Friday, June 19, 2020
The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş delivered khutbah and established Friday prayer in Sultanahmet Mosque
May endless thanks and praise be to our Lord (swt), who has welcomed us before Him in this blessed time. May salat and salam be upon the Prophet Muhammad the Most Beloved, who built an honorable civilization through a temple.
I greet all humanity from one of the greatest centers of the Islamic civilization, Istanbul, and this great temple of ours, Sultanahmet Mosque. Jumu’ah mubarak!
Mosques and masjids are in in the center of life in Islamic civilization. Mosques are places where values of all aspects of life such as from the world of Muslim beliefs to the social relations, from the formation of consciousness of servanthood and responsibility to establishment of law, from education to art, and from the family to the relations with the environment meet. Following the hijrah of our Prophet Muhammad (saw) to Madinah al-Munawwarah, one of the first practices of his was the construction of the Masjid al-Nabawi.
Masjid al-Nabawi had served as a center where the material and spiritual needs were satisfied, those who had no one their side were protected, and consultations on all kinds of issues on the individual and social level were performed.
At the same time, it served as a school where manners, etiquette, knowledge and wisdom were taught.
Therefore, mosques and masjids are the identity of Islamic regions. They are the symbols of unity, peace and love. They are centers of knowledge, with their pulpit and minbars, where the superior order of humanity is taught, and lessons of science and ethics, merit and wisdom are taught.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are the heirs of a civilization established by the values of the mosques. Especially we have some mosques that mean more to us than just a temple. It is not just our worships, but also our history, literature, tradition and customs are also closely related to our mosques.
Today, our mosques are the strongest common ground that we have adopted together as a nation and Ummah. Our mosques have always been a common action point in our difficult times such as from the years of the Independence War to the 15th of July.
Our mosques are the expression of our common excitement and ideal.
Our mosques are the expression of peace and tranquility, and the symbol of justice and mercy, not only for the believers, but also for the whole humanity.
Allah the Almighty states in the verse I have recited at the beginning of my khutbah;
“The mosques of Allah shall be visited and maintained by such as believe in Allah and the Last Day, establish regular prayers, and practise regular charity, and fear none (at all) except Allah...”
This verse also imposes on us the responsibility to protect, live and survive the meaning represented by our mosques and values such as tawhid, servitude, freedom, brotherhood.
Therefore, to maintain the mosques is to keep the message they express for humanity alive. It is to bring them together with the joy of worship and the beautiful voice of recitation.
Maintenance of the temples is to declare the sound of the Almighty to all over the world right from their pulpits, the altars and the minbars. It is to build minds and revive the hearts with the mosque lessons where the Qur'an and Sunnah are taught.
We know that mosques without the worship and the congregation are “lone”. A Muslim society whose mosques remain lone also loses the joy of the life. No nation with lone temples can be joyful in heart.
The way not to leave the mosques lone and sad is to worship in them. It is to meet in the peace giving atmosphere of the Adhan al-Muhammad. For this reason, the fact that the doors of a mosque are closed to worship is the greatest agony that drives the hearts of the Muslims. The utilization of a mosque apart from its purpose is a clear injustice that hurts the pure consciences.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In this day when the world is surrounded by crises and depreciations, one of the most important duties for us, believers, is to open doors of hearts to the humanity from our temples.
It is to bring our mosques to life and humanity to compassion. It is to introduce the ethics to the whole world.
May our Lord, the Almighty Allah (swt) succeed those who pursue this lofty purpose.
May He deem their efforts accepted, and the hardships on them easy.
Our national poet gave such a verse a place in the National Anthem that whenever we recite it, we say 'amin' and once again come understand the value of our mosques, and the value of our minarets and adhans:
O Lord, the sole wish of my heart is that,
No infidel's hand should touch the bosom of my temple.
These adhans, the shahadah of which is the base of the religion,
Shall sound loud over my eternal homeland.