Prof. Dr. Halis Aydemir graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Electrical and Electronics, Department of Electrical Engineering in 1995. In 1998, he received his master’s degree in Hadith from Bursa Uludag University, Institute of Social Sciences and in 2004 he received his PhD. In 2008, he became an associate professor and in 2014 he became a professor. In 2020, he started his duty as a member of the High Board of Religious Affairs. He continues his academic studies in the fields of orientalism, Qur’anic studies, and tahqiq.

Palestine stands as one of the earliest regions to bear evidence of human civilization. This land, harboring the holy city of al-Quds, has served as a cradle for divine religions and has borne witness to the lives of numerous prophets. What significance, then, does this land hold for humanity? 

The importance of Palestine for us is considerable. There are some religious reasons for this. The Prophet (saw) was born in Mecca. He migrated to Medina. While in Mecca, the Messenger of Allah (saw) traveled to Masjid al-Aqsa through a journey we call Isra’. The Holy Qur’an states: “Glory be to the One Who took His servant ‘Muhammad’ by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque whose surroundings We have blessed, so that We may show him some of Our signs. Indeed, He alone is the All-Hearing, All-Seeing.” (Isra, 17:1)

When Allah the Almighty took the Messenger of Allah on this journey, it was at a time when we were at the bottom of our despair, just as we are today. Today, we, as the Islamic ummah, are also at a time when we are at the bottom of our despair. Palestine has started bleeding again. It started to get wounded again through Gaza. This has started to make us feel more helpless and worse. The time when the Messenger of Allah traveled to Masjid al-Aqsa was no different. First, his wife, Khadijah passed away. Khadijah was an important figure in the life of the Messenger of Allah, a safe harbor for him. In his most difficult time, he lost his beloved Khadijah, he lost Abu Talib, he lost everything, and he had nothing to hold on to. Today, our ummah has lost everything, lost their state, lost their political unity, lost their economic unity, lost their scientific unity, and even lost their love among itself. Moreover, with this, the issue of Masjid al-Aqsa, Palestine, al-Quds, and Gaza is suddenly on the agenda of the ummah, and even on the agenda of the world.