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ISLAMIC RELIGION TOURS IN ISTANBUL
Sahabe ( The companions of Prophet Muhammed S.A.V )Tombs
Mosques - Cemeteries - Religious Places in Istanbul

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Mosques - Sahabe Tombs - Cemeteries - Religious places visit In Istanbul.

Istanbul is the center of religion for centuries. After the ottoman period Islamic Religion spreaded througout the city. The first mosque in Istanbul was built in Kadikoy on the Asian side of the city, which was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1353.

The first mosque on the European side of Istanbul was built inside the Rumeli Castle in 1452. The first grand mosque which was built in the city proper is the EyUp Sultan Mosque (1458), while the first imperial mosque inside the city walls was the Fatih Mosque (1470) which was built on the site of the Church of the Holy Apostles, an important Byzantine church which was originally edificed in the time of Constantine the Great.

Many other imperial mosques were built in the following centuries, such as the famous SUleymaniye Mosque (1557) which was ordered by Suleiman the Magnificent and designed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan, and the famous Sultan Ahmet Mosque (1616) which is also known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles which adorn its interior.

Istanbul was the final seat of the Islamic Caliphate, between 1517 and 1924. The personal belongings of Mohammed and the earliest Caliphs who followed him are today preserved in the Topkapı Palace, the EyUp Sultan Mosque and in several other prominent mosques of Istanbul.

TOUR PROGRAMME : According to the 2000 census, there were 2691 active mosques hundreds of Tombs & holy places. In our islamic tour; we will take you to the important islamic locations by explaining you the stories of the places.

Half Day Sahabe Tour in Istanbul
( 10:00 AM- 13:30 PM)

* Pickup from the hotel at 10:00 Am
* Visiting Yeralti Camii ( Underground Mosque )
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Vehb Bin Huseyre
* Visiting Tomb of Amr Bin As
* Visiting Tomb of Sufyan Bin Uyeyne
* Edirnekapi & City Walls Area Visit
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Abdullah El-Hudri
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Hafir
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Abdulsiddik Bin Amir
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Ebu Seybetul Huri
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Muhammed-Ul Ensari
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Ahmad El Ensari
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Kaap ( RA )
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Hamidullah El Ensari
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Muhammed El Ensari
* Visiting Tomb of Cabir ( RA )
* Visiting Tomb of Edhem ( RA )
* Visiting Tomb of Ebu Derdag Sahabei Ikr.
* Eyup Mosque & Cemetery Visit
* Visiting Tomb of Eyup El Ensari ( RA )
* Return Back to the Hotel around 13:30 Pm

Half Day Islamic Heritage Tours in Istanbul
with Private Car
2 - 4 person
70 Euro Per Person

5 - 10 person

50 Euro Per Person

1 person

85 Euro Per Person
  • This is a private tour that organised on request.
  • Starts at 10:00 Am and Ends at 13:30 Pm
  • Tour includes Private minivan & Guidance.
  • We give time for each place for the prayers
  • Upon request we can make a special programme.
  • Mondays most of the tombs are closed.
    Children 0-6 Free
  • For more info please send us an E-mail.

 

Full Day Sahabe Tour in Istanbul
( 10:00 Am - 16:30 Pm)

* Pick up from the hotel at 10 : 00 Am
* Visiting Yeralti Camii ( Underground Mosque )  
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Vehb Bin Huseyre
* Visiting Tomb of Amr Bin As
* Visiting Tomb of Sufyan Bin Uyeyne
* Edirnekapi & City Walls Area Visit
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Sube ( RA ) Sahabei Ikr.
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Hafir 
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Abdulsiddik Bin Amir
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Abdullah El-Hudri
* Merkezefendi Area, Cemetery & Surroundings Visit
* Lunch in Historical Merkezefendi Kofte ( Included )
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Abdulsiddik Bin Amir
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Ebu Seybetul Huri
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Muhammed-Ul Ensari
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Ahmad El Ensari
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Kaap ( RA )
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Hamidullah El Ensari
* Visiting Tomb of Hz. Muhammed El Ensari
* Visiting Tomb of Cabir ( RA )
* Visiting Tomb of Edhem ( RA )
* Visiting Tomb of Ebu Derdag Sahabei Ikr.
* Eyup Mosque & Cemetery Visit 
* Visiting Tomb of Eyup El Ensari ( RA )
* Return Back to the Hotel around 16:30 pm

