Turkey's head of religious affairs visits dervish lodge in Greece

ANADOLU AGENCY
DIDYMOTEICHO, Greece
Published 04.06.2015 16:36
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The head of Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) visited a dervish lodge Wednesday during his tour of Greece's Western Thrace region.

Mehmet Görmez, who presides over the Diyanet, visited the home of Seyyid Ali Sultan, a prominent 15th century leader of the Bektashi order, with lodge head Mehmet Koç.

"Islamic civilization lost a lot of things by losing these dergahs [lodges] in Anatolia and Rumelia," he said, using an Ottoman-era term for the Balkans. "If we have a problem about perfect human being in recent years and ages, it is because we weakened these dergahs where places teach perfect human being.

"We, Muslims, are members of the same belief as Alevis, Sunnis, Naqshis. We believe in the same God, the same Prophet and the same future life."

Görmez also visited Didymoteicho's 15th century Çelebi Sultan mosque, which is being restored after it was closed in 1952.

"Çelebi Sultan mosque is one of the most important works of Ottoman heritage," he said.

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