The Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, popularly known as Rumi was born in thirteenth century. He was an Islamic scholar and Sufi mystic having roots from Greater Khorasan in Greater Iran. Rumi’s works are mostly in Persian, though use of Turkish, Arabic and Greek can be seen in his verses. Today his works are widely read in Greater Iran and other Persian-speaking countries and translations of the same are extremely popular in United States, Turkey, South Asia and Azerbaijan.
Rumi’s Influence can be traced in the ethnic dividons of Turks, Tajiks, Greeks, Pashtuns, Central Asian Muslims and Indian subcontinent Muslims. Also his poetry has majorly influenced literary traditions of various languages such as Bengali, Urdu, Chagatai etc. Moreover, he has also been declared as one of the greatest and best-selling poets in the US.
Rumi had strong belief in the use of music, art and dance and considered it as a path to connect with the God. Most of his works talk about love and the concept of oneness of God. A major focus on music was promoted by his teachings so intense to take the soul to a spiritual journey. He also encouraged Sama, listening to music and performing a sacred dance. Sama represented a mystical journey of mind to the God seeking true love, abandoning ego and finding the ultimate truth. Rumi also believed in serving to the masses with greater maturity and without discrimination, regardless of race, nation, caste, beliefs etc.
Provided below is an example of famous beliefs of Rumi:
Scholars believe that Rumi’s beliefs and teachings often known as Rumi philosophy find place in the modern time and are highly versatile. It encourages personal growth and development in a very clear manner. Rumi’s vision for world, love, God and his works teach modern Westerners how to attain happiness and inner peace.