First Kurdish sermon in Turkey during Eid Al-Fitr prayer

The people hailed the first Kurdish sermon and khutba and demanded that they be repeated from time to time.

First Kurdish sermon in Turkey during Eid Al-Fitr prayer

 

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish state TV on Sunday broadcast live Kurdish sermon during Eid Al-Fitr prayer in a mosque in the mainly Kurdish city of Turkey in another move within Kurdish opening.

In Sanliurfa mosque, Quran was recited before the prayer.

After that, assistant professor Cuneyt Gokce, of Faculty of Theology from Harran University, mentioned the importance of worship performed during Ramadan and Eids and gave the messages of unity and brotherhood in his Kurdish sermon, Anadolu news agency reported.

Prof. Dr, Musa Kazım Yılmaz also read the khutba in Kurdish. After the prayer, people exchanged the greetings.

The people hailed the first Kurdish sermon and khutba and demanded that they be repeated from time to time.

Turkish government announced that his government initiated a move to deal with the Kurdish issue and the Ministry of Interior was assigned with the coordination of this task.

The government has given few details on the latest reforms, which are expected to focus on cultural issues, such as allowing Kurdish teaching in universities, restoring Kurdish village names and allowing Islamic sermons in Kurdish.

Erdogan's government hopes broadening Kurdish rights will help end the conflict with the outlawed PKK. More than 40,000 people have died since the PKK took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2009, 19:07
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