The Shrine of Hazrat Ayub Ansari in Istanbul

This is the approximate spot where existed the house of Abu Ayub Ansari (R.A.) The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (SAAW) initially stayed here  for several months on his migration to Madinah. Which is why of all the Sahaba i.e. the companions of the Holy Prophet, Hazrat Abu Ansari has a unique honor. When the Prophet migrated to Medina on his camel, all the residents stood in the way and, one after another, begged him to stay with them. Not to disappoint anyone, the Holy Prophet left it to the camel to do the choosing. The camel moved for a while and then sat before the house of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari. The Prophet stayed here for several months thus bestowing him a unique honor in the Islamic History.



by Hafeez R. M.


“Walk upto the Grand Bazaar and take Bus No.39”, was the short and sweet advice when I asked a passerby how to go to the shrine of a great Sahabi, Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari.

 It was my second last day in Turkey and the shrine was a must-see place.

Of all the Sahabas, Hazrat Abu Ansari had a unique honor. When the Holy Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (SAAW), migrated to Medina on his camel, all the residents stood in the way and, one after another, begged him to stay with them. Not to disappoint anyone, the Holy Prophet left it to the camel to do the choosing. The camel moved for a while and then sat before the house of Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari. The Prophet stayed in his house for several months thus bestowing him a unique honor in the Islamic History.

His real name was Khalid Bin Zaid. As per tradition in Arab World, he was known by the name of his son as Abu Ayub (father of Ayub). He was born in 576 in the family of Banu Najjar of Medina. He learnt Quran by heart and collected 150 Hadis. He loved to fight for Allah. In fact, he participated in almost every war in the early Islamic history notably Badr, Uhud, Hendek, Khyber, the Conquest of Mecca, Hunayn and Tabuk. So much so whenever a flag was raised, he was there with his life and wealth.

When the Muslim Army marched towards Istanbul, he was ready and raised his sword high despite being 80 years old. It was in this war that he met his destiny and became a martyr (Shaheed) in 679. Thus he lived for over 100 years.

His wife was Umme Ayub. She assisted him while he was playing host to the Great Prophet. They had three sons: Ayub, Khalid and Muhammad and a daughter named Umrah. Later, their off-springs spread out in many parts of the world specially Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

A noted writer, Ali Ural, describes him as follows:

He is not just an imposing warrior. He is a scribe of revelation, one who brings verses together. He is a memorizer of the entire Quran. He is a faqi whose fatwas are trusted by the people. He is an imam who leads the prayers in the Masjid Nabi when Hazrat Usman (RA) is confined.”


The shrine was located by the sea known as the Golden Horn. I reached there in about half an hour spending less than a dollar. The place was known as “Eyup Sultan” and was a complex of mosque, the tomb and graves of other Sahabas.

There was no entry fee. Rather plastic bags were provided free of cost for keeping shoes. In addition, the ladies were given scarves for covering their heads. Quite a large number of people had come to visit the tomb. Local women, wearing colorful dresses, were whispering versus from Holy Koran. Their presence coupled with flocks of pigeons and old trees created a mystical charm.


I joined the queue and in about 15 minutes I was offering Fatiha before tomb of the great Sahaba. The tomb was very decorative. It was in an octagonal shape. The grave was enclosed in with beautiful silver railing. There were calligraphy, crystal chandeliers and decorative pieces all over.

GRAVES OF OTHER 28 SAHABA [Companion of the Holy Prophet]

With a mission of spreading Islam, many Sahabas came to Turkey centuries ago. According to the Research Centre for the Islamic History, Art and Culture, in Istanbul, the bulk of information provided about their lives is through a major booklet by a Turkish Writer-Professor Dr. A. Suheyl. As stated in the book: “Many Sahabas reached the area along the Muslim troops during the great siege. Many of them were, as the tomb stones show the brief history of their lives, martyred during the siege of Constantinople (Istanbul), and battles fought for the conquest of the city, then a strong hold of the Roman Empire.”

The graves of Sahaba are spread all over Istanbul. But a majority of them are situated close to the area of Eyub Sultan. The graves have existed since then without being desecrated or demolished during the different periods of rule over Istanbul.”


After praying in the mosque, I went out and strolled in the adjoining areas. It seemed a popular spot flourishing with a large number of small shops selling scarfs, Korans, pictures and souvenirs. The area was clean studded with fountains spraying water to ease the summer heat.

