News ID: 127923
Published: 0751 GMT September 29, 2015

Rumi commemoration underway

Rumi commemoration underway

Ceremonies will be held nationwide today to commemorate the 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic, Jalal-e-Din Mohammad Molavi (also known as Rumi).

Commenting on the poet and his works, Karim Zamani, a Rumi scholar, said, "Molavi was totally different from mystic Sufis who complicate mysticism. His language was simple and comprehensible to ordinary people," according to Asriran.

Mohammadreza Rashed Mohassel, a Persian literature professor, noted Molavi impresses people by including examples and stories in his works.

He added, "Rumi's influence was not periodic. His poems still maintain the same popularity. His vast ideology and powerful thoughts are among the other reasons for the everlasting attractiveness and impressiveness of his poems."

Shahram Nazeri, a contemporary Iranian tenor, also lauded Molavi saying a large number of sessions are required to further study and understand his personality and works.

Rumi was born to native Persian-speaking parents, originally from the Balkh city of Khorasan, in present-day Afghanistan.

Rumi's father was Bahā ud-Dīn Walad, a theologian, jurist and a mystic from Balkh, who was also known by the followers of Rumi as Sultan al-Ulama or 'Sultan of the Scholars'.

When the Mongols invaded Central Asia sometime between 1215 and 1220, Walad, with his entire family and a group of disciples, set out westwards.

ccording to hagiographical accounts, which is not agreed upon by all Rumi scholars, Molavi encountered one of the most famous mystic Persian poets, Attar, in the Iranian city of Nishapur.

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