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Who was Ahmad Shah Durrani?

    In the history of Afghanistan, there have been many mighty rulers and sovereigns, however, one stood out from all of them. He was a  pious, patriotic, and merciful man who had all the profound traits of an exceptional leader, and ruled his lands with justice. He not only became the hero of all Afghans but also saved Islam in the subcontinent. In this video, we will go through the chapters of the life of Ahmad Shah Durrani, the Afghan ruler who united the Afghan tribes and became the founder of modern Afghanistan, as well as the father of his nation.   Ahmad Shah Durrani      Ahmad Khan Abdali was born in Herat, in 1723. He was the son of Zaman Khan, and the grandson of Dawlat Khan. He was from the Pashtun Sadouzai Tribe, a sub tribe of the Abdali Tribe. The story starts in  1732 CE, in Farah, Afghanistan, when Ahmad Khan's older brother, Zulfiqar Khan was defeated by his enemies. Zulfiqar Khan took his younger brother Ahmad Khan with him and fled to Kandahar, where they sought

Who was Aydogdu bey?

    During the early era of the Ottoman Empire, there were many notable warriors & officials, whose lives were sacrificed for the creation of their state. Unfortunately, not much information remained from the astounding, early Ottoman heroes. Though, among them came a man whose bravery & valor was impressive to the point, that history remembered him during an era in which people were forgotten. He was the grandson of Ertugrul Ghazi, nephew of Osman Ghazi, & eldest son of Gunduz Alp: Aydogdu Bey.

    Aydogdu Bey's date of birth was estimated to be between 1284 and 1287, near the Byzantine border. He was personally trained by his uncle, Osman, and would grow up to become a very commendable warrior. From a very young age, Aydogdu would take part in many wars & battles along with Osman Ghazi. Osman would in turn, become so fond of his nephew, Aydogdu, that he would even send him as an ambassador to the Seljuq Sultan. The fact that such a significant duty was given to Aydogdu, who was at the time, early in his teens, just shows exactly who Aydogdu Bey was.

    In 1302, Osman & his men would fight a great battle against the Byzantine governor of Bursa, who had allied with several other Byzantine warlords, intending to put an end to the rising Ottoman State. And so, the Ottoman warriors would confront them at Koyunhisar, determined to take down their foes as soon as possible. Osman & Aydogdu would fight together, in the forefront of the battle, displaying utmost heroism and daring. Though the feats and exploits of Aydogdu Bey were unmatched, he would attain martyrdom that same battle, fighting to the death at just 17 years of age! His uncle, Osman, was very saddened by his death, though, Aydogdu Bey's legacy would be greatly honored & glorified in Ottoman history.

    After the Ottoman victory, Aydogdu Bey was buried at Dimbos Turkey. During the reign of Osman Ghazi, a tomb was built for him. Over time, Aydogdu's tomb would be seen as a visiting place, and would gain the attribute of a sacred monument. Legend has it, that painful horses would be healed upon roaming around his tomb three times. 

    And today, Aydogu Bey is known as one of the most prominent historical figures in early Ottoman History. Not only do people salute his grave in Koyunhisar & praise his martyrdom, but also, tourists from all around the world visit his honorary grave at Ertugrul Ghazi's mausoleum, in Sogut. And so, to this very day, Aydogdu Bey's legacy is respected by his people, nation, and homeland, whom he had sacrificed his life for.

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