Great participation at Mufti's Office of Komotini and GTGB iftar dinner

Western Thrace
Mon, 8 Apr 2024 9:05 GMT
The iftar programme organised jointly by the Mufti's Office of Komotini and the Turkish Youth Union of Komotini was held with great participation. Compatriots filled the garden of the Komotini Turkish Youth Union and the side streets.
Great participation at Mufti's Office of Komotini and GTGB iftar dinner

The iftar programme organised jointly by the Mufti's Office of Komotini and the Turkish Youth Union of Komotini was held with great participation. Compatriots filled the garden of the Komotini Turkish Youth Union and the side streets.

The programme started with the recitation of the Qur'an by Alpcan Çelik, the winner of the World Qur'an Recitation Competition and Imam Hatibi of Istanbul Beşiktaş Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa Mosque.

Afterwards, Hüseyin Özpınar, Imam Hatibi of Edirne Selimiye Mosque, and Veli Öztürk, Imam Hatibi of Edirne Old Mosque, read the evening adhan. Tekirdağ Mufti Mustafa Soykök made the prayer for iftar.

GTGB PRESIDENT SEDAT HASAN

President of Komotini Turkish Youth Union Sedat Hasan started his speech by thanking all the guests who attended the iftar programme and stated that Ramadan is a holy month. Hasan said, "Ramadan is a blessed month in which every individual sincerely confronts himself, renews himself, refreshes his own world and every year humanity is carried forward. It is a month that is instrumental in strengthening solidarity among people." Lastly, Hasan mentioned the war in Gaza and wished that this war would end as soon as possible.

MUFTI OF KOMOTINI IBRAHIM SERIF

İbrahim Şerif, President of the Advisory Board of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace and Mufti of Komotini, mentioned the importance of the holy month of  Ramadan in his speech. Noting that many habits change in the month of Ramadan and people embrace at iftar tables within the framework of unity and solidarity, Şerif stated that as the Advisory Board, they participated in iftar tables set up in many different points of Western Thrace during the month of Ramadan and embraced with the cognates.

He conclouded his words by saying: "Those who spend the month of Ramadan by fasting, reading the Holy Qur'an and performing tarawih prayers are happy. If we do not rejoice, will there be a feast at the end of Ramadan? People make Eid after joyful days. Those who fast during Ramadan and pray the tarawih prayers definitely reach Laylat al-Qadr. In the words of Surah al-Qadr, "Every person who reaches Laylat al-Qadr Night gains the reward of a lifetime, that is, 83 years of worship". As Muslims, we believe that our sins are forgiven. Those who fulfil this night have a feast at the end."

TURKISH CONSUL GENERAL OF KOMOTINI AYKUT ÜNAL

Consul General of Türkiye in Komotini Aykut Ünal thanked the young people for their contribution to the iftar organisation. Ünal said, "There is a great labour here that we all witnessed today. We are in the garden of Komotini Turkish Youth Union, which has an important role in ensuring and strengthening the unity and solidarity of Western Thrace Turks. Komotini Turkish Youth Union and other associations are making very important efforts to strengthen unity and solidarity. Each of them is trying to do its part in its field in the best way possible. The elders among us today grew up in this hearth. Now these young people are trying to do something good shoulder to shoulder in solidarity. For this reason, I congratulate the young people who laboured here this evening, and I congratulate them for setting up this beautiful iftar table." Finally, Ünal invited all compatriots to the Eid al-Fitr ceremony to be organised at the Consulate General in Komotini on the first day of Eid.

EDIRNE GOVERNOR YUNUS SEZER

Governor of Edirne Yunus Sezer stated that he brought greetings from Edirne and the motherland. Stating that he was very pleased to be present at such an iftar programme, Sezer said that Komotini Turkish Youth Union has a historical background and it is a school. Sezer said, "I feel lucky to be here. Ramadan is the month of friendship and brotherhood. It is a beautiful month in which the hungry and the full understand each other, sharing increases, peace increases. I congratulate you all on the Ramadan holiday."

FEP Party President Çiğdem Asafoğlu, Işık Sadık Ahmet, wife of the late Dr. Sadık Ahmet and Honorary President of FEP Party, President of the Association of Religious Officers of Western Thrace Mosques Sadık Sadık, President of the Western Thrace Minority Graduates Association Hüseyin Baltacı, Mayor of Mustafçova Ahmet Kurt, Mayor of Kozlukebir Erdem Hüseyin, Mayor of Yassıköy Caner İmam, President of Komotini Turkish Youth Union Sedat Hasan, President of Xanthi Turkish Union Ozan Ahmetoğlu, President of Thrace Tobacco Producers Cooperative Sinan Ahmet, President of BAKEŞ Hüseyin Bostancı, President of Thrace Agricultural Cooperative Erdi Şerif, President of BİHLIMDER Mehmet Emin Ahmet, Advisor to the Regional President of Eastern Macedonia - Thrace, Rıdvan Molla İsa,  Deputy Regional President Rıdvan Hacı Mehmet, representatives of civil society and thousands of cognates attended.

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