Full Day Islamic Heritage Tours in Istanbul
with Private Car
2 - 4 person
120 Euro Per Person

5 - 10 person

75 Euro Per Person

1 person

130 Euro Per Person
  • This is a private tour that organised on request.
  • Starts at 10:00 Am and Ends at 17:00 Pm
  • Tour includes Private minivan & Guidance.
  • Lunch is included in the tour
  • We give time for each place for the prayers.
  • Upon request we can make a special programme.
  • Mondays most of the tombs are closed.
  • Children 0-6 Free
  • For more info please send us an E-mail.

Note : In the tours we explain you the stories of the places and the importance of the tombs. Also most of the tombs are closed on Mondays and therefore we prefer not to make the tours on Mondays. Also note that some of the sites maybe under renovation by the government from time to time.

* About Eyup El Ensari :
He is the companion and standard bearer of the prophet Mohammed. The tomb is located in the Eyup district in Istanbul beyond the old city walls of Constantinople on the south part of the Golden Horn.

* Eyup Sultan Mosque : It was built by the grave of the armor-bearer prophet Muhammad who died during Constantinople attack.

* Sultanahmet Mosque : It was built in the beginning of the 17th century to the order of Ahmed the First. It’s designed in blue colored tile. There is a piece of a Saint gem of Kaab in the Mosque.

For more information; you can send us an E-mail.

List Of The Other Religious Places in Istanbul

According to your request special programme can be arranged!!!!!

1- FATIH SULTAN MEHMED HAN TOMB (FATIH)
2- YAVUZ SULTAN SELIM HAN TOMB (ÇARSAMBA)
3- KANUNI SULTAN SULEYMAN HAN TOMB
4- SULTAN II. MAHMUD HAN TOMB (ÇEMBERLITAS)
6- EYYÛB SULTAN TOMB (EYUP)
7- SULTAN I. AHMED TOMB (SULTANAHMET)
8- AZIZ MAHMUD HUDAI TOMB (USKUDAR)
9- MERKEZ EFENDI TOMB (MEVLANAKAPI)
10- SUMBUL EFENDI TOMB (KOCAMUSTAFAPASA)
11- KARACA AHMED SULTAN TOMB (USKUDAR)
12- YAHYA EFENDI TOMB (BESIKTAS)
13- SIYAVUS PASA TOMB (EYUP)
14- SOKULLU MEHMED PASA TOMB (EYUP)
15- URYANIZADE ESAD EFENDI TOMB (EYUP)
16- HATICE TURHAN SULTAN TOMB (EMINONU)
17- SULTAN I. ABDULHAMID TOMB (EMINONU)
18- BABA CAFER TOMB (EMINONU)
19- SULTAN II. BAYEZID TOMB (BEYAZIT)
20- KOCA SINAN PASA TOMB (ÇEMBERLITAS)
21- SEYH VEFA HAZRETLERI TOMB (VEFA)
24- HACI BESIR AGA TOMB (EYUP)
25- MIRIMIRAN MEHMED AGA TOMB (EYUP)
27- ABDULVEDUD SULTAN TOMB (AYVANSARAY)
29- MUHAMMED-UL ENSARI TOMB (AYVANSARAY)
30- EBU SEYBETU'L HUDRI TOMB (AYVANSARAY)
31- AHMED-UL ENSARI TOMB (AYVANSARAY)
33- ABDURRAHMAN PASA TOMB (EYUP)
35- HAVATIN TOMB (EMINONU)
36- CEDID HAVATIN TOMB (EMINONU)
37- SELÇUK SULTAN TOMB (BEYAZIT)
39- RAMAZAN EFENDI TOMB (KOCA MUSTAFA PASA)
40- GULBAHAR HATUN TOMB (FATIH)
41- DESTARI MUSTAFA PASA TOMB (SEHZADEBASI)
42- SEHZADELER VE KADINLAR TOMB (ORTAKOY)
44- GUZELCE ALI PASA TOMB (BESIKTAS)
46- MIHRISAH VALIDE SULTAN TOMB (EYUP)

