It is a history based series, which is set in 13 th century and centers
around the life of Ertugrul, the father of Osman I, who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire. If I say that Ertugtrul made the path to Khilafah easier, I would not be wrong. He fought the Crusaders, the Mongols, as well as the traitors who belonged to his tribe. He did everything that was needed to establish the Islamic system called Khilafah. Many times he came back from the brink of death. But he didn’t give up the struggle until he died.
Release and impact:
Now, let’s talk about its release and its impacts that are being observed around the world. The first episode of this series was premiered on 10 December 2014 in Turkey. As soon as the first episode aired, there was uproar in turkey. People appreciated it so much that even the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could not help but admire it. And as episodes and seasons came along, its impact grew. This series has been called as Turkish Game of Thrones. Along with Turkey, the series is quite popular in the Islamic world, especially in the Middle-East and South Asia. The series has been translated into more than 25 languages, including English, Urdu and Arabic.
Criticism and Bans:
Some countries could not stand the growing popularity of this drama and they turned against it. Arab countries including Egypt, U.A.E and Saudi Arabia started issuing fatwas on it and the result was a ban. I was shocked to hear this news. I don’t understand how Saudi Arabia, which has just built cinemas in its cities last year, can do that. I think it was the fear that lead to the ban.
Fear of re-establishment of Khilafah. Eventually the matter came to light when those who issued Fatwa stated that the intentions of President of Turkey was to restore the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East and restore sovereignty over the Arab countries that had previously been under Ottoman rule.
It needs to be understood that there is praise as well as criticism. Despite the ban, the series remained quite popular in Arab countries. The series is still entertaining its millions of fans and instilling Faith in people.
Muhammad Junaid Nazir: “Basically a student and part time writer, who like to write especially on social issues or something trending in society.”