A tribute to Maulana Jalal ad-Din Rumi – World Philosophy Day 2020

World Philosophy Day is celebrated every year on 19 November. In establishing World Philosophy Day UNESCO strives to promote an international culture of philosophical debate that respects human dignity and diversity. The Day encourages academic exchange and highlights the contribution of philosophical knowledge in addressing global issues.

This year the theme for World Philosophy Day is: The 2020 edition invites the world to reflect on the meaning of the current pandemic, underlining the need, more than ever before, to resort to philosophical reflection in order to face the multiple crises we are going through. The health crisis brings into question multiple aspects of our societies.

But I contributed my part on paying tribute to the great Maulana Jalal ad-Din Rumi in celebrating the World Philosophy Day 2020.

The great Maulana Jalal ad-Din Rumi is a renowned Philosopher of thirteen century. Sufism and Mysticism are incomplete without mentioning Maulana Rumi. Rumi was born in 1207 and died in 1273. Rumi was born in Balakh a province of Persia (Present-Day north of Kabul, Afghanistan) spent most of the time in Turkey. Rumi has a great influence on the people of Turkey in converting their religion from Christianity to Islam.

Rumi is the most read poet in Islamic countries and in the west as well. He is the most-read poet in the United States. Rumi was an Islamic Scholar, a teacher and influential men in Konya. How Maulana Jalal ad-Din Rumi became Rumi? What transformed his personality that he wrote poetry, books about divine love.

One day, on 15 November 1244, a wandering man came to Konya and met Rumi. The wanderer transformed Rumi, awaken his soul to the divine love. That man was Shams-i-Tabrizi, who is also the companion of Rumi. Shams-i-Tabrizi was also the spiritual teacher of Rumi. There was a sparkle of unions when they met. Shams was able to teach Rumi about the divine love that it cannot only be understood in books but his to be experienced. That was the beautiful awakening of Rumi. When he as a scholar not only understood the divinity or God or the source of religion or the spirituality through the teachings but experienced the reality with Shams Tabrizi. That was the moment when Rumi understand who he was.

His son later said; “My father (Rumi) was an ascetic man, and now he become drunk with love. My father used to be a scholar and now he is a poet”. This is how the transformation happened. That’s the sparkle of the divine when it touches someone like Rumi.

Moreover, Rumi has had a strong belief that prayers and meditation can bring us close to our soul. When we are close to our soul, we are close to God. Rumi also said; “When he is close to his soul, he feels himself close to the God”.

Rumi often expressed his notion with poetry. He was linking poetry with ney (music of dervishes) and ney with Sema (dance of dervishes). In today’s twentieth century we can see Rumi inside the souls of Whirling Dervishes who are portraying the notion of Maulana Rum.

To the sounds of ney and rabab, the dervishes spin, first slowly and then faster, their white skirts opening up like lotus flower. They point one hand up towards the sky and the other down to the earth, pledging to distribute every speck of love received from God to the people” (Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love).

Whirling Dervishes are following the teachings of Maulana Rumi and they are influenced to practice their famous practise of whirling as a form of dhikr (Remembrance of God) even today in Turkey.

The imaging of Rumi was; “The universe is an endless flow of life, in which God has an eternal presence.” – Rumi. Men a part of this universe is also a part of this endless continuum process of this universe. He said, in between the continuity of past and future human life is a moment or wink. At this moment, it is a part of this endless flow of life.

Furthermore, he said, we shall not be afraid of death, it is an inevitable part of our life. Everything that ceases to exist in one form, it is reborn in another. For instance, human life is ceased with death may reborn with another form of life, likewise reborn as a plant, animal or anything else.

Rumi said; “I died as a mineral and became a plant, I died as a plant and rose as an animal, I died as an animal and became a man.” – Rumi

Rumi says; If this universe is an endless flow of life then problems of life and materials are not so important. We shall strive on spiritual growth and an understanding of the divine-human relationship. Rumi believes spiritual connection with God is real life. To get closer to our souls, and the soul of God or the divine-human relationship is not possible with human wisdom but with the power of ‘Emotions’. Rumi believes this understanding comes from emotions rather than from reasoning, emotion enhanced by music, poetry, and dance.

If we don’t compare Rumi with Charles Darwin (was an English Naturalist, Biologist, and geologist) the concept of evolution wouldn’t be complete. Darwin was of course a well-known to the world for his theory of evolution. He was mistakenly considered to be the pioneer of the theory, in spite of the fact that Lamarck and surely Rumi had anteceded him. Darwin, to my mind, his substantially supplied it with empirical evidence, supporting greatly Rumi theory of evolution which was based only on mystical perception.

To conclude my words, I believe Rumi has contributed tremendously to the world with his philosophical poetry which is admired by the great poet Muhammad Iqbal and so many other Muslim philosophers. Rumi philosophy has greatly influenced Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, the Middle East, and the Indian sub-continent.  Rumi is not only limited to the Muslim world but has greatly influenced the western countries as well. The spiritual legacy of the great Maulana Rumi is appreciated for the past seven centuries. From the divine love to evolution, Rumi is found in every soul of a Sufi. From Sufis to Musicians the followers of Rumi are found everywhere in the world.