Source, Title image, YouTube Video



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29 replies to “The Shrine of Hazrat Ayub Ansari in Istanbul

  1. May Allah s.w.t bless you and your family. And I hope I can also visit these great sahaba’s r.a.

    1. On western flank of Istanbul’s Golden Horn (map) is the district famous in Muslim and Ottoman history. You can go there easily via Istanbul city tour.

      The mosque of Sultan Eyüp (In Turkey, Hazrat Ayub Ansari is popularly called Sultan Ayub) is a place of pilgrimage not only for Muslims, but also for anyone wanting to enjoy a fine view of the city and the Golden Horn from a spot made famous by French naval-officer-and-novelist Pierre Loti.

      TheEyüp cemetery extends uphill from the Eyüp Camii (mosque) and tomb almost all the way to the Pierre Loti Café at the top (map).
      If you have lot of time in Istanbul, you can visit the mosque and tomb, sense the history, walk or ride the cable car uphill to the Pierre Loti Café to sip a drink while enjoying the panoramic view.

      The great city walls that you see, extend from Ayvansaray, just east of Eyüp, up and over the hills for 6.5 km (4 miles) to the Fortress of the Seven Towers(Yedikule) and the Sea of Marmara.
      City Buses 399 B, C and D, hourly Golden Horn ferries, and taxis take you from Galata Bridge to Eyüp, where there are lots of snack stands and some good restaurants. An easier way is to take a half-day Istanbul city tour that shows you all of the hard-to-reach sights mentioned above.

      Facilities for guided tours are available. Many companies offer half- and full-day Istanbul city tours. But if you want to go it solo, you can go the way of \Self-Guided Walking Tours.

      It’s easy to find your way around Sultanahmet Square, with the Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, the Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts all close together. When you’ve seen them, follow these self-guided tours, map in hand. You can get the map from Turkish Tourism and Travel Agency

      For more info, see also

  2. Sir. Thank you very much for the valued information. Inshaallah me and my family will visit the grave of Hazrat Ayub Ansaari and other Sahabas during the visit of Istanbul on 1st week of July/2013.

  3. Salaams
    Alhumdulillah, I was able to visit the mausoleum of this Sahaabi-e-Rasool (SAWW) with my family in mid – June 2013. His grave is situated within the courtyard of the mosque, in the back section.
    To confirm, u can get there from Eminonu, by boat or by bus. By bus u take the bus No. 39, from opposite the Spice/ Egyptian Bazaar, in Eminonu, for less than 1 USD, for adults and children travel for free.
    To go back to Eminonu, you can catch a boat, that takes you down the golden horn, again for less than 1 USD, for adults and children travel for free.
    There is also a teleferic or cable car, from behind the mosque, that takes u up the Mountain for an Excellent view of the Golden Horn, that you
    u can also take, for 1 USD, for adults and children travel for free. And you also reach the top end of the graveyard, that extends from his mosque.
    Mohammed Tahir Ameer

    1. Thanks Tahir Ameer for updating all of us on your recent visit to the mausoleum of Hazrat Ayub Sultan (as the Turks call) the area, and the surroundings of Ayub Sultan. I do hope you enjoyed your visit and also had that sublime feel of being near the final resting place of one of the dearest Sahaba of the Holy Prophet (SAWW).
      Your input on the visit specially the info on how to reach there surely is a good guiding note for those who may now be intending to visit this holy shrine.

      BTW let me inform you thatt we are shifting our contents to our new site (with an independent domain: Though it came under a serious virus/hacking attack and has been off for the last 3 days, we have now almost recovered the site and are back on the web again. I wold welcome you to our new site and very much appreciate your views, comments, likes/dislikes on our presence on the web in this new format.

  4. In shaa Allah I will be visiting Istanbul in Novemeber, and I didn’t even know such a shrine existed there. I will definitley visit it. However, would you be able to direct me to a particular website that authenticates this was the location where the camel settled. JazakAllah Khair.

  5. Bismillah,
    I it nice that you recorded a piece of our Muslim heritage; however I would like to humbly advise you for the sake of Allah regarding the practices at the grave that were visible on your video. Please do not take this as an attack but rather a naseeha (advise), which is part of our deen Islam

    There is a dua that should be recited when someone enters a graveyard (reported by Tirmidhi on authority of Ibn Abbas (RA):
    “As-salamu alaikum ya ahlul-qubur! Yaghfirul-lahu lana wa lakum, antum salafuna wa nahnu bil-athar.”
    The translation of this dua is: “Peace be upon you O inhabitants of the grave! May Allah forgive us and you; you are our predecessors and we are to follow you.”

