Sheikh Edebali

Muslim scholar
Sheikh Edebali
Karaman, Rum Sultanate (now Turkey)
Bilecik, Ottoman Empire (now Turkey)
  • İbrâhim bin İnac el-Kırşehrî (father)
Known forSufism
Muslim leader
Period in office13th and 14th century
Influenced by
  • Mevlânâ Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, Sadr al-Din al-Qunawi[3]

İmâdüddin Mustafa bin İbrâhim bin İnac al-Kırşehrî [2](1206-1326), often known as Sheikh Edebali (Turkish: Şeyh Edebali), was an Ottoman Sunni Muslim Sheikh of the Ahi brotherhood, who helped shape and develop the policies of the growing Ottoman State.[4][1] He became first Qadi of the Ottoman Empire.[1] He was the father of Rabia Bala Hatun (wife of Osman Gazi, the founder of the Ottoman Empire).

Interaction with Ottoman leaders

Edebali often conversed with his close friend Ertuğrul Gazi, the father of Osman I about Islam and the state of affairs of Muslims in Anatolia. Osman had been a frequent guest of Edebali. Edebali became Osman's mentor and eventually girt him with a Gazi sword. Osman at Edebali's dergah, dreamed of a state.[5] This dream thus led to the establishment of a state. After this, Edebali's daughter was married to Osman I. As a result of this marriage, all the Ahyan sheikhs came under the Ottoman control. This had a major impact on the establishment and development of the Ottoman Beylik.

Tomb of Sheikh Edebali (2013) in Bilecik

Advice to Osman I

Advice of Sheikh Edebali to Osman Gazi preserved on marble at Söğüt

Edebali's advice to his son-in-law, Osman I, shaped and developed Ottoman administration and rule for six centuries.

In one famous declaration, Edebali told Osman:

O my son!
Now you are king!

From now on, wrath is for us;
for you, calmness!

For us to be offended;
for you to please!

For us to accuse;
for you to endure!

For us, helplessness and error;
for you, tolerance!

For us, quarrel;
for you, justice!

For us, envy, rumor, slander;
for you, forgiveness!

O my son!

From now on, it is for us to divide;
for you to unite!

For us, sloth;
for you, warning and encouragement!

O my son!

Be patient, a flower does not bloom before its time.
Never forget: Let man flourish, and the state will also flourish!

O my son!

Your burden is heavy, your task hard, your power hangs on a hair!
May God be your helper!

In popular culture

Sheikh Edebali has been portrayed in the Turkish television series; Kuruluş "Osmancık" [tr] (1988),[6] Diriliş: Ertuğrul (2014 - 2019) and Kuruluş: Osman (2019 - present).[7]

See also

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sheikh Edebali.
  • Pictures of Bilecik and the Edebali lodge


  1. ^ a b c Şahin, Kamil (1994). "EDEBÂLI". TDV Encyclopedia of Islam, Vol. 10 (Dûmetülcendel – Elbi̇se) (in Turkish). Istanbul: Turkiye Diyanet Foundation, Centre for Islamic Studies. pp. 393–394. ISBN 9789753894371.
  2. ^ a b Akgunduz, Ahmed; Ozturk, Said (March 2011). Ottoman History - Misperceptions and Truths by Ahmed Akgunduz & Said Ozturk. Istanbul. p. 45. ISBN 978-975-7268-28-4. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Bilecik Şeyh Edebali Üniversitesi". Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  4. ^ The Ottoman Empire, by Halil Inalcik, p. 55.
  5. ^ The Origins of the Ottoman Empire, by Mehmet Fuat Köprülü, Gary Leiser, p. 6.
  6. ^ KUTAY, UĞUR (10 February 2020). "Osmancık'tan ve Osman'a". BirGün (in Turkish). Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Şeyh Edebali kimdir, ne zaman öldü? İşte Şeyh Edebali'nin hayatına ilişkin bilgiler…" (in Turkish). Hurriyet. 18 December 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2021.