A SMALL MOSQUE (MASJID) IS NOW PUT INTO SERVICE IN MEVLANA MUSEUM

A SMALL MOSQUE (MASJID) IS NOW PUT INTO SERVICE IN MEVLANA MUSEUM

The efforts which General Directorate of Foundations started to make to return the Mevlana Museum to its original state have given positive results. A small mosque was built in the section where Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi’s tomb is located. Henceforth, those who visit the mausoleum are allowed to pray here in the shrine.

Foundations General Director, Adnan Ertem had stated that worship should be performed in the mausoleum called, according to the official records, the Mevlana Museum but actually is a Mevlevihâne. Pointing out that prayer should be performed along with semah (an Islamic devotional act performed by whirling dervishes during Sufi ceremony), Ertem had begun bureaucratic procedures for the Mevlana Museum. Saying that the Mevlana Museum was closed in the first years of republic under the scope of ‘the law of closure of dervish lodges ‘and reopened after a while as ‘museum’ due to its importance, Ertem recalled that the mausoleum was transferred to the Ministry of Culture as museum. He said that semah was performed in mevlevihane during this period. However, he launched this initiative with the idea of performing semah and the prayer at the same time.

Adnan Ertem received positive results from his attempts to make Mevlevihâne regain its original state, being the museum at present. With the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the little room, which was originally a small mosque and already empty, was converted into a small mosque once again.