Companions wrote on the rocks – Yusuf Ziya Cömert

Those who are old enough know Sadrettin Yuksel Hodja. He was one of the most competent scholars of traditional jurisprudence. Rest in peace.

All of Hodja’s children I knew were extremely intelligent. Their children I don’t know are probably like that too.

My friend Müfit Yüksel is one of them. Of course you do. At least, from books such as Simavna Kadisi Son Sheikh Bedreddin (Yorın Publishing,) The Imagination of Kurdistan Without Islam, and Ortadoğu (Etkiasyon Publishing), which he wrote. He also wrote for Yeni Şafak for a while. A scholar man. He knows a lot of things you hope and don’t expect.

I went to Albania. Maybe 20 years ago. I looked, Albanians do not know the word Albanian. I looked left and right and couldn’t find anything. I said, “If he knew this, Müfit would know” and I called.

He said that the Greeks call their northern neighbors, who live in the mountains and deal with livestock, as ‘Arvanit’, and that the word Albanian may have been transformed from Arvanit.

But, is that something you might say? Say as much as you want.

Those who know, know that there is much more in Müfit Yüksel.

Last week, our mutual friend Mevlana heard that Idris was unwell. He called me to find out the situation.

I summarized, “He is having a heavy convalescence, he has some problems, I hope he finds a cure”.

I was really hopeful. I spoke to Müfit with hope.

(It didn’t happen as we talked. Our Mevlana is gone. We are very short. It hurt.)

Then I asked Müfit, “What are you doing?”

He was writing on his ‘blog’.

He was reading rock writings dating back to pre-Islamic and post-Islamic periods in many locations in the Arabian peninsula, mostly in places where caravans were stationed.

Again, according to the information I got from Müfit Yüksel, it is very difficult to read because the rock writings of that period were different from the book writing we know.

The number of people who can read these rock writings in Arabia is 10-12.

In his report on the writings, Müfit Yüksel says, “There are only two or three people in Turkey who can read the rock writings, including the Musnad script.”

Yüksel also gave the names of the experts he identified.

The writing he calls Musnad is not at all similar to the Arabic scripts we know. The letters do not end. It can be written from left to right, right to left, top to bottom or bottom to top.

I know that Müfit Yüksel could read the Cyrillic alphabet when he was still in his 20s. So he has a special ability.

Okay, fifteen hundred years ago, an Arab wrote an excavation on the rocks. What’s wrong with that?

We can’t say.

People passing through those desert roads fifteen centuries before us wrote an article not with spray paint, but by dealing with it and engraving it on the rocks.

Even that has value. If the name of the author is not known.

What if it is known?

For example, Hz. What if Abu Bakr wrote it? Hz. What if Omar wrote?

Or Hz. What if Hussein wrote Imam Cafer es-Sadiq?

Isn’t it exciting?

Written works dated to the oldest period after the birth of Islam -with the exception of the Qur’an- and available today belong to 120-130 years after the death of our Prophet. The Siyer of Ibn Ishaq.

Hadith magazines and tafsir books were copyrighted in later periods.

In other words, there is almost no written document about the early periods.

From this point of view, the rock writings of the first years of the Hijra perform an illuminating function.

I was unaware of such an endeavor.

I was excited when I learned from Müfit Yüksel.

I spent last night with those articles on Müfit’s blog.

I want to continue the topic.

I’ll close with a little rock painting for today.

The ‘Elephant’ case described in the Qur’an is depicted on the rocks. Since there are no elephants in the Arabian peninsula, experts think that the elephant painting on this rock belongs to Ebrehe’s elephants. It was found in the Najran region.


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