Sunday, November 15, 2020
The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş has received the Grand Mufti of Bulgaria Dr. Mustafa Hacı Aliş as a guest.
The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş has received the Grand Mufti of Bulgaria Dr. Mustafa Hacı Aliş and the delegation which has accompanied him as guests in his office.
Expressing his satisfaction which he enjoyed from the visit, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş has expressed his thanks to the Grand Mufti of Bulgaria Dr. Mustafa Hacı Aliş and the delegation for their visit.
The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Erbaş has put into words that Grand Mufti’s Office of Bulgaria has significant responsibilities in terms of bringing the Muslims, who continue their lives in Bulgaria, together with the authentic knowledge.
Expressing that they have been continuing their works that they have been carrying out in the scope of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş talked as “Our prayer is that this epidemic shall move away from all of the humanity as soon as possible and we shall continue our old work as intensively again as it was before. In this period, we have been making efforts for our nation and our country, together with nearly 150 thousand of our hodjas with the intent of helping our state. We have been endeavoring to create awareness with our sermons, khutbahs, guidance activities, dialogues, conferences and symposiums.”
Pointing out that Bulgaria is the country which hosts majority of the Turkish and Muslim population in the Balkans, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş talked as “Bulgarian Turks and the Muslim society are really very precious and very important for us. I especially urge you to send my greetings to all my brothers and sisters who continue their life in Bulgaria.”
“Islam, which is the religion of peace, is tried to be associated with terrorism and extremism”
Drawing the attention to the Islamophobic events which have recently taken place in Europe, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş continued his words as follows:
“We have been going through such difficult times. Especially in Europe, they have engaged in several behaviors which have continuously been offending the Muslims such as attacking our most sacred values, even our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) by publishing such indecent caricatures. Islam, which is the religion of peace, is tried to be associated with terrorism and extremism. Unfortunately, the Islamic world cannot show unity and solidarity in the face of these attacks. We all have seen the exemplary developments about al-Masjid al-Aqsa and Jerusalem which was our first qibla.”
Indicating the fact that religious leaders have great responsibilities in terms of eliminating the false perception of religion, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş made evaluations as ”We have been witnessing that such false perceptions of the religion give birth to deviant ideologies by the way of exploiting the most fundamental values of Islam and that they are used by terrorist organizations. Here, FETO, DAESH-ISIS, Al Qaeda and Boko Haram are the most important examples of these terrorist organizations.”
Expressing that Balkans were the target and the field of interest for these terrorist organizations, and they had seen the example of this situation in the attack which had been carried out in Vienna, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş pointed out that wherever they were in the world, it was necessary to express on every occasion that these movements, which were not compatible with the true understanding of Islam, were harmful.
Grand Mufti of Bulgaria Dr. Mustafa Hacı Aliş expressed his gratitude to the President Erbaş for his being received. The Grand Mufti said that they took Turkey as an example in the process of dealing with the coronavirus (Covid-19) as in every subject.
During the reception, the Vice Presidents of Presidency of Religious Affairs Osman Tıraşçı and Dr. Selim Argun, the Chairman of High Board of Religious Affairs Abdurrahman Haçkalı, and the General Director of Foreign Relations Erdal Atalay were also present.