Somuncu Baba

Sheyh Hamid-i Vali (1331–1412), better known by his sobriquet Somuncu Baba, was an ascetic teacher of Islam in Bursa, Turkey, who exerted extensive influence and is known as a Muslim saint. He was born in Kayseri and died in Darende. He taught at the Ulu Camii (The Great Mosque) where he was installed by Sultan Bayezid I after it was completed. Somuncu Baba's students included Molla Fenari and Hacı Bayram-ı Veli.


Somuncu Baba is one of the virtuous men who came to Anadolu for spiritual conquest, he was also a descendant of Islamic prophet Muhammad After receiving an education in cities which are the center of knowledge like Şam, Tabriz, Erdebil, he settled in Bursa for his guidance and duty. He taught at the Bursa Grand Mosque where he was installed by Sultan Bayezid I after it was completed. For hiding his spiritual side, he baked bread and sold them so he was known as Somuncu Baba. He became known after he had translated the sura of Al-Fatiha, in seven different ways during the opening of Bursa Grand Mosque, in Bursa. He avoided becoming famous so he left Bursa and moved Aksaray. He left his son Yusuf Hakiki Baba in Aksaray and he went to Mecca with his son Halil Taybi when they got back to Anadolu they settled in Darende and he died here in 1412. His tomb is still in Darende.

With the help of Es-Seyyid Osman Hulusi Efendi Foundation,[1] it has another mosque,a library, museum and an exhibition hall and it became a complex of building with restoration. With its excursion, it is an attractive center of local and foreign tourists.

Somuncu Baba's studentsEdit


  • Akgündüz, Ahmet (1992) Arşiv belgeleri ışığında Şeyh Hâmid-i Velî Somuncu Baba ve neseb-i âlîsi Es-Seyyid Osman Hulûsi Efendi Vakfı, Istanbul, ISBN 975-95352-0-3 (biography of Hamidüddin Aksarayî in Turkish)
  • Somuncu Baba ve Neseb-i Âlisi
  • Akgündüz, Ahmet (2009) Arşiv Belgeleri Işığında Somuncu Baba ve Neseb-i Âlisi , Osmanlı Araştırmaları Vakfı, Istanbul, ISBN 9757268445, ISBN 9789757268444 (Biography of Somuncu Baba with the Ottoman Archives) (in Turkish)
  • Somuncu Baba ve Neseb-i Âlisi
  • Prof.Dr. Ahmet Akgündüz Symposium about Somuncu Baba (in Turkish)
  • Somuncu Baba ve Neseb-i Âlisi, Somuncu Baba culture and literature magazine
  • Opening of Somuncu Baba Mosque

Somuncu Baba Tomb and Mosque in DarendeEdit


  1. ^ "HULUSİ EFENDİ VAKFI" (in Turkish).