Photos from our Sahabe Tomb visits in Istanbul - 2011-2015

Religion In Turkey

Islam is the largest religion of Turkey. Around 90% percent of the population is registered as Muslim, mostly Sunni. The Shia Alevi community, a distinct Muslim sect, makes up 20% of the population. Christians (Oriental Orthodoxy, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic) and Jews (Sephardi), who comprise the non-Muslim population have dramatically declined since the early 19th century onwards from 20% to less than 1% today, and are continuing to steadily decline since the year 2000 as well.

Turkey is officially a secular country with no official religion since the constitutional amendment in 1924 and later strengthened in the Kemalist Ideology, alongside the Atatürk's reforms and the appliance of laïcité by Atatürk at the end of 1937. However, currently all public schools from elementary to high school hold mandatory religion classes which only focus on the Sunni sector of Islam. In these classes, children are required to learn prayers and other religious practices which belong specifically to Sunnism. Thus, although Turkey claims to be a Secular state, the enforcement of secularism in public grade schools is controversial. Its application to join the EU divided existing members, some of which questioned whether a Muslim country could fit in. Turkey accused its EU opponents of favouring a "Christian club".

Beginning in the 1980s, the role of religion in the state has been a divisive issue, as influential factions challenged the complete secularization called for by Kemalism and the observance of Islamic practices experienced a substantial revival. In the early 2000s, Islamic groups challenged the concept of the secular state with increasing vigor after the Erdoğan government had calmed the issue in 2003. The Turkish Government states that between 90% - 95% of the population belong to the Islamic Majority, but recent polls do not concur. In the most recent poll conducted by Sabanci University, 83% of Turks revealed they were Muslim. Of that, 16% said they were "extremely religious", 39% saying they were "somewhat religious", and 32% saying they were "not religious". 3% of Turks declare themselves with no religious beliefs. In addition, only 13% of Turks have a favourable opinion of Christians, and 10% of Jews.

Islam is the religion with the largest community of followers in the country, where most of the population is nominally Muslim, of whom over 75% belong to the Sunni branch of Islam. Over 20% of the Muslim population is Shia Alevi. There is also a small Bektashi community belonging to a Sufi order of Islam that is indigenous to Turkey, but also has numerous followers in the Balkan peninsula. More Recent Poll numbers show that Islam in Turkey is slowly declining. Islam arrived in the region that comprises present-day Turkey, particularly the eastern provinces of the country, as early as the 7th century AD. The mainstream Hanafi school of Sunni Islam is largely organized by the state, through the Religious Affairs Directorate, which was established in 1924 following the abolition of the Caliphate and controls all mosques and Muslim clerics, and is officially the highest religious authority in the country.

As of today, there are thousands of historical mosques throughout the country which are still active. Notable mosques built in the Seljuk and Ottoman periods include the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, the Yeşil Mosque in Bursa, the Alaeddin Mosque and Mevlana Mosque in Konya, and the Great Mosque in Divriği, among many others. Large mosques built in the Republic of Turkey period include the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara and the Sabancı Mosque in Adana.

The mainstream Hanafite school of Sunni Islam is largely organised by the state, through the Diyanet Isleri Baskanligi (Religious Affairs Directorate), which controls all mosques and Muslim clerics. The directorate is criticized by some Alevi Muslims for not supporting their beliefs and instead favoring the Sunni faith.

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (Patrik) is the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Turkey, and also serves as the spiritual leader of all Orthodox churches throughout the world. The Armenian Patriarch is the head of the Armenian Church in Turkey, while the Jewish community is led by the Hahambasi, Turkey's Chief Rabbi, based in Istanbul. All these groups share the same criticism of the directorate.


 


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The Life and Spiritual Milieu of Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi

In the last decades of the Twentieth Century the spiritual influence of Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi is being strongly felt by people of diverse beliefs throughout the Western world.

