President Erdogan Vısıts Tokyo Camıı and Turkish Culture Center
Visiting Tokyo Mosque and Turkish Culture Center on the first day of his visit to Japan, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan underscored that Islam called for peace and said: “I believe Islam’s call to build a world without war will gain more recognition.”
Accompanied by First Lady Emine Erdoğan, President Erdoğan was welcomed by Imam Muhammed Rasit Alas.
Performing the evening prayer at the Tokyo Mosque, President Erdoğan made a statement to the press. Underscoring that Islam called for peace, President Erdoğan said: “In these times, dominated by terror, I believe Islam’s call for peace and to build a world without war will gain more recognition.”
TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS LIKE DAESH OVERSHADOW ISLAM
Pointing out that there were terrorist organizations that claimed to act in the name of Islam but overshadowed its call for peace, President Erdoğan said: “These terrorist organizations like Daesh unfortunately overshadow our religion. Their actions have no place in our religion.”
Drawing attention to Western campaigns to cast a shadow over Islam, President Erdoğan reminded the term “Islamic terror”, a description frequently used in the West, and said: “I hope we will get over these problems and build a world, where people love each other just because they are humans and treat each other conscientiously.”
Signing the guest book of the Tokyo Mosque and the Turkish Cultural Center, President Erdoğan wrote: “I have had the pleasure of meeting with my brothers at Tokyo Mosque, one of the most beautiful symbols of the deep-rooted Turkish-Japanese friendship. The Tokyo Mosque has the most exceptional examples of the Islamic aesthetics and the Turk-Islam arts with its architecture, ornamentation, calligraphy and tiles. In addition to being a house of prayer, every mosque serves as a home to our brotherhood, unity, solidarity love and tolerance. I believe the amazing Tokyo Mosque, the largest mosque in Japan, will serve this purpose. I congratulate everyone who has contributed to the mosque and I extend my heartfelt greetings and love to all my brothers and sisters.”