A Turkish bride and groom invited 4,000 Syrian refugees to celebrate their wedding day with them
The Turkish couple who have made their way onto major newspapers around the world for spending their wedding day feeding 4,000 Syrian refugees in the southern province of Kilis on the Syrian border have said they never thought they would receive so much positive feedback for their action.
Fethullah and Esra Üzümcüoğlu, who tied the knot in Kilis last week, decided to use the money raised for their wedding to offer a wedding feast to 4,000 Syrians who fled the unrest in their country and took shelter in Kilis. The couple, in their wedding attire, personally took part in the delivery of meals to the Syrians that was made via Kimse Yok Mu, a Turkish charity which provides help to millions of people around the world.
The couple borrowed a truck from Kimse Yok Mu for the delivery of the meals.
"Aside from those in Turkey and from Syrians, we received messages of congratulations from various corners of the world. We never thought we would get so much interest," Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu said.
"I think we did what being a Muslim requires. We will continue with this useful act with which we made a bountiful start to our marriage," he said.
Esra Üzümcüoğlu said she has been very pleased with the positive reactions they received, adding that she hopes their action will set an example for other couples.
Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu also said he will encourage his relatives and friends to share their wedding parties with Syrian refugees.
"In this way, they will have made a good start to their married life. ... It is our duty to extend a helping hand to our sisters and brothers who fled their country four years ago and took shelter in our country. They are in need of even a simple bowl of soup," he said.
"We hope this event sets an example for other people. Kimse Yok Mu added joy to our joy. May God be pleased with this organization and its employees for their charitable actions," he said.
Some Syrian refugees who joined the wedding feast of the Üzümcüoğlu couple told Sunday's Zaman that they were very happy over the self-sacrifice made by this couple.
Source: Todays Zaman