Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
September 30th was Rumi’s birthday, according to some online groups and postings.. Turkey celebrates it on December 17th, however, as a national holiday. And yet, according to Afzal Iqbal’s excellent book, The Life and Work of Rumi, the eminent scholar says Muhammad Jalal-Ud-Din Rumi was born in Balkh on the sixth of Rabi’ al-Awwal in 604 A.H. (1207 A.D.) So whichever date is correct, Happy belated or forthcoming 799th Birthday, Oh Great Soul. During Ramadan, even though it is a time of turmoil for many Muslims around the world, may we all enter your house as courteous guests.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.