COUNSELLOR’S OFFICE OF PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

"PEOPLE RUSH TO MEVLANA'S CALLS FOR CENTURIES"

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“Every time we turn back and look at the world, hearts burn and consciences start to bleed. To overcome this, we have a responsibility to remember and remind ourselves of the truths we have forgotten. On this path, one of the most powerful and profound memories we will refer to is the life and works of Mevlâna,” the Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said.

Minister Ersoy: "Under the leadership of our President, without looking back and without making profit calculations for tomorrow, we see the lives we can save today and the lives we can stir hope for as the greatest gain. We have lived with our values to this day.” 

Speaking at 746th International Commemoration Ceremonies of the Mevlana's Vuslat (the Night of Reunion) held in Mevlâna Cultural Centre, Mr. Ersoy stated that they came together to commemorate him with respect and grace at the Vuslat night of Mevlâna. Stressing that Mevlana’s Vuslat contains lessons as much as his life, Mr. Ersoy has said Şeb-i Arus (the Night of Reunion) is the cycle of a moment that has preserved its influence for 746 years. 

Pointing out that those who need healing are not the people reaching the Vuslat, but those who are left behind, Mr. Ersoy said: "We have forgotten the essence of being human and we began chasing the whims and goals of the mold we call the body. Lost in the effort to have everything, we have forgotten the value of being nothing. In the end, the material was valued more than the meaning. Today we are all facing the bitter consequences of this point we have come to. Every time we turn back and look at the world, hearts burn and consciences start to bleed. To overcome this, we have a responsibility to remember and remind ourselves of the truths we have forgotten. On this path, one of the most powerful and profound memories we will refer to is the life and works of Mevlâna.

Emphasizing that the path of Mevlâna is to enlighten the people with Islam, Mr. Ersoy said, “Of course it is the right way to seek refuge in and to apply to the guidance of the creator to understand the created. Whoever walks this path with sincerity will surely reach their goal as long as we do not stop following the guide how hard or tiring it is. Otherwise, we are either left in the lurch or get lost.”

Mevlâna addresses to the human 

Stating that Mevlana’s addressee is the human and his concern is to be useful to human beings without discrimination, Mr. Ersoy said, "Mevlâna has already revealed his point of view as saying ‘We are like the sun in this world. We have come to give life to everyone, to be useful to the whole human world.' What is essential is to approach it with tolerance rather than condemnation, to look for a way to reach hearts instead of finding fault. It is what Mevlâna has achieved. That is why people from all over the world, regardless of religion, language or race, are still rushing to Mevlana's call although 7.5 centuries have passed. How fortunate for us that in this land blessed with the Islamic climate, the Sultans of Hearts like Mevlâna has never been lacking. As a nation, we have never given up walking the path we have drawn for ourselves with the wisdom of these great wise men.”

There is no fear in the heart of those who walk in the path of truth with love 

"Under the leadership of our President, without looking back and without making profit calculations for tomorrow, we see the lives we can save today and the lives we can stir hope for as the greatest gain. We have lived with our values to this day. From now onward, when it comes to protecting and glorifying the right, justice and human, we will not hesitate and waste time thinking twice. Because there is no fear in the hearts of those who walk in the path of truth with love,” Mr. Ersoy said, pointing out that as a country, they took all steps under the guidance of these values.

Mr. Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, arrived in Konya by high-speed train from Ankara to attend 746th International Commemoration Ceremonies of the Mevlana's Vuslat with Mustafa Şentop, the Speaker of the Parliament. Ceremonies ended with “Sema Mukabelesi”, a mystic religious rite performed by whirling dervishes, by Konya Turkish Sufi Music Ensemble of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

(17.12.2019)

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