CHP Chairman Kemal KIlıçdaroğlu and İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu attended the Serçeşme Hünkar Hacı Bektaş Veli Festival held at the Yenikapı Event Area. Speaking to the enthusiastic crowd that filled the area, Kılıçdaroğlu said, “Today, most of the war zones, regions experiencing hunger and famine in the world are Islamic countries. There is pain, blood, tears in Islamic countries. There are Muslims who have been displaced from their homeland and have to immigrate from their country. We wish that the pain and the blood spilled will come to an end. Peace and justice will come in the Islamic world, and justice and peace will be won.” In his speech, İmamoğlu reminded the ongoing fires in Tunceli and said, “I know Munzur. I know Tunceli. I know those beautiful mountains. Upon the determinations to be made, Mr. President, whatever order you give us, the people of Istanbul are ready to meet every need of Tunceli in a rush.”
Serçeşme Hünkar Hacı Bektaş Veli Festival, organized in Yenikapı Event Area with the organization of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB), started yesterday with the participation of İBB President Ekrem İmamoğlu. CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and his wife Selvi Kılıçdaroğlu attended today's events as guests of honor. President Ekrem İmamoğlu and his wife Dilek İmamoğlu attended the event as hosts, CHP Istanbul Provincial Chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu, IYI Party Istanbul Provincial Head Buğra Kavuncu, Alevi Bektashi Federation (ABF) Chairman Pir Hüseyin Güzelgül, CHP and IYI Party deputies, NGOs. 's representatives, IMM bureaucrats and thousands of Istanbulites took part.
Before the program hosted by Ceylan Saner and Mert Fırat, Kılıçdaroğlu and İmamoğlu couple toured the “Traces of Serçeşme Exhibition” with the narration of Mahir Polat, Deputy Secretary General of IMM.
Kılıçdaroğlu and İmamoğlu couple, who were greeted with applause by the enthusiastic crowd when they entered the venue, watched the documentary, which includes sections from the life and sayings of Hacı Bektaş-ı Veli.
KEMAL KILIÇDAROĞLU: “HACI BEKTAŞ PARENT TEACHED MY SUFI”
CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu started his speech by saying, “We commemorate a sage, an Anatolian sage who told us the virtue of tolerance, loving people and nature.”
Kılıçdaroğlu, who emphasized that Hacı Bektaş Veli taught the way of using the mind, finding the truth, deepening in faith, and mysticism, shared the following from Hünkar's advice:
“He said a lot to those who lived and understood this land. He said that the greatest miracle, He said that justice is knowing the truth in everything. He said that sages are both seekers and inventors. He said that the highest wealth is knowledge. He said that the essence of the devil is the essence of humility. He said, "Blessed are those who shine a light on the darkness of thought." He said that those who make a living without working are not from us. He said that the sleep of the scholar is better than the worship of the ignorant. He said, don't look for anyone's fault, see your own fault. And he said that whatever the language, the color of the tongue, the good are good, the good are always good."
CARRYING THE TORCH OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Kılıçdaraoğlu, emphasizing that what Hacı Bektaş Veli said from beyond the ages has turned into universal rules today, said, “He carried the torch of enlightenment, not a sword in his hand. He has always defended right and justice throughout his life. Society has accepted that he came to Anatolia with pigeon pants. Because it has been the story of peace, tranquility and coexistence. He has not marginalized anyone. He was educated in the quarry of the Sufi Ahmet Yesevi and received inspiration. His teacher in his lodge is Lokman Perende.”
IN ISLAMIC COUNTRIES THERE IS PAIN, THERE IS BLOOD, THERE ARE TEARS
Reminding the quote of Hacı Bektaş Veli, "If you see a place as dark, know that the curtain is in your eyes," Kılıçdaroğlu continued his speech as follows:
“Those who were educated in his convent dispersed to Anatolia and Rumelia after completing their education. Today, in many countries of Europe, his thoughts enlighten the society. He has always defended justice, said that the state should be governed by justice and merit, and he expressed this. According to Haci Bektashi Veli, one should compete in goodness, resist injustice, never deviate from justice and never despair. Hunkar says so. But there are harsh realities in the world today. In the world today, most of the areas of war, hunger and famine are Islamic countries. There is pain, blood, tears in Islamic countries. There are Muslims who have been displaced from their homeland and have to immigrate from their country. What is happening in Afghanistan worries not only us but the whole world. In basic areas such as democracy, human rights, education, health, social equality and justice, Muslim countries are indeed in misery. We wish the pain and the blood spilled will come to an end. Peace and justice will come in the Islamic world, justice and peace will be gained.”
WORKING PRESIDENT EKREM İMAMOĞLU
At the end of his speech, Kılıçdaroğlu expressed his satisfaction with the organization and concluded his speech as follows:
“I wish God's mercy on all of our heroes, martyrs, and veterans, especially Veteran Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who gave us the right to live freely in this beautiful country with our honor and dignity. And in the presence of all of us, I would like to thank Ekrem İmamoğlu, the hardworking Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, who brought us together, brought us together and exhibited this beautiful work.”
