WorldKnown for his love of cats, 'Basili Baba' has been on the...

Known for his love of cats, ‘Basili Baba’ has been on the tongues for centuries with his mercy.


Konya, for his love for cats “Kitty Dadalso referred to as ” Pir Assad SultanThere are two coffins side by side in the tomb of “Pisili Baba”, which are rumored to belong to his cat.

Of the complex structures built in the second half of the 13th century by Pir Esad Sultan, one of the scholars of the Seljuk period in Konya, only the tomb has survived.

The tomb, which was rebuilt in 1440 by Musa Pasha, one of the Karamanoğulları beys, is a structure with walls made of rubble stone and brick.

There are two large windows on the lower sides of the north, south and west walls of the tomb, whose door is in the east direction, and one small window on each of the four directions on the upper part.

In the middle of the tomb, there is a sarcophagus belonging to Pir Esad Sultan, who died in 1263, and a small wooden coffin at the left foot of this coffin.

According to rumors in some sources, this small coffin belongs to Pir Esad’s beloved cat, known as “Pisili Baba”.

Konya Foundations Regional Director Nurullah Osmanlı told Anadolu Agency (AA) that Pir Esad is known for his love of cats, and there are different rumors about it in the sources.

Pir Assad, Hz. Stating that he was referred to as a student of Mevlana, Ottoman said, “Pir Esad Sultan is a scholar who lived in the middle of the 13th century, corresponding to the 4th Kılıçarslan period. and he has two foundations that have survived.” he said.

Emphasizing that Pir Esad was a Sufi master known for his love of animals, the Ottoman continued:

“Pir Esad Sultan has a cat, and he is a teacher, nicknamed ‘Pisili Sultan’ among the people. He is also famous for his love for cats in the society. There is a rumor in the sources that he wanted to be in the same tomb with his cat after he passed away. It is a special case that perhaps has no other example in the world.”

Stating that “Pisili Baba”‘s love and compassion for his cat is a message to humanity, Osman said:

“Our civilization, our ancestors, are so merciful that they say, ‘Have mercy on those on earth, so that those in the sky will also have mercy on you.’ Thus, we see compassion, love for animals, love for living things and creatures as an example in one of our elders. The love and mercy of the person known as ‘Pisili Baba’ among the people should be shown as an example for humanity today. We are faced with a situation where he sets an example for people with the foundation culture that remains with us and has a place in our culture.”

The Ottomans mentioned that Pir Esad Sultan was actually a Sufi master who was very well known by the people of Konya.

Explaining that one of the names Pir Assad took as an example is Abu Hureyre, who is known as the “Father of Kittens” because of feeding and raising stray kittens, Osman said, “Just as Abu Hureyre is known as the “father of cats”, we can consider Pir Esad as the sultan of cats. Father, we are a Sufi elder who sends a message to humanity with his love for animals and especially for his cat.” he said.

He added that the foundation philosophy of foundations should be evaluated on the basis of the phrase “Love the created because of the Creator”.

It welcomes visitors from all over Turkey with its story.

Duran Dağlı (55), who was a marketer in the area around the tomb, said that the tomb attracted a lot of attention with his story and visitors came from all over Turkey.

Dağlı stated that he helped those who came to visit the shrine when they could not find the shrine and told his story, “For example, there were friends from Hatay recently. There are people from İnegöl, Malatya and Kayseri. This shrine is a beautiful shrine, it would be useful to know more about it. The tomb needs to be visited and told with its story.” said.

Akgül Gözübüyük, one of the market tradesmen, said that he has been cleaning the tomb once a week for the sake of Allah for 15 years.

Mevlüt Özdemir, who makes meatballs near the tomb, said, “They come from all over Turkey to see this place. There are many visitors from Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Van.” he said.

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