Saturday, February 8, 2020
The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş delivered Khutbah regarding the 100th anniversary of liberation from the enemy invasion of Kahramanmaraş and Al Quds (Jerusalem) and established Friday Prayer
In the verse I have recited, Allah the Almighty (swt) states, “Among the believers are men true to what they promised Allah (swt). Among them is he who has fulfilled his vow [to the death], and among them is he who awaits [his chance]. And they did not alter [the terms of their commitment] by any alteration.”
The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said in the hadith I have read, “Those who fight for the words of Allah (swt) to be exalted and dominate over all are at the way of Allah (swt).”
As a nation, we have had many struggles and hardships. We challenged against forces with bland conscious who had lost their sense of mercy and humanity, and again against those who attacked on us altogether with the purpose of demolishing our nation from the stage of history during the liberation war of Kahramanmaraş. We did not allow them haul down our flag, silence of our adhans and step on our holy soil with their filthy feet thanks to the glorious efforts of men, women, children, old, young, that is, every citizen of our nation in all lands of our motherland. We established these lands as our motherland by giving countless martyrs in the cause of religion and what we consider as sacred, al-Hamd al-Allah!
This is the city awarded with title of “Kahraman (Heroic)” as one of the most significant centers of our challenge for independence. These lands, this heroic city of Kahramanmaraş is the reflection of the verse by Almighty Allah (swt) as “So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers.” This, Kahramanmaraş, is a distinguished city where the glory of iman against rejection, what is right against what is wrong and lawful against lawless was riveted.
This is the city where those who believed by heart to the hadith of Prophet Muhammad (saw) as “Fight jihad with your hands, with your tongues and with your money.” and run for holy martyrdom in the cause of what we consider as sacred.
Kahramanmaraş is the voice of khatibs roaring as, “A nation without independence cannot have Friday Prayer!”
Kahramanmaraş is the city where the brave broke the hands touching filthy to the veils of our woman and had their bodies as shield against the enemy by declaring as “Maraş shall not be heaven to the enemy before being a grave to us all.”
We as both the Islamic Ummah and the nation are having struggles again for late years. Al Quds (Jerusalem) which is a witness to the deepest seated legacy of all humanity, a harbor to the sacred commemoratives of numerous prophets of ours and the home of our first qibla, Masjid al-Aqsa has forgotten what the peace and tranquility are since the day when it was invaded. Al-Quds (Jerusalem) is mournful. Masjid al-Aqsa is mournful at the shadow of conflicts, offence and oppression which never left its court. This invasion is actually taking the unity, solidarity and what they consider as sacred of the believers as the target. To invade Palestine and al-Quds (Jerusalem) means to create chaos not only on these lands but also all over the world and not allow the peace dominate. To boost the conflicts in al-Quds (Jerusalem) and take advantage of the war mean to turn one’s back to the mercy, conscious and tolerance. To try to exile Muslims from a city such as al-Quds (Jerusalem) which embraced all humans throughout its history mean actually not to acknowledge the laws and honor of the whole humanity.
Al-Quds (Jerusalem) is the land of Islam, it belongs to Muslims. Our dear nation is in love with al-Quds (Jerusalem); it considers Masjid al-Aqsa as more important than its own life and property. Like it was before, today our nation supports and assists our oppressed Palestinian brothers who have guarded Masjid al-Aqsa for years.
My Hero Brothers!
Those who want to weaken our nation and set brothers against each other are attacking on us with the weapons of fitnah, terror, and betrayal, just like they did in the past. With various tricks and frauds, plans and traps, they target at our existence and continuation and independence and future. By threatening our unity and peace, in fact, they want to run out of Islamic ummah’s all hope. In such an era, there are important duties for each of us in order to convey to the future the sacred heritage we received from the spirit of Rıdvan Hodja, who said in this pulpit, “There will not be a Friday prayer before the enemy's flag goes down”. Since that day, khutbahs have been recited from this pulpit all the time. Now, if an Islamic town is under occupation, believer Muslims should feel its pain in their hearts like Rıdvan Hodja at any time and must stand at all the time wherever they are in the world.
Our Prophet (saw) said how we will protect our brotherhood: “Do not try to find each other's deficiencies, do not investigate each other's private and confidential life. Do not envy each other, do not turn your back on each other, and do not nourish hatred to each other. O servants of Allah! Be brothers!”
Another duty of us is to strive to ensure that benevolence dominates over evil in the world by blocking evil. It is to submit peace, civilization, and tranquility.
Our another important duty is to bring our generation together with moral values and raise them as generations that honor their grandparents who died for these lands. It is to equip them with authentic religious information and to keep them away from harmful substances and movements.
Let us comprehend that magnificent spirit which was experienced to the fullest in our Independence War. Let us support each other about the values that give us our identity and make us a nation and brothers. Let us convey our sacred values which are entrusted to us by martyrs and war veterans to the future with the same consciousness and ideal. Let us remember that there is no malicious attack that we cannot resist, no fight that we cannot win, and no victory that we cannot achieve as long as we keep the conscious of unity, solidarity, and brotherhood alive in our nation.
As I conclude my khutbah, I would like to express that may the Almighty Allah (swt) have mercy on the souls of those who lost their lives due to the avalanche disaster occurred in Van and the airplane crush has occurred in Istanbul recently and on the souls of our soldiers, rangers, rescue crews, and citizens who have been martyred and I wish that the wounded people get well soon. My condolences to our nation!