Q&A: Everything you need to know about hajj, Islam's holy pilgrimage

"The first purpose of the hajj is to fulfill Allah's will," Islamic law professor Ekrem Buğra Ekinci told the Daily Sabah.
9 Ağustos 2019 Cuma

THE STORY OF THOSE THAT REJOICE ON MAWLID AL-NABI

During the Ottoman Era, Mawlid al-Nabi used to be celebrated with magnificent grandiose ceremonies as it was a public holiday.
16 Aralık 2018 Pazar

TURKEY AND THE US: AN ON-AGAIN AND OFF-AGAIN RELATIONSHIP

After World War II, the United States began to show close interest in Turkey, seeing it as a safety valve against communism and the Soviet Union. However, this judgement has never seen any bearing.
9 Aralık 2018 Pazar

JERUSALEM IN THE HEART

U.S. President Trump's announcement that the U.S. will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has stirred the pot and the motives of this eccentric president, who falls on the world's agenda with every action he takes, are unclear
14 Aralık 2017 Perşembe

LOVE OF CATS A SIGN OF FAITH IN ISLAM

Cats are known to be ungrateful while dogs are renowned for their loyalty. However, this is not the case in Islamic-Turkish culture, where cats and dogs held a place completely different
11 Aralık 2017 Pazartesi

HISTORY OF OTTOMAN BANKING

The roots of banking go back to 13th-century Italy, but truely flourished during and after the Industrial Revolution, whose effects also brought the banking system to the Ottoman Empire
1 Aralık 2017 Cuma

MORE THAN A FOOD: BREAD'S FASCINATING HISTORY AS THE MASTER OF DINNER TABLES

Bread has been one of the basic staple foods since it was first invented, but people do not appreciate bread when it is abundant and only value it when it is scarce
17 Kasım 2017 Cuma

OTTOMANS' CENTURIES OF GREAT SERVICE TO THE HOLY LANDS

Ottoman sultans had always been in the service of the holy lands of Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem even before they became caliphs, and their exquisite work there is proof that they were true servants of Islam
10 Kasım 2017 Cuma

OTTOMAN POSTAL SYSTEM: BACKBONE OF A GRAND EMPIRE

People living in the Ottoman Empire, which ruled over 22 million square kilometers, communicated through a complex postal system over long distances
3 Kasım 2017 Cuma

ECONOMIC LIFE IN THE OTTOMAN ERA

Liberal principles prevailed in Ottoman economic life, but it was not a loose liberalism, as social justice was essential in the distribution of the empire's income
27 Ekim 2017 Cuma

JEWISH COMMUNITY IN OTTOMAN EMPIRE

Throughout its history, the Ottoman Empire was a place where Jews could live without fear of persecution, a comfort denied to them in most of Europe in the 19th century
13 Ekim 2017 Cuma

WHITE GOLD: THE STORY OF SUGAR

Trading sugar made so much money that people started to call it ‘white gold.' The increase in sugar production was also one of the main drivers of the slave trade
6 Ekim 2017 Cuma

FAKE NOBLES, FICTITIOUS OTTOMANS

Some people who saw the Ottoman's brilliant role and reputation Islamic history claimed to be related to the Ottoman dynasty, and they succeeded in deceiving the simple-minded with these false claims, and some of these people were from European dynasties such as the Romanovs and Habsburgs
29 Eylül 2017 Cuma

A CHRONICLE OF LABOR MOVEMENTS IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

Workers' rights in the Ottoman Empire were always protected under the guidance of Islam, which is a religion that honors honest labor. Although there were setbacks, labor rights were always present in the empire which was not an industrialized state
22 Eylül 2017 Cuma

EUNUCHS of the ORIENT

Harems and eunuchs are among the most eccentric issues of old oriental life. The discipline of the harem, where it was impossible to come across even a male fly, was handled by the eunuchs. Thanks to them, the palace didn't witness a single scandal in six centuries.
15 Eylül 2017 Cuma

VISA REQUIRED: TRAVELING TO ISTANBUL DURING OTTOMAN ERA

As the capital city of the empire, Istanbul was administered under strict rules and travel to the city was regulated. Different permits would be issued depending on whether you wanted to visit and or to settle down. The city population was also strictly maintained in order to avoid food shortages and keep the peace
8 Eylül 2017 Cuma

