BUBBLE 23 – SHOW REVIEW

Bismillah Hir Rahman Ir Raheem

DIRILIS ERTUGRUL

Diriliş: Ertuğrul, meaning Resurrection: Ertugrul in English, is a Turkish television series created by Mehmet Bozdag. It premiered in Turkey on December 10, 2014. The show is based on the history of the Muslim Oghuz Turks in the 13th century, during the time period of Mongol invasion and the Crusades. It centers around the life of Ertugrul, who was the son of the Bey of the tribe, Suleyman Shah, and was the father of Osman the First, who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire……….. and I can’t believe I decided to watch this only a few months ago.

I say this because it is a great show to watch. It had me hooked on from the very start as the complexity and unpredictability of the plot of the show starts from the very beginning and continues to be even more complex and more unpredictable from then on. 

It includes almost all the events that would normally take place in any empire; justice, ruling, loyalty, betrayal, traitors, quests, planning, pride in one’s beliefs and traditions, family and sibling rivalry, brotherhood, family, sacrifice, martyrdom, etc. But this show has even more.

It focuses on a tribe of Oghuz Turks who are Muslims whose faith is their greatest strength. It wakes them up every morning, keeps them working hard at their jobs every day, motivates them to fight valiantly and selflessly in every battle and helps them to keep their personal emotions, such as sadness and rage, and desires, such as killing bloodthirstily and taking vengeance without proper planning and consultation, at bay. Even how they greet each other is beautiful to watch, and the stories told by the actors in the show are amazing and inspiring to listen to.

They go through a lot of struggle, trials and hardships and yet pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get back in the saddle…literally, while chanting “Allah hu Akbar” i.e “Allah is Great” which personally for me feels AWESOME as they are so proud of their faith and apply it in everything they do. 

In addition, the women in this show are equally brave, strong, steadfast, caring and inspiring, whether they are on the good side or the bad side, which is great as it promotes feminism. They are neither ‘damsels in distress’ nor are they dumb. They work hard and serve their people while maintaining their strong faith and loyalty to their faith and people which is truly amazing to see. Every actor and actress in the show has done exceptional work. Even the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan met the cast and complimented the show.

Not only Muslims follow this show. I actually came across it after seeing a video of many non-Muslims all over the world complimenting it, saying “It’s the best show they have ever seen.” The person hosting the video called the show the ‘Halal’ (lawful) version of Game of Thrones. That instantly caught my attention as I really wanted to watch Game of Thrones but since I heard that it had alot of vulgar and inappropriate content, I couldn’t watch it, but I had an idea of the complexity and unpredictability of the plot of Game of Thrones so that motivated me to try Dirilis Ertugrul out. And it hasn’t disappointed.

I highly recommend everyone to watch it as not only does it provide a great story but also inspiring role models, no matter what faith you belong to, and a great history of the time period that lead to the rise of the Ottoman Empire.

Have you been watching this show lately? What other shows do you watch and highly recommend? Mention in the comments please. 🙂

Allah Hafiz