Tuesday, October 19, 2021
October 17, Sunday, is the anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s (saw), the messenger of mercy, honoring this world. May the Almighty Allah (swt) make the Mawlid al-Nabi, which we are going to contemplate with eternal love and unshakable devotion to him, which have taken root in our hearts for centuries, auspicious for the entire humanity.
Humanity, which lost its direction in the darkness of an era when the world was not yet enlightened by the light of Islam, found its direction with the Beloved Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) honoring this world. In an age when ignorance reigned and the weak people were oppressed, his guidance changed the course of life in favor of knowledge, justice, mercy, and benevolence and he built a strong civilization on solid ground in a short time with his messages based on revelation.
Prophet Muhammad (saw), whose ummah we are proud to be, guided humanity in benevolence and virtue and in knowing the truth and the right. His good morals and high personality are the most ideal examples for every person with good sense.
He is the prophet of compassion. He is the prophet of mercy. He is the prophet of faithfulness. His pure life is full of examples of faithfulness for humanity. He used to be known as “al-Amin” by all believers and non-believers thanks to his full faithfulness to his commitment and obedience to being honest about what is entrusted to him. The blessed Nabi, who demonstrated the most beautiful examples of faithfulness throughout his life, reflected faithfulness to his life as a moral behavior both in worshiping Allah (swt), gratitude for blessings, and all human relations.
His life, which was shaped by the unique principles of the Holy Qur’an, is the most reliable guide for those who want to rebuild themselves with moral values and follow the right path.
Today humanity, which is away from this guide, is going through one of the most difficult periods in its history. In an age when moral and legal values are postponed as far as possible, peace and trust are lost. Humanity, which feels the pressure of global problems, needs the values brought by Prophet Muhammad (saw) as the owner of an ageless breath that is going to carry its voice beyond generations.
To know where we are headed in such a time, to get to know the obstacles on our way, and to gain the strength and courage to overcome difficulties are going to be possible only with the unmatched guidance of the Holy Qur’an and the unique example of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). Undoubtedly, the universal messages of the Holy Qur’an, the values presented to humanity by Prophet Muhammad (saw), and his moral example full of wisdom are the only ways for humanity to attain salvation.
With these feelings and thoughts, I would like to congratulate the Mawlid Night of our nation and the Islamic world, especially of our brothers and sisters who are struggling with oppression and poverty in various parts of the world. May the Almighty Allah (swt) let the birth of Prophet Muhammad (saw) conduce to the climate of peace, tranquility, and brotherhood that humanity needs.
Prof. Dr. Ali ERBAŞ
President of Religious Affairs