the Office of the Head of Diyanet is sending its imams to Iran and allowing them to perform mut’a marriages

It has become necessary to make the following statement in view of some debates that directly or indirectly target the Office of the Head of Religious Affairs (Diyanet):
 
It has become very clear that the debates concerning the Office of the Head of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) that have been going on for quite sometime are completely politically motivated, are executed in a planned, systematic manner and are conducted in a way that is devoid of any moral values. These debates have nothing to do with religion or science. It is crystal clear that the aim is to draw the Office of the Head of Diyanet into the current political arguments.
 
Today some social media users are systematically and immorally claiming that “the Office of the Head of Diyanet is sending its imams to Iran and allowing them to perform mut’a marriages (temporary marriage in Shia Islam when a man and woman contract a mut’a for a limited period of time)”. These are baseless claims that are simply immoral slanders.
 
There is no religious reference in our community on this issue and the views of the Office of the Head of Diyanet is very clear regarding mut’a marriages. Yet we are observing with concern that certain circles are using mut’a marriages to defame the Office of the Head of  Diyanet with ugly slanders and false claims.
 
The slanders and claims have centered around the publication of a book on the life of our Prophet by the Office of the Head of Diyanet. Those behind these slanders have tried to create the impression that “Diyanet is allowing mut’a marriage” pointing to a sentence in the book which asks a question in the section which describes the superstitious types of marriages that existed during the period of ignorance before the Prophet. Despite the fact that these claims have been denied in our social media accounts the systematic campaign has continued. It is shocking that while certain circles are trying to keep the mut’a debate on the agenda now there are slanders that Diyanet is sending its imams to Iran to perform mut’a marriages.
 
It is clear that those conducting this ugly and baseless slander campaign aim to divide the society into camps through sedition without any respect to values. The Office of the Head of Religious Affairs which maintains its course charted by the Quran and the actions and sayings of our Prophet and preserves its above parties stance reminds those who are involved in these ugly slanders of the day of judgement when they will be asked to account for their actions by the divine power . We refer them to the conscience and vast foresight of our dear nation. The necessary legal steps will be taken regarding this issue.
 
We convey this to the attention of the public.