    Thus, we see that going to graves/graveyards is just a reminder of death and Hereafter, and to ask Allah’s blessings for the dead as well as oneself. Therefore, our visits to the graves should only be for this sake. There is no evidence that the prophet Muhammed SAW used to recite the fatiha for the dead nor his companions R.A..

    And lastly, it is not allowed to make buildings and structures over graves.

    Abu Az-Zubair narrated that he heard Jabir (RA) say: I heard the Prophet (PBUH) forbid sitting on the graves and plastering or building structures over them.
    (Hadith No. 3225, Book of Funerals, Sunan Abu Dawud, Vol. 3).

    Jundab said: Five days before he died, I heard the Prophet (PBUH) say, “I declare before Allah that I do not have a Khalil (a close friend) among you, for Allah has taken me as a close friend. If I were to take a close friend from among you, I would have taken Abu Bakr (RA) as a close friend. Those who came before you used to take the graves of their Prophets & righteous men as Masjids (places of worship & prayer); do not take graves as Masjids, I forbid you to do that.”
    (Hadith No. 1188 (532), Book of Masajid & Places of Prayer, Sahih Muslim, Vol. 2).

    May Allah SWT guide us all. Amin

    Wa salamu alaykum

  6. A very famous British Pakistan Film Maker Mukhtar ul Mustafa has done documentary films on the lives of Sahaaba in Istanbul. Reportedly there are 22 shrines and maqams of Sahaaba Kiram. please search on following film
    The Arrival of Sahaba in Istanbul

  7. Wonderful work. I am going to Istanbul soon. Is there any arrangement for Arabic language lesson in Eyup Sultan?

  8. Dear brother thanks a lot for a very informative blog, i read some where that nearby is grave of another great sahabi, hazrat abu zar ghaffari (ra), did you go there and can you guide how to get there, shukran

  9. There are a lot of shrines in the area: Hazrat Ka’b, Hazrat Jabir, Hazrat Abdullah elHudri and more. By the Bosporus at the end of the Bridge at the Asean site is a Mosque with 3 Sahaba’hs. The shrine of Hazrat Ayub Ansari is unfortunately closed in 2014 due to renovation. You can look from outside.

  10. Aoa I visited the mazar of hazrat Abu ayub Ansari recently and iwant to write things on it .your informations are great . If I read it before my visit I can see more and more things you did a great job thank you . Uzma Aejaz khan

  11. I returned from a trip to turkey and got an opportunity to visit this shrine . I’d like to add that some of the information here is not completly up to date .The bus that you need to take is number 99 and to get to it , you would have to go through spice bazar and than pass through the underpass to the other side of the road. you will find the bus stop in front of you but would have to look for bus 99.The bus stop that you need to get off is almost the 10th stop . Also it is known as EYUP SULTAN mosque .

  12. assalamualikum, is this bus no from istanbul airport?
    i am planning to visit turkey in dec, can any one tell me about the weather in turkey in nov/dec.
    also please let me know if i need a visa if i am going on the tours arrranged by turkish airlines(tour istanbul)
    i am travelling from USA and i have indian passport


  13. I visited the mosque and shsrine was being repaird and said fatiah out side then offer two nawafil in the masqe.then went towards sea side. It was great experoence

  14. You may hire a Taxi from any part of Istanbul, this is very nominal and just to tell the driver to go Sultan Ayup Mosque. There are number of graves of Companions of Prophet around the shrine of Abu Ayyub Ansari. This area was outside from the Wall of Istanbul at that time and martyred Sahabas and muslims were buried outside of the city wall after the war.

  15. The Information stated above is not correct, please. Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari did not die while fighting rather he died of a medical disease while he was accompanying the Muslim Army marching towards Constantinople (Now Istanbul). Muslim Army always used to travel with a group of Muslim scholars for Preaching of Islam (TABLEEGH). Their job was to invite people towards Islam before the battle begins. So Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari was a member of that group and he had written a will that if i die during this journey, please bury me at the last destination of Muslim’s conquest. Muslim Army buried him in Constantinople and there is this great tomb, a symbol of Muslim pride and history.

  16. Superb. I too have wish to visit there. I want to see the holy tomb of all sahaba n ashar e mubashhara

  17. The True spirit of Islam lies in Sufi ptactice of simple living qanaat ie contentment Love for all Hatref for none and Basic tenents of Islamic teachongs through Local languages anf dialect. Provide basic Remidirs yo the needy and poors at least through Dua and we’ll wishing and setving Humanity with Love abd smiles.This is how you define True Islam Ameen



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