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Holy Birth week educate people about the Prophet
1.       tunci
7149 posts
 15 Apr 2012 Sun 11:05 am

 

Holy Birth week educate people about the Prophet

15 April 2012 / MERVE BÜŞRA ÖZTÜRK , İSTANBUL

There are a number of significant days to celebrate in Islam, but the days that are dedicated solely to Islam’s final prophet -- the messenger of God, Muhammad the Prophet -- is the birth week of the Prophet, which is celebrated between April 14-20.

Originally the Holy Birth week was fixed between April 20 and 26, but as these dates created controversy -- some said Holy Birth week overshadowed April 23, Turkey’s National Sovereignty and Children’s Day -- the Religious Affairs Directorate finally moved the week to April 14-20.

The Holy Birth week is celebrated only in Turkey, which introduced the celebration of the weeklong event around 20 years ago. The week of the Holy Birth is widely seen as an opportunity to better understand the Prophet Muhammad and strengthen feelings of solidarity, fraternity and unity in society around a shared love for the Prophet. Religious leaders also view this week and such holy days as an opportunity to tell people about Islam.

Every year a virtue is determined by a committee formed by the Religious Affairs Directorate as the main theme of the Holy Birth week. Last year’s theme was compassion and this year’s is brotherhood.

Faruk Beşer, a theology professor at Sakarya University, speaking with Sunday’s Zaman, explained the meaning of brotherhood and why it has such great significance this year: “Brotherhood can be maintained either by shared blood or by shared values -- more specifically, by faith. The strong bond of brotherhood between people who share the same religion is as important as the bond between brothers of the same family. The former serves familial peace, while the latter serves social peace and social unity.” Especially in such a crucial period in terms of foreign relations, Muslims -- specifically those in the conflict-stricken Arab countries and Syria -- have come to better realize and grasp the importance of fraternity and solidarity, Beşer added.

Islamic scholars, in cooperation with local religious leaders, have organized a variety of activities for Holy Birth week all over the country.

Religious Affairs Directorate High Commission member Hüseyin Kayapınar told Sunday’s Zaman that “these Holy Birth week activities and celebrations produce a spiritual atmosphere around the entire country. This particular week is a great opportunity to tell people about Islam.”

Religious Affairs Directorate President Mehmet Görmez, joining celebrations in Diyarbakır in the first week of April, said we need to understand the Prophet, to talk about him and unite around his love more than ever. “Every creation of God is a brother to His other creations. This is the exact opposite view of ‘man is a wolf to [his fellow] man.’”

Colorful celebrations across Turkey

At celebrations all over the country, which have already begun, roses as a symbol of the Prophet have been distributed, recitations from the Quran have been made. In Kırıkkale’s Yahşihan district, 67 people between the ages of 50 and 86 set a goal to learn how to read the Quran in Arabic before the Holy Birth week. In the first week of April, enjoying their achievement, these 67 Quran enthusiasts were awarded with Qurans and received certificates of appreciation from the Kırıkkale mufti, Bekir Gerek. He said: “This is proof that age does not matter when it comes to learning something new.” The festivities have already begun; last week Turkey saw a wide variety of celebrations. The Nevşehir Provincial Mufti’s Office organized a contest in which participants wrote a letter to the Prophet. The purpose was to allow people to clearly see their feelings toward the Prophet and express them. In the eastern province of Hakkari, where Turkish and Kurdish cultures mingle in harmony, the Holy Birth week was celebrated with hymns in both Turkish and Kurdish. In Ankara, a choir of 35 students, all from different countries, sang hymns about fraternity. In Antalya six whirling dervishes, aged 11 to 14, performed the sema. In Kocaeli a sema included 22 female dervishes and 23 reed flute and percussion instrument performers. Residents in Yozgat came together in the city’s large squares to recite the Quran for seven days.

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2.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 16 Apr 2012 Mon 09:00 am

“Brotherhood can be maintained either by shared blood or by shared values -- more specifically, by faith. The strong bond of brotherhood between people who share the same religion is as important as the bond between brothers of the same family. The former serves familial peace, while the latter serves social peace and social unity.

 

Does this declaration deny brotherhood between people of different faiths, or not ?

3.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 16 Apr 2012 Mon 09:01 am

“Brotherhood can be maintained either by shared blood or by shared values -- more specifically, by faith. The strong bond of brotherhood between people who share the same religion is as important as the bond between brothers of the same family. The former serves familial peace, while the latter serves social peace and social unity.

