Islamic scholars plan Gaza trip with new Turkey flotilla

Qaradawi said, that Islamic scholars will support the Palestinian cause by being on the next boat that will be sent to Gaza from Turkey.

Islamic scholars plan Gaza trip with new Turkey flotilla

World Bulletin / News Desk

Leading Muslim academics, intellectuals and scholars from all over the world have expressed thanks to Turkey for standing by its citizens who set out to challenge Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, losing nine people in the process.

The third general assembly of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) was launched Tuesday night at the Grand Cevahir Congress Center in Istanbul, bringing together more than 500 Islamic scholars, including Egyptian scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Turkey's Cihan news agency said. 

Hosted by the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW), scholars thanked Turkish society and the Turkish government for their stance on the Gaza blockade and the events following the recent Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla, on the first night of the assembly.

The inauguration session started with a speech from IUMS Vice President Dr. Ali al-Quradaghi in which he drew attention to a new sense of solidarity among Muslim people in the world, stating that “finally the hearts and minds of Muslims are coming together today. The Freedom Flotilla and the proud stance of Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan against the Israeli attacks are the examples of this.”

In his welcoming speech, UNIW General Secretary Necmi Sadıkoglu said he was happy to be hosting such an assembly in Istanbul and underlined the importance of scholars for the Muslim World: “We believe that our scholars will be guides for us in this meeting and that they will announce this message with a strong voice in Istanbul, one of the most important cities of the Muslim world.”

Also speaking at the event, Bulent Yildirim, head of the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH), which was one of the organizers of the Freedom Flotilla, emphasized the importance of Muslim scholars coming together, “especially the courageous ones.” Recounting the events that happened on the boat during the attack, Yildirim stated that the freedom of Gaza and Palestine is no longer that far off .

Call to consume Turkish goods

Independent Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) head Omer Cihad Vardan thanked the UNIW for their recent call for increased consumption of Turkish goods in the Muslim world and their support for tourism and investments in Turkey.

IUMS Chairman al-Qaradawi also highlighted the importance of using Turkish goods and investing in Turkey, saying, “We are not guests here; we are among our own brothers and sisters,” adding how fond he is of İstanbul. “This city was once the base for the most powerful army in the world,” he said, announcing that the fourth assembly of the IUMS will also be in Istanbul just like the second and the third ones.

Scholar flotilla

Qaradawi also mentioned that Islamic scholars will support the Palestinian cause by being on the next boat that will be sent to Gaza from Turkey. “It is very important to go to Gaza not just with boats but also from land. Because of this we will be supporting the Gazan people from both ways. The Rafah border is extremely important, and we request that Egypt keep this door open all the time,” he said.

Prime Minister Erdoğan and several other Turkish ministers also sent messages to the event urging unity and solidarity during the assembly.

The assembly will end on Thursday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Haziran 2010, 17:10


Shariff Zainab
Shariff Zainab - 12 yıl Önce

Yes, the freedom of Gaza & Palestine is no longer that far off.
for sure ALLAH SWT will ask us about this when we in the PADANG MAHSYAR.
My heart & my pray always with them & others (Afghanistan,China,Iraq,etc)