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Sufi Coffins

These are coffins where the bodies of great Dervishes Masters lie. Their hats, a symbol of rank and importance, are kept on the top of the coffin.

 

Sufism is a mystic tradition that encompasses a diverse range of beliefs and practices dedicated to divine love and the cultivation of the heart.

 

Sufism has been defined as a type of knowledge by the great Sufi masters. Shaykh Ahmad Zarruq, a 14th century Sufi who wrote "The Principles of Sufism" defined Sufism as, "a science whose objective is the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God.” Ibn 'Ajiba, one of the best known Sufi masters defined Sufism as "a science through which one can know how to travel into the presence of the Divine, purify one’s inward from filth and beautify it with a variety of praiseworthy traits.".

 

Mevlana, one of the greatest Dervishes, throughout the centuries has had a significant influence on Persian as well as Urdu and Turkish literatures. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages in various formats.

 

After Mevlana´s death, his followers founded the Mevlevi Order, better known as the "Whirling Dervishes," who believe in performing their worship in the form of dance and music ceremony called the sema.

 

These coffins lie near Mevlana´s tomb, at Konya, Turkey.

 

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Taken on April 4, 2004