By Ibrahim Gamard
Much is being made of Rumi these days. Unfortunately a lot of the activity surrounding Mevlana is far from what the Master would have imagined or condoned. While new age spiritualists have contributed to make Jalal al-Din Rumi the number one selling poet in America, they seem to have ignored much of what makes him a sage to the rest of the world. His teachings are often distorted to fit the DIY philosophy of the New Age movement, are unintentionally abridged and changed due to reliance upon translations of translations, or deliberately misrepresented as heterodox correctives to orthodoxy. In this essay, the author focuses upon a number of Rumi texts in the original Persian which illustrate without a doubt, the Master’s orthodox and reverent embrace of Islam.
In order to discover yourself, you have to submit to the Creator of yourself, my Lord and your Lord, the Lord of all the worlds, glorious and exalted is He!—–beyond anything that we can conceive.
The Holy Qur’an tells us about how special the creation of humanity was: how God breathed into Adam (meaning mankind) of His spirit (15:29); how God taught Adam all the names, which even the angels did not know (2:31–32); how God drew out from the loins of Adam all the souls of future human beings and asked them, “Am I not your Lord?” And
they replied, “Yes, of course! We so testify!” (7:172) Read more…