Şentop’s message is as follows:
“Today marks the 948th Anniversary of the Battle of Malazgirt, which is a milestone not just for our nation and country but rather for the configuration of the history of Islam and the world. This historical victory which had been won on August 26th, 1071 and determined the next centuries permanently is especially a reason of pride for our youth and an epic event which has shaped the future.
The Battle of Malazgirt which is described as ‘The incident which opened the gates of Anatolia to Turks’ in history books is not just a war that was initiated with the aim of land reclamation. This victory is a monument of heroism that we owe to Sultan Alp Arslan and his brave army, who acted with courage and commitment against an attack which was planned to annihilate the Islamic world, whose efficacy has been deeply felt for hundreds of years.
In a time when we are realizing the 100th Anniversary of the War of Independence, the Battle of Malazgirt has a greater and deeper meaning more than ever. Because the spirit which enabled the victory of the Battle of Malazgirt and the consciousness and diligence which lead to success in the War of Independence are works of the very same belief. The legacy of these two epics which were inherited from our glorious history is the firm will that these lands will remain as our nation’s free and sovereign homeland forever.
With this conscience and faith, I remember all our martyrs with mercy who shielded their bodies and sacrificed their lives for I’la-yı Kelimetullah since the Battle of Malazgirt whose 948th anniversary is proudly commemorated; and I remember all our leaders, firstly Sultan Alp Arslan with gratitude and thankfulness who have dedicated their lives to our august nation.”