Starting from the first day we set foot on this journey, our sole goal was to hear our local and foreign guests say “May God bless! We have no regrets” after they enjoyed our services.
As you know, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was also a member of the Hashimi clan of the Quraysh tribe. The ancestry of the Hashmites is traced back to Hashim ibn Abd Manaf, the great-grandfather of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and over the course of history, those belonging to this line, which is also called Banu Hashim, have been named Hashemites, meaning descendants of Hashim.
Who is Hashim? His birth name was Amr, which means administrator/ruler, and he was called “Hashim” which means “pulverizer, crumbler” as he was known to offer pilgrims arriving in Kaaba a dish resembling brewis, cooked from crumbled bread and broth. Hashim made great efforts for the Qurayshi tribe to engage in trade in Damascus and reached agreements with the Byzantine Emperor and Aksumite Sultan. He died in Gazza. He had two sons named Abdul-Muttalib and Esed. Esed had a son called Huney yet his line did not continue further. On the other hand, Abdul-Muttalib had ten sons and five daughters. The father of our Prophet, Abdullah, was one of the ten sons of Abdul-Muttalib.
Since the pre-Islamic period, the Qurayshi tribe instated order in Mecca and divided up roles for the provision of services in Mecca. In this distribution of work, providing water for the pilgrims and maintaining the order of the Kabaa were the responsibilities of the Hashemites.
Succeeding Ali, Muawiyah was declared as the caliph and the caliphate was transformed into a hereditary office, starting the Umayyad dynasty that lasted until the year 750. After this date, the Hashemites descending from our Prophet’s uncle Abbas’s line took over the caliphate and they rose to prominence as “Abbasides.” The first Abbasid caliph was Abul-Abbas Abdullah. Descendants of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) grandson Husayn are called as “Sayyid’’.
His Holiness Sayyid Bilal is also from the same line and migrated to Anatolia in 1154 with his family upon the inner turmoil in Baghdad during the reign of the 31st caliph Muqtafi which he considered to be a sign that Baghdad would face serious destruction in the future (as a matter of fact, Hülagu completely destroyed Baghdad in 1258 proving how appropriate the decision to move was). Sayyid Bilal stopped to rest in the lands of a Mir that controlled the Dargeçit and Gercüş regions. Meanwhile, Arbay’s Mir was hunting with his ensemble. He saw Sayyid Bilal praying in the region called Girebeş. A gazelle fleeing from a hound sought shelter underneath Sayyid. The hound waited sitting in front of them. Mir was thoroughly impressed with the scene and believed that Sayyid Bilal was a holy person. He talked to him and found out why he traveled to his lands. After the conversation, he drew an imaginary border on the hills seen on the horizon and granted him those lands. They named the place “Becirman” to signify that no tax would be collected from the village that would be established there. The Mir did not believe that this was sufficient and he personally performed the wedding between his sister Fatima and Sayyid Bilal. The children born out of this marriage, Murat, Ismail, Hashim, Mirza, Nasir Ali and Kilic went on to have large families...
The line of the Prophet has survived to this day, through his daughter Fatima and her two sons Hasan and Husayn. As loving the Prophet and his kinsmen is considered a form of worship in Islam, Muslims have always respected Sayyids. Especially during the Ottoman Era, to acknowledge Sayyids, who continue the line of our Prophet as his grandchildren, and to show them the proper respect, state officials kept separate registry records and established dedicated courts. In the Ottoman State organization, those who kept the birth and death records of Sayyids were called “Nakib-ül Eşraf” and institutions tasked with this work were called “Nakib-ül Eşraflık”.
The document containing the family tree and its annexes for His Holiness Sayyid Bilal that was prepared by the said officials is located in the Ottoman archives. Ever since his arrival in the Becirman village, because of his peaceful initiatives, His Holiness Sayyid Bilal was known as a symbol of peace, trust and justice in the region.
In the Ottoman era, Becirman was a settlement in the Sanjak of Hasankeyf and with the foundation of Republic of Turkey it was connected to Gercüş, which was transformed into a district and was renamed as Vergili Village. In May of 2014, the village once again received its true name. The Minister of Finance of the time, our fellow countryman from Gercüş, Mehmet Şimşek hung the plate denoting the name of the village as it was reverted back to “Becirman”.
The historical tomb of His Holiness Sayyid Bilal, which is located in the village Becirman, has been restored several different times and has survived until today. The epitaph in the tomb denotes the birth year of Sayyid Bilal as 1132 A.D and his death as 1212 A.D.
Today there are Sayyids living in Becirman as well as those who have migrated from the village. Among those who have migrated include our family, who have moved to Siirt and the surrounding areas in late 18th century. Sayyid families, who are not associated with any tribes, have considered it their duty to become mediators among people wherever they live and they have chosen to learn, teach, live and nurture Islam, feeling obliged to remain pure and away from any wrongdoing.
As the founder of our company, whose namesake is his great-grandfather Sayyid Bilal, says;
“Whatever you do, do it first in the name of Allah and surely you will be of good service to others!”
For a period of over fifty years, in all of our projects we have carried out both domestically and abroad, we have acted first in the name of Allah and we shall continue to do so.