While the cemeteries represent the life bestowed by the Muhyî One, the trees, large and small, with all their vitality, the graves, which are like the gates of the hereafter, cry out that the Creator of Mûmit is the Eternal, with what lies inside them.
There is a vague saying citing the many truths of life: anel One should visit three places at once in order to receive advice and advice: Prisons, hospitals and cemeteries. “I visit the third one with a habit dating from my college years. In the middle of the night in those years, I went down to the graveyard from the stairs in the east of the mosque and found a place for myself. I could not find a place to put my dreams among the dry crowds of this big city where I came away from the secluded, wide steppes of Anatolia, where it was safe and peaceful to leave my thoughts for a moment and leave myself to the sea of tranquility in one hour of the night. This cemetery; The streets and the streets of drunken nughers and laughter would rise to me as the city's only peaceful garden.
It cannot be said that the sacrifices made with the graves were always on the ground of reconciliation.
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The gravestones, which started and continued and reminded that death could actually come at any moment, would invite people to consider a very important truth of the world life. But the thoughts that were made by spending large amounts and where many tombs and titles lined up with pride and boasting are the interpreters, should be the place where the word ends… Even sometimes, with the courage I have taken from their silent stances, it is decorated like; you are in peace of having fulfilled your duty there against the generation you have inherited your culture, belief and material existence. ” I thought.
Years later, this time among all the work, tightly stuck in a visit to Emir Sultan Cemetery. Human is experiencing indescribable feelings in cemeteries. cemeteries; Bul Places that lead to the direction of contemplation lar can be said to be. There, death seemed like the only potion sweetening life as life. If there were no deaths, would there be a sense of life in our contemplation and the feeling of living like a ız human Ölüm? The death of the Messiah, like us, in the execution of the Creator, was such a magnificent power of will. Moreover, the course of those who had eternity seemed to be the threshold of a gate opening to the beyond. While I was wandering among the graves with these thoughts, the text on a grave stone that was standing under a small pine tree pulled me away from my thoughts with lightning speed. Only the name and date were written on the grave. And the name belonged to a stranger: Hubert Sondermann (D.1902-O.1976).
Every city has an important cemetery. It is very difficult to find a place there. Here is the Emir Sultan Cemetery, such a place for Bursa residents ... How and why was a stranger buried here while many people's desire to be buried there could not be answered? Since Bursa is one of the important cities of the Ottoman Empire, it has maintained its characteristic of being a center of attraction in every period, where non-Muslims lived with Muslims for centuries. Although these have their own cemeteries, what could a stranger do here, right in the middle of the Muslim cemetery?
Man, sometimes, has a relentless sense of curiosity. That's what I've got now. I went to the front of the west gate of the cemetery where souvenir sellers were. When I asked one of the vendors there how to find the cemetery officer, she asked me to turn around and pointed to the three people on the way: "Look, those are the ones you're looking for."
We went down to the head of Sondermann's grave with the cemetery. Little did they mention his life. Then again, I thought that each tomb in here and in the other cemeteries had a story that was long or short, similar or separate, but ending in the same place. One of the most varied of these stories must belong to the grave standing in front of me. The brief information provided was not enough to clarify the story, but my curiosity was whispered. There was a foreigner's grave in Emir Sultan Cemetery. This was worth investigating.
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Hubert is born in Germany as the child of a German family. Since her family emigrated and settled in Switzerland, she grew up there and lived as a Swiss citizen. He takes engineering education, becomes a successful mechanical engineer and a business partner of a firm. In 1957, it is decided to make a lift to Uludağ to facilitate transportation. Sonderman's firm wins the tender. Then engineers will undertake the work to establish the Bursa Sondermann an important token of the cable car company and comes to Turkey. Although the aim of this development is to connect Bursa and Uludağ with the cable car, the real connection will be between the warm heart and faith of Sondermann and the Turkish people. That would be so.
Sondermann comes to Bursa in the first months of 1958. As soon as he arrives, he sets up the team he will work with and gets to work. In the technical and economic conditions of that period, it was very difficult to reach the summit of Uludağ by crossing the steep rocky slopes, streams, hills and forests and reaching the cable car line. Most often donkeys, mules and horses are used. But most of all, there is one-to-one manpower and effort in every inch of the wires that stretch towards the peaks. Many employees have been hungry as a result of the hard work that has continued for years in summer and winter, as a result of the delay of the food or the inability to deliver it for various reasons. In such cases, they gathered everything that was eaten, including grass species, and sat down and ate it with this foreign engineer in charge. The erection of large iron poles that will carry the wires on which the cable car cabins will slide, the establishment of stations, the stretching of the iron ropes that stretched for hundreds of meters have been quite arduous. After years of work, Turkey's first cable car, which is a signature of human effort and determination, was put into service in 1963, starting from the foothills of Uludag to its summit. In other words, the connection of Yeşil Bursa with the summits of the majestic mountain, to which it is confidently and confidently clinging to its skirts, is now provided by a cable car.
Over the past five years, Sondermann's heart has been quite a tide between his brain. During his stay in Bursa, Anatolian people 's sincerity, generosity, and many victims, despite the fact that the victim was left out, the sincerity and faith in his desire to share what he has shown by showing his heart has deeply affected him. For example, in the first days he started to work, he was startled with call to prayer, and he had learned about the call to prayer, and he learned that it was a call that Muslims listened with respect and the time of worship was coming. Whenever he heard the call to prayer after that day, he immediately stopped his work and listened to him and asked the employees to pay the same respect. In later times, when it came to Ramadan, he had a deep respect for the fasting worship he had witnessed. He spent many Ramadan in a completely Muslim environment, he stood with them in sahur and joined iftar. Moreover, in the days of Ramadan, nobody once saw him, eating and drinking. On one occasion, he went to the men Albanian bir mold maker to smoke while his friends were fasting in Sarıalan and forbade him to do so by saying that what he had done was a shame.
