International students celebrate Prophet Muhammad in Gaziantep

Date posted: April 11, 2014


In an event in the southeastern city of Gaziantep on Thursday, international students from Turkish schools across the world celebrated Prophet Muhammad at a hall owned by the private Zirve University as Turkey marks Holy Birth Week.


The event, organized by the Nilüfer Association for Friendship and Harmony in Gaziantep, had been planned to take place at a different venue, but the AK Party municipal government revoked the association’s permission to use the sports hall. Since the program aimed to celebrate Prophet Muhammad, the decision of the AK Party, which has a conservative constituency, drew criticism from the public.

The event, titled “Everybody talks about him one more time,” garnered great interest among local residents. A total of 76 students from 34 Turkish schools in various countries of the world performed, singing songs and reciting poems about Prophet Muhammad.

During the performance, many audience members were so moved that they burst into tears. One of the participants, Medine Kırıcı, described the students as “flowers” that had blossomed in the Turkish schools. Students from countries including Ethiopia and Somalia stood on the stage for about two hours.

The president of the Nilüfer Association for Friendship and Harmony, Cahit Erbalcı, said the night had been emotionally intense as he thanked the people who made it possible.

Another audience member, Cemile Kandilli, said she hoped to see more events like it in the future, adding that she had been touched by the performances. “These kids conquered our hearts,” said retired teacher Lütfü Bitirim.

The organizers launched a hashtag campaign to promote the event on Twitter, and people who watched the event on TV joined in with a barrage of social media posts.

Another audience member, Erhan Erturan, joined the others in thanking the organizers and the students, saying the event in Gaziantep helped him commemorate the prophet.

The event was held as part of celebrations of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad held in April each year in Turkey.

Source: Todays Zaman , April 11, 2014

Related News

In Blow to Erdogan, Turkish Court Halts Closing of Schools Tied to His Rival

In a blow to the government, Turkey’s highest court has overturned a law that would have closed thousands of preparatory schools linked to an influential Muslim cleric and rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan Changes Tactics On Attempt To Shut Turkish Schools

President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has changed tactics in his efforts to make foreign governments close schools run by Hizmet Movement associates, otherwise called Turkish schools.

The AKP, Gülen and Feb. 28 coup

İHSAN YILMAZ The Taraf daily uncovered a secret national security document which revealed that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government in 2004 signed on to a planned crackdown on the Hizmet (Gülen) movement. As Today’s Zaman reported on Thursday: “The Taraf daily published a document on Thursday prepared by the National Security Council [MGK] […]

Yamanlar Koleji crowns Turkey with second gold medal

Furkan Bahar, a student from Yamanlar Koleji, a private high school in İzmir, has won a gold medal at the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) held in Hanoi, Vietnam between July 20 and 28. IChO welcomed representatives from 77 countries. Bahar, a member of the national chemistry team appointed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), became the winner of Turkey’s only gold medal in the competition.

Nigerian students lament harassment, detention by Turkish authorities

No fewer than 50 Nigerians attending private schools in Turkey, including Fatih University, were recently deported by that country after the coup attempt. Nigeria had ignored calls by the Turkish government to close down 17 Turkish schools in the country. The Turkish government alleged that the schools were linked to Fethullah Gülen.

Gov’t’s pressure for closure of Turkish schools abroad yields no result

The movement that started out a quarter-century ago to support education for children abroad starting with the autonomous Azerbaijani republic of Nakhchivan has now reached 160 foreign countries, with the founders of the movement and its volunteers welcomed with open arms around the world.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Gülen Movement has been used to undermine Ergenekon trial

Tears and sadness as Turkish people pack up to leave Pakistan

US voices concern about press freedom over Karaca’s arrest

Liberia: VP Boakai Breaks Ground for New Light-International Campus

Hizmet Movement: Partners We Want

Erdogan Budgets $150m To Displace Hizmet Schools In Africa

Wife of ‘Gülen school manager’ detained in Tbilisi asks for protection

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News