STANBUL, March 29 Over the years, Turkey has been able to preserve the religion of Islam and its values in the Balkan and European countries through endowment activities, and it continues to do so till this day, a Kuwaiti official said Monday.

Turkish endowments have also reunited Muslims in Europe through universities, mosques, hospitals, and final resting places, Mohammed Al-Jalahma, Deputy Secretary General of Kuwait Awqaf Public Foundation (KAPF) added.

Al-Jalahma made his remarks while addressing participants of the “Islamic endowment and its civilized and voluntary role” workshop, held in Istanbul under the auspices of the Turkish Ummet Foundation, and in cooperation with Turkish and Kuwaiti endowment public foundations.

There are various types of cooperation between Kuwait and Turkey in the endowment field, including literature, values, studies, and events, he said, pointing out Ankara’s historic experience and expertise in endowment, which dates back to the Ottoman Empire era.

For his part, Mustafa Demirci, Chairman of Ummet Foundation, indicated that his country’s endowments were established to aid the Palestinians in Jerusalem and support Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Demirci also said that his Foundation has eight branches with budgets of over USD 18 million, adding that all funds are invested to support Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as poor families, students, and other Islamic programs and activities in Jerusalem.

Source: Name News Network