Friday, January 10, 2020
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Ali Erbaş underlined the importance of religious education at the reception of Prof. Nedzad Grabus, the Mufti of the Islamic Community in Slovenia, and noted that it needed to be provided through right religious knowledge and right people.
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Ali Erbaş received Mufti of the Islamic Community in Slovenia Prof. Nedzad Grabus and the accompanying delegation.
Expressing his satisfaction with the visit, Prof. Erbaş thanked Grabus for the visit.
Pointing to the importance of the establishment of the Islamic Religious and Cultural Center in Ljubljana, Prof. Erbaş expressed his wish, "A mosque and cultural center as such will greatly contribute to the better promotion of Islam in Slovenia."
Referring to the importance of religious education, President Prof. Erbaş said, "Education is among the important fields of activity for us. This is because the essence of Islam is knowledge, learning, and wisdom. This should be carried out, however, with the right religious knowledge and the right people. For this reason we provide support, as far as practicably possible, for students coming from the Balkans to Türkiye for education at our international imam-khatib high schools and faculties of theology. We will put our best efforts to support any potential students to come from Slovenia.
Prof. Erbaş stated that it was possible to provide in-service training for religious officials employed under the Office of Mufti in Slovenia and noted that it would be very useful to have the Meaning of the Holy Qur'an and the Basic Islamic Knowledge in Slovene published and delivered to Slovenia.
Mufti of the Islamic Community in Slovenia Prof. Nedzad Grabus expressed his gratitude to Prof. Erbaş for the reception.
Prof. Grabus gave briefing to Prof. Erbaş on the religious services and religious education provided by the Office of Mufti of the Islamic Community in Slovenia and provided further information relating to the Islamic Religious and Cultural Center in Ljubljana. Prof. Grabus mentioned that the fact that there was not any published Meaning of the Holy Qur'an in Slovene and it would be very useful for people in Slovenia if Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey had it and the Basic Islamic Knowledge in Slovene published.
Also in attendance were Vice President of Religious Affairs Dr. Selim Argun, and Director General of Foreign Relations Erdal Atalay.