presidential Palace complex in Ankara.

In his speech, Erdo?an also criticized discrimination against Muslim women. Headscarves are gradually being banned in EU states with the public personal space trick, attempting to bar Muslim women from entering social life. Attempts to incarcerate Muslim women in their homes is spreading like a virus,? Erdo?an said.

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