“The Essence of the Islamic Civilization is Brotherhood and Solidarity”

26.07.2017
“The Essence of the Islamic Civilization is Brotherhood and Solidarity”

Addressing the opening session of the Conference on Higher Education in the Islamic World, President Erdoğan said: “Pointing to others as the source of our problems and seeking the solution to our troubles outside of ourselves will lead us to the wrong path. Muslims should look at themselves, in particular at their relationship with the sources of information, science and wisdom, for the answer to why they are in this situation. The stronger this relationship, the more robust the system.”


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the opening session of the Conference on Higher Education in the Islamic World at the Presidential Complex.

Commencing his address by expressing his hope for the Conference on Higher Education in the Islamic World, which is organized by Turkey’s Council of Higher Education, to be successful and fruitful, President Erdoğan, referring to the saying ‘The spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of opinions,’ said: “The addressee of this saying is actually the universities and academia. I believe that our conference will be initiating a new process where the higher education-related problems of our civilization are discussed and new opportunities for cooperation are developed.”

“OUR DIFFERENCES ARE OUR BIGGEST RICHNESS”

Noting that cultural, political, sectarian and ethnic differences among Muslims are not a handicap, but rather our biggest richness and opportunity, President Erdoğan underlined: “The essence of the Islamic civilization is brotherhood and solidarity and to stand together like the bricks of a wall.”

Citing the verse, “The believers are but brothers,” President Erdoğan stressed that Muslims shouldn’t allow borders to divide us and distances to disconnect us from each other, and added: “However, the recent events are eroding our common identity and are setting up new walls and barriers between us.”

“IT IS INCUMBENT ON THE ENTIRE ISLAMIC WORLD TO PROTECT THE DIGNITY AND HONOR OF AL-AQSA MOSQUE”

Pointing out that al-Quds, the symbol of peace, is struggling to survive in the face of attacks on its Islamic character and historical fabric, President Erdoğan said: “The Israeli administration, taking heart from Muslims’ current weakness and fragmentation, is attempting to implement a new practice every day to destroy the Islamic character of al-Quds. Those who level a barrage of criticism against our country at every opportunity, fall into a deep silence all of a sudden when it comes to Palestine, al-Quds and the rights of Muslims. No one can expect us to remain silent any longer to this hypocrisy which makes us sick. It is incumbent on not only our Palestinian brothers, but on the entire Islamic world to protect the dignity and honor of al-Aqsa Mosque, our first qibla.”

“AL-AQSA MOSQUE’S DOORS CANNOT BE CLOSED TO MUSLIMS”

President Erdoğan described Israel’s removal of the metal detectors at the entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque, an application that offends the Muslims, as a right step in the direction of defusing the tension, and added: “However, it is impossible for us to tolerate that al-Aqsa Mosque’s doors are closed to the Muslims who come to perform their Friday prayers there. What is more, al-Aqsa Mosque is a sanctuary frequented not only by the Palestinians, but by all the Muslims of the world. Its doors cannot be closed to Muslims.”

Stressing the need for the Israeli administration to act in accordance with the established practices, the law and human rights regarding al-Quds, President Erdoğan said: “We had better remind the Israeli administration that if we want to live in peace, we should refrain from policies that would put the region in a ring of fire instead of threatening others.”

“OUR RELIGION COMMANDS SCIENCE, NOT IGNORANCE”

President Erdoğan continued: “Pointing to others as the source of our problems and seeking the solution to our troubles outside of ourselves will lead us to the wrong path. Muslims should look at themselves, in particular at their relationship with the sources of information, science and wisdom, for the answer to why they are in this situation. The stronger this relationship, the more robust the system. As one of our professors has just said in his speech, we are the adherents of a religion whose first command is ‘Iqra!’ which means ‘Read!’ Our religion commands science, not ignorance.”

“WE EXPECT YOU TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST FETO”

Recalling that there were one professor and eight university students among the 250 citizens martyred by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO)-member traitors during the July 15, 2016, coup attempt, President Erdoğan advised the rectors and university administrators of the higher education institutions coming from Islamic countries the following: “We are in an intensive fight against the FETO, which has engulfed 170 countries of the world like a poison ivy, both at home and abroad. We expect you, the distinguished rectors and professors, to be vigilant and take action against this organization, which considers deception and deceit to be worship and doesn’t abstain from shedding blood to reach their objectives. Don’t forget that they are active in 160 countries where they are undertaking works aimed at taking these countries under their control. The trouble that has befallen us might plague these countries as well. Because, members of the FETO are remoulding the bright students of these countries as they wish and thus having a say at various levels of the state later on. Never allow these terrorists to infiltrate into the institutions which you are running, under the disguise of dialogue, service, education, etc.”

President Erdoğan ended his address by thanking the scientists for their efforts in organizing the conference.

 

 

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