Thursday, November 10, 2022
President Erdoğan met with the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş and district muftis who came for the 4TH Congress of District Muftis to Ankara and said, “I value Qur’an courses for ages 4-6”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with the President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş and district muftis who came for the 4th Congress of District Muftis to Ankara.
President Erdoğan delivered a speech at the Beştepe Exhibition Hall within the Presidential Complex and wished the congress be auspicious and said the results to be accumulated through the assessments, experience-sharing and workshops here, will guide religious services and guidance activities.
President Erdoğan wished success to the muftis who work with love in all over the Türkiye and said, “May Almighty Allah (swt) not waste your efforts and bless your works. On this occasion, I commemorate with mercy muftis who devoted their lives to learning, teaching and living properly the true religion Islam. May Almighty Allah (swt) bless those beautiful people and honor them with jannah and jamal. May Almighty Allah (swt) not deviate us from the light of the Holy Qur’an and our guide, our lover, our leader Prophet Muhammad (saw)’s blessed path.”
“You are carrying out a difficult but honorable mission”
President Erdoğan reminded that our ancestors were calling scholars performing religious services in mosques as 'hademe-i hayrat' which means 'those who serve the good'.
President Erdoğan emphasized that hademe-i hayrat means people who dedicate their lives to religious services for only Allah (swt)’s reward and consent and said the following:
“Under the roof of our Religious Affairs organization, we see our brothers in different stages as eligible people who serves for good. I know that all the muftis here approaches their mission with the consciousness of being a hademe-i hayrat. Our scholars play essential roles not only in mosques’ rostrums, minbars or mihrabs, but also in every phase of our lives. From the time we open our eyes to the time we give our last breath, together with our families, there are scholars, men of religion with us. Therefore the value of your profession can’t be measured by position, place, money or fame. You are responsible for keeping alive our 14 centuries old true tradition and conveying it to new generations and ensuring that our nation walks on Sirat al-Mustaqim (the straight path) You have the greatest responsibility for guiding and informing the youth, for meeting their needs for education and prayer. Being hademe-i hayrat and bearing the name of heir of the Prophet (saw) thoroughly cannot be done by everyone. Especially today, we know very well the difficulties of this. You are carrying out difficult but honorable mission.
“Humanity is losing ground and altitude spiritually”
President Erdoğan expressed that in this modern age where materialism captured all humanity, the responsibility of all men of science, especially scholars.
President Erdoğan reminded that the purpose of the orders of religion is to bring people into the light, peace and welfare from the ignorance, subversion and evil and said, “People have found peace in the light of Holy Qur’an, have calmed the storm inside them with Islam and have lived an exemplary life in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (saw) for 14 centuries. It is the salvation getaway that crashes the pitch-black darkness that bury girls alive and turned them into a century of bliss which sets example to humanity. Those who escaped from the ignorance by passing the salvation getaway not only become good people, but also become the pole stars of humanity.”
President Erdoğan stated that this difficult process our world is going through shows the importance of principles such as trust, justice compassion, merit and responsibility of Islam.
President Erdoğan attracted attention to in spite of all the opportunities in the financial area, humanity is losing more ground and altitude spiritually and emphasized materialist ideologies couldn’t solve the people’s problems and even drags them into disasters of moral, psychological and social aspects.
President Erdoğan said that we witness the signs of this situation in many areas and some Western countries that are in the first place in terms of financial well-being, are one of the places where use of drug and alcohol, violence against women and suicide cases are most common and continued as following:
“Even some countries have chosen to free drug use just because they couldn’t figure out the drug issue. The situation is the same for the alcoholic drinks which are the mother of all evils. The worst records of these countries are violence against women and crimes against children. Also in these countries, the institution of the family which carries humanity loses its meaning and society becomes a toy for a few marginal people. Perversion, immorality and distorted relationships are purposefully promoted while the legitimacy-based relationships between men and women is despised.
