Rumi’s Birthday!

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.

                            – Rumi

Ya Haqq!


11 Responses to Rumi’s Birthday!

  1. musicalchef says:

    If september 30 is correct, then my husband shares his birthday! That’s cool!

  2. Alis Abawi says:

    Thanks for the reminder Irving!



  3. saly says:

    Happy Birthday, Rumi! And thank you my dear, dear brother Irving!

  4. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Irving,

    I remember reading some Turkish Ottoman calligraphy which read (from memory) ‘Ya Hazreti Mevlana Hakk Dost’. I think that translates as ‘O Noble Mevlana, True Friend’. However, I may be wrong. In any case, I praise Allah for Rumi’s wisdom, insight, love and poetry. And may peace and blessings be upon our Master Muhammad, his family, companions and those who follow him in righteousness til the Day of Doom.

    Ya Allah!

  5. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brother and Sisters:
    May Allah bless you all and our dear Rumi, whose words will live as long as humans seek God.

    Ya Haqq!

  6. Sadiq says:

    Saalam to dear Master, Jalaluddin Rumi.

    May God bless us to be near his beautiful soul in the hereafter.

    May God bless his soul and elevate his position among the friends of God.

  7. Nafeesa says:

    I share my birthday with Rumi too.. :) This is a lovely blog! :D

  8. mshahin says:

    Salaam Alakium Brother Irving!

    Thank you for sharing this wise and eloquent poem of Rumi’s.


  9. penawan says:

    The above is a beautiful but flawed translation by Coleman Barks that has deprived Rumi’s poetry of its Islamic content. There is an extensive commentary on Bark’s translation by a Rumi scholar here:

  10. Irving says:

    Of course you are correct, dear Brother Penawan. Barks does not even speak Persian and actually only transliterates what others have actually translated. Yet he does a lovely job for an English speaking audience. Thank you for the very helpful link :)

    Ya Haqq!

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