Rumi’s ‘Nuptial Night’ – December 17th

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

On December 17th, 1273 AD, Mevlana Jalal al-din Rumi died at Konya. A universal genius, one of the greatest servants of humanity, founder of the Mevlevi Sufi Brotherhood, his poetry and doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness and charity, and awareness through love. Looking with the same eye on Muslim, Jew and Christian alike, his peaceful and tolerant teaching has reached men of all sects and creeds.

The 17th of December is called Sheb-i Arus, meaning ‘Nuptial Night’ or ‘Wedding Night’. The night of his death is called thus because of the union of Mevlana with God. As Rumi’s epitaph states:

‘When we are dead, seek not our tomb in the earth, but find it in the hearts of men.’

Since this year is the 800th Anniversary of his birth, it is also fitting that we celebrate his death and his ultimate union with the Beloved.

Ya Haqq!

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12 Responses to Rumi’s ‘Nuptial Night’ – December 17th

  1. pbsweeney says:

    Let’s warm ourselves by the fire of that Union. Alhamdulillaah!

  2. Paul Martin says:

    It’s remarkable how enduring his works have been. There certainly are not many writers who remain widely read after 800 years.

  3. Ibrahim A. says:

    Nice reminder. I did not know. 800 years after his passing and he still moves people: tell me that nothing special is going on. Thank you.

  4. Achelois says:

    Nuptial night – what a beautiful idea!

  5. ned says:

    Wonderful post! I’m reminded that I still have to read Rumi’s works.

  6. annie says:

    i have so much to learn…and you are one of the teachers i trust with that role. thanks, irving.

  7. Shahrzad says:

    I love his poetry so much. He is one of important pillars of classical persian poetry, along with Ferdowsi, Hafiz, Khayyam and others..

    P.S:Shab-e- Arus in persian mean Bride’s night. Arus in persian mean bride. As you said, it means who dies, is such a bride who in her wedding night goes to her real home, house of love.. :)

  8. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Sisters and Brothers:

    Rumi may have passed into the arms of his Beloved, but he did not die, as his words and life and teachings live on through the centuries, and will continue to inspire generations to come, inshallah :) Sister Shahrzah, the Bride’s Night is a lovely way of phrasing the sublime Union with the Beloved :) Annie, your kind words put me to the blush. I have learned as much from your spiritual and lovely blog as anything you could learn from me :)

    Ya Haqq!

  9. Maithri says:

    I love this idea – the nuptial night.

    And I love Rumi and his teachings,

    Love and light dear brother, M

  10. mshahin says:

    What a beautiful quote from Rumi – this is the first time I’ve heard it.

  11. Shaheen Sultan Dhanji says:

    Whoever witnessed existence in pure meaning,
    and in materiality found nothingness?
    Whoever witnessed the Isness of the universe
    And within existence recognized nonexistence? (Rubaiyat 682 -Rumi)

    800 years of poetry, wisdom and absoulteness, shining each century!

    Ya Haqq !

  12. stoic says:

    Well, work of Rumi is something which does not have anyother match. He is so much deeply involved with the God, that after reading his poetry i found a way to life. “The Reality” God bless all

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