On 19th November 2014 KUDEM and IFIS&IZ have welcomed with joy and honor the honorable scholar Sayyid ʿUmar al-Ǧailānī. He is well-known as the schafi’ī Mufti of Meccah and is considered as descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the great Sufi scholar and founder of the Qadiri Tariqah ‘Abd al-Qādir al-Ǧailānī.
Through his visit Sayyid Umar al-Ǧailānī and the delegation gained an impression about the activities, projects and premises of KUDEM and IFIS&IZ. In a pleasant atmosphere accompanied by cordial conversations the premises including the Islamic library, which is currently the largest of its kind in Europe, were visited. Sayyid Umar al-Ǧailānī was pleased with what have been achieved so far and addressed his supplications to the supporters, especially to honorable Prof. Dr. Hüseyin İlker Cinar, who has initiated and pursues this magnificent project. He also would be delighted and honoured by welcoming Prof. Çınar and his students in Meccah and expressed that they would be always welcome. For Sayyid Umar al-Ǧailānī, the concept and work of IFIS&IZ and KUDEM to promote science, art and culture is an essential and important service. He also underlined the importance to pursue such efforts with honesty and pure faith and the intent to gain the good pleasure of God.
It was a great honor and pleasure for KUDEM and IFIS&IZ to welcome Sayyid Umar al-Ǧailānī. Honorable Prof. Dr. Hüseyin İlker Cinar, who could not attend to the visit, conveyed his highest appreciation and thanks to Sayyid Umar al-Ǧailānī. We also thank Dr. Martin Mahmud Kellner for his support and engagement during the reception of our special guest.