Acting President of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) Dr. Ekrem Keleş visited the Syrian Hajj Organization headquarters in Mecca.
Keleş was greeted by Syrian Hajj Organization Chairman Samir Bayraktar and Syrian Religious Affairs Council President Muti El Batin. Keleş also met with the Syrian Hadjis who had assembled at the headquarters and chatted with them.
Keleş congratulated the Syrian Hadjis for completing their Hajj mission and the Eid al-Adhaand addressed the Syrian Hadjis by saying;
“Our jubilation of celebrating Eid is mixed with grief over the incidents experience in the Islamic geography…”
We are on the one side feeling joy and jubilation for celebrating these holy days in the holy lands and yet we are also struck by grief. We are happy because Allah has allowed us to fulfill our Hajj mission on these blessed lands where the Quran was revealed and our Prophet lived. We also celebrated Eid al-Asha. May Allah bless our Hajj mission. On the other hand we are sad. The tears and blood are continuing to flow in the Islamic geography. Our joy is muted. Some of our Muslims brothers are shedding the blood of other Muslim brothers and sisters and are creating divisions among Muslims. Thus we have to experience grief and sadness during these holy days.
“We are experiencing very tragic events that sadden us during the days of Eid al-Adha…”
We are experiencing very tragic events that sadden us during the days of Eid al-Adha. The events in Syria and Arakan are making life a misery for all of us. They take away all our feelings of joy and jubilation. The moral satisfaction we draw from Hajj is wiped away. Unfortunately we are experiencing tortures, deaths and hunger in Syria. Security, safety and stability has evaporated. You have been forced to migrate to other countries. Turkey is one of the leading countries that received its Syrian brothers and sisters. The people of Turkey have opened their doors to you and will continue to do so because we want to be your source of sanctity.
“The Quran and the Sunnah are our greatest source that boosts our hopes…”
Allah commands in the Quran “every difficulty is coupled with a remedy.” The darkness of the night does not go on forever. The darkest point at night is when day break is approaching. There is no need to fall into hopelessness. Allah declares “do not be sad, do not let yourselves down, you are the most supreme.” This Quranic verse gives us a target. We should always be supreme. We should embrace all reasons. Hopelessness brings downfall. We have Islam, the Quran, the Sunnah (teachings of the Prophet), our deep rooted civilization and our historical values and gains. These are the sources of our hopes. It is now time to return to the Quran and the Sunnah. It is time to turn bake to the main path that is distant to divisions and factionalism.
This year 15 thousand Syrian who migrated to various countries came to Hajj.