The state of the Ottoman sultan Yavuz Selim, who loved the Prophetﷺ, is a good example for us. He conquered Egypt in 1517 and took over the office of the caliphate. On Friday February 20th, when preacher of the Malik Muayyad Mosque called him as “Ḥākim al-Ḥaramayn al-Sharifayn or ruler of the two honorable cities or Mecca and Medina”, he stopped the preacher and told him with tearful eyes:
“No, no! I am not the ruler of these blessed places. On the contrary, I am “Ḥādim al-Ḥaramayn al-Sharifayn or the servant of the two honorable cities or Mecca and Medina.”
Then he took the carpet off the ground and prostrated on earth and thanked his Lord. And as a sign of his servitude, he put a plume in the shape of a broom on top of his turban from that day on.
Another magnificent example of respect was manifested by the oppressed and martyred Ottoman sultan Abdulaziz Khan. One day when he was lying sick in his bed, he was told that: “He had a message from Medina.”
He told his assistants:
“Help me to stand up immediately. I need to listen to the requests coming from these blessed cities standing. It is disrespectful to listen to the requests of the neighbors of the Prophetﷺ lying in bed.”
And he also performed ritual ablution whenever he got mail from Medina, kissed the letters for there was Medina’s dust over them and then gave them to his head clerk in order to be opened and read.
-An excerpt from ”From the exemplary manners of Friends of Allah”