Murad I was born in Bursa, in 1326. His father was Orhan Gazi and
his mother was Nilufer Hatun (Holofira) the daughter of a Christian Byzantine Prince. Murad I was a tall man with a round face and a big nose, he had a muscular body.
He wore a cap with Mevlevi coins and a testar wrapped on it. He dressed up simple and he
liked red and white cloths. He had his first education from his mother. Afterwards, he
attended to Bursa Medrese (University) to complete his education and he lived with
scientists, theologians and artists.
Murad I was a kind and a calm man. He admired the scientists and
the artists. He was gracious to the poor and to the homeless. He was a genius soldier and a
statesman. He acted very strictly planned and programmed all his life. Although he was
considered as an infidel and an enemy of Christ by the Byzantine Church, he won love and
respect of the people who lived in the lands he conquered as he never tyrannised them.
Murad I began to be called as “Murad Hudavendigar” in 1382 (Hudavendigar means
master in the Ottoman Turkish). Unfortunately, he was stabbed by the son-in-law of the Serbian
King Lazar when he was walking through the battle fields after the first Kossovo Battle
and he died (1389).
His sons : Yakub Celebi, Bayezid,
Savci Bey, Ibrahim
His daughters : Nefise and Sultan Hatun