The great Sinan, the genius of Ottoman architecture considered himself a tiny ant in the face of Allah, despite having such great success. This was because he was a peerless leader of humility.
Mimar Sinan put all his efforts into ensuring that the Sulaymaniye Mosque would remain erect until the Day of Judgement. He made many prayers in this vein and as a result, with the grace of Allah, he produced a masterpiece that has no equal. However when it came time to making his own tomb, he lodged it in a corner of the mosque as a modest signature. Despite having built such famous and magnificent mosques and so that he did not become proud and arrogant, in addition to signing his name as ‘Ser-Mimaran-i Hassa (the Head of the Master Architects) he would also use the titles ‘Mur’i Natuvan’ (weak ant), and ‘Al-Fakiru’l Hakir’ (the poor lowly one). Likewise at the completion of his greatest masterpiece, Selimiye Mosque, he was asked to write his name in the plaque to be placed at the door of the mosque. In response he said:
“Who am I to place my name in the house of Allah!…” Thus he displayed a deep spirituality that was equal to the splendour of his works…
(Photo: Süleyмαniye Mosque The Mosque of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (1557) is Istanbul’s largest and grandest.Designed by the Ottoman Empire’s greatest architect, Mimar Sinan♥)