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Seyyid Burhaneddin Tomb


Seyyid Burhânüddîn Hüseyn Muhakkık-ı Tirmidhi was born in Tirmiz in 1166 or 1169. He is the grandson of Sayyid Kāsım Tirmidhi and the son of Sayyid Hasan Tirmidhi. His lineage is Hz. In addition to the titles "Seyyid" and "Hüseynî" since it is based on Hüseyin, "seyyid-i secretdan", as mentioned by Mevlana, because he knew the secrets in the hearts or informed Mevlana Celâleddîn-i Rûmî about the arrival of Şems-i Tebrîzî in Konya. He is known by the nicknames "Burhâneddin, burhân-ı dîn, burhân" and "muhakkik", which indicates that he is a Sufi who is competent in investigation.
After studying in Termez, he went to Belh in 1208 and became affiliated with Mevlana's father, Sultanülemâ Bahaeddin Veled. After forty days of conversation and receiving permission, he returned to Tirmidhi. The next year he came to Belh again and stayed here for two or three years. During this period, he became the atabeg of Mevlana, who was still a child. After Bahaeddin Veled migrated from Belh with his family, he settled in Tirmiz (1219).
One year after Sheikh Bahaeddin Veled's death in Konya on Friday, 18 Rebîülâhir 628 (23 February 1231), he reached Konya and retreated into seclusion in the Sincârî Mosque. It is recorded that he wrote a letter to him and invited him to Konya, stating that the place would not be suitable for living due to the Mongol invasion. In some sources, it is recorded that before coming to Konya, he stopped by Kayseri and stayed in the house of the city's administrator Sahib Isfahani for a while.
Seyyid Burhaneddin told Mevlana that his father was a sheikh who was perfect in both the external and physical sciences, and that he should gain the same superiority in the physical sciences that he had achieved in the external sciences, and upon this, Mevlana became affiliated with him.
Seyyid Burhaneddin returned to Kayseri after Mevlana's education and lived here for 9 years until his death and died in 1241 (1244 according to some sources).

The tomb of Seyyid Burhaneddin was built in 1892 by Kayseri Governor Mehmet Nazım Pasha with the help of Ankara Governor Abidin Pasha. The tomb has a square plan, is made of cut stone and is covered with a dome. Although the tomb was built at the end of the 19th century, it is in Seljuk style and is located in the large cemetery named after him on Talas Street.

In the tomb, under the dome, there is a half-cylindrical sarcophagus of Seyyid Burhaneddin. At the top of the sarcophagus is a poetic work titled (Ayine-i Seyyid-i Sırdan) written by Kayserili Ahmed Remzi Dede, one of the Mevlevi sheikhs, about the Seyyid. Inside the tomb, there is also the tomb of Seyyid Zeynelabidin, one of the grandchildren of the Prophet Muhammad, who died in Kayseri in 1414.

There are Mevlevi tombstones to the left of the tomb entrance. Among these are the tombs of Kayseri Mevlevi Sheikh Süleyman Turabi (1835), the sheikh's son Hacı Remzi Efendi (1865), Ahmet Remzi Efendi's son Süleyman Ataullah (1904) and Ahmet Remzi Dede (1944).

To the south and adjacent to the tomb is the tomb of Emir Erdoğmuş.
Around the tomb are the tombkeepers' rooms built in later periods. The management of the tomb has been transferred to Kayseri Museum Directorate since 1981.

The tomb of Seyyid Burhaneddin, the teacher of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, who spent the last years of his life in Kayseri, is one of the most visited tombs in Kayseri today.

Source: Kayseri Governorship, TDV Encyclopedia of Islam



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