Wednesday, August 17, 2022
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş who delivered a speech at the International Islamic Solidarity Symposium has said that the recovery of Islam geography shall be pioneered by scientists
President of Religious Affairs Prof. Dr. Ali Erbaş has attended the 'International Islamic Solidarity Symposium' that was organized in Konya city under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkiye.
President of Religious Affairs Erbaş who delivered the inaugural speech of the symposium said, "May Allah (SWT) bless the ones who make effort and endeavor in order to bring the virtuous human, righteous society and world with justice ideal of Islam into existence.”.
President Erbaş who has stated that “14 centuries ago, the Muslims had opened up a new horizon for the humanity who was faltering in the darkness of ignorance under the guidance of the revelation and pioneering of the exemplary personality of our Beloved Prophet (SAW)”, has said “They have set forth a holistic and comprehensive perspective towards the life by bringing knowledge and wisdom, art and morals, ethics and aesthetics, physics and metaphysics together. In this way, they had constructed a civilization which is the honor of all humanity and had become the power of representing and supplying science, justice, mercy, trust and righteous morals in the earth throughout the history.”.
President Erbaş by referring to the fact that the Muslims had generated works that led humanity in science, art, politics, architecture, and all the areas of life until the last three centuries, has stated that "However, especially during the last three centuries, Muslims have grave weaknesses in protecting and further improving this great legacy. As a consequence of this fact, Muslim societies have been subjected to many internal and external interventions in social, political, economic, cultural and similar aspects.”.
“Palestinian babies encounter death even before they see the sunrise”
President Erbaş who has mentioned the challenges experienced by Muslims today has stated that:
“From Central Asia to Balkans, from Africa to the Caucasus, the distressing state of affairs of the Islam geography is apparent. Here is Arakan (Rohingya), East Turkistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Syria. Here is our first kiblah Al-Quds. Palestine which is our open wound for long years is recently under the unjust, illegal, and merciless attacks of the occupier Israel again. The occupier mentality has started to target the children and innocent people again by taking the encouragement from the silence of the world and the disorganized appearance of the Muslims. This occupational mentality lacks law and ethics and continues its oppressions supposedly under the name of “security policy” before the eyes of all the world. Palestinian babies encounter death even before they see the sunrise. The yowling of the crying mothers shakes the heavens. Not only in Palestine but also from all locations of the geography of our Ummah, the screams of call for help are raising.
Today there is no other way out than improving and reinforcing a consciousness of brotherhood which will dry the tears of the orphan, stop the bleedings of the innocents, and re-transform our Ummah geography into a land of well-being.”.
“Our greatest opportunity for the solution of our problems is the Noble Quran and the Sunnah”
President Erbaş, stating that today`s negative outlook on Islamic Ummah should not drive the Muslims to desperation, has said: “We all have the belief, comprehension, and accumulation of knowledge which may give a solution for all our problems. With regard to solving the problems of us and all humanity, the Noble Quran and sunnah are our greatest opportunities. Since we could not be sufficiently benefiting from the Noble Quran and sunnah, we cannot accomplish this. Just as it is in the past, also today our prior responsibility is to comprehend the Noble Quran and sunnah correctly and to communicate its messages and principles to our epoch.”.
President Erbaş, by stating “If we take a look at the life and events from the perspective of Islamic consciousness and morals, we will be able to revive our deep-rooted ideal of brotherhood." has said that: “In order to find a solution for our problems with our own abilities, we as the Muslims should make much more efforts and we should come together more in order to realize each other of us, our unity and common values. We should look for the ways of eliminating the reasons that make this geography which was once a land of tranquillity and peace into a land of grief and tears, by combining our forces in feelings, thoughts, and action.”.
President Erbaş, by highlighting the fact that the Muslims have more than enough amount of knowledge, skills, tools, and abilities in order to rescue the Islam geography from the spiral of ignorance, terror, discord, and poverty, has declared that “What we need is to start out by perseverance, faith, emotion, and resolution. Therefore, without wasting any time we must start to move and make our best efforts to revive and reinforce the consciousness of unity- togetherness, solidarity, and brotherhood by creating occasions in all the areas from science to arts, from technology to economy, from politics to sports and from education to culture as soon as possible.”.
“Egocentric approach, the most important obstacle against the Muslim brotherhood”
President Erbaş, by stating that the most important obstacle against the brotherhood of Muslims is an egocentric approach, has said that “Especially in the domain of religion, the truth monopolism (exclusionism) which considers its interpretations and practices as absolutely correct and others as absolutely wrong drives people to bigotry, fanaticism, and ignorance. Such alienating, exclusionist and insulting approaches inevitably become the cause of lack-of-communication between the Muslims and bring along with discord, fight, and conflicts. Yet our faith advises a comprehensive, unifying, and integrative approach against these destructive, fragmenting, and alienating approaches. It suggests altruism instead of selfishness, generosity instead of miserliness, unity instead of discord, and solidarity instead of conflict".
“We should develop unique styles peculiar to Islam”
President Erbaş, by pointing out that the recovery of the Islam geography with the consciousness of brotherhood and solidarity shall be pioneered by the scientists, has stated that:
“I believe that such organizations which will be performed by a correct method in line with the universal messages and good moral principles of Islam will make the ability and potential of solidarity between Muslims more powerful and visible. One of the wisest and beneficent achievements of Islamic solidarity is to develop unique styles peculiar to Islam in every sphere by taking the principles of Islam into account and sorting the non-Islamic and contrarian courses of action. Also, when the potential mentioned above is utilized as it is required, the Islam world will have the opportunity to use its advantages such as natural resources, strategic position young and dynamic population more effectively and will become the most important power of the world in all respects. Then only then rules of the game will be determined by itself and Islam world will not have to play the game under the rules which are determined by others."
President Erbaş who has said that the intellectual ground for the cooperation and joint works in all the spheres and topics such as education, family, youth, environment, food, economy, technology, sport, and all the other topics about humans should be prepared in order to re-gathering of the Muslims, has stated that: “Extensive and in-depth projects should be developed together. I believe that such organizations which will be performed by a correct method in line with the universal messages and good moral principles of Islam will make the ability and potential of solidarity between Muslims more powerful and visible. Also, when the potential mentioned above is utilized as it is required, the Islam world will have the opportunity to use its advantages such as natural resources, strategic position young and dynamic population more effectively and will become the most important power of the world in all respects.”.