Mawlana Jalaluddin

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After having a rest in the morning, Nathela went for an afternoon stroll. It was then that she saw a crowd full of men and women of any age, circling a storyteller. Nathela missed the beginning of the story but joined the crowd nevertheless.

“He is not an ordinary Mufti,” the storyteller said fervently. “Other Muftis teach you religion, but he does more than that. He speaks with wisdom and composes poetry.

“His poems are diamonds. They say with his poems he brings humility to the kings’ heart and dignity to the hearts of the peasants.”

Nathela was listening attentively. From the storyteller she learned that the Mufti’s teachings centered on spiritual love. One who is drunk with love, the storyteller quoting the Mufti, enters a world where their soul could dance ecstatically under the moonlight. It is a world where one’s heart plunges joyfully into a state of pure love. The storyteller then recited a poem that once he heard from the Mufti,

“For the lovers, He alone is all their joy and sorrow;

He alone is their wages and hire for service.

If there be any spectacle except The Beloved,

’tis not love; ’tis an idle passion.

Love is that flame which, when it blazes up, 

consumes everything else but The Beloved.”


Dirham and dinar were thrown to the storyteller and people were clapping; the storyteller was smiling triumphantly.

Soon after the clamour receded, Nathela who knew that the Mufti referred to in the story was the one she was looking for, felt the necessity to confirm it, “Were you just talking about Jalaluddin of Konya?”

“Yes, you’re right,” the storyteller replied. “But no one there calls him Jalaluddin. They refer to him as ‘Mawlana, our Master. Mawlana Jalaluddin, or Mawlana Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi, if you prefer.”

21 thoughts on “Mawlana Jalaluddin

  1. What a beautiful inspirational message “Love is that flame which, when it blazes up,

    consumes everything else but The Beloved”! Mā shāʼ Allāh dear Subhan!
    Cheers 🙂

  2. More beautiful writing Subhan. I have a small suggestion though, where you say, “His words are a diamond” perhaps you could try ‘“His words are diamonds” instead? Unless I have misunderstood your intention! Great way of introducing people to Rumi, lovely story 🙂

    1. Hi Subhan. I only know English is not your first language because you told me! Your writing is amazing… It’s only a small amendment and I’ve seen many many writers for whom English is their first language but whose words do not have the same impact as yours. I always look forward to your posts! x

  3. Well Subhan, let the angels smile or dance with love. I’m delighted to share in your passion for story telling, especially about Rumi, one of my favorite poets and mystics. Thanks! Brad

      1. Wow, another Rumi- like ode by you. Will you be my personal muse as Shams was to Rumi? Though I am not as skilled at this style of poetry, I love them, and you inspire me to write more. Yours are beautiful.

        Thank you for the blessings and the delightful ode. To friends and lovers of Rumi 🙂

      2. Thanks Subhan, you have a gift. I will explore more of your poems. I’m already a subscriber, but it sounds like you post more on Facebook.

        As to the personal muse, thanks, I was mostly playing, though I do hope to allow more poetry to flow, and yours inspire me. Thanks much my dear poet muse.

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