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A Sufi to Santiago

The stamp of the SultanpathIt had even come. The first Muslim who with the blessing of a bishop the walk to the tomb of the apostle James in Santiago de Compostela would make. Earlier Sufi's look what was going on with the sudden popularity of the almost-forgotten medieval Christian fine trip. During the Third International Mevlana Congress in Konya, the Camino to Santiago raised. Until 1925 there were eeuwenlan deep in Europe Sufiepaden to to this day most visited Sufiheiligdom on earth. What people thought of the idea for this historic paths from oblivion to tear?

For as the centuries long tolerance of Mevlana against other religions to express. But also to Europe and the world a historical cultural alternative to a pilgrimage to a saint that the erenaam "More Killer wore. It was therefore remarkable that Sedat Çakir as Sufi for the first time in history the special blessing for Bishop Santiago Passers was granted by the Haarlem Bishop Point. The blessing took place on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 and was done in the framework of the UNESCO Year of Sufigodfather Mevlana Rumi, who are eight honderste anniversary.

Voorzien van een boodschap van bisschop Punt voor de moslims gaat Sedat Çakir op weg naar Santiago de Compostela.The agency in Santiago de pilgrim registration record, they had to laugh heartily at the question of whether there is a Muslim official of the Special Bless the Santiago pilgrimage had done. Of course, in the context of the walk, there are now even Protestants back to the high holy tomb of the Killer More. The Moors themselves are obviously not anxious to come to St. cense. Officially, the last time in 997. Then came the sight of Córdoba over, but that was more a punitive expedition. Exactly 1010 years later, Sedat Çakir. With a special message from the Haarlem bishop. That message Sedat opened in Santiago on the day that the Spanish king Juan Carlos the holy Muslim killer was officially for his magical assistance. The king was in this age-old anti-Muslim ritual assisted by the highest ecclesiastical authorities and authorities.
Exactly 1010 years later, Sedat Çakir with an episcopal letter and Mevlana Rumi's message of peace.

Sedat Çakir, director of publishing Webisrehberi in Amsterdam, calls Rumi "the opposite of the caricature that Catholics in Spain of St. Jacob made. In the Middle Ages was Santiago after Rome and Jerusalem the most important pilgrimage of the Christian world.
Çakir: "The belief in saints is an essential part of the Catholic faith. Santiago is an important saint. This St with a Hoogfeest in the Canon of Saints on July 25. It is sad that idiots have abused holy Jacob Moors and Jews to be away.

Çakir: St. Jacob has never seen a Muslim, let alone massacred. He lived in the first century AD by Herod Agrippa, and was sentenced to death by the sword, in the year 43 or 44.

Around 570, his tomb, according to Antoninus of Piacenza on the Mount of Olives, and the early 8th century text from the northern Italian monastery Nonantola cites this as the location of the grave of James Major.

But in Spain, the holy own independent life after lead after Beatus of Liebana the apostle tutor, protector, and patronus vernulus, helpful Mauregatus patronage of King of Asturias (783-788) mentions. If the hermit Pelagius in a dream is notified that the remains of the apostle is not in Palestine, but in Spain would have lasted not long or Theodomirus bishop of Iria Flavia (813-818) discovered in an ancient Roman cemetery to the body Compostela of the apostle.

Around 840 Jacobus appears as beautiful knight on his white horse in the sky. This happened during the battle of Clavijo and delivered the Christian army victory over the Muslims.
Santiago Matamoros was born James the More Slayer. Patron saint of the Reconquista. Always ready to the Catholic Kings of Spain from the clouds to fire in their fight against the Muslims and the Jews.

The presence of the remains and military patronage was Jacobus named Patrono de las Españas.

Precisely because this saint in Santiago as More Slayer is honored Mevlana daar'het they need, "believes Çakir. He wants his pilgrimage during the tolerance of Mevlana against other religions to express.

Although there have been no more dolls to be beheaded at the annual celebrations for the Cathedral of Santiago, is there the night before a July 25 board papers front of the church in the form of a mosque. The victory of the Catholics on the muzelmannen may not fire at midnight in the hands. Çakir can rest easy. For years you hear nothing more about the traditional muselmannenjagen and the famous statue of the saint as el Mata Moros in the zijkapel in the dark. Only flash pictures you see of the Moors vertrapping under the hooves of the horse of James the Conqueror of Spain.
It believes Çakir not. "It can not. This apostle was already dead ten centuries. "

Mgr. Punt: A very convincing and initiative

Çakir received from the bishop a letter to the bishop of Santiago. Mgr. Point recalls his participation in a Ramadan meal, a few years ago in the Amsterdam Turkevi. He stressed the importance of reciprocity in dialogue: "We share the view that respect and tolerance is something quite different than giving up or even perspective of their own beliefs. On the contrary, it excludes the very freedom to them to bear".

Mgr. Section explains in his letter (see below) that the pilgrimage to the far West, the Christian symbolism in the place of death and the end of the world, is to reflect on and be aware of errors.