EKREM İMAMOĞLU: "WE WILL BE HERE WITH HEARTS AND HEARTS"
President İmamoğlu, who made the opening speech of the event, said UNESCO's 2021; He said that he announced it all over the world with the titles of the 750th Anniversary of the Death of Hacı Bektaş Veli, the 700th Anniversary of the Death of Yunus Emre, and the 850th Anniversary of the Birth of Ahi Evran.
Noting that they were happy to hold the first Hünkar Hacı Bektaş Veli Meeting of this size in Istanbul's Serçeşme Square, İmamoğlu said, “We will be here for three days, heart to heart. We will remember the values he represents, we will remember his love for people, nature and living things, and his tolerance that embraces differences together.”
EVEN AFTER CENTURIES, WE FEED FROM HIS HEARTS
Reminding that it has been 781 years since Hünkar Hacı Bektaş Veli came to Anatolia from Horasan, İmamoğlu said, “For exactly 781 years, it continues to be a light to humanity with its unique belief that respects peace, science, truth and all living and non-living beings. Hacı Bektaş is an endless source, a fountain. Even after centuries, we are fed from the fountain of his heart. Everything that the path of this spring passes through, that its water touches, that a drop of which falls, gives life.”
Emphasizing the great need for unity, solidarity and brotherhood calls of Hacı Bektaş Veli as humanity, İmamoğlu continued as follows:
“In this respect, UNESCO's recognition of 2021 as the year to commemorate Hacı Bektaş Veli, Yunus Emre and Ahi Evran is a very valuable step for humanity. We will protect this unique heritage, which carries the tolerance and virtue of looking at all humanity with the same eye, without any discrimination, with knowledge, love and courage.”
BY THE INSTRUCTIONS OF OUR GENERAL PRESIDENT…
Emphasizing that they rush wherever there is a need in Turkey, İmamoğlu said that the forests are burning in Tunceli and they are waiting for an intervention. Imamoglu continued:
“I know Munzur. I know Tunceli. I know those beautiful mountains. Upon the determinations to be made, Mr. President is ready, as the people of Istanbul, to meet every need of Tunceli, no matter what order you give us. I am really happy to stand by your side and heartily with you at the Hacı Bektaş-ı Veli meeting and to be united again in love, brotherhood and peace, we really need it. Today, both in our country, in our city and in the world, the spirit of that Hacı Bektaş is enough, his words are enough, his thought is enough. I hope we all see the days when the conflict, fighting and war in all countries, especially Afghanistan, came to an end, and the days that befit the beautiful land where Haji Bektash was born.”
İmamoğlu ended his speech with the following knees of Hacı Bektaş:
"Love is boiling, in our burning furnace,
Nightingales come with enthusiasm, roses bloom in our vineyard.
Ambitions, grudges disappear, in our square with love,
Lions and gazelles are friends in our arms…”
ARİF TAKES THE RIGHT STAGE
After the speeches, Arif Sağ took the stage and sang his beautiful folk songs. Expressing his satisfaction for the fact that the festival is a first, Sağ thanked İBB President İmamoğlu. Right continued:
“Tonight is very important for tonight. I congratulate my dear President as the first President who has been so close to this society, so close to this society, who has brought this attitude so seriously and announced his culture in the skies of Istanbul, since 1961. I think this has already passed into history. History will tell about this later. We will write it somewhere on a white page with a red pen. They will write. They will tell and say this after us. Yes, I hope this is on my President's mind. A decision must be made to do this every year. I don't know if this decision can be taken from the parliament, but I think they should take it."
45 ARTISTS WILL PERFORM
The festival hosts 45 important artists. Arif Sağ, Musa Eroğlu, Mongolians, Cengiz Özkan, Yeni Türkü, Tolga Sağ, Ender Balkır, Kardeş Türküler, Muharrem Temiz, Fuat Saka, Sadık Gürbüz, Dertli Divani, Şevval Sam, Gülcihan Koç, Ahmet Aslan, İlkay Akkaya, Mikail Aslan, Grup Abdal, Cem Adrian, Özlem Taner, Nilüfer Sarıtaş, Metin-Kemal Kahraman, Ali Rıza-Hüseyin Albayrak, Özlem Taner, İhsan Er, Tayyar Erdem, Volkan Kaplan, Cem Erdost Advanced, Erkan Tekçi, Gülseven Medar, Hüseyin Korkankorkmaz, Ayfer Vardar, Gani Pekşen, Yılmaz Çelik, Ayhan Aydın, Erkan Akalın, Burak Aykaç, Peyda Yurtsever, Ali Kaya Arı, Özge Çam, Cem Doğan, Mahir Kutlutürk, Hüseyin Beydilli, Yavuz Top, Özgür Polat and Serdar There is Kemal.
CHILDREN NOT FORGET
Within the scope of the events that all Istanbul residents attend free of charge; documentary films are shown. In addition, video-light shows specially prepared for the festival are held. Panels and talks are organized with the participation of researchers and writers who are experts in their fields, and workshops are held for children.