Dear Distinguished Visitors,

Gulberenk Educational Children Programs continue to be organized regularly. Through our “Salt in the Food” program we all said, “So Many Small Things, No Disdain!”. During the program we realized that there were so many small things and it turned out that those little things were of great importance.

If it was not for the for the knots a vest could not produced. If it was not for the rain drops a sea would not have been created. Thereby, no bricks might mean no walls, no rice would mean no rice pilaf. No letters might have meant no words, no commas would have meant no meanings. Furthermore, no seeds would have meant no trees, no needle then would mean no caftans. How can one disdain all these things?

How can one despise these? If it was not for the gram, a pound would not become a pound. If it was not for an inch, one meter would not exist. If there was no one lira, a thousand liras would not come out. Yes, all these may appear very small; but still if there were no pages no books would have been printed and if there were no books no libraries would have been built.

Some little things might have few harmful effect on us, like bacteria, viruses and thorns… they can hurt, wound and even make us ill…However, few little things may have a myriad benefits. If it was not for the tiny little needle, huge curtains would not have been made. If it were not for the keys, we could not unlock the doors of our houses and even could not start the engine of our cars. Just think about it, if we did not have our tiny nails, teeth, nostrils, what would happen?

Sometimes things that might seem trivial, in fact may have huge influences on us. Likewise, a sulky face may be enough to demoralize others. Moreover, a slight smile could do vice versa and make others feel happy and motivated. Winning or losing even may depend on very tiny reasons. For example, the ones who have a bit of arrogance in their hearts, would not be able to go to heaven. To repent after a sin and to thank Allah after doing a good deed, all these seem trivial acts but in fact they are not.

Having contemplated about all of these aspects, we sang together a beautiful song of which the chorus remained in our tongue like the taste of honey:

“Snow flake, pomegranate seed, water drop, grain of sand! Allah, who created the smallest and the greatest, is our only One! There is no such thing as thing! No disdain! Be like salt in food, Amen, Oh you beautiful pearl!”

Right after the song, we knew who the pearls were mentioned in the song. Each of the Gulberenk Children is a small pearl. Our sisters, who presented us the program as a gift, wished us to add flavor and beauty to the world, just as salt adds flavor to food. Hereby, each Gulberenk Program has been like a de facto prayer for a more peaceful world.

On the first Saturday- Sunday of every month we are in Istanbul and on the last Sunday of every month, we continue to say Amen to this prayer in Izmir, Zonguldak, Adana and Kutahya! Thank Allah!

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