Friday, December 31, 2021
Diyanet TV hosted a promotional event for the documentary “Demir Hafız Mehmet Akif Ersoy.” President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Şentop and President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş attended the promotion of the documentary
President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and President of Religious Affairs, Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş, also attended the promotion of Diyanet TV's documentary “Demir Hafız Mehmet Akif Ersoy” which tells about the life of Mehmet Akif Ersoy.
Giving a speech at the promotion night held in TDV Conference Hall, President of Religious Affairs Erbaş said “There are very important personalities who leave a deep mark in the soul and memory of the nations and are always remembered well. Undoubtedly, Mehmet Akif Ersoy is an unforgettable value who has become a symbol with the noble concepts such as religion, faith, homeland, flag, and independence besides being a poet who gave soul to the Independence March with his pen.
"His astute stand against injustice and cruelty is an expression of his commitment to his homeland, nation, faith, flag, and all his beliefs," President Erbaş said, pointing out that Mehmet Akif Ersoy has the nobleness, courage, and tenacity of a true believer. His spiritual personality is embodied in the Generation of Asım that is an ideal of generation who will undertake the responsibility of building the future of our valuable nation.
Indicating that even if Mehmet Akif Ersoy came into prominence with being a poet, he was actually a versatile scientist, intellectual, man of action and man with a cause, President Erbaş made evaluations as “Mehmet Akif Ersoy, who took unity, solidarity and integrity of all Muslim as a duty, was also a thinker with a broad horizon, who believed that ideal goals would realize and who brought together the values he believed and the life.
“He was a decisive and astute inviter of Islam”
Remarking that Mehmet Akif, first of all, was a decisive and astute inviter of Islam, President Erbaş used the following expressions “We can even say that this was his most important feature. According to Akif, as a wise intellectual and man of action, salvation of mankind will come true with banding together of faith and life, and knowledge and morals. He believed that faith that was not reflected in attitudes and behaviors and knowledge that was not converted into good morals would not bring tranquility to life.
Emphasizing that in his resurrection struggle, the most remarkable aspect of Akif is his endeavor to deliver the universal message of Holy Qur’an to the people with his words and pen, President Erbaş talked as below:
“It is possible to see his endeavor in all of his works and speeches. In fact, he is a very powerful poet of Qur’an in its fullest sense. The most important factor in formation of personality of Mehmet Akif is undoubtedly Holy Qur’an. Starting to memorize the Holy Qur’an just at the age of eight, Akif was occupied with our holy Book until the end of his life. Akif, whose memory is as powerful as his pen, memorized the Qur'an in a short period and he was described as “Iron Hafız” because of his memorizing strength. Mehmet Akif not only memorized the text of Qur’an but also he set forth the Qur’an as an example in the matters of understanding, living and making it dominant over life, which he considered as a book of guidance for life and civilization.
In this respect, he expressed his disturbance due to the fact that Muslims regarded Qur’an just as a worship, du’a and invocation book as follows:
We do not draw a lesson even if we read it by heart!
Do not we seek for a purpose in these verses?
The words of Qur’an are precise, and easy to understand
But no one does not take notice of its meaning;
We either open the word of Allah and look its page
Or we say prayer before the grave of a dead
Duly know that Qur’an did not sent down
Neither for being recited in a grave nor for telling fortunes!
“According to Mehmet Akif, Qur’an is not for the dead, it is for the livings”
Emphasizing that according to Mehmet Akif Ersoy, Holy Qur’an is not a book sent down for the dead, it is sent down for the living and for resurrecting, President Erbaş said, “Today humankind who seeks for the truth and tranquility is in the need of message of Qur’an exceeding the centuries and its moral principles that gives life such as compassion, generosity, fidelity and modesty. Since Qur’an, which turns into a life lived taking our Beloved Prophet (saw) as an example, is the only guide that will save the humanity from depression, trouble and crisis of the modern times. We should approach Qur’an in this awareness; we should take inspiration from it; we should be in endeavor to build a peaceful life and future under the guidance of it.”
“Everyone benefits from Holy Qur’an as much as his service to the Qur’an”
Expressing that everyone benefits from Holy Qur’an as much as his service to the Qur’an, President Erbaş talked as “Namely, the more value we give Qur’an, the more our value will increase before Allah (swt). In this context, I gladly state that we are a nation that regards its Book as valuable than everything. Qur’an has an exceptional place deep down in our hearts. Holy Qur’an has always been the most essential reference of our culture, art, education, trade, human relations, namely our entire civilization throughout the history. Our commitment to our Holy Book kept us on our feet and gave our determination to struggle, resist and work against difficulties.”
President Erbaş said that Mehmet Akif always expressed the noble values of Qur’an in his poems, writings, preaches and called people to the true religion and truth under the guidance of Qur’an throughout his life.
Stating that Mehmet Akif Ersoy adopted thinking and living like a Muslim as a principle by using Islam as a base, President Erbaş used following expressions “Akif is the symbol of rebuilding a nation’s personality with his thinking, emotion and action aspects.
Wishing at the end of his speech that “Demir-Hafız- Mehmeh Akif Ersoy” documentary conduced to goodness and useful results, President Erbaş thanked those who contributed.
Şentop: “It is a great occasion to memorialize, understand and tell Akif again and again”
Indicating that every stage of the Turkish history is meaningful and important, President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Şentop said, “There are such days and moments that they witness to the important incidents to affect our history and they leave an unforgettable mark in our national memory. 27th of December is one of these days. For this reason, today is a great occasion to memorialize, understand and tell Akif again and again.”
Expressing that they show Mehmet Akif’s aspects that is not well-known and brought forward less often referring to the documentary prepared by Diyanet Television, Şentop continued his words as follows:
“We are in a visual age. Words fly away. Insha Allah, this documentary will take its place in our documentaries world as a work that convey this side of our National Poet Mehmet Akif’s life to the next generations. Mehmet Akif Ersoy lived by staying loyal to the moral and sentimental values he had until his last breath. I express my gratitude to our President of Religious Affairs and Diyanet Television for this valuable work that they prepared in order to tell deceased Mehmet Akif who had unprecedented contribution in building of our national identity.
President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Şentop, Chief Public Auditor Şeref Malkoç, top directors of Presidency of Religious Affairs and many guests attended the program.