Satguru Nanak Sahib in Istanbul(Europe)
Almighty Satguru Nanak Sahib and Bhai Sahib Mardana Ji decided to visit Western countries in 1519. They left Sri Kartarpur Sahib to Lahore and surounding areas before they reached Karachi. After some days, they started for Aden sea-port and after a couple of days they reached Aden by ship from Surat(Gujrat) Aden has an area of 75 square miles.It was a merchant centre and main market for the shipment of Asiatic goods to the western countries.
It was famous for local trade with the coast of Eastern Africa and Middle-East.Aden remained under the security
of Turks till 1630.
Satguru Nanak Sahib and Bhai Sahib Mardana Ji reached this port in early 1519, on his way to Africa. Satguru stayed near the fort on a hillside.This Golden-Pinnacled Sikh Gurdwara is erected and the same can be seen by the passengers on arriving ship.
From Aden they enter Dijibouti on their way to Adis-Ababa(Ethiopia).The Sikh chronicals called it Abyssinia.They stayed a couple of days and then left for Mogadishu(Somalia) by yakka.Finally they entered Kenya on their way to Nairobi.Almighty Satguru conducted the Holy Diwan in Brij-Bhasha(Sadhvi) and Persian.From Nairobi they reached Dar-es slaam(Tanzania)From Dar-es-Salaam they reached the village Tabora and stayed there for one night.About 12 miles from Tabora Station, there is a memorial in honour of the visit of Satguru Nanak Sahib in the hilly forest(page 150 of Travels of Guru Nanak by Surinder Singh Kohli). They passed Barundi and ulitimately reached ofRwanda.From Rwanda, both reached Kampala in Uganda.At a distance of about 24 miles from Kampala,there is a village named Baba Nanika after the name of the Almighty Satguru where a spring commemorates the visit of great Satguru ,which was the result of his blesings.It is said that there is no other spring in the vast area.The people mostly use river or lake water.There is a big lake named Victoria near Kampala.From Kampala, Almighty Satguru Nanak Sahib and Bhai Sahib Mardana Ji went to Lira,Gulu and Atiak before they entered Sudan.
Satguru had visited Habash Valyat or Habash Desha that is Sudan and other black countries. In Sudan the Almighty Satguru and Bhai Sahib Mardana Ji Passed through Nirmule,Bor and Kusti before they reached Khartaum. They spent a couple of days there and then left for Dongola by Yakka. They also visited Wadi Halfa and they entered Egypt through it.Almighty Satguru visited Isna, Sohag and Asyut before they reached Cairo. They stayed there for atleast four days.They visited Alexandria and then returned to Cairo again.From Cairo they reached Beni, Ras Gharib and Luxor.Finally they reached Berenace before they entered the coastal area of Sudan again. Ultimately, they reached Port of Sudan and stayed there for a couple of days.They took the ship from there and reached Jedda. From Jedda they arrived at Macca.From Port of Sudan they wear Haji dress.For their stay at Mecca, dear congregation! you can read a separate chapter.From Mecca to Madina they reached on foot with other Hajis in several days.
In the Days of Satguru Nanak, Greece, Macidonia, Yugoslavia. Hungry, Romania were the provinces of Turkey. Istanbul was the joint capital oft Ottoman. The finding of a stone tablet in European side of Istanbul, by Dr. D.S.Chahal, leaves no doubt that Satguru Nanak Sahib went to Greece, Macidonia, Yugoslavia, Hungry, Romania,. If some one asks this question, whether Satguru Nanak went to Kurukshetra and Kangra etc.?.The questioner will be termemed as stupid or ignorant of Geography, because both Kurukshetra and Kangra were the part of Punjab at that times.The book "Turkey And its Lost Provinces( 1911), leaves no doubt that these areas were a part of Ottoman Empire, but now the different countries of Europe. Gul Baba of Hungry, was the teacher of Suleyman, the son of Salim-I, who(Suleyman) erected this tablet in Turkey language, the official language of Ottoman Empire.
Secondaly, the report of Dr. Zwingali from Euric in 1530 confirms that very simple people of "lately founded faith" with differnt tongue were available in Swizerland.The French book of 1606" Historie De Novella Francia", by Marc Lescarbot, confirms the the reaching of Singinging Priest in Bergan Norway.This means Satguru Nanak Sahib travelled the almost whole Europe. He went to North And South America, and Africa. also for his MH=Misonaro Humantaririo( Sarbat Da Bhalla)