Esat Erbili

Esat Erbili

Esat Erbili was a "Shaykh" of the Naqshbandi order of Sufis and brought a branch of the Naqshbandiyyah with him to Istanbul at the beginning of the First World War.


Esat Erbili was born in Erbil in Iraq in the year 1847 (1264) where he studied under Taha al-Hariri. After the death of Shaykh al-Hariri in 1875 he visited Istanbul for a short time, later returning in 1910 to established a Dergah (Tekke) in ÜsküdarYilmaz, H. Kamil:"Altin Silsile". Erkam Yayinlari (Istanbul). 1994.]

Meclis-i Meşâyıh

In 1914, Esat Erbili was appointed the head of the "Meclis-i Meşâyıh" (The Council of Islamic Teachers) in Istanbul and was so until its closure in 1915

As part of the Atatürk's Reforms, the tekke in Istanbul was closed and eventually Esat Erbili was arrested in 1930 and he died shortly afterwards in a Military Hospital in Izmir.


*"Kenzul-Irfan"-Translation and Commentary of 100,000 Hadith
*"Maktubat (Mektubat)" Muhammad Esat Erbili: "Mektubat". Erkam Yayinlari (Istanbul)] - a collection of letters to his students
*"Divan" - Turkish and Persian Poetry
*"Risale-i Es'adiyye" - Autobiography
*"Tevhid Risalesi Tercümesi" - A Commentary of Ibn Arabi's Kitab al-Tawhid
*"Fatiha-i Şerife Tercümesi" - A Tafsir or commentary of the first chapter of the Qur'an


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