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Turkish Jerusalem (1516-1917)

Sultan Süleyman son of the House of Osman, may Allah support him throughout his life, by the hand of our Master leader of our Sheikhs, al Shams Muhammed al-‘ajami the preacher, may Allah carry out blessings through his hands and have mercy upon his parents, on the day of Thursday at the beginning of the month of Rebiulevvel in the year 930 and praise to be Allah alone.

Comment: This is the earliest Royal Ottoman Inscription, it is dated in the year 930 (1524). It narrates the conversion of the Chapel or church of the Last supper on the Mount Zion into a Mosque.

The act of conversion has been carried out by The Grand Shaikh Shamsaddin Muhammed Ajami and he has put the first royal inscription in this new worship place of Muslims.

In the inscription, the conversion is described as purifying bitahir hazel Mekan. The act has been done by order of Sultan Süleyman The Sultan is described as Hadimulbeytul Haram, referring to his duty as the protector of the Holy places of Islam.

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