Once upon a time, Mehmet Jamalattin Efendi requested from his students to bring him some flowers. All of his students came to the presence of their teacher with various beautiful flowers. However there was one student, Yusuf Sinan, who came with a wilted hyacinth in his hand. When his teacher asked him about the wisdom behind his attitude, his answer was :
“Whichever flower I tried to pick, I heard that they were occupied by the remembrance (dhikr) and glory (tasbihat) of ALLAH. My heart could not accept to cut their “tasbihat “. I looked and saw that this poor hyacinth had come off its stem, then I brought this flower to you”. Upon this incident, his teacher named him “Sümbül (Hyacinth)”.
“Heart of the one, who forgets the remembrance of God (Allah) in the turmoil of the world, hardens. The one whose heart is hardened does not have any taste from his worship (ibadat).” [Sümbül Yusuf Sinan Efendi (k.s)]
Sümbül Yusuf Sinan Efendi (died 1529 AD in Istanbul) was the founder of the Sumbuliyya Sufi order.
Translated by garibAN