Saturday, May 15, 2021
We have rejoined with a nice Eid al-Fitr after the month of Ramadan that is the season of mercy, abundance and purification. Endless praise and thanks to the Almighty Allah (s.w.t.) Who has let us reach to the Eid al-Fitr that was heralded by Him to come at the end of such climate of mercy. May the Almighty Allah (s.w.t.) make our consciousness of servitude that has revived with the month of Ramadan last forever and be evergreen.
Eids are days of mutual joy and enthusiasm for members of the same faith, the same history and the same civilization. Eids are exceptional times that make us who we are, unite our hearts and reinforce our brotherhood. They are great scenes of unity in which the Islamic brotherhood is felt all over the world deeply, which was declared by the Almighty Allah (s.w.t.) with his divine decree “Believers are nothing but brothers”.
However, our eids are also experienced a bit sadly in our world that is surrounded by pain, sadness and tears today. The cries that rise from the oppressed cities of the Islamic geography, from East Turkistan to Yemen, from Arakan to Syria hurt our hearts deeply. Especially the terror state Israel’s attempt to occupy the holy town of Jerusalem (al-Quds) and our first qibla Masjid al-Aqsa brings great sorrow and pain to all believers. Because Muslims, who worship in the Masjid al-Aqsa, have been attacked in a barbaric manner, the border of the sacred area of the Masjid al-Aqsa has been violated and the memory of the Prophets has been intervened shamelessly. The city that symbolizes religions, languages, cultures and civilizations is being messed up. Our innocent Palestinian brothers and sisters are forcibly evicted from their houses and subjected to massacres. Therefore, every eid is going to pass with sadness until Palestine and the Masjid al-Aqsa are completely free.
In his hadith, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) states that all believers should feel the pain and suffering of a believer after making a comparison by drawing a parallel between Muslims and the organs of a body and states that a Muslim who doesn’t wish what he wishes for himself also for his believer brother cannot be a true believer. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) also states ‘He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while his neighbor goes hungry.’. All these principles give an indispensable responsibility to us, the believers, to share each other's troubles and joys and to strengthen our brotherhood.
Indeed, the only way to prevent occupation and oppression in Jerusalem (al-Quds), to ensure peace and security in the Islamic geography and to experience better eids is Muslims’ acting in unity and solidarity. Therefore, let us exert effort to elevate our bonds of unity, solidarity and brotherhood to the highest level through our hands, words, hearts and all our facilities by making this Eid al-Fitr an occasion for this purpose.
On the other hand, we have the unhappiness of not being able to come together on Eid days due to the epidemic this year, too. However, of course, there are many ways to revive the feelings of love, respect and brotherhood and fulfill our responsibilities towards ourselves, our family, our relatives and our environment. It is up to us to turn these abundant times into unforgettable memories with our families, spouses and children. For this purpose, let us make our houses a place where the Eid al-Fitr is observed duly. May the smiles on our face, the sweet words at our tongue and the affection in our hearts dominate. Let us re-establish our loyalty and love towards each other by making the Eid al-Fitr an occasion for ending our resentments. Let us see each of these exceptional times as an opportunity to gain the consent of our parents and to receive their duas.
We are members of a nation that becomes the hope of saddened orphans, embarrassed poor, wounded hearts and weary hearts wherever they are in the world. Both during and after the Eid al-Fitr, let us strive to continue to extend our helping hands that we extended to our brothers and sisters during the month of Ramadan.
With these feelings and thoughts, I would like to congratulate the Eid al-Fitr of our dear nation, our cognates and citizens who live abroad and the entire Islamic world with my sincere feelings. May the Almighty Allah (s.w.t.) make the Eid al-Fitr an occasion for peace of the oppressed and mournful people, primarily of Jerusalem (al-Quds) and the Masjid al-Aqsa, and the entire humanity. May the Almighty Allah (s.w.t.) let us rejoin with more eids in the future with health, welfare and security.
Prof. Dr. Ali ERBAŞ
The President of Religious Affairs