Gala of “MIGRAT’ing” documentary held in Ankara

Opening gala of “MIGRAT’ing” documentary prepared by the TRT Diyanet TV and portraying the stories of migrating women and children was held with the participation of the President of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez at Ankara’s Turkish Diyanet Foundation Conference Hall.

Distinguished guests as well as 7 year old Bana Alabed and her mother Fatıma Alabed participated at the premier of the “MIGRAT’ing” documentary about the lives of little girl Bana and her mother who had voiced the massacre experienced in the Aleppo city of Syria via the social media.

President of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) Görmez during his speech after the premier of the documentary mentioned the villains and oppressed people and trouble makers and those who provide comfort in the history of human kind.

“Aleppo is not our first or the last test…”

“Aleppo is not our first or the last test,” said President of Diyanet Görmez adding that there are other places which are not seen due to smoke rising from Aleppo but they are forgotten.

President of Religious Affairs Görmez went on to say the following:

There are villains, there are oppressed people. There are hell raisers, trouble makers and those who provide comfort. History, history of human kind and history of humanity witnessed all. Our existence is being tested.  Meaning of our lives, the goal of our existence is to pass this test. Aleppo is not our first or the last test. There are other places which are not seen due to smoke rising from Aleppo, we seem to forget other worlds behind this smoke. We forget Arakan, we fail to see Libya, we forget to think about Yemen.

“The real big danger is to fail to see oppression happening all around the world due to smoke that covers our hearts…”

Forced migrations are taking place in many parts of Africa. People are seeking a piece of land where they can live freely. We fail to see what is happening every day in the world due to the smoke rising from Aleppo. Real big danger is allowing this smoke to cover our hearts. The actual danger is to fail to see thee oppression taking place in the world due to this smoke.

“May Allah allow us to build a better world for all children of the world…”

During the last part of his speech President of Diyanet Görmez addressed all children of the world before Bana Alabed and said, “Hear it from Holy Prophet’s magnificent saying, ‘every child is born as Muslim’.  All the children of the world deserve all kinds of protection, guidance, love, mercy, right and law. Providing these is common duty of all humanity. May Allah allow us to build a better world for all children of the world and all the wickedness surrounding our region may come to an end as soon as possible, may Allah allow us to reconstruct Aleppo, Damascus, Baghdad and other lands for a better world.”

“Prayers of oppressed people for our nation may never come to an end…”

Stating that the most important mission is not to feel despair during the times of big tragedies and big sufferings, President of Diyanet Görmez said, “Despair is forbidden by our religion. People must be well aware of the fact that the darkest moment of the night is closest point to the enlightenment. May Allah allow us to enjoy this enlightenment, again.”

President Görmez ended his speech with a prayer, “As a country and people of this country, I praise Allah for being in the path of passing this test despite all the sufferings and migration movements which turned into the biggest tragedy of the earth. I want to say that I am proud to be a part of the nation that is on the way of victory in this test. Prayers of oppressed people for our nation may never come to an end.”

"I am very sorry for Aleppo… “

7 year old Bana Alabed who is also known as the “Voice of Aleppo,” said, “I want to thank the Turkish state and people. Unfortunately, schools and hospitals in Syria are collapsing. I got out of Aleppo but I am very sorry for it. My school, home and garden are in Aleppo.” Alabed also sang a song about children.

Meanwhile Bana’s mother Fatima Alabed recalled President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s word as, “Turkey is the home of homeless people” adding that, “May Allah forbid any harm to Turkey and allow it to remain as a beautiful country.”

Vive President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Mehmet Emin Özafşar, Religious Affairs Surpreme Council President Dr. Ekrem Keleş, Religious Publications General Manager Dr. Yüksel Salman, producer and director of documentaries Büşra İncesu Özdemir, 7 year old Bana Alabed and her mother Fatıma Alabed who announced the massacre experienced in Aleppo of Syria via social media as well as many other distinguished guests participated in the gala of the documentary portraying the stories of migrating children and women.

Following the speeches, President of Diyanet Görmez and his spouse Dr. Hatice Görmez gave presents to the Alabed family as well as women and children who came to Turkey from countries like Sudan and Syria and played a role in the documentary.