Hasan was our tour guide in Turkey. He was a lovely, open man. He was of Syrian and Arab derivation but born just inside the border of Turkey. I can’t imagine a better tour guide. In fact, he told us more than I could possibly process and remember! Here we are in the Blue Mosque and I have edited this photo to emphasise what he was demonstrating to us. In response to a question, he went through all the motions that a woman would go through when praying in the Mosque. There we stood, among hundreds of people, without our shoes and with our heads covered (women) and were riveted on his demonstration. He even went down on the floor and did the entire sequence of movements. This photo speaks to me of his willingness to share everything he possibly could with us, so that we might understand as much as possible about Turkey.
(*Arabic for Blessing someone, or something that happens)
This is part of a series of photos based on an original post titled ‘We’re the People‘
It’s nice to see that the ordinary Moslem has no quarrel with those outside his faith.
Most of them are as tolerant as most of us are.
A great picture and I’m lad you’re having such a good time.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
I like the way you have presented this image both visually and anecdotally. Hasan sounds like he deserves the spotlight, and the colour suits him. It’s great when people find a vocation that suits their passion and temperament. Which a good tour guide would surely need. And makes such a difference to the experience visitors to a country take away.
I love the edit you have done on this photo. It is also good to hear of a good Islamic guide willing to share his faith with outsiders. I hear that Turkey is very open in this way. I am very keen to get there- maybe next year.
Dale Robards said:
Wonderful post, and the perfect visual edit choice!
A fantastic photo–and so moving as well, Ardys. I remember traveling to Istanbul and visiting the Blue Mosque. It was hugely inspirational, a moving experience I will never forget.
I’m so glad you had a chance to see that marvel as well. What an unforgettable city, eh?