Seb-i Arus, which means ‘Wedding Night’, is the name of the day of Hz. Mevlâna’s death. It is known as ‘Hakk’a vuslat’, that means, ‘Reunion with the God’. Seb-i Arus events are held in many places in memory of the anniversary of Mevlâna’s attainment of union.
Thinking that death will not actually mean the disappearance of an object, but it will fly towards the God, Mevlâna also uses Arus, which he attributes to the meaning of “Wedding Night”, in one of his poems. Mevlâna, who passed away to eternity on December 17, 1273, at the age of 66, used the expressions, “Our death is an eternal wedding” in his poem in which he mentioned about Şeb-i Arus.
Death and Funeral Ceremony of Mevlâna
Mevlâna expresses the night of death as “Şeb-i Arus” (wedding night), that is, liberation from the world’s foreignness, reaching a union. He says “Do not compare a person who does not smile when he dies to a candle! On the path of love, only those that melt like candles emit scents like amber.” Thus, Mevlana passed away to the divine realm, smiling with the lips of his soul, and reached the wedding night, Seb-i Arus, where he burned with longing for a lifetime. Then, while his congregation was shedding tears like waterfalls, the coffin of that vuslat passenger became a lip. He was smiling like a rose roasting in his own color.
Funeral Ceremony of Mevlâna
Sultan Veled describes his father’s funeral procession in his İbtida-nâme as follows: “The great Sultan passed away in 672 of the Hijra (1273 AD). Eyes filled with tears. Hearts groaned in mourning. Even non-Muslim villages were drowned in sorrow. Every pure person was loyal to him, every nation was in love with him.” People said: “He is the light and secret of the Prophet. It is the endless sea of virtues... » “That day, no one found peace without mourning. All the people were in great distress. He was a treasure hidden under the ground.” Eflâki stated that “The coffin of Mevlana was renewed six times due to the stampede of the people. And although his corpse was hoped to be buried at the noon prayer, it was only after the afternoon prayer.”
Tabib Ekmelüddîn told people: “-Please behave politely! Do your descriptive duty in silence and with respect! This was Mevlana, the sultan of the true sheikhs and he passed away…”
Funeral Prayer of MEVLANA
As per his will, Sheikh Sadreddin-i Konevi started to sob when he went in front of the coffin to lead the funeral prayer. It was like he was going to pass out. They took his arms and pulled him back. Instead, Kadi Sirajuddin led the prayer. (Source: Osman Nuri Topbaş, Bir Testi Su, Erkam Publications)
WHERE IS THE TOMB OF MEVLANA?
The rose garden of the Seljuk Palace in Konya the Anatolian Seljuk capital, was gifted by the Sultan of the period, Alaaddin Keykubat, to the father of Mevlana, Sultan-ül Ulema Bahaeddin Veled. When Mevlana passed away, he was buried in the Green Dome, which he also used as a convent and was built in this garden.
When is Şeb-i Arus?
Seb-i Arus, is known as the day when Mevlana went to the God. In other words, Şeb-i Arus events are held on 17 December every year.
WHAT TO DO IN ŞEB-İ ARUS?
Every year on 17 December, after the afternoon prayer, the Qur’an is read and the Ayn-ül Cem (collectively Semah ceremony) is performed.