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The Tale of the ‘As If I Have Eaten’ Mosque

A man named Keçeci Hayreddin (Khair Al-Deen) Efendi lived in the district of Fatih in Istanbul. Whenever he walked in the market and desired something to eat, Hayreddin Efendi would say: “Sanki Yedim” or “As if I have eaten”.

He would take the cost of that meal or fruit and keep it in a box. He kept on doing the same thing every time he desired anything saying; “Sanki Yedim”.

After 20 years, the money in the box had increased and with the money he collected, he built a small Mosque. People started calling the Mosque The “As If I Have Eaten Mosque”.

The original Mosque sadly burned during the First World War and it was rebuilt in the 1959/1960.

By making small sacrifices, he was able to build a Mosque in this world and insha Allah a house in Jannah. May Allah accept his noble deeds!

Here is an artist’s impression of what it’s thought to have looked like:
Sanki Yedim Painitng

These photos from 1938 show how it looked like after it was destroyed in a fire. It remained like that for many years until it was rebuilt:
Sanki Yedim 1938 1 Sanki Yedim 1938 2

This is how it looks like today, the sign tells the story behind the Mosque:

Sanki Yedim Sign

Sanki Yedim 2

Sanki Yedim

Be sure to visit it if you’re in Istanbul:

Photos courtesy of Hayalleme

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