Imam of the Grand Mosque in Istanbul

July 4, 2008

A advert for the position of Imam of the Grand Mosque in Istanbul at the time of Sultan Suleyman who ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1520 – 1566.

  1. To have mastered the languages of Arabic, Latin, Turkish and Persian.
  2. To have mastered the Qur’an, the bible and the torah.
  3. To be a scholar in Shari’ah and Fiqh.
  4. To have mastered physics and mathematics up to teaching standard.
  5. To be a master of chivalry, archery, duelling and the arts of Jihad.
  6. To be of a handsome countenance.
  7. To have a strong melodious voice.

translation from Emel (October 2005 issue)

Rabbi zidni ‘ilman war zuqni fahman!

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