The fourth pillar of the project, "Figures Inspiring the Youth", by the Directorate of Communications, was held with the participation of Muhammed Ahmed Faris, a Turkish citizen of Arab descent who has travelled to space.
Speaking at an event hosted by the Fatih Municipality's Fatih Culture and Art Center, Faris stated that everything on Earth could be monitored thanks to satellite systems in space and that numerous events such as wildfires and weather phenomena could be observed.
Faris stated that the Earth would be uninhabitable without communication and that many innovations were linked to space technologies.
Faris emphasised the importance of such systems as a critical part of life, as well as the significance of the work that would be done in this field, and noted the following:
"As young people, you must keep up with these technologies. The development level of a nation and its people is measured by its space facilities. When we look at the Türkiye of today, we can see that it is capable of producing and manufacturing anything. A large number of spacecraft are used for military intelligence purposes. When we examine a number of developments, we can see that all work done by governments is carried out to support intelligence activities. When it comes to Türkiye, it is critical for such a Muslim country to wield such power. If we want to fly into space and complete an endeavour along these lines, we must improve in all areas of expertise."
Faris proceeded as follows, saying that when he travelled to space, he saw thousands of people were working behind the scenes:
"As a result, not only do space technologies benefit us, but they also benefit society. If we are to fly into space, we must improve in every aspect of our lives. Thus, we should take a greater interest in space technologies. Its wisdom, no matter how much you accumulate, will never be sufficient. The development level of a nation is measured in tandem with its endeavours in space. The entire ummah is looking at Türkiye right now; its gaze is fixed on Türkiye. That is why I believe Türkiye's leadership in this regard is critical for the defence of the ummah and the cause. I went to Ankara and saw the work that had been done. I was proud to see Türkiye's efforts in this regard. As young individuals, you should be even more proud. This is a significant improvement. I saw how vital technology is in protecting the homeland and the ummah. When I saw that Türkiye was carrying out these efforts, I was overjoyed."
As part of his speech, Muhammed Ahmed Faris also shared the memories of his seven-day journey in space with the audience.
After his speech, Faris responded to a question by saying, "Türkiye and Syria are not just neighbours; we are brothers and sisters as well. We lived together for 400 years. They wanted to toy with both parties' emotions. But that is not the case in reality. In reality, the enemy of the two peoples is the same. I am delighted to be here with you. I have no fear of anyone. I wish the best for everyone. I adore Türkiye just as much as I adore Syria. We must maintain our unity; it is critical for our future."
Following the speeches, Mesut Onat, Director of Istanbul Regional Office of the Presidency's Directorate of Communications, presented Muhammed Ahmed Faris with a gift.
Upon the gift presentation, Onat stated that Faris was the fourth guest of the project "Figures Inspiring the Youth", adding, "Under the leadership and vision of our President, we can achieve many things, as long as we believe in ourselves and keep our will and determination in covering a distance."