No poet made teachings as universal as Rumi: Literature expert

Tehran, IRNA – Afshin Ala, Iranian poet and author, said that Rumi attracted audience from other religions and civilizations because he highlighted thinking in Islam.

Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī, simply known as Rumi, was a 13th century Persian poet, born in Balkh city in today's Afghanistan. He made a unique image of devotion to the Creator and gave humankind a new insight of secret dimensions of life.

The most well-known works of Rumi include Mathnawi Ma’nawi, his masterpiece, and Diwan-e Shams, both of which are poetry. He also has prose works, including Fihi ma Fihi (In It What's in It) and Majāles-e Sab'a (Seven Sessions).

September 30 marks Rumi’s commemoration day in Iranian calendar. IRNA has reached to Afshin Ala, Iranian poet and author, to have a conversion on Rumi’s figure and works.

No poet made teachings as universal as Rumi: Literature expert

Ala said that Rumi’s works has crossed geographical borders because he has made a new cover for the words in the form of narratives and analogies which is enjoyable for any audience in any time and any place.

Such characteristics can be seen in the works of other Persian and world poets, as said by Ala, but no other man of letter could make his teachings universal as Rumi did.

The entire works of Rumi derive from the Islamic religion and the teaching of the Quran, but the emphasis he puts on ‘thinking in Islam’, rather than jurisprudence and worshiping, has brought him audience from other religions and civilizations.

Despite his spiritual influence, Rumi, according to Ala, has had little role in safeguarding the Persian Language, in its lingual aspects, compared to poets like Rudaki, Saadi, or Hafez.

That’s because Rumi didn’t limit himself to the complexities and constraints of language and rather focused on the meaning, Ala added.


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