“Our goal is to protect the family institution”
President Erdogan expressed that all the qualities and values that distinguish human beings from other beings, are trying to be destroyed with the support of global centers and said the following:
“The harm caused by the materialist mentality in society can be seen in the wide range of scandals that push our limits of amazement every day. Even though the mankurts among us do not accept it, the truth is obvious. Allah (swt) forbid, if we don’t take action now and take measures, it is highly likely that our problems will get worse in the future. I consider the Constitutional amendment proposal, which we will submit to the discretion of our Assembly in the upcoming days, will be a significant step in this direction. With this proposal, our goal is to protect the family institution, which is increasingly threatened by out-of-control movements, while providing constitutional guarantees for the headscarf.”
President Erdoğan expressed that, regarding the family institution, it falls upon great work to more than 140 thousand members of the Presidency of Religious Affairs and said that the family issue should be addressed not only from the altar in the mosque, but also from the pulpit every Friday.
President Erdoğan emphasized that the call of religious officials will be most essential guidance tool especially for the strengthening of the family institution and continued as following:
“Strong family means strong nation. Our nation will grow stronger as soon as we establish strong families. But these perverted relations, which I heard today, for example, in Mexico, this perverted process has been legally grounded, there are individuals who carry out this work in our country, but we will resolutely oppose these attempts until the very end and we will not allow anyone to subjugate Muslim community. Inshallah, with the strong support of all of our deputies in the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye who are wise, moral, and forward-thinking, I am confident that we will succeed in achieving this aim.”
“No excuse can justify massacring innocent civilians”
President Erdoğan said that human being, who is referred as “the most honorable creature” because he has a sense of responsibility, has a responsibility towards all beings and continued:
“Starting with our close circle, we must strive for kindness, justice, mercy, compassion and love to prevail. We must act in accordance with our religion’s guidelines and the blessed advice of our Prophet Muhammad (saw), as in every other matter. "Make things easy for the people, and do not make it difficult for them, and make them calm (with glad tidings) and do not repulse (them).” The messenger of Allah commanded. We need to follow this advice strictly when explaining the beauty of Islam, its compatibility to human nature and it is the only way of salvation for human beings. We should constantly speak in terms of love, affection and compassion as an ummah which was sent to ease troubles rather than create them. Because in our tradition, the result irregularity is achieving nothing. It is impossible to reach your goals if there is a problem with the procedure and the method no matter how well-intentioned the effort is. You cannot serve Islam or pursue the Islamic cause through non-Islamic, inhumane and immoral ways and methods. No excuse can justify massacring innocent civilians, school kids, people praying at a mosque,” President Erdoğan said.
“Türkiye will continue to stand by the people of Somalia”
Condemning the terror attack in Mogadishu, President Erdoğan said: “The perpetrators of the terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of over 100 brothers and sisters of ours in Somalia the day before yesterday, have nothing to do with Islam, sharia or humanity in any way.”
Wishing Allah’s mercy upon the people who died in the attack, and extending his condolences to their families and the Somali people, President Erdoğan said: “Türkiye will continue to stand by Somalia during these most trying days.” and continued:
“I would like to underscore once again that all these organizations, whether they be named DAESH, Boko Haram or the FETO, are deviant and perverted structures which abuse our religion for their dirty ambitions. These despicable people, planted among us as Trojan horses by imperialists, are savages, who sold their souls to the devil and severed all their ties with humanity. Fighting against these herds of murderers, who drown the Islamic world in blood and tears, is the common responsibility not only of the security forces, but also of us all, particularly our scholars. We are a nation, who lost thousands of sons and daughters to the PKK terror, its brightest children to the FETO terrorist organization for a period, and hundreds of citizens to DAESH attacks. We cannot allow such tragedies, betrayals and treacherous acts to happen ever again,”
In addition to these, the pain of our youth who are suffering from alcohol, gambling, prostitution and drugs is also our pain. Every one of our youth, whom we were unable to protect, assist, stand by and convey the salvation messages of Islam is our responsibility. At this point, I would like to express that I appreciate the Presidency of Religious Affairs for expanding religious services with educational, social and cultural content. Our Presidency provides services outside the mosques for the youth, the disabled, refugees, victims of violence, drug addicts and many more.”
