A group of volunteers whose hearts beat with the love of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have come together from different cities in Turkiye and various countries of the world to pay a glowing tribute to the Turkiye’s President, as he clocked 68 on Saturday, February 26, 2022.
The volunteers, under the pioneers of
SIBEL AKMAN, NEDİM İMAMOĞLU, IPEK HAVVA ÖZKAYAALP, TARİK ZIYAD, SEMİH NALBULAN and TURGAY EVREN released a surprise video on the eve of Saturday, where they described President Erdogan as a visionary leader who has conquered many hearts through his humility, determination and visionary leadership.
İpek Havva Özkayaalp, one of the brains behind the project posted the 2 minutes, 15 seconds video on Twitter, both in Turkish and English, saying:
“Seni Abdülhamit Han’ın yalnızlığına terketmeyeceğiz!…
“We will never leave you to the loneliness of Sultan Abdulhamit!…
Seni Abdülhamit Han'ın yalnızlığına terketmeyeceğiz!…
— Havva ((حوا 🇹🇷🇸🇴🇮🇩🕊 (@HAVVA_OZKAYAALP) February 25, 2022
The video received wide acceptance from many people within and outside Turkiye, as many posted it on different social media platforms.
The current Turkiye’s Minister of Treasury and Finance, Dr. Nureddin Nebati also retweeted the video which has attracted over 50,000 views in less than 10 hours.
“Güçlü yarınlar ve büyük başarılar için milletine hizmet yolunda kendini adayan liderimiz, Cumhurbaşkanımız @RTErdogan aynı davada sizlerle yürümekten büyük bir onur duyuyor, nice başarılı ve sağlıklı ömürler diliyorum. Rabbim sizi başımızdan eksik etmesin. #İyikiDoğdunREİS
“Our leader, President Erdogan, who dedicated himself to serve this nation for a stronger tomorrow and greater achievements, is very honoured to walk with you in this same cause. I wish you many successful and healthy lives. May God not leave you behind,” he tweeted, translated via Google.
Güçlü yarınlar ve büyük başarılar için milletine hizmet yolunda kendini adayan liderimiz, Cumhurbaşkanımız @RTErdogan aynı davada sizlerle yürümekten büyük bir onur duyuyor, nice başarılı ve sağlıklı ömürler diliyorum.
— Dr.Nureddin NEBATİ🇹🇷 (@NureddinNebati) February 25, 2022
Several participants in the video have also reacted. One of them is the publisher of this medium, Muslim News, Nigeria’s most authoritative Islamic Newspaper, Rasheed Abubakar, who expressed happiness for being part of the project.
On Saturday, the medium, the only Muslim-tailored media house in Nigeria – posted the video on its official Twitter handle, with the caption;
“Our Publisher, @rawshieldpr joined friends from across the world to make a surprise video for Turkiye’s President @RTErdogan, who clocked 68 today. The 2-minute clip was rendered in Turkish & subtitled in English. Great work @TurgayEvren1 and God bless #Erdogan #İyikiDoğdunREİS
Our Publisher, @rawshieldpr joined friends from across the world to make a surprise video for Turkiye's President @RTErdogan, who clocked 68 today. The 2 minutes clip was rendered in Turkish & subtitled in English. Great work @TurgayEvren1 and God bless #Erdogan #İyikiDoğdunREİS pic.twitter.com/JgaE8ovtKw
— Muslim News Nigeria (@muslimnews_NG) February 26, 2022
President Erdogan has won the medium’s most decorated Global, Nigerian Muslim Personality of the Year Award #MNAwards for three consecutive years (2018, 2019, 2020) for speaking up and defending the rights of oppressed Muslims around the world.
— Muslim News Nigeria (@muslimnews_NG) March 15, 2021
Speaking with Muslim News, Evren, a Turkish-based author, composer, and songwriter, said the motivation behind the project was to prepare a humble gift video expressing their feelings and thoughts about President Erdoğan on social media.
“We hoped it would touch many hearts and find a way to reach President Erdoğan, who became the voice of oppressed masses of the world, on this special day which is his birthday,” he said.
The composer of ‘Don’t Cry Jerusalem’ noted that it was not very difficult to assemble participants of the video, as people from different countries tried to read the Turkish sentences out of love for President Erdoğan.
According to him, “We helped foreign friends to utter Turkish sentences properly by recording these sentences on WhatsApp. Our foreign brothers and sisters easily copied these sentences after listening and they did a great job.
“Without their contributions, this work would not attract so much attention on social media. We would like to thank Della Miles, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston’s vocalist, and all foreign friends who made a heartfelt contribution to this video project.
Envren told Muslim News that the video tells about the journey they have had with President Erdoğan, who conquered hearts through his humility, determination, and visionary leadership.
“The messages given in the video emphasize that Erdoğan has always struggled for justice and prosperity in Turkiye and the world. He always raised his voice for the oppressed and stood tall against the oppressors. He challenged the global powers which shaped the UN according to their interests, saying, “The World Is Bigger Than Five.”
The video ends with an emotional sentence: We Will Not Leave You To The Loneliness of Sultan Abdulhamit.
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