Friday, August 10, 2018
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Ali Erbaş met with female students coming from the Southeast of Turkey to attend the summer camp organized by the Presidency of Religious Affairs and Turkiye Diyanet Foundation with the slogan “Brotherhood in My Summer, Brotherhood in My Future”.
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Ali Erbaş came together with the group of female students from the Southeast of Turkey who came to join the summer camp organized by the Presidency of Religious Affairs and Turkiye Diyanet Foundation in Ankara.
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Erbaş addressed the students at the Conference Hall of the High Board of Religious Affairs and expressed his satisfaction with meeting with the students.
President Erbaş recited some parts from the Turkish national anthem at the beginning of his speech, and said, “For us, each verse in our national anthem is like a lesson. Each verse is full of wisdom. Among them lie love for homeland, and unity and solidarity.”
Stating that our Prophet (s.a.w.) was sent to bring people towards light from darkness, and pointing out that it is enjoined in the Holy Qur’an that people should enter into peace (Islam), President Erbaş said, “Bring Islam to the foreground, and put everything else to another side. Live in peace as Muslims.”
“Muslims represent the essence of the Islamic Civilization”, said President Erbaş, and continued, “Although Muslims come from different colors, languages and cultures, they came together under the umbrella of Islam. What elevates our civilization the most is knowledge, wisdom, science, and irfan. Inshaallah, you will pay great attention to it.”
Emphasizing the significance of reading books, President Erbaş said, “Make reading a habit. If we make reading a habit and improve ourselves well with a good reading planning, then we enlighten our surroundings as young people who represent our civilization. Those who do not know about it see us and learn the truth. If we reflect what we have learnt to our life, then even the way we walk may set a good example for others.”
President Erbaş advised students learnt the religion from the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and those who teach it properly.
The summer camp held in Ankara and Istanbul welcome 801 students from Diyarbakir, Batman, Siirt, Şırnak, Hakkari and Mardin. In the camp, planned to last for four weeks between 1 – 29 July, were included cultural - arts activities and social activities in addition to the courses related to the Holy Qur’an and basic religious knowledge.
Also in attendance were Vice President of Religious Affairs Prof. Huriye Martı and General Director of Religious Services Bünyamin Albayrak.