During the Great Famine of Ireland in 1845-1849, every man, women and child were forced to tie their bellies as food was in a drastically short supply.
It was at this very hour that the Ottomans send 1000 Sterlings (modern day $1,052,000) and shiploads of food to Drogehda, Ireland.
The Famine was no joke. At least 1 million people died as a result and more Irish fled their homeland for the United States or Australia.
The then Sultan of the Ottomans, Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid, recognized the situation and decided to send 10,000 sterlings to aid the Irish.
Queen Victoria however, demanded that he send 1000 sterlings because she had only sent 2000 herself.
The sultan sent the 1000 but smuggled in 3 shiploads of food and supplies, unknown to the Queen.
Drogehda still remembers. Just look at their Football Club shield below:
That is the Ottoman Crescent they had put their in honor of the deed.
We should cherish this history as an example of tolerance and interfaith peace, between an Muslim nation and a Christian one.
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