December 17, 2018
Today is the 745th death anniversary of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. Every year, an international commemoration ceremony marking the anniversary of Rumi’s union with God is held in Konya between December 7 and17. What Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi tells us through centuries is first and foremost tolerance and love
When we use or hear the term “sufism” automatically Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi comes to our mind. The 13th century Islamic scholar Mevlana had focused on tolerance and divine love. Even after centuries his teachings and Sufi thoughts still play a very important role both in Muslim and Non-Muslim societies.
Born into a Turkic family in present-day Afghanistan in 1207, Rumi is one of the most widely read Sufi scholars across the world, whose teachings have transcended boundaries of race, color and religion.
With his book Masnavi, which was penned after losing his close friend – a wandering dervish called Shams Tabrizi – Rumi focused on tolerance and divine love. According to Mevlana Rumi , love is the only thing necessary to attain God. A plant or an animal may also love, but it is only man who has the capacity to love with his body, mind and thoughts.
In Rumi’s understanding, as noted above tolerance is a key concept. These words of him are a good example of the stress he put on tolerance:
Come, no matter what you are,
Whether atheist or sun worshipper.
Whether you’ve backslid a thousand times,
Come, no matter what you are.
Rumi is buried in Turkey’s central province of Konya, where he lived most of his life and produced his works and died in 1273.
Here are some of Rumi’s quotes (For more visit http://wisdomquotes.com/rumi-quotes/)
- The lion is most handsome when looking for food.
- If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.
- Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.
- Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
- When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
- Life is balance of holding on and letting go.
Author : Begum Burak