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Neo-crusaders make life miserable for Muslims: Erdoğan on Islamophobia

Speaking during an event held at Yahya Kemal Beyatlı exhibition centre in Istanbul on Friday, Turkish President condemned the rising Islamophobia in the Western countries, and stressing in his speech [as refering to far-right extremism]: "Those neo-crusaders have been making life miserable for Muslims living in Western countries by abusing them because of their Islamic faith."

The bonds of the ummah (community) of Muslims worldwide are too strong to break, said Turkey's president on Friday, marking the start of celebrations of the birth of the prophet Muhammad.

"What makes us worry about the problems of people who are thousands or tens of thousands of kilometers away from our country is Islam as a common denominator, and the consciousness of being an ," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a ceremony in Istanbul starting the week of Mawlid al-Nabi festivities for Muhammad.

"Universal Muslim fellowship has no limits. No one can sow discord among us," he added.

Erdoğan condemned the rising Islamophobia in the Western countries, and stressing in his speech [as refering to far-right extremism]: "Those neo-crusaders have been making life miserable for Muslims [living in Western countries] by abusing them because of their Islamic faith."

Calls by some to expel the Syrian refugees hosted by Turkey back to Syria are not acceptable, Erdoğan said, stressing the Muslim solidarity between the Turkish and Syrian people.

Turkey currently hosts some 3.6 million Syrian refugees, more than any other country in the world, and has so far spent $40 billion on them, according to official figures.

Erdoğan added: ''We are in an age of crisis where individual ambitions, social illnesses, injustices, oppression and violence have descended over humanity like a nightmare.''

If Muslims want to build a "society of trust" today, they need to make sincerity, loyalty, love, respect, and compassion dominant in their lives, just as the prophet Muhammad did, said Erdoğan.
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