Rumi looked upon women as the most perfect example of God’s creative power on earth. In Masnavi-I Ma'navi (spiritual couplets), his monumental mystical work, Rumi calls woman, “a ray of God”. “She is not just the earthly beloved, She is creative, not created”.

“Rumi is one of those rare spiritual masters who had female disciples. This is not so common in the history of Sufism.

Rumi’s letters, teachings, advice to his son to be kind to his wife and the tenderness he showered on his own wife— show how sacred the feminine was to the poet,” points out Dr Leili Anwar-Chenderoff, Head, Iranian Languages Department, INALCO (Institut des Langues et Civilisations Orientales), Paris.

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