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Life of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

Born 30th September 1207 in the Khwarezmian Empire, His full name was Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi but he was most commonly called Rumi. Jalal ad-Din is an Arabic name meaning “Glory of the faith’’. Rumi was a 13th century Persian Sunni, Muslim poet, Jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian and Sufi Mystic. His influence was not restricted to just his country’s borders. Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other central Asian Muslims and Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his legacy. Rumi’s work has been widely translated in too many languages and transposed in to various formats. The United States describes Rumi as the most popular and bestselling Poet in their country.

Rumi’s thoughts like that of other mystics and Sufi poets of Persian literature is that of (Tauhid) union with the Beloved. His longing desire to attain it is very clear in the following poem from his book (Masnavi).

I died to the mineral state and became a plant, I died to the vegetable state and reached animality, I died to the animal state and became a man,

Then what should I fear? I have never become less from dying.

At the next charge (forward) I will die to human nature, so that I may lift up (my) head and wings (and soar) among the angels, everything perishes except His face.

Once again I will become sacrificed from (the state of) the angel.

I will become that which cannot come in to the imagination.

Then I will become non-existent; non-existence says to me (in tones) like an organ truly, to Him is our return.

Deep thoughts from a great man.