Excerpt from Mr. Adnan Oktar's Live Conversation on A9TV dated May 14th 2014
Adnan Oktar: That issue of "mourning" should not be misunderstood. The word mourning is used in the sense of respect. It means showing respect and kindness, concentrating to the subject matter, being concerned and attentive. It doesn't mean being frantic with sorrow, it doesn't mean crying, grieving, losing one's self in sorrow. Those would be ascribing partners to God, that would be irrational. That doesn't make sense and they bring no good to anyone. I mean it would be an inappropriate behavior towards God. But since this is a worldwide tradition, the flags are flown at half-staff, entertainment programs are cancelled but it doesn't mean that it is not acceptable to laugh, to speak; it doesn't mean that there should be constant crying and weeping. This should not be misunderstood.