The opening ceremony for the Mawlid al-Nabi Week 2021 was held in Istanbul

The opening ceremony for the Mawlid al-Nabi Week 2021 was held in Istanbul

Monday, October 18, 2021

The opening ceremony for the Mawlid al-Nabi Week 2021 that is organized by the Presidency of Religious Affairs on the occasion of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (saw) was held in Istanbul with the participation of Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şentop, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey; and Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

2021 Yılı Mevlid-i Nebi Haftası’nın açılış programı İstanbul’da yapıldı

The opening ceremony for the Mawlid al-Nabi Week 2021 that is organized by the Presidency of Religious Affairs on the occasion of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (saw) was held in Istanbul with the participation of Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şentop, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, and Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs.

The Presidency of Religious Affairs celebrates the week that includes the Mawlid Kandil as the Mawlid al-Nabi Week every year. This year the theme of the Mawlid al-Nabi Week, which is celebrated within the framework of a different theme every year, was determined as “Our Prophet and Society of Faithfulness”.

Speaking at the opening ceremony that began with Qur’an tilawat performed by Ramazan Pakdil, the Sheikh al-Qurra, at Conference Hall of Büyük Çamlıca Mosque, Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs, said, “My gratitude to the Almighty Allah (swt) for bringing us to another anniversary of this exceptional birth that illuminates the earth like a luminous lamp. May Allah (swt) let the Lailat al-Mawlid that is going to be contemplated by us in the night connecting Sunday to Monday be auspicious.”

Expressing that this year the subject “Our Prophet and Society of Faithfulness” is going to be addressed at the Mawlid al-Nabi Week, Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs, said, “We are going to remember and contemplate again the subject of faithfulness, which is almost forgotten in this century, with the examples from the life of Prophet Muhammad (saw).”

President Erbaş said that they are going to talk about the moral values ​​that stand out in the personality of the Prophet Muhammad (saw), especially faithfulness to covenant and loyalty, by means of the activities, symposiums, and other programs to be held throughout the week.

Stating that the love for the Prophet Muhammad (saw) is an inseparable part of the belief of Muslims, Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs, said “The Almighty Allah (swt) informed us that the way to attain His love, a person should love Prophet Muhammad (saw) and devote his heart to his path. That’s why we, as a nation, love the Messenger of Allah (saw) more than anything else and respect him more than anyone else. Since the day it was honored with Islam, Prophet Muhammad (saw), who is an example of good morals, has always had a special place in the heart of our beloved nation. When the name of the blessed Prophet Muhammad (saw) is uttered, the feeling of compassion arises in our hearts. Our hearts beat with attachment to him.”

“Following his example is our strongest desire”

Emphasizing that he is the guide of life for Muslims, Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs, said, “We perform our servitude and worship to Allah (swt) according to his guidance and example. We continue our word and dua, which we start with praise to Allah (swt), with salat and salam to him. The deep affection we have for him manifests itself clearly in our culture, art, and literature. His prophetic light reflects on every aspect of our lives, from our individual lives to our human relations, from our homes to our places of worship. Following his example is our strongest desire. Practicing his sunnah is our greatest ideal.”

“The love of Allah (swt) and Prophet Muhammad (saw) runs in the blood of this dear nation”

Saying, “To love and respect the Honorable Prophet Muhammad (saw) are our most apparent characteristics as a nation,” Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs, continued his words as follows:

“The adhan al-Muhammadi, which has been echoing in the skies of our country for centuries, is the symbol of our loyalty to him. These adhans whose testimonies are the foundations of our religion are the sacred trust of our history and the registered sign of our freedom.”

“Faithfulness is the most basic humanitarian value that holds societies together”

Pointing out that humans’ having a system of values ​​is the characteristic that makes them superior in the world of creatures, Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs, used the following expressions:

“One of the most important ones of these values is “faithfulness”. Faithfulness, first of all, means to be in dependence, loyalty and obedience to the Almighty Allah (swt) sincerely. Faithfulness is a trait that integrates with iman and good morals. Faithfulness is to be on the right path as a requirement of iman. Faithfulness is to give his due to every right holder. It is to value the blessings by praising. Humans have a duty of faithfulness towards the Almighty Allah (swt), their hearts, their families, their environment, their values, and the world of creatures. Faithfulness is the most basic humanitarian value that holds societies together. If there is not faithfulness in a society, the confidence between its members is lost. Human relations are damaged, the spirit of solidarity and cooperation fades away, and as a result, social peace disappears. A person who loses his values ​​loses his way. A society that loses its values ​​cannot continue its existence.”

“The top example of faithfulness is the faithfulness that was demonstrated by Prophet Muhammad (saw)”

Reminding that the top example of faithfulness is the faithfulness that was demonstrated by Prophet Muhammad (saw), who said, “I was sent to perfect good character,” and was sent as a mercy to the worlds, Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs, expressed the following, “Prophet Muhammad (saw) is the top example of faithfulness with his loyalty towards the religion of Allah (swt). He is the most beautiful example of faithfulness with his commitment to his family. He is the highest example of faithfulness with the compassion he showed towards beings. He is the top example of faithfulness towards the environment with his declaration, ‘If the Final Hour comes while you have a shoot of a plant in your hands and it is possible to plant it before the Hour comes, you should plant it.’ He is the most magnificent example of faithfulness to blessings with his command, ‘Even if you perform ablution beside a flowing river, do not waste water.’”

“We attach special importance to our services for our children and young people”

Every member of our Presidency of Religious Affairs strives to introduce and keep the values of belief, nation, and civilization alive as a duty of faithfulness, Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs, used the following expressions, “In this context, we attach special importance to our services, especially for our children and young people. Each hodja within the body of our Presidency is going to continue to serve in the journey of being the servants of benevolence and in the mobilization of service to humans and humanity. Every member of our Presidency of Religious Affairs has adopted these services as a duty of faithfulness towards primarily the Almighty Allah (swt) and then Prophet Muhammad (saw), whose supreme morality is what we strive to understand again on the occasion of the Mawlid al-Nabi Week.”

Expressing that they are going to carry out various programs for the Mawlid al-Nabi Week, Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, the President of Religious Affairs, continued his words as follows:

“By complying with the measures for the coronavirus pandemic, our programs are going to continue at many places primarily at our mosques and Qur’an courses. We attach high importance to organizing activities, especially in our schools on the occasion of this week. Under the guidance of our teachers, our young people and children in our schools are going to gain a great acquisition in terms of better explaining and understanding Prophet Muhammad (saw).  On Sunday evening, October 17, we are going to be on the Mawlid al-Sharif Program, which is going to be broadcast live on our Diyanet TV and TRT1 channel, from Nasrullah Mosque of our Kastamonu province, which was exposed to a major flood disaster this year. We are going to carry out activities through local and national televisions, radio channels, social media tools, and other digital platforms.  We are going to organize the International Mawlid al-Nabi Symposium through digital platforms on October 29-30-31, 2021.”

Being among the attendees of the program, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şentop, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, mentioned the importance of the Night of Mawlid and said, “May the Almighty Allah (swt) let the Night of Mawlid, which we are going to contemplate on Sunday night, be a blessing for our country, our nation and the entire Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (saw), and may it open the door to a spiritual awakening and a new resurrection.”

Binali Yıldırım, the Former Speaker of GNAT; Prof. Dr. Abdurrahman Haçkalı, the Chairperson of the High Board of Religious Affairs; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Selim Argun, Prof. Dr. Huriye Martı and Dr. Burhan İşliyen, the Vice Presidents of Religious Affairs; and the senior directors of the Presidency and a great number of guests attended the program.