Monday, April 5, 2021
Delivering a speech at the closing session of the ‘International Hajj Symposium’ which was organized with title ‘Hajj in the Context of Changing and Developing Conditions’, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş recorded that they got the chance to negotiate on several issues regarding both physical and moral aspect of the hajj in the Symposium
The “International Hajj Symposium” which was organized by the Presidency of Religious Affairs General Directorate of Hajj and Umrah Services with the title of “Hajj in the context of changing and developing conditions” ended with the closing session which was organized with the attendance of the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş.
Attending the Symposium through video conference system, the President of Religious Affairs Erbaş expressed that he was glad of the fact that the symposium was organized in a successful way and said “Here I thank deep in my heart to all those who contributed to such a comprehensive symposium where almost every issue regarding the hajj were negotiated with their papers, negotiations and opinions, all the attendees and my brothers and sisters who performed duty at every stage of the organization of the symposium.”
The President Erbaş stated that hajj was one of the five pillars of Islam and evaluated as “Hajj is a very important worship where several symbols are considered as Ayn Al-Yaqin and a deep spiritual experience is lived. Hajj is a worship with multiple aspects which leaves deep traces on the moral World of the believers, strengthens the brotherhood of the believers and hosts such a material and moral treasures within. Hajj is an exceptional worship which allows us to live the consciousness of faith, worship, history, humanity, brotherhood and culture.”
Recording that hajj also had international and universal features as well as its individual and social aspects, the President Erbaş talked as, “This great worship has always been in the agenda of the scholars with its several aspects such as its fikh aspect, its principles, provisions and variables through the history. Due to the sensitiveness of the subject, many scholars of Islam wrote self-contained works regarding the hajj according to the conditions of the era they lived in and contributed to solve several fikh issues regarding the hajj.”
“The Presidency of Religious Affairs aims so that the pilgrims shall perform this worship in peace and security”
Referring that they, the Presidency of Religious Affairs, considered a large organization and setup as an obligation for the performance of hajj worship, the President Erbaş recorded that they as Presidency of Religious Affairs aimed so that the pilgrims would perform this worship in peace and security.
Saying that they got the chance to negotiate on several issues regarding both physical and moral aspect of the hajj in the international symposium which they organized with title ‘Hajj in the Context of Changing and Developing Conditions’, the President Erbaş continued his words as follows:
“On the occasion of the Symposium, papers, presentations and negotiations were presented at several aspects regarding the worship of hajj with respect to its legislative process, fikh aspect, sociologic effect, cultural reflections, issues on health and educational methods in the context of changing conditions.
We tried to seek new approaches and solutions to the current problems related to the hajj organization in the light of the valuable acquis of the scholars with the contribution of the civilization legacy that has been created within this framework, especially Qur’an and sunnah al-saniyyah.
This symposium, this international activity of ours, allowed us to evaluate the hajj services and organizations comprehensively and to discuss comprehensively various current issues and other special situations especially the pandemic process.”
The President Erbaş stated that the symposium led to consultation at the point of solving the problems that Muslim countries faced in the organizations of hajj.
The President Erbaş thanked everyone who contributed to the symposium and continued his words as follows:
“The Symposium took applications of our brothers over three hundred in number who had knowledge, education and experience from Canada to Malaysia, from Indonesia to Somalia, from Pakistan to Sudan, from Azerbaijan to Iran, from Syria to Kazakhstan and from Kuwait to Afghanistan, in short, from seven continent, and 91 of whom with papers invited to the symposium as a result of the meticulous assessments of the Committee of Scientific Consultation and Organization. Here I wish to express that I give importance to the acquis that shall be created as a result of this symposium with such a large attendance and desire to see its reflections on the hajj services.”
The Symposium that was attended by attendees from our country and abroad and where 91 papers were presented continued for three days in the form of 20 sessions in two different halls after the opening program that was executed on April 1st, Thursday.
The Symposium that was held in Turkiye Diyanet Foundation Conference Hall and Ankara Rıfat Börekçi Educational Center Conference Hall was broadcasted via “hac.gov.tr/hacsempozyumu” and social media accounts of the General Directorate of Hajj and Umrah in Turkish, Arabian and English as live.