T, Atmaca Can the inner peace of Turkish Sufism counter rising Islamophobia in Belgium?

Sufism as an a element of anti-Islamophobia

  • Tufan Turgut Atmaca Drs
Keywords: Turkish Sufism, Migration, Belgium, Qadiriyya, Mysticism, Islamophobia


Recent local elections in Europe saw right wing parties successfully secure themselves greater representation in parliament. Such events underscore the rise of nationalism and nationalist sentiments in Europe. This causes the Muslim community to think about the future of Islam in Europe. The paper argues that Turkish styled Sufism in Belgium can counter the rising Islamophobia. The European Sufism is described by the migrated Turkish Sufi Master Abdullah Demircioğlu; He summarizes his path to his disciples as follows:

“We are one of you. Our aim is to keep the path of Ahl al-Sunna wa’l Jamâ‘ah.[1] We respect our promise and keep the margin of the Quran and the Sunna. The number doesn’t matter, devotion and sincerity is the essence ...”

“Our Allah forgives the sins and covers the mistakes. We pray that He gives us success and He keep us on the right way …”

“The supplication of the Prophet is our praying. We try to be like the Prophet and follow him. ‘Oh, Dear Allah! Help me to supplicate you with zikr, shukr and ‘ibadah …’[2]

“Oh people be awaken; the hearts get serene by the invocation of Allah.”[3]

“With peace and loves …”[4]

Will these statements make an effect on the perceptions of Islam in Western Europe? Will the Turkish Sufism make a difference in the struggle against xenophobia and Islamophobia?



[1] = people of the Sunna or the mainstraim islam. (S., Uludağ, T.T.S., …, 1995, p.164 - 166.)

[2] Zikr = to invocate God ; Shukr = to thank God ; ‘Ibadah = pray to God. Hadith of Abu Dawûd (1422), Hadith = is a tradition of the Prophet.

[3] Koran, S. Ar-Ra’d, V. 28.

[4] www.muridan.com