Friday, November 13, 2020
In the conference which he delivered a speech in front of the students of UIP (The International Theology Program), the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş used expressions as “Besides of the situation of academic success, we consider the recognition of their own culture, customs and traditions of our students as an achievement in itself while they are spending significant period of time in our country.”
The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş delivered a conference to the students who have recently enrolled in to the International Theology Program (UIP) in the academic year of 2020-2021.
Giving a speech to the students in the program which was carried out with video conference system, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş pointed out the fact that the young people who were faithful and had good morals were needed at the present time in order to spread the beauty and goodness everywhere in the world.
Delivering his wishes for the students to be successful in the International Theology Program (UIP) which they have recently enrolled in, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş talked as “Educating people is a long-term investment; it takes a great deal of efforts. The result which shall be obtained in the face of this inconvenience shall also be just as satisfying. With this program, we also desired to leave such beautiful traces and impressions on the future of all the humanity.”
Sharing information about the history and the services of the Presidency of Religious Affairs, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş used expressions as “By taking the opportunities which had been changing and developing in our country and the conditions which had been changing in the world into consideration, the International Theology Program was first launched in 2006 by our Presidency of Religious Affairs. In this program, it was intended that our young people who were born and raised in the European countries and who were provided education in the education systems of these countries but who had recognition of their own culture and language were to be employed after they had the education of theology in the scope of the foreign services of our Presidency of Religious Affairs. Aforementioned Program has become an important international student program which has 518 active students and 823 graduated students.”
“We consider the recognition of their own culture, customs and traditions of our students as an achievement in itself”
Pointing out the goals which they desired to reach, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş used expressions as “Foremost among these, it is one of the most important goals of ours to make contributions to the religious and cultural life of our people who continue to live their life in foreign countries in terms of knowledge and academic perspective, and to make contributions to their cultural life through people like you as it has been until now.”
Expressing that in addition to the fact that International the Theology Program (UIP) was an activity of education; services such as language, culture, history, arts, education and humanitarian constitute different dimensions of the program, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş talked as “In addition to your, our dear students’ situation of academic success, we consider your recognition of own culture, customs, and traditions as an achievement in itself while you are spending an important period of time in our country. In this sense, we have been taking as objective to protect religious and national sensitivities of our people who have been living abroad with the contributions which you shall made in terms of religious services.”
The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş pointed out that the International Theology Program (UIP) was presented to the reality in cooperation with the Presidency of Religious Affairs, Turkiye Diyanet Foundation and the faculties of theology.
“You are expected to form a correct perception of Islam”
Putting into words that while the Islamic world were struggling with its own internal problems, the Western societies were already making an effort to create an artificial perception of enmity under the name of Islamophobia, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş talked as “It is one your responsibilities to remove that fear which has taken over the Europe and which is called Islamophobia. You have great duties in terms of forming a correct perception of Islam regarding Islamophobia and anti-Islamic racism, translating the accumulation of knowledge in Turkey into the Western languages, providing authentic religious services to the Muslims who have been struggling for their existence between the dominant Western culture and their own culture. Moreover, the responsibility of expressing the message of mercy which Islam has brought to the whole universe shall be on your shoulders.”
“We are required to express the mistake of associating Islam with the terrorist organizations in every occasion"
Emphasizing that the European Muslims were under a severe pressure of assimilation, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş continued his words as follows:
“The European Muslims have been worried with regard to the secularization of Islam because of the emergent discourses such as ‘European Islam’ which they have been making efforts to create and have recently become almost a state policy. On the other hand, the Muslims have been challenging individually and collectively against the negative perceptions which are created by the understanding which continues its existence with such false and incomplete religious interpretations and puts extremism in the center as besides the terrorist incidents which have been taking place in different geographies in the world. As a consequence, they also bring about terrorist organizations in the various parts of the world such as DAESH/ISIS, FETO, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram which have been maintaining their existence by exploiting religious feelings of the people all around the world. Each of us shall keep our eye open against these terrorist organizations. We shall put forward by experiencing Islam and expressing it to the other people in the line with Qur’an and Sunnah. Our students of the faculties of theology should be extremely careful against threats of these dangerous movements as a specialized individuals. We are required to express the mistake of associating Islam with the terrorist organizations in every occasion. We believe that as long as the basic reference of our Muslim youth is the Qur'an and Sunnah, there shall be no place in their minds for these kind of thoughts which damage understanding of Islam and that poison our young people.”
“You shall put your signature under important services with the accumulation which you shall obtain from the civilization of Islam”
Pointing out the fact that students of the International Theology Program (UIP) had the responsibility of learning and disseminating the message of mercy, luminous way, knowledge and wisdom dimensions of Islam to the whole world, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş talked as “It is extremely important that you shall discipline yourselves in a way that is equipped with knowledge and wisdom in order to change the world where people are continuously subjected to discrimination because of the fact that they have different religion, language, race and social class. Therefore, you should primarily read the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). There are the most beautiful examples of being beneficial to people, knowledge and good morals in 1400-year old Islam civilization which was established by being inspired from the most basic sources of Islam, Qur’an and the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). Insha Allah, you shall put your signature under important services with the accumulation which you shall obtain from the civilization of Islam as well.”
Indicating that it was important that the students had a solid faith as a Muslim, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş used expressions as “If our faith become stronger, our works, activities, and events shall also be more effective. Those people who do not have faith have no future. You should establish your faith on authentic knowledge. You should accept the expression of “Read!” which is the first commandment of the Qur’an as your principle, and you should make a great effort to convey the beauty of Islam with knowledge, wisdom and understanding to the hearts of people who live in our century.”
“The young Muslims have been the greatest supporters of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw)”
Expressing that the dreams, works and efforts of the young people were extremely important for the construction of a better life and a better world, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş talked as “As a matter of fact, the young Muslims were the greatest supporters of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) when he built the most beautiful period of the world from a society which was experiencing days of ignorance in Mecca. You are all aware of the fact that the majority of those people who believed and supported our beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (saw) were the young Muslims. They believed our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) and worked for Islam, and they executed a great challenge against the polytheists.”
“You are supposed to build your world on truths, not on individuals.”
Recommending that the students should closely follow developments which took place throughout the world, especially in the Islamic world, and they should broaden their horizons, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş used expressions as “You should not allow the Western world or other foreign power groups determine your objective. You are supposed to determine your objective on the axis of the Qur’an and Sunnah. You are supposed to look at the world from the general perspective of Islam. You are supposed to build your world on truths, not on individuals. You are supposed to make an effort to build your own future on our values of civilization. You are supposed to make efforts to transform every result which you have obtained in this way into the benefit of people.”
The program was also attended by the Vice President of Religious Affairs Dr. Selim Argun and the General Director of Foreign Relations Erdal Atalay.