Mevlana’s 800th Birthday

Peace, one and all…


Today is Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s 800th birthday (may Allah sanctify his secret)!  As Baba Darvish (aka Irving bhai) rightly observes, on September 30th 1207 Mevlana Rumi was born in Balkh (modern day Afghanistan).

I’d like to offer one of my favourite passages from Rumi (as translated by Shaykh Kabir Helminski)

‘The interpretation of a sacred text is true
if it stirs you to hope, activity and awe;
and if it makes you slacken your service,
know the real truth to be this:
it’s a distortion of the sense of the saying,
not a true interpretation.

This saying has come down
to inspire you to serve –
that God may take the hands
of those who have lost hope’
(Mathnawi V, 3125-3130)

Ma’as salama,
Abdur Rahman

18 thoughts on “Mevlana’s 800th Birthday

  1. Salalams Abdur, and thanks for the reminder! Today is the day of RUMI’s BIRTHDAY!

    Only through the grace of Allah, have the mystical writings of Rumi survived over the years to bring all to Allah in one way or another! May he be graced with the Beloved’s face forever.

  2. Salaams Hasan,

    Insha Allah, I’ll add a link myself later on today.

    Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

  3. baarakAllaahu feek…

    I emailed you already akhi….. hope u received it?

    jazakAllahu khayran ahsanal jazaa 🙂

  4. Peace Abdur Rahman

    Coincidentally I’m re-reading an Idries Shah book about the Sufis at the moment and had just started on the chapter about Rumi when I read your comments.

    I first became acquainted with Rumi and his poetry back in the 1970s when I happened to pick up a 24 page A4 booklet in a cheap bookshop in London for all of 10p! It had been produced in 1974 by the International Rumi Committee (U.K.) and was entitled ‘The Whirling Dervishes: A commemoration’. I think it may have been published to accompany a special ceremony at the time. It covered Rumi’s life history and poetry, together with a full explanation of the Mevlevi ceremony, music and composers and photos of Dervishes, Konya etc.

    I still have it, though a little dog-eared by now, and re-read it occasionally.

    Peace to you and yours.

  5. Salaams,

    one of my favourite passages(out the many favourites :)) by Rumi

    What do you really possess,
    and what have you gained?
    What pearls have you brought up
    from the depth of the sea?
    On the day of death,
    bodily senses will vanish:
    do you have the spiritual light
    to accompany your heart?
    When dust fills these eyes in the grave,
    will your grave shine bright?

  6. Asalaamo alaykum ya sheikh, and Ramadan mubarak!

    May Allah’s blessings guide and protect you and yours.

    I am Abdulqadr, you commented on a diary I wrote for “Street Prophets” awhile back. I never noticed the comment, as I’ve been away from the internet a while…. but you had asked about my tariqa.

    It’s the same as yours akhee. If you can make it to Garrison in Nov, I’ll be there, inshAllah. I know it’s far, but the dollar is quite cheap these days, who knows?

  7. Peace Hazel,

    What can I say about Rumi? I really love the feeling of deep compassion and humanity in his poetry (may God sanctify his secret).

    I’ve not read much Idries Shah. Is it a good book?

    Abdur Rahman

  8. Wa alaikum salaam Ya Dervish,

    I do remember you, al hamdu lillah. Welcome to my online home. Make yourself comfortable. 🙂

    Welcome again to another lover of Mevlana. I am deeply drawn to the Mevlevi tariqa, though as yet I’m not an official murid. Soon, insha Allah.

    Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the gathering. Allah bless it and all those who participate.

    Feel free to drop by anytime. It’s always nice to meet another follower of Mevlana.

    Ma’as salama,

    Abdur Rahman

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