We’ve all seen the legendaries before – the charismatic church priests of old, such as St John the Baptist and St John Chrysostom, whose charismatic power was so immense that they were seen as divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit.
But what about the charismatic priests of the early 20th century?
We can still find many of them in today’s religious spaces, including in evangelical Christian churches, where charismatic teaching is often used to justify the subordination of women, gay people, disabled people and immigrants.
Today, there are charismatic priests in every faith but the charismatic one.
The charismatic is a unique position, in that its leaders are often charismatic and they often work with the charismatic in their ministries, while still remaining as a layperson.
This has led to a proliferation of charismatic priests who are not only charismatic, but also highly qualified and well-trained, and whose charismatic qualities are often used in their own ministries.
This is the story of the charismatic priest in Australia, and how he came to be Zadouk, a charismatic teacher and spiritual teacher who has spent his life helping young people.
Zadoks origins Born in Indonesia in 1978, Zadoulai Zadakom was born and raised in a small village in eastern Turkey.
ZADOK, or Zadoka, is a word derived from the Arabic word for ‘good’, meaning ‘good luck’ or ‘a blessing’.
It means “good luck in the long run”.
As a child, Zadinay grew up in the hills of the central Turkish town of Bursa, the birthplace of Islam.
In the 1990s, Zadi-Zadok moved to the town of Yayladagi, a few kilometres from Bursas main railway station.
The village became the site of a radical Islamist movement.
The movement had been led by Abu Sufyan, an Islamic preacher who had studied in the US and later in Saudi Arabia.
After Sufian was killed by police in 2004, Zadela-Zadi-Gül, another of the radical Islamic preacher’s wives, came to power in Turkey.
She quickly began to promote her fundamentalist Islamic ideology, and soon became the main leader of the movement.
In 2009, she became Turkey’s first female prime minister.
Zadi was assassinated in 2010 by Turkish security forces, and Sufiyar’s wife, Aymeer, took over as prime minister after Zadala-Zed-Gul’s death.
In 2012, ZADOLA-ZADOK became prime minister, and began a campaign of religious violence that claimed the lives of thousands of Muslims and destroyed large parts of the country.
He was succeeded by AKP, which was established as the first democratic government in the Middle East in modern history.
The Turkish army began a crackdown against the radical Islamists in 2016, but it has struggled to contain the movement, and is now under pressure from international and domestic governments.
Zadelas election victory was a shock to the nation, and he was re-elected in 2019.
The AKP-led government in Turkey has tried to make a deal with Zadolas hardline religious movement, which has pledged to support the AKP in its war against the government.
Zada-Zade, the Turkish president, said in December 2020 that he wanted to create an ‘Islamic state’, in which all Turks would be ‘born again’.
In December 2021, Zada Zadoloğlu, the president of the Turkish republic, made a similar pledge in a speech.
The deal with the radical Islamist group has led many analysts to speculate that Turkey might be about to witness a revival of the “Christianisation” of Turkey, with a focus on the education and health sectors.
But that could just be wishful thinking.
In fact, Zadas success is the direct result of the AK Party, a Christian-dominated conservative party.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has recently emerged as a significant threat to Turkey, especially in the border areas with Syria and Iraq, where it has established a base.
In 2018, Zador was arrested and tried for inciting acts of violence, which he later retracted.
But Zadalla’s campaign to change the course of the history of the religious movement in Turkey did not end there.
Zador and his supporters have been pushing for the appointment of Zadadok’s successor as a religious leader, and have also begun to push for the establishment of an Islamic state in Turkey, which they see as the only way to counter the growing influence of radical Islam in the country and to prevent further religious violence.
The Zados’ rise is also a warning to the rest of the world.
In a speech on June 24, 2017, Zandala-Suda, the head of the influential Islamic Society of Australia, said that the current wave of religious extremism was threatening to destabilise Muslim countries