Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) gathers all colors of Turkey at iftar

Journalists and Writers Foundation Honorary President Fethullah Gülen greeted guests with a message he issued for the GYV iftar on Tuesday night.
Journalists and Writers Foundation Honorary President Fethullah Gülen greeted guests with a message he issued for the GYV iftar on Tuesday night.

Date posted: September 26, 2011


Many distinguished figures including Turkey’s spiritual leaders, politicians, artists, businessmen and journalists came together at the same iftar (fast-breaking dinner) table on Tuesday night in an event held by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV).

GYV Honorary President Fethullah Gülen greeted the guests with a message he issued for the night. “Ramadan is a climate of compassion and mercy. In these blessed days when patience and tolerance prevail, we once more remember love, peace, modesty, cooperation and living for others,” Gülen said in his message.

Gülen underscored the importance of dialogue and mutual understanding. “We comprehend the importance of not victimizing anybody with our judgments and of communicating face-to-face regardless of our ideologies,” he said and added, “Despite all provocations and stimulations to create polarization, these gatherings show that our people have this potential [of peace] and they are of great value to refreshing our hopes for the future.”

Gülen also commented on famine-stricken Somalia and the violent conflict in Syria. “During this Ramadan, when our hearts are hurt with every child that dies and with the images of starving people, it is surely a great virtue to extend a helping hand to those who suffer from hunger in Africa. As far as I can follow in the media, our entire nation comes to the aid of those who are in need and it is a living proof that the humanity has not died.”

“On the other hand, while we expected the bloodshed to cease and tears to stop flowing just a tiny bit during this blessed month, the ongoing incidents in Syria hurt our hearts. The pains our neighbor [Syria] suffers are our pains, too. Let us pray for an end to the bloodshed and for peaceful, common-sense solutions for the problems,” Gülen said.

‘Common language of the colors’

Among the guests at the 17th annual iftar event of the foundation at Swissôtel The Bosphorus in İstanbul were European Union Affairs Minister Egemen Bağış, Religious Affairs Directorate Vice President Hasan Kamil Yılmaz, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew, Armenian Orthodox Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop Yusuf Çetin, Zaman Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanlı and President of the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) Rızanur Meral.

At the iftar, which was themed “the common language of the colors,” the guests expressed their wish for peace and tolerance.

In his remarks after the iftar, Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew said although the believers of different faiths worship in different ways, they share the same blessing. He said the Ramadan is important for decreasing dependence on the material and setting the spirit free. “We must reflect the love within in Ramadan,” Bartholomew said. He also greeted Gülen during his speech and said they share a good friendship. “Gülen is a guide on a path that is virtuous and challenging as well,” he said.

Addressing the guests, GYV President Mustafa Yeşil highlighted the importance of getting together and said: “We see how much we have in common when we come together. Our gathering is not a need but a must. We have a chair for everybody at our table.”

Noting that the iftar table of the GYV gathered all colors of Turkey, including Muslims and non-Muslims, employees and employers, government and opposition, Minister Bağış said the table of Turkey indeed has room for everybody. “I hope Ramadan will help us overcome our problems,” he said, adding his hope that violence, terrorism, lack of tolerance and suppression ends in Ramadan. In his address, Bağış wished peace for Syria and prosperity for famine-hit Africa. At the end of his speech, the minister said he was happy for the return of Kemal Burkay, a Kurdish politician, novelist and poet. Burkay recently returned home after a 31-year-long exile in Sweden.

Religious Affairs Directorate Vice President Yılmaz said it is a necessity for mankind to learn how to coexist with people from different religious communities. “It is beautiful to be together with friends. It is a privilege to be together with the spiritual leaders and representatives of other beliefs,” Yılmaz said.

About the GYV

The GYV was founded in 1994, and the mission and work of the foundation are inspired by GYV Honorary President Gülen, known for his teachings of hizmet (service), tolerance and dialogue. The Turkish nongovernmental organization shapes its vision of national and global unity through its five independent platforms and research center. These independent platforms each specialize in a different field, contributing to both the GYV’s and Turkey’s intellectual wealth.

