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Ertugrul Islamic Finance Helmi Hakim Singapore

Alhamdulillah. All praises to Allah S.W.T.
I have completed watching the whole Ertugrul Resurrection series on Netflix.
(Yes! I was hooked from the beginning till the end.)

Ertugrul Resurrection shows the life of the Muslim Oghuz Turks with Ertugrul as their leader.

(Ertugrul is the father of Osman I, who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire)

I feel the series is a breath of fresh air.
There are many jewels of wisdom that we can learn and apply in our lives.
Today, I am very excited to share with you 5 Things I Learn From Ertugrul Resurrection Series. 🙂


1. The Kayi tribe have strong faith in Allah S.W.T.


As we all know, the Kayi Tribe faced a lot of challenges.
Be it from their enemy.
Or even among their rank.

And the secret to how that managed to overcome all the obstacles, one by one
is by having very strong faith and reliance in Allah S.W.T.

Some of my favourite quotes in the series:

Nothing Happens If Allah Doesnt Want It

Allah Protects Us


Victory Belongs Allah

Allah Greatest


Allah Enough For Us


I always remind myself.
When I feel down, I feel despair.
I feel like everything is not going as planned,

“Hasbunallah wa ni’mal wakil, ni’man maula wa ni’man nasir”

“Allah is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Guardian; What an excellent Protector and what an excellent Helper.”


2.  Always ask blessings from loved ones and tata tertib when invited to someone’s house

One thing I noticed about the Kayi tribe is that they have this tradition of asking blessing from their loved ones.

This is good.

I have always emphasized:
One of the most POWERFUL nikmat that you have in this world if your parents is alive is their DOA.
Their prayers for your success. Their blessings.

Restu. Blessings. Prayers from our parents.
From our loved ones are priceless.
Because they are our keramat hidup.

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(When we meet our parents or an elderly, we kiss their hands as a way to show respect)

Another interesting thing I observed is that when tribal chiefs of the Kayi tribe gather together to eat.
Every single one of them brought their own personal spoons along.
Every. Single. One of them.

I was like woah. Why do you bring your own personal spoon?
Don’t each household have their own cutlery?
Imagine us going for kenduri or walimah and bringing our own spoons? 🙂

The logical explanation for this is that the spoon actually goes into the mouth of the person. And it gets dirty.

At that time, water was limited. And dish soap has not existed yet.

It makes more senses to bring our own spoon and then clean it ourselves.
Instead of having the host having to clean the number of spoons after we eat.

The takeaway I get from here.
We should observe tata tertib and adab when being invited to one’s house for an occasion.
And make efforts to be a gracious guest to our host.
Make it EASIER for them to host us today and in the time to come.
So they tak serik to jemput us.
In that way, we not only preserve silaturahim, at the same time strengthen them. Alhamdulillah! 🙂




3. Build alliance amongst different tribes

1 particular scene that caught my attention is when Ertugrul requested his companion, Bamsi to bring arrows.
Ertugrul took 1 arrow and broke it easily.
And then he took about 15 arrows, and faced difficulties breaking them.

Ertugrul Islamic Finance

(Ertugrul tried to break arrows to illustrate the importance of unity)


To my mind, this is synonymous to the Malay proverb.
Bersatu teguh, bercerai roboh.
United we stand, divided we fall.

A tradition that I realise that is prevalent during Ertugrul’s era is that they build alliance through marriage.

And of course, when alliance were strong, the enemies tried to discow hatred.
Create pandemonium.
Divide and conquer.
Shake away loyalty by offering them gold.
Women. Positions. Power!

Time and time again, we have witnessed how chasing after power or money or anything for any sake other than Allah S.W.T.
corrupts the hearts of men and will ultimately lead to their downfall in the end.

In fact, Iblige Hatun put it nicely.

Amanah Takafulsg



4. Merciful to their enemies who have repented

1 thing that touched my heart is Ertrugul is merciful to his enemies who have repented.

To me, this is not easy thing to do.
Can you imagine?

His enemy kidnapped his son.
Set up various traps against him.
Tried to kill him.
But when his enemy repents.
Ertugrul forgave and freed his enemy.

“How come Ertrugul is so forgiving?”

In his own words, Ertugrul said,

“If it was up to me, I would have torn you to pieces.
However, there is my FAITH that is ABOVE my OWN DESIRE.
This is the order of my religion.
I forgave you by this order, not my own desire.”

He adds on….

Mercy Prophet Muhammad



5. Ertugul Bey did not like Riba.


Etrugul Bey did not tolerate riba. Riba is haram.

Etrugul Bey uphold the principles of Islamic Finance.

He publicly denounced the money lenders that loan out money with Riba in his market.

And when he knew his own beloved son, Gunduz who unknowingly partake in Riba, he did not used his power and authority to defend him.

He did not use his position to justify Riba.

Riba Is Haram

Even though Etrugul Bey was a very powerful frontier.

Even though Etrugul Bey has wit, eloquence on choice of words and flair of speech…

Even though Etrugul Bey has the capacity to sweep everything under the carpet, pretending nothing happen,

He did use not his God given capabilities

to justify what is Haram.

He was firm. And he was decisive.

He held on tightly to the Quran and Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

After reprimanding his son, he used his own little resources to clear the debt of his tribe.

Because he didn’t want his tribe to be involved with riba.

Masya’Allah. To my mind, that is the epitome of a great leader.



Now… I hope you have benefited from my sharing on 5 Things Islamic Financial Consultant, Helmi Hakim Learnt From Ertugul Resurrection Series…

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