Early on, Sondermann remains in the most famous street of the time, Altıparmak. From there, there is a very small number of ik Ford fer cars in Bursa. After a while, he rents a house that has a bird's-eye view of the Green Mosque and its Tomb, which are closer to the cable car, and settle there. Probably, having settled in such a house, he wanted to listen to the call to prayer and to hear the call to prayer; the prayer of Allah, the prayer, and one, the Prophet. Like Muhammad (PBUH) is witnessing that he is his messenger. Already after a while, he will record the call to prayer during his stay with his small tape recorder, especially in the mornings, when he wanders around the selin's mosques in Bursa and sits at the bottom of his minarets.
In a short period of time it becomes so intimate with its neighborhoods and employees that it is now in the headquarters of all the associations and invitations. They will learn Turkish before too long and will be able to communicate more easily with others.
Kadirşinas responds to the humanity of Turkish people with a sense of loyalty. So much so that his car almost turned into a service. When she comes to work in the morning, she fills her accumulated school children in her car and takes them to their city center school. The vehicle must always be filled with children and adults on their way home. Hubert Sondermann of German origin embraces our people and their values so much that they become one of us. Our person, who used to live in three continents and now all over the world with color, language and religion with different people for years, in a deep and indulgent tolerance, opened a place for Sondermann in his heart, which was constantly breathed by the breezes of spring climates. They take him with a name that reminds us that we do not wear his root and origin, even the origin should not be forgotten. He is now "Uncle German" ... Sondermann's real name will be forgotten and he will be called by this name. Others use a more domestic and warmer expression for him: "German Emmi ..."
Over time the cable car opens a business and the business ends in Turkey German uncle. But he doesn't want to leave. Even though he goes to his hometown from time to time, he will be back when he goes away. Ski lifts to the ski resort will be built in the area of the hotel and each hotel will be in line to work with it. He has found a job that will last for years. The cable car and Işıklar neighborhoods are not separated from their German Uncles. His uncle's disciplined work, his equality, his determined attitude and his determination in the work influenced everyone. He can work at full time, work without a break, and leave the job as soon as the time comes. It is especially noticeable that the tools used during the work must be cleaned and put in place by the end of the work. He was very enthusiastic about teaching his employees what he knew, and he told the ones who had extended their speeches and said, ı You talk a lot, you work hard, but Allah sees you. Ler It is also a principle to take a present and go everywhere. Everyone in his house can walk in and out of German Uncle. On the desk are the Bible, the Torah and the Holy Quran. Makes serious research on Islam. As we have the opportunity, he travels the main cities, especially Konya. With her friendly and fatherly manner, she constantly shares what she has learned with those around her and informs them to make them conscious. So much so that there are many people who say that they have a better knowledge of Islam than those around them. For example, when someone ate and ate something, he said that he should say iç Alhamdulillah an when he finished m Bismillah “,“ What do you say after the Muhammadans started to eat and drink and drink? Come on, let's see!! One day, he wants a young man coming to his house. Before drinking, he leaves it on the table and asks the young man: an What is there above and below this water? S. ; Water, air, ceiling above water; under the glass, table, concrete, earth hep dik as you give answers to all, No!, he says. This time he returned to ask the same question the young; In The top of the water, ie the front of Bismillah is six, that is, the end of Alhamdulillah. Yani
German Uncle, who fuses with Bursa and Muslim people from day to day, wants to dedicate himself to this city. Reaching the authorities of the period, he sends his wish to establish a factory in Bursa. Its goal is to be beneficial to the people of the land it loves. However, the management of the period will not allow it. They drink a lot. Does not give up. There are several attempts with the intention of persuading; but it cannot reach its purpose again. She feels very sad, so sensual that she often tells her sincere Muslim friends that she doesn't let me open a factory. But I hope that Allah will give me two meters of this land. Le In these words, it is possible to see the clear and precise traces of the transformations that German Uncle lived in the heart of the world. Now, when he heard that Yugoslavia was "invading" by slandering "Red Army," he would not be surprised to see sobbing as he squeezed, saying "Alhammala" and even praying in his room with his tools. But when he tells his close friends that he wants to be buried in Emir Sultan's Cemetery when he dies, they will be amazed.
1976 In the heat of August, the fruits and vegetables of the Bursa Plain, which were inspired by the name of Rezzak, matured as they were, while at the peaks of Uludağ the coolness as the manifestation of the name of the Rahmân was wandering over people. Sondermann spent the summer months in one of the hotels on the mountain, where he also served as a consultant. Bursa's German Uncle, riding for years and years on a ropeway that he founded by riding a ropeway at the summit, with the hearts and minds to create links to the God that managed to form links to the grace, Uludağ walking towards the summit, the truth.
The family is informed about the German Uncle, then the Swiss Consulate in Istanbul. A funeral agent comes with the Consular Officer. Soon after, his son and daughter in Switzerland come. The author examines the testament to his German Uncle's bedside in surprise. He returns to them and says, hızlı Muhammedan this !, Muhammedan!, And, when his son confirmed the matter, the consulate officials quickly left.
One August, the last words of a story started in a far away place in the courtyard of the Emir Sultan's courtyard, where many princes and hearts were placed and the prayer of eternity was read for him. While he kept the quintessence of being against the uncle of the German Uncle, he watches the imam behind the courtyard of the mosque and watching the sons and daughters of the wild birds standing on their way. And at Emir Sultan Cemetery, the last point under a cypress tree is a story set with the soil like others Sultan