World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey celebrated Mawlid an-Nabi (Mevlid Kandili), which marks the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, at Ankara's Hacı Bayram-ı Veli Mosque last night. The mosque was also reopened after an extensive renovation.
Mevlid Kandili attracted a large number of people to the mosque, which was opened with a ceremony earlier. In attendance were Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Çiçek, Interior Minister Beşir Atalay, Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay and state ministers Faruk Çelik and Faruk Nafiz Özak.
Hacı Bayram-ı Veli (1352–1430) was a renowned poet, ascetic and the founder of the Bayrami order of dervishes. The mosque carrying his name and his tomb are located on a site where he had built a dervish lodge.
Religious Affairs Directorate President Mehmet Görmez delivered a sermon on the occasion of Mevlid Kandili, while Religious Affairs Directorate Vice President Hasan Kamil Yılmaz led the prayers. The Mevlid Kandili program was broadcast live on state-run TRT 1, TRT Avaz and TRT Arabic. TRT 1 will also air live programs from the Mecidiye Sultan Abdülmecit Mosque in Romania and the Akmescit Kebir Mosque in Crimea, where similar ceremonies are occasionally held.
In the meantime, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu issued a statement on the occasion of Mevlid Kandili and sent his best wishes to all Muslim Turks. Describing the concurrence of the dates of Mevlid Kandili and Valentine's Day as a beautiful coincidence, Kılıçdaroğlu said he hopes Mevlid Kandili will bring love and peace to all humanity.
Professor Görmez also issued a message on the occasion of Mevlid Kandili and said he hopes the event would turn into the needed spiritual light in the hearts of people. He also hoped the occasion would bring peace to humanity.
Prophet Muhammad was born in the month of Rabi' al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar, in A.D. 571. This year marks the 1,439th anniversary of his birth. Muslims consider him God's mercy to the world as he is the last in a series of monotheistic religions' prophets and the person who presented Islam to the world. His personality and manners are seen as a sacred model to be emulated by all Muslims.
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