Eid Helps Boost Unity in Turkiye
(Ebru News/AP) Every religious holiday is a time of remembrance with an increased sense of spirituality, but in Turkiye, charity and solidarity were certainly the highlights of this year's Eid al-Adha, Islam's most important religious holiday.
The "Is anybody there" Foundation delivered the meat to families in cyclone-stricken Bangladesh and Bosnia after the morning prayer.
This year's Eid, thanks to civil society organizations, brought the east and the west of Turkiye together in a brotherly and warm environment that the country has long been yearning for.
Various civil society organizations, assisted thousands of charitable donors in reaching out to poverty-stricken residents of the Kurdish-dominated eastern and southeastern regions of Turkiye.
Is anybody there prompted hundreds of businessmen all across Turkiye into action and delivered the sacrificial meat of some 70,000 animals within Turkiye and some 13,500 animals in 50 countries across the world.
The organization's public relations manager, Ismail Kilinç, noted that they were pleased to see that the Eid spirit boosted solidarity within the nation and underlined that they had not developed a special project for this year's Eid to urge charity givers to donate meat to the needy.
"The eastern and southeastern provinces have been neglected for years. The fight against terrorism is not limited to flushing out terrorists on mountains. Economic and social relief also make up a significant step in eliminating the threat posed by terrorist organizations. We are delighted to witness the level of consciousness of poverty among the Turkish nation rising in recent years.”
The meat of thousands of animals was sent to some 1.5 million people in need in 50 countries such as Bangladesh, Togo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique and Sudan.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the other hand, praised Is anybody there’s campaign to urge businessmen to share the joy of Eid al-Adha in eastern and southeastern provinces.
“We have witnessed a different scene during this year’s Eid. All of Turkiye proved that it was eager to enjoy Eid al-Adha in unity and solidarity.”
Expressing his approval of those who preferred to spend the Eid with poor families in eastern and southern Turkiye and making particular reference to Is anybody there, Erdogan said: “Not everybody would not have seized such an opportunity.”
Minister of Education Hüseyin Çelik also noted that Is anybody there’s campaign during the Eid al-Adha is worth raising one’s hat to, adding......
“Turkiye is a whole with all of its regions in the west, east, north and south. Hundreds of businessmen from various western provinces flocked to spend their Eid in eastern and southeastern cities thanks to Is anybody there’s initiative. Turkiye’s unity cannot be protected with slogans and chanting that ‘The country is not divided.’ Turkiye’s unity lies in solidarity between all segments of society. In this regard, the campaign of Is anybody there is worthy of praise.”
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