I just would like to talk about the forgotten Islamic history in Turkey. Recently I visited Istanbul (known as Constantinople in earlier days), and the amount of Islamic History there is Immense! This is one of the places all Muslims should visit, where the prophet (SAW) hair, tooth, footprint sword and other auspicious items lay. Also many of the Sahabas (people who seen the prophet) have been buried at this place, such as Ayoob AL Ansari (RA).
Going further I shall give you a brief insight of the Ottoman Empire who bought this land by sacrificing their blood.
One family reigned over the Ottoman Empire for seven centuries, and, unlike most dynasties, they ruled in an unbroken line, thirty-six of them altogether, from the 13th century until the 20th century.
There were abdications and depositions but never a hiatus. They were never overthrown by a foreign power and no usurper ever gained the throne. The Western world called them Ottoman, but their Turkish name is Osmanli, taken from the first ruler of the Ottoman state, Osman.
It seemed amazing at the time, 1453 AC, that this previously obscure clan breached the walls and conquered the Byzantine capital of Constantinople. But the Byzantine Empire, weakened by repeated Mongolian sacking, suffering from subsequent internal confusion, and with no powerful leadership to guide them, fell to the Turkish invaders. Under Mehmed the Conqueror, the Ottomans rebuilt the devastated city of Constantinople into the fabulously wealthy capital they renamed Istanbul, with large warehouses, the Covered Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, and several mosque complexes.
It was Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent however, who brought the Ottoman Empire to its zenith. The fourth Ottoman sultan to reign, from 1520 until 1566, he presided over the most powerful state in the world. A remarkable military strategist, he more than doubled the Ottoman land holdings he inherited from his father. He also brought a profusion of elegant mosques, baths, schools, fountains, and gardens to Istanbul. A virtual renaissance occurred in literature, the arts, the sciences, and he set a new standard of jurisprudence.
Upon Süleyman’s demise, the gradual decline of the Ottoman Empire began, finally disintegrating completely three hundred years later in 1924 when Kemal Ataturk abolished the Muslim caliphate and founded the Republic of Turkey. Much of the original splendor created by the Ottomans remains in Istanbul, though, and experiencing an architectural marvel such as Süleymaniye Mosque gives a unique view to a unique period in Turkish history
There is this cartoon which can be bought from’ http://www.soundvision.com/shop/pview.asp?item=147-001
Also there’s a link between Constantinople (Istanbul) and Dajjal. Bothers and sisters are requested to read on this topic.
If there is any other bothers or sisters out there who has also been to Istanbul, please share your experience
To widen the issue other sahabas buried in turkey are
Abu Dardar (RA) <---in a small garden located near mehtar mosque which is no longer in use
Kaab Ibn Malik (RA)(Fought in the battle of Tabuk) also in the same compound but was closed Abu Shaibat Al Khudri (RA) and Hamiduallah Al Ansari (RA)
Jaabir (RA) Lived during the time of Khilafas as well was 93 years old; Father of Abdullah Bin Amr
Amr Ibn El As (RA) <---located in the underground mosque
Wahab Ibn Usherye (RA) <---located in the underground mosque
Sufyan Ibn Uyeyre (RA) <---located in the underground mosque; Teacher of imam
May Allah give us the ability to take benefit from the places of benefit, and make us go to these places for benefit,