Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi: A harbinger of divine love

Abu Syed Golam Dastgir

A portrait of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Some months ago, the Rumi Society held a seminar in which I presented a paper on Jalaluddin Rumi's Sufi philosophy at the RC Majumdar Hall, Dhaka University.

In May, I attended an International Symposium on Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi in Turkey. The title of my paper was “Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi's Divine Love for World Peace”.

Jalaluddin Rumi was a harbinger of divine love. It is this love that made him humble, a prerequisite to understand Allah as the Quran states: “Seek help in patience and prayer; and truly it is hard save for the humble-minded, who know that they will have to meet their Lord, and that unto Him they are returning. (2: 45-46)”.

In seeking this true divine love, a devotee finds an inexplicable beauty with unlimited inspiration to return to the origin from which separation has taken place. One can realise the mysteries of creation when one understands the meaning of this divine love. He/she blissfully rises above the everyday narrow-mindedness. Once love empowers one with the sense of reality, man attains the strength of humility and nobility.

Osman Bechcet, teacher at the Kadikoy Imperial College, Turkey, has aptly written in his book on Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi: “Mawlana sips from the elixir of divine love of Allah the Almighty as he reaches His nearness with his religious ecstasy…”

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