 

Does this declaration deny brotherhood between people of different faiths, or not ?



Edited (4/16/2012) by AlphaF [repetition]

4.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 16 Apr 2012 Mon 12:10 pm

IF RELIGION MAKES US GOOD AND HAPPY, ALL IS FINE: IF IT MAKES US FEEL SELF RIGHTEOUS AND AGRESSIVE WE SHOULD SEE A SHRINK.

 

TURKISH PRACTICE

Dünyanın Son Günü Olsaydı Ne Yapardınız?
 
Amerika´ da bir Üniversitede, Profesör derse şöyle başlamış:
 
 
- "Düşünün ki bugün Dünyanın son günü. Yarın bu saatte her şey bitecek.
 
Kurtuluş şansınız yok. Bugün ne yapardınız?"
 
 
 
Tüm öğrencilerden bir çok değişik cevap gelmiş:
 
- İbadet eder Tanrıdan günahlarımı affetmesini dilerdim,
 
- Tüm sevdiklerimle vedalaşırdım,
 
- Ailemle zamanımı geçirirdim,
 
- Anneme veya Babama giderdim,

- Arkadaşlarımla yarım saat eski günlerdeki gibi basket oynardım,

- Barbekü partisi yapardım,

- Sevgilimle son ana kadar sevişirdim,

- Tüm sevdiğim yemekleri son bir defa yerdim.

- Yatar uyurdum.

- Ormanda son defa dolaşırdım,

- Güneşin doğuşunu ve batışını son defa seyrederdim.

- Akşam yıldızlar seyrederdim.

- En sevdiğim yemeği hazırlar tüm sevdiklerimi akşam yemeğe davet ederdim.

- Piknik yapardım,

- Hayatta en çok gitmek istediğim yere gider orda ölümü beklerdim,

- Jet uçağına binerdim,

- Üzdüklerimi arar özür dilerdim beni affetmesini isterdim


Hoca bütün hepsini tahtaya yazmış. Sonra gülerek ;


-Çocuklar, bunları yapmak için dünyanın son günü olması şart mı?



Edited (4/16/2012) by AlphaF

5.       tunci
7149 posts
 16 Apr 2012 Mon 06:15 pm

 

Quoting AlphaF

“Brotherhood can be maintained either by shared blood or by shared values -- more specifically, by faith. The strong bond of brotherhood between people who share the same religion is as important as the bond between brothers of the same family. The former serves familial peace, while the latter serves social peace and social unity.

 

Does this declaration deny brotherhood between people of different faiths, or not ?

 

I don´t see any denial of brotherhood between people of different faiths in the statement.

By saying bond between brothers of the same family he also means the members of a nation regardless of what religion they belong to, since his final words refer to it[ the latter serves social peace and social unity.”]---> social unity in a society.

 

6.       tunci
7149 posts
 16 Apr 2012 Mon 07:25 pm

 

IF RELIGION MAKES US GOOD AND HAPPY, ALL IS FINE: IF IT MAKES US FEEL SELF RIGHTEOUS AND AGRESSIVE WE SHOULD SEE A SHRINK.

 

Not religion itself but any extreme religious and political motives are actually causing agressive destructive results. Such as ; 

Historical mosque torched in Greek Cyprus

CNNTurk.com

A mosque in Nis is burnt by Serbian protesters in this 18 March 2004 file photo.  AFP photo

A mosque in Nis is burnt by Serbian protesters in this 18 March 2004 file photo. AFP photo

 

A historical mosque in the Greek Cypriot city of Limasol was torched by unknown assailants on April 13, CNNTürk reported today.
 
The Turkish Cypriot Religious Directorate´s designated official responsible for Greek Cyprus, Şakir Alemdar, reportedly said they were notified of the incident late because of Easter celebrations on the Greek side of the island. 
 
The roof of the Köprülü Hacı İbrahim Ağa Mosque was on the verge of collapse after the assailants poured gasoline and set the building on fire. The mosque´s door, wooden porch and one of its windows was burned, while the carpets inside were blackened by the soot from the fire. An epitaph from the Ottoman era fell on the ground and broke, Alemdar said.
 
Alemdar said the mosque, which was open to worship, was also attacked 15 days previously.
 
Greek Cypriot police have not detained anyone in relation to the attack and reportedly said it was "the work of some young people."




Edited (4/16/2012) by tunci

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