President Abdullah Gul yesterday issued a message on the anniversary of the passing of Mevlana Jalaladdin Rumi, expressing belief that Mevlanaâ€™s ideas which enlighten even today from the 13th century will cover humanity like an umbrella to open the doors of a world free from violence and full of peace.
â€œSummarizing the gist of his life as follows: â€˜I was unripe then cooked and later burntâ€™ in a spiritual term, Mevlana declared his death to be his rebirth, serving as a flawless example for all of the humanity. Mevlanaâ€™s path is the road of peace, love and amity. He showed the solution of the problems rising from intolerance to the whole world centuries ago. Therefore, I wholeheartedly believe that Mevlanaâ€™s ideas which enlighten even today from the 13th century will cover humanity like an umbrella to open the doors of a world free from violence and full of peace,â€ Gul noted.
ERDOGAN ATTENDS SEB-I ARUS CEREMONIES IN KONYA
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday attended a Seb-i Arus ceremony, marking the 739th anniversary of the passing of the 13th-century poet, mystic and master of the Mevlevi Sufi order, Mevlana Jalaladdin Rumi, at the Mevlana Culture Center in the central Anatolian province of Konya.
The ceremony was also attended by many prominent figures including President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Chairman of Higher Education Council (YOK) Gokhan Cetinsaya, Konya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tahir Akyurek and leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
Messages of Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek were read aloud at the ceremony. The Seb-i Arus ceremony began with opening remarks by Akyurek and continued with an Islamic sufism concert by Ahmet Ozhan.
The ceremony ended with a performance by the whirling dervishes and a prayer which included verses from the Holy Quran.
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