The last but not the least, Rumi taught the world about love. The creator created this world because of divine love. I must end with the great sayings of Rumi which shaken my soul to transform myself with the words of Rumi.

“Achieve some perfection yourself, so that you may not fall into sorrow by seeing the perfections in others.” – Rumi 

“It’s yours road and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.” – Rumi

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” – Rumi

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” – Rumi

“When you seek love with all your heart you shall find its echo in the universe.” – Rumi

“These pains you feel are the messengers. Listen to them.” – Rumi

Note: This is purely a research-based article, written with a passion to tribute the services of Maulana Rumi who healed my soul and is living in my heart. I can provide references on demand by asking in comments or writing to me by email.

If you liked the content, please drop your feedback below in the comments section.


51 replies
  1. Roohulamin
    Roohulamin says:

    Maulana Rumi or Maula e Rum stands distinguished among all those who picked the pen and tried to depict the true spirit of Divine Love. No doubt he can considered as the Abu Hanifa of sufism that portrayed a wonderful side of islam.

    اے امام عاشقان درد مند
    یاد ہے مجھ تیرا وہ حرف بلند

    Well done read

  2. game mega88
    game mega88 says:

    Have you ever thought about publishing an ebook or guest authoring on other websites?
    I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss
    and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers would
    value your work. If you’re even remotely
    interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

    Also visit my web page; game mega88

  3. muonlinebrazilian.com
    muonlinebrazilian.com says:

    Hey! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to look it over.
    I’m definitely loving the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Wonderful blog and amazing design.

  4. happycarestore.com
    happycarestore.com says:

    Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!
    Very helpful info specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such information much.
    I was looking for this certain information for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  5. xe888 apk
    xe888 apk says:

    After looking over a number of the articles on your web page, I
    seriously appreciate your way of writing a blog.
    I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark website
    list and will be checking back in the near future. Take a
    look at my web site too and tell me how you feel.

    My web page: xe888 apk

  6. gamexe88
    gamexe88 says:

    What i don’t understood is actually how you’re now not actually
    a lot more well-favored than you might be right now.
    You’re very intelligent. You recognize thus considerably in relation to
    this matter, made me for my part believe it from a lot of various angles.

    Its like women and men are not interested except it’s
    one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your individual stuffs excellent.
    Always take care of it up!

    Feel free to surf to my website: gamexe88

  7. www.selfvendor.com
    www.selfvendor.com says:

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I
    could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.

    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you
    would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to
    your new updates.

  8. happycarestore.com
    happycarestore.com says:

    You are so interesting! I do not believe I have read a single thing like this before.
    So good to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject.
    Really.. many thanks for starting this up.

    This website is one thing that is needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

  9. mega888apk download
    mega888apk download says:

    Hey superb website! Does running a blog similar to this take a lot
    of work? I have very little expertise in coding but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyhow, should
    you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share.
    I know this is off subject but I simply needed to ask.

    my page … mega888apk download

  10. www.pso2na.wiki
    www.pso2na.wiki says:

    Great article! That is the kind of info that are supposed to
    be shared around the web. Disgrace on Google for not
    positioning this publish upper! Come on over and talk over with
    my site . Thank you =)

  11. daily skin care
    daily skin care says:

    Right here is the perfect website for anybody who hopes to
    find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that
    I personally will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject that has been written about for many years.

    Great stuff, just wonderful!

    Check out my website … daily skin care

  12. Lihat Disini
    Lihat Disini says:

    I am not ssure where you’re gettіng your information,
    bbᥙt good topic. I neеds tο spend some time leɑrning much more or understanding moгe.
    Tһanks for magnificent informаtion I wass looking for
    this informatіon foor my mission.

    My website … Lihat Disini

  13. https://bitszcoin.org/index.php?action=profile;u=46261
    https://bitszcoin.org/index.php?action=profile;u=46261 says:

    I don’t know if it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else experiencing problems
    with your site. It appears like some of the text within your posts are running off the screen. Can someone else please comment and
    let me know if this is happening to them too?
    This may be a issue with my browser because I’ve had this happen previously.

  14. healthy eating to lose weight
    healthy eating to lose weight says:

    Good – I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your site.
    I had no trouble navigating through all tabs and related info ended up being
    truly simple healthy eating to lose weight do to access.
    I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least.
    Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it
    for those who add forums or something, site theme . a tones way
    for your client to communicate. Excellent task.

  15. wiki.trumpchannel.org
    wiki.trumpchannel.org says:

    Aw, this was an extremely good post. Finding the time and actual
    effort to generate a top notch article… but what can I say… I hesitate a
    lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

  16. ketosis diet
    ketosis diet says:

    hello!,I really like your writing very a lot!
    proportion we keep up a correspondence extra
    about your article on AOL? I require a specialist on this area to
    solve my problem. May be that’s you! Looking ahead to see you.

    My web page; ketosis diet

Comments are closed.