“I value Qur’an courses for ages 4-6”
President Erdoğan expressed how valuable the Qur’an courses for ages 4-6 are in regard of introducing children to the Islamic faith and morality at an early age and said, “Even though those people who are impertinence and presumptuous humiliate them by saying ‘Medieval mentality’, our nation dote upon these courses, you should know it that way. We will not listen these impertinent people, on the contrary we will raise these 4-6 year old children in the best possible way.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that Religious Affairs organization has been targeted more regularly lately as a result of the right work being done.
President Erdoğan continued as follows:
“As long as you do your job properly to the nation as being hademe-i hayrat, those whose purpose of existence is to be hostile to the faith, morality, Adhan of the nation will undoubtedly feel uncomfortable. You should not be discouraged from your actions by the criticisms of a handful of ignorant people who look for an opportunity to vomit their grudge and hostility. I expect from every one of you to continue to speak and tell the truth by ignoring the condemnation of the condemner.”
“We are in an endeavor to do great activities in numerous areas”
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş thanked to the President Erdoğan for his attendance and said they held the 4th Congress of District Muftis with the participation of 922 district muftis and the directors of Directorate of Religious Affairs.
President Erbaş stated that they will hold comprehensive negotiations around the title of “Future Perspective, Services, Goals and Strategies” during the Congress and expressed as the Presidency of Religious Affairs, under the patronage and support of President Erdoğan, in Türkiye and wherever Muslim countries and communities live, from education to construction, religious services to guidance activities.
President Erbaş said, “We are in an endeavor to do great activities in numerous areas, from humanitarian assistance to spiritual guidance.”
“We will search for the ways to strengthen our services”
President Erbaş stated that in the 4th Congress of District Muftis they will review their activities and search for the ways to make their works and services stronger and more comprehensive and expressed they will evaluate separately all the service areas especially youth, family, Qur’an courses, broadcasting and mosque services.
President Erbaş stated that they will make services plans by consulting subjects such as, ‘Personnel Competencies and Educational Policies', 'Development of Public Communication Strategies of the Presidency', 'Future Vision in Personnel Policy', 'Use of Digital Broadcasting and Social Media in the Service Areas of the Presidency', 'Religious Services for Special Groups of the Society' 'Zakat Services of the Presidency', 'Sacrifice Services of the Presidency', 'Efficiency and Activeness in Youth Activities', 'Collaboration with Non-Governmental Organizations and District Mufti', 'Mosque Planning', Use and Management Processes', ‘'Coordination of Center-Provincial-Overseas Services', ‘Unity of Discourse and Method in the Face of Contemporary Religious Movements’ in the workshops they will hold.
President Erbaş pointed that they will also hold consultations on topics such as 'Sincerity, Love, Excitement in Religious Services', 'Educational Policies of the Presidency of Religious Affairs and Religious Academy', 'Protection of Individual and Family in Studies on Domestic Problems', 'The Future of Religious Services in the Light of New Developments in the World', 'Quran Centered Guidance Strategies' in the open lecterns of the program and wished the meeting to be auspicious.
After the speeches, President of Religious Affairs Erbaş presented the work “Mesahif-i Kadime” which examines the first mushafs that have survived to the present day and was prepared by Presidency of Religious Affairs.
In the program, Diyarbakır Çüngüş Mufti, Melik Akdoğmuş who is the youngest district mufti and Tekirdağ Ergene Mufti, Ali Osman Bayrak who is the oldest district mufti also delivered speeches.
Program is attended by the Vice President Fuat Oktay and senior executives of Presidency of Religious Affairs.