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Moulana Jalaalud Deen Rumi (1207-1273)

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Come, no matter what you are,
Whether atheist or sun worshipper.
Whether you’ve backslid a thousand times,
Come, no matter what you are.

 

Immigrated from Belkh, he got familiar with doctrines of visited places such as Mecca, Medina, Nishabur, Aleppo, Baghdat and Damascus. After Karaman visit he came to Konya and settled there. He is known as Moulana (our master) in the East and as Rumi (Anatolia) in the West.



 

Moulana as known as Rumi was born in the city of Belkh where it is now in border of Afghanistan in 1207 as a son of Sultânü’l-Ulema- Sultan of the Scholars Muhammed Bahaeddîn Veled and Mümine Hatun. When Rumi had immigrated from Belkh, he got familiar with doctrines of visited places such as Mecca, Medina, Nishabur, Aleppo, Baghdat and Damascus.

 

After Karaman visit he came to Konya and settled there. He is known as Moulana (our master) in the East and as Rumi (Anatolia) in the West.

 

Rumi studied with the great scholar and Sufi Burhaneddin in Konya. Rumi’s discipline was focused on divine love, consciousness of Allah and tolerance which are the foundations of Sufism.

 

“Everyone became my friend from his own opinion; none sought out my secrets from within me”



 

Rumi met great thinker Shems-i Tebrizi in 1244 Shems-i Tebrizi who enlightened spiritually and matured Rumi. He had an important role in the life of Rumi and Rumi’s ideas that spread around the world, leaves a deep impression. They focused on divine discussions together, spent their times in divine talks and opened their hearts with Sema rituals. When Rumi’s friends and students became jealous, Shems went to Damascus. Rumi felt very deep grief after Shems leaving. According to the many sources his son Sultan Veled brought back Shems from Damascus. Besides that jealousy arose once again caused to Shems dissapearances. Did he leave the city or was he murdered, all questions about his dissapearance still remains a mystery.

 

Rumi died in 1273 in Konya where he had spent most of his life and studied all his works and where his tomb lies today.

 

When Rumi passed away at the age of 66, he had left worldwide known works as Mathnawi, Divan-ı Kebir, Mecalis-i Seba, Mekt and Fihi ma fih behind. In the year 2007 was appointed as the year of Moulana by UNESCO because of his 800th birthday anniversary. By this announcement lots of events had been organised for memorialise Rumi.

 

Mathnawi as known as Masnavi is a book of poetry that each amount to about 25,000 verses. Rumi’s Masnavi is widely recognized as the greatest Sufi poem and a monument of spiritual wisdom. Masnavi which expresses intelligent spirit, love of God and mysticism, was written in couplets and collected into six large volumes.




 

Different verses from this great masterpiece:
“The one who realizes his own fault matures very fast.”
“A tap in the house is better than a river outside.”
“ The one boiled with sweets will be sweet and the one kneaded with bitter will be bitter.”
“Human being sold himself for a low price, he was precious cloth but became a patch for a cloak.”
“The one who gets rid of immaturity and gets mature will not spoil forever.”
“The one who doesn’t make friend with the good, will certainly be with the bad.”
“The seeker will eventually find what has been looking for whether he goes fast or slow.”
“There are so many people who don’t know they are in the river and ask for water from others.”
Rumi’s 7 Advices are known as:
In generosity and helping others be like a river.
In compassion and grace be like the sun.
In concealing others’ faults be like the night.
In anger and fury be like the dead.
In modesty and humility be like the earth.
In tolerance be like a sea.
Either exist as you are or be as you look.

Al Fatihah for his Great soul

 
 
 

Written By: Murat Mert

 
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