The Abant Platform, a think tank named after Lake Abant, the location of its first meeting, is now a very important platform where Turkish intellectuals from all segments of society discuss recent issues and the country’s most pressing problems. The Medialog Platform was founded by and brings together the media and academics to produce a meaningful discussion of important issues in the world of journalism. The Dialogue Eurasia Platform is a regional intellectual department that organizes events to further develop dialogue based on the belief that a lack of communication and understanding is the main source of global conflicts today. The Intercultural Dialogue Platform provides a staple of two panel discussions a month, one in English and the other in Turkish. In all, the platform organizes about 50 panel discussions in a given year. The GYV Research Center serves as a documentation center for a wide scope of issues the foundation has addressed.

Source: Today's Zaman , 10 August 2011, Wednesday

Related News

Autopsy proves Turkish military student’s throat slit during coup attempt, sister says

Despite a relentless crackdown against any questioning of the government’s narrative regarding what really happened during a failed coup on July 15, second-year air force student Murat Tekin’s throat was slit by an angry mob, his sister has claimed, backing up her allegation with an autopsy report.

AFSV Denounces President Erdogan’s Seizure of Leading Newspaper Zaman

The Turkish government’s seizure of Zaman, the largest-selling newspaper in Turkey, is an attack on the country’s human rights, civil society and freedom of expression and the media. In his effort to consolidate power and silence all dissent, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s actions only serve to highlight his growing authoritarian tendencies.

You can’t achieve democracy through military coup – Islamic scholar

“Once again, the Turkish media, under government control or pressure, is circulating horrific rumours, this time about a supposed second coup attempt in the works, supposedly prepared by my sympathizers with the backing of the United States. Such rumours are unfounded and irresponsible,” Gülen said.

Did Erdoğan say ‘shut up’ to Gen. Eruygur?

EMRE USLU Liberal daily Taraf has published yet another document showing that the government, back in 2004, signed an agreement with the generals to fight the Gülen movement. The document outlined that the government agreed to prevent Gülen sympathizers from getting jobs in state institutions. Some political observers argue that the document shows that in […]

If whoever touched Gülen was doomed, we would have been ashes by now

“If whoever touches him is screwed, it should have been me who would have gotten screwed first; I should have been in ashes by now because I have published the harshest material against Gülen. I have published the most derogatory books against him.”

Turkish-Jordanian relations discussed in Istanbul

At a workshop on Turkish-Jordanian relations organized by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) in İstanbul on Wednesday, top aide to the prime minister and Ankara Deputy Yalçın Akdoğan said that Turkey pursues a value-based foreign policy, not one based on national interests. Stating that Turkey approaches its region with the idea of soft power and adhering […]

Latest News

This notable Pocono resident has been living here in exile since 1999

Logistics companies seized over Gülen links sold in fast-track auction

That is Why the Turkish Government could Pay 1 Billion Euros

ECtHR rules Bulgaria violated rights of Turkish journalist who was deported despite seeking asylum

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences in the Wake of the Western European Floods

Pregnant woman kept in prison for 4 months over Gülen links despite regulations

Normalization of Abduction, Torture, and Death in Erdogan’s Turkey

Turkey’s Maarif Foundation illegally seized German-run school in Ethiopia, says manager

Failed 2016 coup was gov’t plot to purge Gülenists from state bodies, journalist claims

In Case You Missed It

Turkey Faces International Trouble for Persecuting Gulen’s Schools

Prime minister’s inconsistencies raise eyebrows

Gülen offers more explanations of his views on continuing slander

GYV calls on President Gül to investigate interference with judiciary

Gülen calls for respect for the sacred, denounces terrorism

Turkey Blessed with the Prayers of Tanzanian Orphans

Conference on Hizmet movement to take place in Senegal

Copyright 2021 Hizmet News