Yavuz Sultan Selim Khan (1470-1520)

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YAVUZ SULTAN SELIM KHAN, (SELIM I) THE NINETH OTTOMAN SULTAN AND THE SEVENTY-FOURTH CALIPH OF MUSLIMS.

YAVUZ SULTAN SELIM KHAN WAS BORN IN THE CITY OF AMASYA IN 1470 (875 A.H.). HIS FATHER WAS BAYEZID-l VELI (BAYEZID II.), THE SON OF FATIH SULTAN MEHMED (MEHMED II.) THE EIGHTH OTTOMAN SULTAN. HIS MOTHER WAS AYSE KHATUN.

HE WAS WELL EDUCATED IN BOTH SCIENCE AND RELIGION BY THE PROMINENT SCHOLARS OF THAT TIME AND THEN HE WAS APPOINTED GOVERNOR OF CITY OF TRABZON WHERE HIS ADMINISTRATIVE ABILITY DEVELOPED.

HE WAS FORTY TWO WHEN HE BECAME OTTOMAN EMPEROR IN 1512 (918 A.H.).

IN 1514 (920 A.H.), HE FOUGHT AGAINST ISMAIL SAFEVI, THE IRANIAN SHAH AND DEFEATED HIM IN THE BATTLE OF ÇALDIRAN. THUS PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF THEIR FALSE BELIEFS, IT WAS A GREAT SERVICE TO ISLAM.

THE FIRST DOCKYARD IN ISTANBUL WAS FOUNDED BY YAVUZ SULTAN SELIM KHAN IN 1516(922 A.H.).

HE CAPTURED EGYPT IN 1517 ( 923 A.H.) AND THEREBY WAS HONOURED TO BECOME THE HADIMUL-HARAMEYN-I SHARIFAY( THE SERVANT OF THOSE BLESSED CITIES OF MECCA AND MEDINA ).

ON FRIDAYS, THIS TITLE WAS USED BY ALL KHATIBS IN THE HUTBA IN ALL MOSQUES OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD.

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HE BECAME MUSLIMS CALIPH INSTEAD OF YAKUB BIN MUSTEMSIKBILLAH, THE LAST ABBASID CALIPH AND OBTAINED HOLY RELIGIOUS FROM HIM.

HE BUILT A GREAT FLEET SO THAT HE COULD CAPTURE ANY PLACE OF HIS CHOICE IN BATTLE.

THE OTTOMAN STATE GREW DOUBLEFOLD IN SIZE IN THE EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS OF HIS RULE.

HE DIED IN ILLNES ON THE PLAIN OF ÇORLU IN 1520 (929 A.H.).

HE SAID “THIS WOLRD SEEMS TO BE TOO LARGE FOR ONE EMPEROR, BUT TOO SMALL FOR TWO EMPERORS.”

HE USED TO BE VERY RESPECTFUL TO SCHOLARS. HE NEVER ABANDONED BOTH TRUTH AND THE JUSTICE. HE WAS A JUST EMPEROR AND PIOUS MUSLIM.

YAVUZ SULTAN SELIM KHAN WAS READING THE VERSE “SELAMUN KAVLAN…….” IN THE

SURA YASIN OF THE QURAN-AL-KERIM WHEN HE DIED.

HIS SON KANUN! SULTAN SULEYMAN ALSO SUCCEEDED AS THE OTTOMAN EMPEROR AND CALIPH OF MUSLIMS.

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