The Mosque Where Roman Emperors Were Buried
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Salam aleikum. Everyone. I have another surprise for you today. Just like the other day I showed you the site where the Council of Nicaea had taken place, that's one of the sites. There is another candidate. Of course, there's another site which is buried under water. Okay, not very far from the site I showed you. So the Council of Nicaea. That spot today that church is a much in another spot, which is very important, very little appreciated, or very little research, I must say, is this spot and I'll explain why. Sultan Mohammed Al Fatah took the city of Constantinople in the year 1453 from the Roman Byzantines. And since then, the city has been in the hands of the Turks, okay, Muslim,
Ottoman Turks, and the city of Constantinople became a center of Islam or Islamic learning or the Slavic civilization since then, right, higher Sophia was the greatest church in the city. It was a great structure, resurrected in the year 530 70 by Emperor Justinian, a very important emperor, and the history of the Roman Empire and the history of Christianity. Emperor Justinian is the one who patronized that building. And it was completed in five 537 City just about 40 years before the Prophet of Islam was born.
And that building was very important. It was gigantic. It was the largest standing structure in the world for 1000 years, the largest indoor standing structure in the world, the largest dome, possibly in the world. And that structure was turned into a mosque or masjid. And then Sultan, Muhammad Al Fatah gave the Christians and other side for them to worship, which was another church, a very important church built in the fourth century by Emperor Constantine, that church because it was earlier, it had more importance. It was holier in many ways, because it was called the church of Holy Apostles. The Emperor Constantine built that church in the year
in the ports of entry when he was here, after he made Constantine of all this capital, and that church was built and he wanted to make that church very important. For that reason, he got many relics together, he wanted to bring those relics and place them in that church, so that he can somehow raise the status of that particular church. And he found the relics of St. Luke, St. Timothy and St. Andrew. Okay. And St. Luke being allegedly one of the companions or disciples of Jesus Christ, one of the authors of the four Gospels. Okay. So their relics were brought in and they were placed in this church, right? So this church came to be known as the church of barley apostles, this
church became the most important church in Constantinople, even after higher Sophia, which was much larger, was built later on. The reason why this church was important was because all Roman emperors were crowned here in this church, in the church of holy apostle, okay, and they will be buried in this church. Okay. The question is what happened to that church after Sultan Mohammed Avada took the city of Constantinople that church was given to the Christians, that then Christian patriarch actually abandoned the church and moved on to another church and then it was in ruins. Sultan Mohammed Al Fatah took the spot, demolished the church and built a masjid at its place that you can
see right now.
This is the part of mosque if you follow me
this Masjid was built by Sultan Muhammad and
it was started in 1560s. And unfortunately, due to major earthquake in the region, it fell in the mid 18th century and it was rebuilt once again. But since that time, it has been a masjid. So
why am I telling you all this? I just want you to imagine all those Roman emperors you have been hearing about all your lives. Emperor Constantine, Emperor Justinian, Justinian the Great, okay. Heraclius, the same emperor, to whom the Prophet salallahu Salam wrote a letter inviting him to Islam.
And you can read the text of that letter inside here. Okay, there is a long Hadees documenting that particular anecdote. Okay. So these are very important and even subsequent emperors. Okay, many important emperors who were buried up to the 11th century and beyond the Crusaders when they invaded the city of Constantinople.
invaded or they looted the church. Because it was so important. All the treasure of the Christian faithful was kept here for relics were kept, and preserved, buried here. So the Crusaders, when they took the city of Constantinople, during the Fourth Crusade in the year 2004, they sacked this very church and looted it. They even opened the tomb of Emperor Heraclius and took his crown,
his hair hanging from the crown at the same time, the same time, so goes the narrative. So this is a very important spot. Constantly invoiceberry de Heraclius will bury a Justinian an on an all major subsequent Roman emperors of Byzantine emperors of Britain. So, right under this floor,
some of the greatest Roman figures are some of the greatest Christian figures, the remains of John Chrysostom St. Chrysostom. Were also interred here. So, so the point is, brothers sisters, this is a very important place not many people know that al Fateh mosque built by Sultan Muhammad Muhammad Al Fatah is where the church of holy apostles was. And this is where all those great Roman emperors were buried. So the tombs may well be underneath this ground anywhere. All those Roman emperors throughout those centuries are buried repeatedly, and they were pounded now and that spot stands for great monument.
A great dedication to Islam and the Muslim civilization, the Masjid Sultan mosque. This is a magnificent, magnificent structure. A lot of work and effort and artwork has gone into it. It's a masterpiece of calligraphy and architecture. And now we will take you very close to Sultan Muhammad Al Fateh. Thank you for coming.
While we keep talking.
Not many Muslims
know about this history. There no alpha the mosque is here. You know Sultan Mohammed Al Fatah is buried here. They know that this neighborhood is called Al Fatiha. But they don't know that this is where at this spot in this place, were buried some of the greatest Roman emperors including Constantine and his successors, like Constantius, Julian, and the rest, and up to Justinian and Heraclius.
We're gonna get
we're gonna grab our shoes, and
we're going to now make our way to the tomb of some time.
After Sultan Mohammed father
passed away, he is the man who conquered Constantinople.
And we can we can walk like this, if you don't mind.
And I want to very quickly show you the tomb of the Sultan as well. This in turn is buried right next to the machine.
The machine was built first, and the saucepan was buried later. And he is one of the greatest generals, one of the greatest so far one of the greatest kings in Muslim history, due to the fact that he took one of the greatest cities in the world, one of the most strategically important cities in the world called Constantinople. This was a great victory in favor of Islam. Many Crusades were fought by the previous ottoman
and put on some of the fight as far as he was concerned. It was also fighting a jihad against the Crusaders.
There were many crusades launched against the Ottomans. His predecessor been Mohammed Al Fatah, his predecessors, like Sultan Murad, the second and his father, Sultan Muhammad, the first Muhammad Shelby and
their predecessors are fighting crusades against the European powers that crusaders kept attacking Muslim territories and these will counter defending these Muslim territories. Now, this is the tone of
this, this this is.
So you can see we walked for a very short time and here we are, and
this is the grid
Israel a great conqueror, Muhammad, the second Sudan marine father,
who passed away in the year 1481. See, and it was in the year 1453 When he took the city of Constantinople from the Romans The Byzantines.
So you can see his titles written by Janet makan for those Asha appleford almazan Sultan Mohammed Han. His name is written on the
very next to a fatty mosque where the church of Holy Apostles stood with all those great Roman emperors and buried and now full time mother father is buried on top of all of them. On that note, I will stop this. So the masjid with all these Roman Emperor somebody is the title Assalamu alaikum