World Bulletin / News Desk
Kazakh pilgrims revived an Ottoman tradition that continued centuries, returning to their countries from the Holy land through Istanbul.
During the Ottoman rule, pilgrims from Turkic regions returned to their homelands through Istanbul.
120 pilgrims from Kazakhstan began to use the same route again after completing the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
The group greeted at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport by Bagcilar Municipality teams, which is a district where most of the Kazakhs lived in Istanbul.
Coming to the city for the first time, pilgrims visited the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Fatih and Eyup Sultan Mosques with great admiration.
They also thanked for the interest towards them, having lunch at a restorant in Sultanahmet and drinking tea with milk.
During the Ottoman era, especially for pilgrims coming from Russia and Turkestan, started their pilgrimage journey from Istanbul, which they considered the center of the caliphate and sacred, and they returned to their homeland from the same route.
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The Ottoman State used to send off those pilgrims in Istanbul to the Holy land with "Surre "Alayı". The word surre means the gifts and precious goods that were donated by the Sultan and citizens of the Ottoman State every year and which were sent to Mecca and Medina during the pilgrimage season.
Surre caravans were distributed to scholars and people who spent all their time worshipping in the Grand Mosque, and whose names had been determined beforehand.