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Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

by | Jul 27, 2015

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 Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

“Be empty of worrying.

Think of who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison?

 When the door is so wide open?”

 ―Rumi, The Essential Rumi

 

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi was the most famous Persian poet, a Sufi mystic, and an Islamic dervish. He is amongst the greatest spiritual masters and poetical intellects. Rumi was born on September 30, 1207, in Afghanistan Balkh. He was a follower of one of his father’s students Sayyed Burhan ud-Din Muhaqqiq Termazi.

Under the guidance of Sayyed Termazi, he learned Sufism. Hence, he learned a lot of knowledge about spirituality and the mysteries of the spirit world. He preached in the mosques of Konya. By the time Rumi reached the age of 24, he had proven himself as a well-informed teacher in the field of religious science.

“When you go through a hard period,

When everything seems to oppose you,

And When you feel you cannot even bear one more minute,

NEVER GIVE UP!

Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!”

―Rumi, The Essential Rumi

Personality of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi:

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi was not, and is not, the only hero of love. However, he was and is one of the great representatives of the school of love in the Islamic tradition based on the life and practices of the Prophet, which we call Sufism.

This tradition, including names like Hasan Basri, Ibrahim Ethem, and Bishr-i Khafi in the Arabian Peninsula in the second century of Islam, grew rapidly with Ahmed Yasawi and Yunus Emre in Central Asia. And Anatolia during the rule of both the Seljuks and the Ottomans.

In recent times this understanding of Islam has been represented by Sufis and scholars like Mevlana Halid-i Bagdadi, Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, Muhammed Lutfi Efendi, and recently Fethullah Gülen.

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi was one of the important rings in that golden chain of Islamic tradition and was deeply affected by and benefited from the wealth and experiences of those Sufis and scholars preceding him and influencing those to come.

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you will face paralysis. Instead, your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”

―Rumi, The Essential Rumi

Popular Works:

 

  • Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi: Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi (or Diwan-e-Kabir) is one of the masterpieces of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi. It is a collection of ghazals named in honor of dervish Shamsuddin, Rumi’s great friend, and inspiration.
  • Mathnawi: Mathnawi is a compilation of six volumes of poetry, written in a didactic style. The poems inform, instruct as well as entertain the reader. Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi started the work of Mathnawi at the suggestion of his then companion, Husam al-Din Chalabi.

Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi died on 17th December 1273 AD, in Konya. He is resting beside his father in Konya.

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