“We are going to establish the Eid prayer at mosques”

“We are going to establish the Eid prayer at mosques”

Friday, May 14, 2021

Being the guest of TRT1 TV on the last sahur of the month of Ramadan, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş said, “Inshallah, we are going to establish the Eid prayer abiding by the measures that have been taken. I do advise my brothers to establish their Eid prayer abiding by the measures strictly and then go back to their homes.”

“Camilerde bayram namazımızı kılacağız”

“Camilerde bayram namazımızı kılacağız”

“Camilerde bayram namazımızı kılacağız”

“Camilerde bayram namazımızı kılacağız”

“Camilerde bayram namazımızı kılacağız”

“Camilerde bayram namazımızı kılacağız”

“Camilerde bayram namazımızı kılacağız”

“Camilerde bayram namazımızı kılacağız”


The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş was the guest of “Sahur Bereketi” (Abundance of Sahur) program that was live broadcast on TRT1 TV on the last sahur of the month of Ramadan.

In the program, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş made evaluations about the month of Ramadan and the current issues.

Expressing that believers have tried hard to gain the consent of the Almighty Allah during the month of Ramadan, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş said, “We have tried to seek for healing in this month of Ramadan with our fasting, prayers, tilawats, zakats and charity activities. May the Almighty Allah heal our material and spiritual sorrows, inshallah.”

Speaking about Israel’s attacks aiming Palestinians at Jerusalem (al-Quds), Gaza and the Masjid al-Aqsa, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş stated that this problem has brought today by growing like a snowball in front of the eyes of humanity for a long time.

“Problems have always continued throughout history. Jerusalem (al-Quds) was conquered by the Muslims in the period of Hazrat Umar in the year 637 and the Jews were at ease. When Jerusalem (al-Quds) was started to be managed by Hazrat Umar and Muslims, it became a home of peace. All fair historians say that Jerusalem (al-Quds) was a land of peace in the time of Muslims. With this just administration, Muslims lived in peace in Jerusalem (al-Quds) with people of different faiths, namely Jews, Christians and Muslims. In the period after that, Jerusalem (al-Quds) was conquered by Christians at certain times and great problems came to forth again in a period of 89 years, and then Jerusalem (al-Quds) was again under the rule of Muslims thanks to Salahuddin al-Ayyubi, again in this process, until 1948, Jerusalem (al-Quds) became Dar-es-Salaam in which people from different races, different beliefs and different sects had lived in peace for centuries.” said the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş by talking about the history of Jerusalem (al-Quds) and the Masjid al-Aqsa.

“The problems came to forth when the state of Israel was founded in Palestine”

Pointing out the fact that the problems came to forth again when the state of Israel was founded in that region in the year 1948, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş continued his words as follows,

“The problems came to forth when the state of Israel was founded in Palestine. The lands of Palestinian Muslims slowly began to be occupied. That process has come up to this day. At the point we have reached today, Palestinian Muslims who live near the Masjid al-Aqsa are being removed from their homes and Jews are settled there instead. This is done by the Israeli government. We have nothing to say to people of different religions who are just and conscientious. Therefore, the world should prevent this treatment. Indeed, today the Israelites, the Jews, know best what it means to be exiled and what it means to be driven out of their homes. Because they experienced it. One shouldn’t make someone else experience the problems and pains which he faced before. This is what happens in Palestine today”

“No human being can be happy with persecution”

Expressing that Muslims must be in unity and solidarity and this is what concerns the Presidency of Religious Affairs, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş made the following evaluation, “In recent days, there have been raids in the Masjid al-Aqsa although places of worship have immunity in Islam. Even in war, places of worship, the men of God, children and women may not be harmed. Moreover, our scholars have been so meticulous with the inspiration that they received from the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah that they say that one may not hurt or spoil the animals and the green of the region even during the war. This is one of the most important achievements of our civilization. However, now put the place of worship aside, people are being killed. Within a few days, we have seen nearly 40 martyrs among Palestinian Muslims. It is not a humanly act to do such cruelty on this holy day of the month of Ramadan. No human being can be happy with such persecution, such massacre. Everyone should be uncomfortable with this treatment.”

“Didn’t your sacred book command not to commit murder?”

Reminding the fact that one of the ten commandments in the Torah is ‘Do not commit murder.’, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş used the following expressions, “In Judaism and the Torah, the order not to commit murder is so clear that the statement of ‘Do not commit murder.’ is one of the 10 Commandments. Well, how do you commit murder and how do you shoot people who worship in the Masjid al-Aqsa? Didn’t your sacred book command not to commit murder? Why don’t you obey this order, or do you exclude those except Jews from the commandment of ‘Do not commit murder’? There is no such belief, beliefs are generally universal. When it is commanded ‘Do not commit murder’, this means that you are not going to murder any person.”

Reminding that all religions prohibit violence and persecution, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş noted that there is not going to be persecution in the world if people abide by the rules of their sacred books.

