Turkey: Imam who is also a musician receives threats

Imam and rock musician Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer gave a concert with a repertoire composed entirely by himself at Kaş Marina on 10 August 2013. After the concert was reported by the press, he began to receive threatening and insulting messages.

‘Imam led the prayer before concert | Rocker Imam Ahmet’. Published on youtube.com on 11 August 2013.

42-year-old Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer is an imam of a mosque in the village Pınarbası in Turkey. He is also known as the “Rocker Imam”, because together with friends from the village, he has founded a rock band called FiRock Grubu.

Ahmet Tüzer has received so many inconceivable threatening and insulting messages following a recent music concert, that he has now filed a complaint to the public prosecutor’s office.

“Whilst it is fine to chant, I do not understand why one would take offense at a song that combines Islamic mysticism and rock music,” he was quoted as having said.

This was reported by the newsletter Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin, Issue 33/13, from Antenna TR on 16 August 2013.

Published on youtube.com on 12 August 2013