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I thanked God while i used to be praying inside of, surrounded by means of the thick partitions laced with 5 rows of arched home windows that aid a dome so excessive, it should have been a miracle part a millennium in the past. Fatih Mehmet, the Conqueror, equipped this tribute to Allah after the best urban of the infidels surrendered to the relentless blows of his military. Our military! We, the Muslims, arrived, and Constantinople grew to become Istanbul. a few declare the architect did not make the 1st mosque of Istanbul greater than the infidel’s greatest church, the Hagia Sophia. they are saying the Sultan ordered his fingers to be bring to an end, yet i believe that’s simply malicious slander invented by means of the infidels. i need to pass now. No time to linger. I’m quiet within, concentrated. i've got the deal with written on a section of paper, yet I don’t want it. i do know the place to move. I go away the outer courtyard of the mosque during the gate on the correct, which brings me into Darüafaka road. Isn’t appealing identify, home of sunrise? I stroll prior Wednesday marketplace with its small outlets. Dried end result and nuts, frilly clothes for little ladies, a toy shop—didn’t have these while i used to be small—the tulumba store. possibly i'll cease for a few of these candy syrupy balls. I’m yes my assistant wish to. yet no, I mustn’t indulge. Evil tongues say i do know little mercy. That’s now not precise. My assistant will testify that i locate my job tough. He’s a competent younger guy. however it has to be performed. God’s squaddies has to be tricky. We go the Yavuz Selim road instantly into the Manasyazade street earlier the smail Aa Mosque. i do know that in the back of its courtyard, the outdated medrese continues to be getting used for educating. one in every of our most interesting Quran classes is given there. maybe on my long ago i'll pay a trip. the trainer is a pal of mine. examine the gorgeous girls within the solar, their faces framed by way of headscarves and reddened through the icy wind that’s blowing. I disapprove of these younger, slim ladies who put on their lengthy coats so tight guy wishes no mind's eye to understand what’s within. They ship my blood racing. Very undesirable. They’re soliciting for anything to ensue to them. We’re approximately there, i feel. Left off Fethiye road, on the finish of this highway we move correct, after which left back. Here’s where. First at the left after the large grocery. Its stands of greens approximately blockading the pavement. As I anticipated, an honest, modest road. Is it staggering? in case you take note, again within the Conqueror’s time this was once the 1st local of town that was once populated through Muslims. No fancy homes, no showcases for wealth, simply as God instructions. at the back of those metal-framed home windows dwell strong folks. My assistant is aware the deal with too; he’s noticed the door already. I permit him press the bell. He likes that. “Who’s there? ” I realize Zekeriya’s drawling voice. My assistant pronounces our arrival. It takes awhile prior to the buzzer sounds. I’m no longer nervous. i do know our pal will allow us to in. He has erred, yet he’s now not misplaced. I’m right here to convey him again to the flock. 3rd ground. My assistant presses the button. He likes that. i believe Zekeriya hesitated sooner than starting the door simply because he thinks little of me and my assistant.