Women & the Bektashi Path
Haci Bektaş & Kadıncık Ana
It was known that Kadıncık had inherited abundant wealth from her father. When the Hunkar settled in Soluca Karahüyük, she spent all of this wealth and property on the Eren, and not a thing remained except the shirt on her back. One day a company of Kalandars arrived from Horasan. The Hunkar sent Sarı Isma`il to Kadıncık saying, “Have her spread the sofrah and give food to the group which has come.”
When Sarı Isma`il related the command of the Hunkar to Kadıncık, she said, “My Isma`il, can’t you see? I have nothing left except for this gömlek.” She took off her gömlek and entered into the unlit oven to hide her nakedness. She said, “Take and sell this gömlek. With whatever you obtain, buy food and feed those dervishes.” Sarı Isma`il took the gömlek and sold it. He bought food and spread the sofrah. The food was eaten and dua’s were made.
Now Kadıncık’s custom was to come to all travelers and say, “Safa Geldiniz!” The Hunkar said to Sarı Isma`il, “Go and tell Kadıncık to come and say, ‘Safa Geldiniz’ to these erens.” Sarı Isma`il went and related the words of the Hunkar to Kadıncık who said, “Don’t you understand? I am stark naked and inside this oven!” Sarı Isma`il went and explained this situation to the Hunkar. There was a cabinet alongside the Hunkar. He reached into it saying, “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir- Rahim.” He then pulled out a bundle and gave it to Sarı Isma`il. “Take this bundle,” he Hunkar said, “And tell Kadıncık wear the clothing that is in it. Then have her come and say, ‘Safa Geldiniz’ to these erens from Horasan.”
Kadıncık put on the clothes, and they were the most elegant clothes anyone had ever seen. She rose and came to the gathering. She said, “Safa Geldiniz” to the erens of Horasan. She kissed the hand of the Hunkar, who then said, “Kadıncık, come here and hold out your skirt.” Kadıncık come forward and held out her skirt. The Hunkar then put his hand under his seccade. He brought out a handful of gold and placed it in Kadıncık 's skirt. He whispered, “Go and spend it. When it is gone, come and ask for more. This sort of thing is never absent from under my seccade. May you lack nothing in this world.” Kadıncık received the Hunkar's himmat and du’a and went home. She swore to herself then and there to spend the rest of her life in the service of the Eren.
It was Kadıncık's custom that if the Hunkar made abdest or if he washed his hands after dinner, she would immediately drink that water. One day while the Hunkar was making his abdest, his nose bled and a clot of blood fell into the water. He said, “Kadıncık, throw this water in a place where no one's feet can touch it.” Kadıncık took the basin and carried it outside. Kadıncık thought, “Until now I have drunk this unpolluted water, why should I throw this away? This is the most propitious water of all. I will drink it without aversion.” She lifted the basin and drank the water. She carried the basin again to the Hunkar. But all that had transpired had been revealed to him. The Hunkar looked into Kadıncık's face, and said at once to her, “Kadıncık, did you drink that water?” Kadıncık said, “What is there that is not known to the Eren? I could not bring myself to throw away even a mouthful of that which remained from the Eren. I only found my stomach.”
The Hunkar said, “Kadıncık, you have received the nesib which you hoped for from us. You will now carry two of my sons, and they will be sons from my lineage and they will bear my name. Have all those who are seventy years of age kiss the boys’ hands when they reach seven years of age. If the world should be destroyed let them sleep, so they shall not see that turmoil."
In accordance with these words, Kadıncık had three sons. One of these died during the Hunkar's lifetime; only two of them lived and their family and relatives still live. When Kadıncık was still pregnant, the Hunkar said, “My habib, my beloved, the father of my life shall come.” Kadıncık bore a boy and the people notified the Hunkar. He exclaimed, “He is the father of my life, my habib,” and so they placed the name Habib upon him.
After a time Kadıncık again became pregnant, and when her time came she had a son. Sarı Isma`il went into the company of the Hunkar and clasped his hands. The Hunkar said, “My Isma`il, bring forth that which is in your heart.” Sarı Isma`il said, “My Padişah, Kadıncık has had a son.” The Hunkar said, “That is indeed praiseworthy!” and so they gave him the name Mahmud, the Praiseworthy.
Then Kadıncık had another son, and Sarı Isma`il again gave the news. The Hunkar said, “Now my brother Hızır is at my side. Let him also be called Lale, the Tulip. Then when my Hızır Lale comes, Kadıncık will love him by saying, ‘My Tulip has come.’” They informed Kadıncık of the Hunkar's words and she was very pleased. Accordingly they gave the child the name Hızır Lale.
In time Habib grew and matured. The Eren then desired to have him married. He sent off the women of the village and they selected the daughter of one of the important men in the town of Malya. They came and informed the Hunkar of this finding. The Hunkar then dispatched the men of the village and they requested the hand of that girl. The father said, “Look! I am an influential and important man. I will demand many things from them and they are a poor people. I do not know whether they will be able to fulfill my requirements.” When the Hunkar heard these words he said, “Allah is al-Ghani. So no matter how much and no matter what they demand, let them ask.” They went and gave the news to the girl's father. He demanded many things as his real intention in this was not to give his daughter away.
The men came and told the Hunkar of the father’s demands. Saying “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” the Hunkar opened his cabinet and took out a sack of gold. He then said, “Go and take this sack to that important one so that he may spend it on his expenses.” They took the gold and presented it to the father and the marriage contract was sealed. Habib later had a son from that young woman and they gave him the name Umur.
Now the son Mahmud was often carried into cezbe, and became an eren with commanding nefes. Whatever he said, no matter how bizarre, would immediately happen. The people often objected about this to the Hunkar. The Hunkar said,
“Two swords do not enter one sheath; go and see him.” They went and saw that Mahmud had left to the other world. They wrapped him in the burial shroud, performed the cenaze namaz, and buried him. By the nefes of the Hunkar, only Habib and Hızır Lale remained.
(from the Vilayetname of Haji Bektash Veli)