Seyh Selahaddin Zerkubi – the goldsmith – was a renowned craftsman, and was born in the village of Kamil, near Beysehir, the son of Yagibasan. He later moved to Konya, where he began working as a goldsmith in the local market, while at the same time receiving instructions from Seyyid Burhaneddin. One day, seeing Mevlana dancing in time to the rhythm of the hammers from his goldsmiths’ workshop, he was greatly moved and became his follower. Mevlana praised him as ”Sheyh of sheyhs, axis of the era, God’s grace among men”, saying that the sun which set on the exfstance of Sems rose again in Selahaddin. His son Sultan Veled married to Selahaddin’s daughter Fatma Hatun, sealing the bond between them with marital ties.
There followed a period of joyful and ecstatic devotion for Mevlana, during which he tried to rid himself of his longing for Sems in the enlightened wisdom of Selahaddin. Where he had previously used the synonym Semseddin in his poetry, he now adopted the synonym Seyh Selahaddin. Selahaddin remained Mevlana’s closest companion for ten years, until his death in 1258. He was buried beside the grave of the father of Mevlana.