– I guess the biggest factor is God's creating me like that. On the other hand, I grew up in a place that resembled "ruined towns, ruined homes." In Akif's words, "homeless deserts, headless communities, days without work, evenings with no thought for tomorrow, domination, oppression"... Seeing those, I can't help but feeling sad when wistfully remembering the past. It's made me soft-hearted like a child. [Nuriye Akman, Sabah,daily 1/23-30/95]
– In your sermons I watched on video cassettes to get to know you, I saw that you frequently cry. What makes you so soft-hearted?