By Sahal Mohamed
Diriliş Ertuğrul is the unbelievable story of Ertuğrul Bey, the father of the founder of the Ottoman Empire. This TV series goes into detail about the foundations of the great empire that lasted for over 600 years (1299-1922).
Also called Resurrection: Ertuğrul, this Turkish drama series is inspired by factual events and based upon historical characters in Islam. It details the hardships and turmoil Ertuğrul went through with his nomadic tribe in finding a secure area to live. It portrays how he had a vision to lead his nomadic tribe to success and defend their lands against oppressive Empires (The Mongols and the Byzantines).
The main character is Ertuğrul, a noble and brave Turkish warrior from the 13th century. He was known as one of the fiercest warriors of his time. He was an ambitious man who always wanted to bring forth justice, peace, and serenity. Throughout his life he was at war with the Crusaders, the Byzantines, Templar’s as well as the Mongols.
Ertuğrul was a person who valued his religion, customs, the rights of individuals, and upholding justice. He had all the characteristics you could envision in a great leader. However, many looked down upon him and didn’t believe in his cause, including his own family members. His most notable warriors and companions were Turgut Alp, Bamsi Alp, and Dogan Alp.
Later in his lifetime Sultan Aleddin Keykubad I of the Seljuk Empire granted Ertuğrul as the new principality leader in the land of Söğüt. This is where Ertuğrul truly established the foundations of the Ottoman Empire.
Many Muslim youth look up to wrong people, people who don’t show them the straight path but rather divert them. Nowadays it’s all about the rappers and athletes, but we have great leaders in our Muslim history that we can look up to instead. By watching this series, I learned respect for elders, dignity, and having honor. It has also taught me how to carry myself with dignity, to fear no one except Allah(swt), and to always stand up for the truth no matter what it takes.
Muslims are usually portrayed as the “Villains” in movies and shows. However, in this series it’s the complete opposite. Here, the Muslims are the heroes standing up for justice. The Christians were treated with utmost respect by Ertuğrul. This is what inspired the name of the show, “Resurrection,” because it revives lost values and ideals and brings people back to their history. This show instills in the Muslims and especially the youth an overwhelming sense of pride in our identity.
The show just ended after 5 seasons, and although we say goodbye to the greatest show ever, a new adventure will start at the end of 2019. It’s called Resurrection: Osman and it will go into the life of the son of Ertuğrul, who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire.
If you haven’t seen Resurrection: Ertuğrul yet, you can find the first 4 seasons on Netflix!