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Arab version of Ertugrul erases reference to Shias from the Show

I came across this by accident as I was searching for a link to watch the show Ertugrul (Resurrection). The first version I came across was in Turkish with English subtitles, in the first scene within the first minute, the main character refuses the sword that is offered to him and responds by saying “there’s no sword other than Zulfiqar” and then makes a comment about Ali. 

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This really piqued my interest since a Shia reference in media is generally only made if it’s a religious channel or the news. It’s a topic that is rarely covered in Arab media. 

I didn’t want to continue reading the subtitles so I searched for the episode dubbed in Arabic. And I was surprised to find that they’ve changed the script with no reason to do so. 

In the Arabic version, they changed that part out and after being offered the sword the main character says: 

“For the love of God, and for the honor of our grandfather Oghuz I’ll carry it” and they completely erased the part about Ali. 

I’m not sure what the reason behind this is, but it seems unnecessary since the show is predominantly based on the history of Oghuz Turks, many of whom identify as Shia (

It seems like it was solely done for the purpose of desensitization of the topic. It’s possible that the channel that dubbed the series has some sort of religious affiliation, or reason to make it exclude this reference. And probably any other ones made in the show. 

What bothers me the most about the decision to exclude the lines from the show, is that the show is based on history. Like I would understand if they removed it from a drama show or something of that sort, but from a show with a historical basis? Why?

You’re not obligated to stick with the factual history in every scene, but doing so shouldn’t be problematic. In this case, it looked like they were trying to hide a part of history that they didn’t particularly like. Almost denying its existence because of the current mainstream stigma of the topic.

Obviously, I haven’t watched the show, other than the first episode, but what I do know is that the show is supposed to be about unity in the ummah.

It strikes me as particularly ironic, that a show with a theme about unity is then filtered to exclude certain types of Muslims. We are all Muslims, so I don’t understand why it was necessary to exclude the reference about Ali, with no real purpose than personal prejudice on the part of the director/producers who did that. 

Maybe they thought that it would make them look bad. Like people might accuse them of being pro-Shia in some sense, which might’ve affected their ratings or something. But either way, I think it’s awful that even to this day, we look at Muslims as “them” versus “us” depending on our ethnic background and sectarian beliefs. Which by the way, as Muslims we’re not supposed to be divided into sects in the first place. 

Was anyone else aware of this change in the series? Does anyone know what the actual Turkish version of the show says?


Also, on a really random note, does anyone else think that the main character sort of looks like an Arab Liam Hemsworth? Just me? Ok. 


Here’s the link to the English version with the subtitles:

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Top 3 Misconceptions about Muslims | The Millennial Muslim

At this point, many people have come to understand that the foreign-looking Muslims in their land are not the crazy terrorists the media makes them out to be.

You see them grocery shopping, celebrating birthdays, mowing their lawn, and you’re pretty sure that somewhere underneath all the strangeness that you don’t understand, they’re just as human. So you talk to them. And that brings on a whole new set of misconceptions that even Muslims aren’t aware of in some cases.

1. Praying

The U.S has a Christian history. Rarely will you be able to exist on American soil without knowing who Jesus is and what prayer is, and that’s why sometimes as Muslims, we rely on this foundation and say that we pray 5 times a day. 

The reality though is that praying in Christianity is completely different from the Muslim version of praying. The 5 mandatory “prayers” we do each day are actually more of a meditation that we do daily.

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We say certain specific things repeatedly, and it is structured, organized and timed. That’s why the more accurate term would be meditation and not prayer.

The equivalent of the word prayer would be dua, which is the unstructured dialogue you have between yourself and God at any time, without any structure or rules. 

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2. Fasting

So many people know about fasting, especially with intermittent fasting being a trend now and all. The issue though, is a lot of people don’t understand when we start and when we stop the fast. And that we can’t have water at all during the fast. Yes, not even a sip.

And also they don’t understand why one year Ramadan is in June and the next it’s in September. Islam follows the lunar calendar, meaning we follow the cycles of the moon. Ramadan is actually the name of a month in the Islamic calendar, the same way June is a month in the Gregorian (solar) Calendar that everyone uses today.

So essentially, Ramadan starts when it’s supposed to start every year, but because the lunar calendar is shorter, it falls on a different date in the Gregorian calendar. 

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And the fast doesn’t last the entire month, it’s simply from sunrise to sunset. One of my coworkers legitimately used to think that I fasted from the start of Ramadan and broke my fast at the end of the month! Lol can you imagine if that were the case?

3. Jesus/Allah

Islam is an Abrahamic religion that believes in Jesus. The main difference is that as Muslims we don’t believe that Jesus (or anyone) is the son of God. 

This brings me to another point, God and Allah (swt) are the same. The only difference is that Allah is the Arabic word for God. If you were a Hindu that speaks Arabic and wanted to say God, you would say Allah. If you were an Atheist and speak Arabic you’d also say, Allah (swt). Allah is not a Muslim thing, it is an Arabic thing. 

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