The bishop called the pilgrimage of Mr Çakir a particular initiative and convincing "and said his prayer again.


bischop Punt met Sedat

April 13, 2007

Dear Mr. Çakir,

Thank you for your visit. It struck me that the openness of heart and spirit possession as a Muslim with a Catholic bishop blessing the pilgrims to ask for a trip to Santiago de Compostela. You want to display a sign of dialogue and peace between our religions. I got this greatly appreciated. I myself some years ago by a sign to attend a Ramadan meal of the Turkish community in Amsterdam, which I store memories.

Genuine dialogue and peace can only be built on reciprocity in all respects.
In the Netherlands, but also elsewhere. Our time calls courageous testimony against fundamentalist intolerance. We share the view that respect and tolerance is something quite different than giving up or even perspective of their own beliefs. On the contrary, it excludes the very freedom to them to contribute.

A pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the Catholic tradition has a special meaning. Christian churches are oriented to the east, the part of the rising sun, the Holy One, Christ. The West is the place where the world ends and death begins. On the west side also has a church than a traditional tower as a fortress to protect the believers against the devil. The rose window in the west tower of many churches often portrays the Last Judgment out.

This symbolism has a trip to Santiago the meaning of a journey to the far west of the Occident, and a reflection on the end of all things and of life. In medieval pilgrimage was imposed on criminals in order to recall the Last Judgment and their sins to pay. According to tradition, the apostle James the multiple loss here sion ended. He was the first apostle who died as a martyr under Herod Agrippa (42 AD.) In Jerusalem. His relics were later transferred to Santiago.

In our time more and more people make this pilgrimage. They are not only fine, but also for rest and reflection to find new inspiration to deepen their faith. To add a new reason to: The provision of a sign of reconciliation and dialogue between Christianity and Islam. It is an unusual and convincing initiative.
I wish you a pilgrimage that also gives you great satisfaction, new strength and blessing. Pilgrim is one, if I hear more, just go. With my prayers, I will support you.
I will gladly return your asking experiences.

Best regards,

+ Joseph Marianus Punt
Bishop of Haarlem-Amsterdam


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By Murat Kirbaçoglu - editor Türkevi

Konya - The Third International Congress Mevlânâ to the Selçuk University of Konya, the writers Mohamed el-Fers and Veyis Güngör known that the 800ste anniversary of Mevlânâ as a European Day of Tolerance, reason and access to knowledge should be celebrated in accordance with the principle, thoughts and love of Mevlânâ. Four ministers were present Turkish agree, but why the most eminent philosopher and mystical writer of the highest limit Islam to Europe? The whole world has Mevlânâ needed!

On January 14, 2005, the Turkish Permanent Delegation to UNESCO a letter to the Director-General of UNESCO with the request made by UNESCO the year 2007 would associate with the 800ste Birthday Mevlânâ. This request was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, since Mevlânâ was born in Balkh in the north eastern Afghanistan.
The Director-General noted that the man who for centuries had its stamp printed on the Islamic culture and devotion meet the criteria of the UNESCO, as established in the 159ste session of the General Vergadering.en, the proposal for the UNESCO Year the celebration of the 800ste Birthday of Mevlana in 2007.

So, UNESCO is celebrating the anniversary 800ste worldwide TÜRKEVi and MOKUMTV celebrate the birth of the Master of the Free Spirit on a smaller scale in the Capital of the Free World: Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands.

Mr Güngör Veyis of Türkevi Amsterdam was very pleased with the support of UNESCO, as this' guarantee that the whole world now has access to the mystical knowledge of the masterpieces that Mevlânâ produced. '
Mr Mohamed el-Fers said that "the work of Mevlânâ and his ideas of universal significance to today, even outside the borders of Turkey and Europe."

Stamps collected on the Sufipath to Konya

In that respect it is Sufipad really "together on the road."

Irz - chastity monitoring

Everywhere and always will be people who during the long journey is not as closely with the cleaning units. As the (rk) priests guard the chastity of the Christian pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, is the ırz - chastity surveillance along the Sufipad in Turkey one of the tasks of the Turkish gendarme (jandarma).

More information about the chastity control in general ( "ırz ve malının korunması" in Turkish) of the gendarme in provinci Kırklari under the heading MÜLKİ GÖREVLERİon the site of this unit.

The E8 is an initiative of the European Association Walk. In the Netherlands, this route is operated by the Foundation Long Distance Footpaths.


The Mevlana-project was conducted in cooperation with the following organizations:
Association Turkish House
Mokum TV Amsterdam
Foundation KULSAN
Turkish Writers Association Netherlands
Association IFKSAN
Colorful Dance Foundation
Mosaic Culture and Art Foundation
Foundation Troya
Foundation Tevazu
Foundation Mokum Plus
ODA Foundation
Foundation Kardelen
CWI Amsterdam
Historical Museum Turkey-Netherlands Hoorn
Foundation Mysticism
Zaman Netherlands