He is being recognized here in the West, as he has been for seven centuries in the Middle East and Western Asia, as one of the greatest literary and spiritual figures of all time. Different qualities of Rumi have been brought forth by a variety of new translations that have appeared during the nineteen-eighties.

He has been presented as both refined and sensual, sober and ecstatic, deeply serious and extremely funny, rarefied and accessible. It is a sign of his profound universality that he has been so many things to so many people.

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Whirling Dervish CEREMONY in Sirkeci Hodjapasha Culture Center
( Everday Except Tuesday and Thursday )

HODJAPASHA HOCAPASA CULTURE CENTER.

Everday at 19 : 00 pm ( Monday ,Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday and Sunday )

Finish : 20 : 00 Pm

Price : 80 Turkish Lira including FREE beverages

Contact Person : Mr. Hakan HACIBEKIROGLU

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Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Fatih Tekke ( Only On Monday )

Interested in learning more about Rumi ? What a better way to learn about Sufism than by actually seeing a Whirling Dervish ceremony ! Every Monday night a Whirling Dervish ceremony at a little Monastery located in Istanbul-Fatih, (near the VEFA football stadium) gives the intrigued visitor an once in a life time opportunity to see an unique religious ritual.

It must be stressed that this is not a tourist attraction or theatrical dance performance, but rather a religious ceremony between believers and  their selective guests.
Sufi music is considered to be unique because of its combination of synchronized hums with prayers--helping the Whirling Dervishes to achieve pure religious ecstasy.

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Whirling Dervish CEREMONY in Silivrikapi ( Only On Thursday )
( Each Thursday -- Men and Women together in Worship )

Known to the west as Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded by Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. The Order wrote of tolerance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. They survive today as a cultural brotherhood. They are not theatrical spectacles but sacred rituals. The ritual of the Mevlevi sect, known as the sema, is a serious religious ritual performed by Muslim priests in a prayer trance to Allah.

Price :60 Turkish Liras including both way transportation service

Contact Person : Mr. Hakan HACIBEKIROGLU

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Mevlana Tour Week Konya Turkey ( Annual Seb-i Arus Ceremonies between 01 -17 December 2014 )

3 night 4 Days Mevlana Week Tour


( Depart from istanbul any days between 01 - 17 December 2011 )

Day 1
* Meeting in Sultanahmet - Istanbul for brief information.
* Take the Night Bus from istanbul - Konya at 24:00

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Lecture About Sufism in Istanbul

In this lectures ; We will try to find answer to your questions and explain you the general essences such as ;

* What are the doctrines of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi ?

* What does " Dervish " mean in Sufism ?

* How is the family life of a Sufi Dervish ? ( Marriage, Children, Family )

Sufism is love of the garden. Come and let go inside together to find good smile.. Come on Are you ready ?

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Islamic Religion Tour in Istanbul

Sahabe ( The companions of Prophet Muhammed S.A.V )Tombs
Mosques - Cemeteries - Religious Places

Istanbul is the center of religion for centuries. After the ottoman period Islamic Religion spreaded througout the city. The first mosque in Istanbul was built in Kadikoy on the Asian side of the city, which was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1353.

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DERVISH CEREMONIES OUTSIDE OF TURKEY
Ceremony Organisations outside of Turkey for Festivals & Special Events

Whirling Dervish Ceremony Musicians & Dervishes Group

8 Whirling dervishes ( 4 Male - 4 Female Dervishes ) ---- 1 Leader semazen
8 musicians ( Ud - Ney - Kanun - Bendir and Vocals ) --- 1 spiritual master,
1 tour Manager

Mevlevi Ceremony Stages & Duration

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DERVISH CEREMONIES ORGANIZATIONS IN CRUISE SHIP

Whirling Dervish Ceremony Musicians & Dervishes Group

4 Whirling dervishes ( 2 Male - 2 Female Dervishes ) ---- 1 Leader semazen
4 musicians ( Ud - Ney - Kanun - Bendir and Vocals )
1 tour Manager

Mevlevi Ceremony Stages & Duration

more details.

 

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