Turkish state mosques give anti-Black Friday sermon

The Friday sermon at the almost 90,000 state-run mosques in Turkey included a condemnation of the concept of “Black Friday”, which some in Turkey have seen as an anti-Islamic phrase.

“The phrase ‘Black Friday’ of recent times has upset us all as believers,” the sermon issued by the Religious Affairs Directorate said.

“But in our faith, all days belong to Allah.”

Black Friday is a term that originated in the United States to denote the day after Thanksgiving, which has become a popular time for retailers to hold sales.

“Friday is one of the symbols of our holy religion Islam,” the sermon said. “Friday is grace. Friday is abundance. Friday is peacefulness.”