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Bektash's Virtual Hajj
Hajji Bektash. Click for larger image.

Luqman Perende, the murshid of Bektash, had gone on the pilgrimage to Mecca. After circumambulating the Kaa'ba, he went out to Mount Arafat. Standing there, he remarked to his companions that it was the day before Kurban Bayram, the Feast of the Sacrifice, and that those back home must even then be busy with their cooking. Far away in his Anatolian homeland, Bektash miraculously became aware of this remark, and in a state of ecstasy, immediately brought his teacher a tray of food. Luqman told of this, and thereafter Bektash was known as Hajji, for by a miracle he had been to Mecca.