“Violence has no place in Islam”

Expressing that there are terrorist organizations that resort to violence in the name of Islam and that the Presidency of Religious Affairs struggle with them, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş said, “Today we see some groups of Muslims that are considered terrorist groups, terrorist organizations. There are groups that claim to live by Islam in the best way. We are struggling with them. Because we know that violence has no place in Islam. Muslim means a person of peace. The meaning of the word Islam is peace. If there is violence in a religion, it means that the mentioned religion has deviated from the truth, this also applies to Islam. How are we going to prevent such deviation? Of course, we are going to do it by strengthening our relationship with the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad. We are going to see this from the example of Prophet Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah.”

“We have negotiated the recent events in Masjid al-Aqsa and Jerusalem (al-Quds) with representatives of nearly 60 countries”

Stating that the Ministers of Religious Affairs, the Presidents of Religious Affairs and Chief Muftis of Islamic countries and communities gathered with the call of the Presidency of Religious Affairs and held an extraordinary meeting on ‘’Masjid al-Aqsa and al-Quds’’, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş expressed the following about the meeting,

“The transformation of Jerusalem (al-Quds) from being a land of fight and oppression into a land of peace again is based on the unity and solidarity of Muslims. Our disorganization gives Israel opportunity and courage. Therefore, we discussed these issues with nearly 75 participants from around 60 countries at our meeting today. As a result of our negotiation, we prepared a 12-item final declaration. We shared this final declaration with the public worldwide. This was one of the most important items we mentioned there. By showing the strength and courage of the Muslims in unity and solidarity, we have tried to announce the truth to the whole world that primarily the raids of Masjid al-Aqsa are great oppressions, that these eliminate peace environment, and that it is not going to be possible to achieve world peace and the peace in the Middle East as long as these continue.”

“You should protect lives, generations, minds, properties and religions of people”

Reminding the fact that Islam commands to protect lives, generations, minds, properties and religions of people under all circumstances, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş said, “It is compulsory to protect these. All the things that harm these are also forbidden by religion. Regardless of whatever belief the person has. If that person is a Jew, you should protect him and you shouldn’t allow and should prevent anything that may harm his belief. You should protect his life, generation and property. The Holy Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad have statements like these. Therefore, we need to explain this truth to all people without being tired and bored.”

“We have tried to be quick in the race for forgiveness in this month of Ramadan”

The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş stated the following when evaluating the month of Ramadan by using the expressions of,

“When we entered the month of Ramadan this year, we planned the way we are going to make use of this month according to the hadith of our Prophet, “The first ten days of the month of Ramadan are the days of mercy, the second ten days of the month of Ramadan are the days of forgiveness, and the last ten days of the month of Ramadan are days of salvation from eternal torment and the torment in Hell.” We have tried to benefit from his mercy in the first ten days of the month of Ramadan and from his forgiveness in the second ten days of the month of Ramadan. In the verse of the Holy Qur’an, the Almighty Allah states, “Be quick in the race for forgiveness”. Inspired by this verse, we have tried to be quick in the race for forgiveness in the second ten days of the month of Ramadan. We learn from the verse again that it is the Heaven that is rewarded at the end of this forgiveness.”

“Make not your own hands contribute to your destruction by quitting to spend of your substance in the cause of Allah”

Mentioning the importance of spending of our substance in the cause of the Almighty Allah, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş used the following expressions, “The following hadith takes place in the Holy Qur’an, ‘And spend of your substance in the cause of Allah and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; but do good; for Allah loveth those who do good.’ What I understand from this verse is that make not your own hands contribute to your destruction by quitting to spend of your substance in the cause of Allah. Spending of your substance in the cause of Allah is practiced with zakat, zakat al-fitr, sadaqah, collaboration and sharing. If you ignore to give zakat and share out of your substance, then wait for your destruction. Then, you are going to make not your own hands contribute to your destruction. Humanity is facing this danger now. Because one half of the world’s population is struggling with hunger while the other half of the world’s population is struggling with fullness. People die due to hunger in every three and a half to four seconds and again they die due to fullness in every three and a half to four seconds.”

“Please, let us not ignore to give our zakat properly”

Pointing out the fact that zakat removes the imbalance between the poor and the rich people, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş continued his words as follows, “I would like to address my brothers and sisters who are responsible for giving zakat. I have tried to remind you of it throughout the month of Ramadan on various occasions. Please, let us be careful to perform our duty of giving zakat as much as we do for establishing our prayers. Let us everyone calculate their amount of zakat and give it away. If there is someone who feels insecure about calculating the amount of zakat, he may resort to our mufti’s offices, our hodjas at faculties of theology. In order to facilitate our brothers and sisters’ calculation of zakat amount, the Presidency of Religious Affairs developed the software named ‘Zekatını Hesapla’ (Calculate your zakat). Everyone may use it via the websites of the Presidency of Religious Affairs and Turkiye Diyanet Foundation. When you click on the related part on our websites you are going to be directed to the calculation page and there you may calculate the zakat amount quickly.”

“We are going to establish the Eid prayer”

Expressing that the Eid prayer is going to be established at mosques, the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş concluded his words by saying, “I would like to express endless thanks to our community and hodjas. Mosques have been the places where the measures, which were taken for the coronavirus pandemic, have been implemented in the most beautiful way. Our community has acted very properly in terms of abiding by the measures. Inshallah, we are going to establish the Eid prayer abiding by the measures. I do advise my brothers to establish their Eid prayer abiding by the measures strictly and then go back to their homes without harming anyone.”