SUMBULI-A WELL KNOWN BRANCH FROM HALVATI SECT
Sumbuli was not a sect which was formed from the basic prenciples of Halvati sect but it was represented as one of the main sects in Ottoman empire in 16th and 17th centuries AD. The founder of Sunbuli branch was Sunbul Sinan who died in 1529 AD in İstanbul. Sunbul Sinan was the caliph of Sheikh Cemali Halveti in Kocamustafa pasha district in Istanbul and he directed the main lodge after his sheikh passed away in 1486. He became a famous Halvati sheikh with the title Sunbuli-hyacinth flower- because of presenting to his sheikh as a gift. The sheikh Cemaliyye Halvati wanted to bring some gifts to him one day and all drevishes brought valuable gifts to the sheikh except Yusuf Sinan. He only brough a hyacinth flower with withered & broken stem. When he was asked why he brought this flower, Yusuf Sinan said ; “ Sir, all the creatures and flowers in the universe were chanting the onenesss & greatnes of Allah except this flower beacuse I could not bear to stay connected to others and this one was not chanting Him that is why I brought it to you as agift. “ Yusuf Sinan was given a new tittle called as “ Sunbuli “ that was the name of a famous sect branch later. Sunbul Sinan educated & trained so many dervishes during his life and they beagn training & educating the local ingabitants wherever they were settled down in Anatolia. When Sumbul Sinan died in the beginning of 16th century AD, Merkez Effendi, one of the famous medical doctor & pharmacist & botanist, was appointed to be the sheikh of Sunbuli lodge. Before he was appointed as the sheikh, he was in Manisa curing and training the inhabitants and he became very famous by inventing famous “ mesir macunu-famous mes toothpaste “ giving as if super natural power to the men. Merkez efendi trained more than 500 caliphs-students in Istanbul after he had moved Sunbuli main lodge to a complex in Zeytinburnu district out of İstanbul downtown. The Sunbuli branch had its golden age in the period of Merkez Effendi with hundreds of Sunbuli lodges all over the empire and 28 Sunbuli lodges were only in İstanbul in 16th century. Sunbuli Sinan was accepted the founder of Sunbuli branch but Merkez effendi set up the rules a litlle bit different from main Halvati sect so he systemetised all Sunbuli pirinciples and rules. The oldest Halvati sect lodge of Istanbul was Sunbuli asitane in Kocamustafa pasha and every year on 10 Muharram Ashura was cooked in large boilers and delivered to all İstanbul inhabitants by the dervishes. The Sunbuli dervishes also delivered free water, loaves of bread in Ramadan as well as they used to burn candles in front of the lodges. Sunbuli headgears on Ottoman gravestones had characteristic features of Halvati sect , four main slices with 40 stribes describing four main paths used to reach 40 different stations. The Sunbuli lodges located both in Istanbul and the other cities are full of charming & elegant gravestones with splendid headgears. The best of these gravestones can be seen Istanbul Zeytinburnu complex and the main lodge in Kocamustafa Sunbul Sinan shrine as well as Manisa cemeteries.