Mahmut Ustaosmanoglu


July 5, 2022

Mahmut Ustaosmanoğlu, also known as Mahmut Efendi (Tavşanlı, 1929 - Istanbul, June 23, 2022) was a Turkish Muslim religious leader and mystic. The thirty-sixth master of a Naksibendi Sufi order.

His life

Mahmut Ustaosmanoğlu was born in 1929 in the village of Tavşanlı in the Trabzon province on the Black Sea coast. His father, Ali Efendi, was the imam of the village. Little Mahmut already knew the Koran by heart at the age of ten. He married young and had three children. In 1952, when he was doing his military service, a messenger came for him to take him to Istanbul to a spiritual master he had not yet known, Ali Hayder, who had seen Mahmut Ustaosmanoğlu in a dream. In 1954, with the death of his master, he took over the leadership of the Ismail Aga Mosque, which is the center of the order and is located in the Fatih district of Istanbul. The members of the order believe that Ali Hayder could not complete the spiritual initiation of Ustaosmanoğlu, it was completed after the death of the master, at his grave. He retired in 1996, his health deteriorated, but in January 2008 he stood before his followers again. His followers are easy to recognize on the streets of Turkey because they wear long dresses (jubbes), turbans or prayer caps, and beards. Most of them live in the Çarşamba district of Fatih district.

External links

The website of Ismail Aga Jami: [1] (in Turkish) The Ismail Aga Community on the Turkish Wikipedia: [2]