“Attacks against our economy is no different than attacking our adhan [call to prayer] and flag. The purpose is same. The purpose is to bring Turkey and Turkish people to their knees, and hold them captive,” Erdogan said.
In the video message, he recalled the historic victories; 1071 Malazgirt victory and 1922 Dumlupinar victory, anniversaries of which are to be observed just after the Eid al-Adha.
The Battle of Malazgirt on Aug. 26, 1071 saw Seljuk Turks led by Sultan Alparslan defeat a Byzantine army and open up Anatolia for Turkish domination.
The Dumlupinar Battle on Aug. 30, 1922 also saw invading Greek forces’ eventual defeat at the hands of the Turkish army.
Hoping that Eid al-Adha will bring goodness to entire Muslim world and humanity, Erdogan gave the message of unity and brotherhood among the Turkish nation.
He also expressed prayers for those oppressed in Palestine, Syria, South Asia, Turkistan and other parts of the world.
This year’s Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha is set to be celebrated on Aug. 21.