Monday, May 31, 2021
The President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş delivered khutbah in Taksim Mosque, the inauguration of which was performed by the President of Republic of Turkey Erdoğan and then, led the congregation in establishing the Friday prayer. The main title of the Khutbah that was delivered by the President Erbaş was “Mosques: The Sign of Islam on Earth, and the Conquest of Istanbul.”
Alhamdulillah, ten months ago, we have experienced the joy of reopening the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque for worship together with our nation. Today, we are witnessing another historical moment, too. Another great longing has, finally, come to an end. The sala and adhan al-Muhammadi, and the takbirs that were recited echoed in the Taksim Mosque and under the entire sky dome.
Endless praises be to Allah the Almighty (swt), Who rendered us witnesses of such an exceptional day. Endless salat and salam be to our prophet Muhammad Mustafa (saw), the Pride of the Universe, who were the first imam and preacher of our mosques. We have had so many elders who struggled with great aspiration for the construction of such a mosque in Taksim for years; however, had to leave this world behind with this longing in their hearts, without seeing this very day! Taksim Mosque has been completed, and Adhans, the testimonies of which are the foundations of our religion and the noble sound of which shall loudly resound across our eternal homeland have been raised from its minarets. May your souls be informed of, may your place be heaven, and may your maqam be exalted.
Dear brothers and sisters, who are the descendants of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror and who are fortunate to witness that the construction of Taksim Mosque, which was built on the lands that Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror had made the ships pushed through for the conquest of Istanbul, and the inauguration of which has coincided with the days of the conquest! You, especially the young people, who are at the same age when Sultan Mehmed II had conquered Istanbul, shall benefit from this great temple to your hearts’ content by listening to the adhans of Taksim Mosque, performing sajdah (prostration) on the carpets of it, reading at its library, and attend the lessons held at the mosque by our hodjas, Insha’ Allah. How happy you should be! How happy we should be! Congratulations to you all, and may your hearts be filled with bliss.
Here I make du’a for everyone who grew with the longing for Taksim Mosque, contributed to its development and construction by feeling the need for it and the expectation of the nation deep down in their hearts and made efforts on it. May Allah be pleased with you. As heralded by our Prophet (saw), may Allah (swt) award you a great place in heaven, similar to this place.
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Today is a day of reunion. We are in the presence of Allah (swt) in Taksim Mosque. We are together in the efforts of further increasing our praise to Him.
Our mosques are exceptional places where we collectively submit our servitude to Allah the Almighty (swt) in. Our mosques, which are the houses of Allah and the work of the believers, are not only a source of healing to our souls, which are suffocated of loneliness, but also a cure to our hearts, which are exhausted with the rush of life. Not only they are the fountains of knowledge and wisdom, but also the symbol of our unity and solidarity. Mosques are the hearts of our cities, the most peaceful and the safest shelters of our beloved nation and Ummah al-Muhammad, and the symbols of Islam on the earth.
Our mosques invite us to tawhid, unity, solidarity, and worship with the adhan al-Muhammadi echoing from their minarets. The believing souls and immaculate hearts come together in these blessed places of worship and experience the delight of being a servant to the our creator, the Almighty Allah (swt). They access to the messages of the religion of Islam, which clearly explains the truth and reality, full of wisdom and blessing, and the authentic religious information in these holy places. The love of Allah (swt) and the Prophet is instilled to the pure minds of our children in these sacred places.
Muslims race and help each other in order to be honored with the praise and good news promised to those who construct and maintain the mosques. As a matter of fact, it is commanded in our Holy Book, Qur’an as follows: “The mosques of Allah are only to be maintained by those who believe in Allah and the Last Day and establish prayer and give zakah and do not fear except Allah , for it is expected that those will be of the [rightly] guided.” As heralded by our Prophet, “He who built a mosque for Allah, Allah would build a house for him like it in Paradise.”
May Almighty Allah (swt) be pleased with our elders and brothers and sisters, who have led, supported and provided help in the maintenance, construction and reclamation of our mosques, from past to present. May He give His blessings to our believer brothers and sisters who had to leave this world behind to reach the Hereafter among those who served to our mosques with the love of worship. And may He grant a peaceful and healthy life to those who are alive.
May the Almighty Allah (swt) grant us the power to protect all the mosques in the best way, deliver the meaning and values that our mosques have to our life and make each one of our mosques a center of knowledge, education, science and wisdom.
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
The second great happiness and excitement that we experience today is the excitement of the conquest. Because, tomorrow is the 568th anniversary of the conquest of our beautiful Istanbul. The conquest of Istanbul means more than ruling a city. This conquest is the Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) glad tiding, his Companions’ aspiration, Abu Ayyub al-Ansari’s dream, and our ancestors’ devotion. This conquest, which brings to an end one epoch and starts a new one, marks the beginning of a golden age. This conquest is a victory that makes Mecca, Madinah, and al-Quds sisters with Istanbul.
Our great nation’s efforts to exalt the name of Allah and love of spreading the name of Allah on the face of earth, who was honored with Islam and never handed over the banner of Islam after taking it over, have never lessened. To this end, our glorious ancestors, who tirelessly and steadfastly ran from an expedition to another and from a victory to another, made Anatolia our homeland with the Victory of Malazgirt (Manzikert). They conquered Istanbul and became the addressee of the Prophet Muhammad’s (saw) following glad tiding:
لَتُفْتَحَنَّ الْقُسْطَنْطِينِيَّةُ فَلَنِعْمَ الْأَمِيرُ أَمِيرُهَا وَلَنِعْمَ الْجَيْشُ ذَلِكَ الْجَيْشُ
“One day Constantinople will be conquered. Great is the commander who will conquer it! Great are his soldiers!”
Our Lord Almighty (swt) states in the Holy Qur’an as follows, “... Incumbent upon Us was support of the believers.” Alhamdulillah, the support of Allah (swt) has always been there for our great nation who never gives up on the right and the truth, and stands by and up for the oppressed and victimized. The victories of our nation at all fronts have been the greatest witness of this.
Today, what falls upon us is to pass down our ancestors’ great memory and glorious legacy on to the future generations. Incumbent upon us is to make every effort with all the power we have in the way of our religion, our state, our existence, and our nation. Incumbent upon us is to make no concessions on our unity and solidarity ever. Let us not forget that:
Discord in a nation is what welcomes the enemy.
No artillery can hit a nation as long as hearts beat together.
Even if all unite against us, they shall not be able to divide our homeland, nor pull our flag down the post. No heathen's hand shall ever touch the bosom of our sacred Temples. The adhan al-Muhammadi and their testimonies that are the foundations of our religion shall prevail thunderously across our eternal homeland. Our God-worshipping nation shall conserve its independence and freedom eternally.
On this occasion, I request mercy of Allah the Almighty (swt) for our glorious martyrs who entrusted this heavenly homeland to us and our heroic veterans who left this World behind for Hereafter. May their places be the Paradise and their maqams be exalted.”