TURKS' SACRIFICE TRADITIONS

The ritual of sacrifice is observed by many traditions and religions, and, Turkic people, even before accepting Islam as their religion, are known to have practiced this tradition and continue to follow it during Eid al-Adha
1 Eylül 2017 Cuma

AUTONOMOUS OTTOMAN PROVINCES

The administrations of every single province in the Ottoman Empire differed in their features, which allowed the large, contiguous empire that was home to people of various origins and religions to sustain itself for centuries
25 Ağustos 2017 Cuma

SERAGLIO SIGN LANGUAGE: THE OTTOMAN COURT'S SECOND LANGUAGE

In modern-day Turkey, mute officials serve in Parliament and in the Cabinet, and the reason for this is the concern for privacy about state affairs, which has a history dating back to the Ottoman era
18 Ağustos 2017 Cuma

THE STORY OF HONEY

Honey is one of the oldest foods known to man, but this natural treat is much more than just a sweetener, as honey also works as an effective cure for ailments and a natural shield against infection
11 Ağustos 2017 Cuma

JERUSALEM AND AL-AQSA: 3,000-YEAR-OLD STORY

Jerusalem, founded by David 3,000 years ago, is considered a sacred city by the three Abrahamic religions, but the recent conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis over Al-Aqsa have their roots in the 1940s
4 Ağustos 2017 Cuma

HISTORIC TRADITION OF CIRCUMCISION

Circumcision is an age-old tradition and, according to archaeological findings on ancient mummies and papyri, the practice existed in ancient Egypt, as well. Christopher Columbus was shocked to find Native Americans were circumcised. Even in today's world, circumcision can be a symbol of class, status and a worldwide topic for debate
28 Temmuz 2017 Cuma

OTTOMAN MARK ON ISTANBUL

The population of Istanbul, which was not even 50,000 when the Ottomans conquered it, grew slowly due to migration from Anatolia. Through construction and settlement, the Ottomans made their mark on the city, making it the dream city of the empire
21 Temmuz 2017 Cuma

ECHOES OF A COUP ATTEMPT

July 15, 2017 is the first anniversary of the coup attempt perpetrated by the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and a secret group in the military. Fortunately, contrary to the previous coups, the attempt failed thanks to the people's tenacious protection of democracy
13 Temmuz 2017 Perşembe

TSARIST RUSSIANS IN ISTANBUL

The supporters of the tsar fleeing the Bolsheviks took refuge in Istanbul under great difficulties. Among them were people of all stripes, including generals, famous artists, professors and businessmen
7 Temmuz 2017 Cuma

TURKIC PEOPLES' ROAD TO ISLAM

Having been in contact with Islam since the eighth century due to geographical proximity, Turkic people often accepted Islam voluntarily. The Quran forbids forced conversion to Islam at sword-point. The Islamic ethical structure encouraged people to convert to the new religion
30 Haziran 2017 Cuma

THE GOOD, OLD HOLIDAYS

Everyone says the Muslim holidays they experienced in their childhood were better than they are now. In the past, the desserts were sweeter, the places they traveled were more beautiful, people were warmer, and life was like a feast. Of course, some parts of this is true even though they might seem like a fairy tale to most
25 Haziran 2017 Pazar

QATAR'S JOURNEY FROM PAST TO PRESENT

This is the story of Qatar, a country that has striven to become a powerful political actor in the Middle East since it was a district of the Ottoman Empire over 100 years ago
16 Haziran 2017 Cuma

THE WORDS OF HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD FROM ORAL TRADITION TO WRITTEN FORM

There are those among today's Muslims who do not accept the words that are said to belong to Prophet Muhammad and say they cannot be trusted because they were written down many years later. However, there's evidence that suggest the words of the prophet began to be written down in the same period as the verses of the Quran
9 Haziran 2017 Cuma

HISTORY OF THE COMPILATION OF QURAN

The companions of Prophet Muhammad served in transferring the Islamic holy book to future generations. The Quran was compiled into a book in the time of the first caliph, Abu Bakr
2 Haziran 2017 Cuma