Sadreddeen Konawee : Mawlana Jalaludin Rumi’s teacher

City of Konya lies in the middle of the Anatolian peninsula and has been abundant when it comes to Islamic scholars and tasawwuf aleems for centuries. The city today is famous for the tomb of internationally well-known mutassawuf and poet Mawlana Jalaludin Rumi and his companion Shams-e Tabriz. However, city of Konya is the home and school for many other Islamic scholars as well.

Sadreddeen Konawee is one of them. He was born in Malatya in 1210 and passed away in 1274 in Konya. His tomb is in the garden of a mosque in Konya that is known by his name.

When his father Ishaak Efendy passed away at early age, Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi was responsible for his education, probably that was little Sadreddeen’s blessing & fortune.

He travelled to Aleppo and Damascus with this teacher. His teacher Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi thought him about “inner sciences of Sufism” which is based on nafs-e tarbeyee in other words “taming the soul”.

Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi continued to influence Sadreddeen Konawee even after his death, through his dreams. Konawee kept seeing his teacher in his dreams in very inspirational ways. In his book “Nefahat”, Konawee mentions that “by remembering Allah(j.j) all the time, one can reach eminent ranks in tasawwuf”.

After performing his Hajj duty, he returned to Konya and started living there and became an imam in a small masjid. In the following years, he educated thousands of students in his lectures, which includes Mawlana Jalaludin Rumi and Saadedeen Farganee. Konawee became master of Kelam “ilm” which can be considered as Islamic Philosophy. He interpreted and explained Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi ‘s theories on “Wahdat ul Wujud”, which is the doctrine of the “Oneness of Being”

He is known to pray as:

“Ya Allah(j.j), cleanse and hold our soul from diverting away from you and prevent our soul from being busy with things not related to you. Take and save us from ourselves and fill us with your presence. Don’t let us be fooled by humans and devils. Grant us your noor. Respond favorably to our prayers, in the way you see fit. You are the one who hears. You are the one who is close to us. You are the one who replies to our prayers. “

He willed that on the day of his funeral, charity should be dispersed for the poor and the needy and his will was fulfilled, when he passed away in the year of 1274 in the city of Konya.

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