Rumi and the universality of his message

This article evaluates the universal message of Rumi to offer it as a hopeful alternative to the ignorance and lack of spirituality in modern times. Drawing upon Rumi's writings of the thirteenth century, it advocates an understanding that there is something beyond religion and scholarly learni...

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Published in:Islam and Christian-Muslim relations
Main Author: Este'lami, Muhammad (Author)
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:Undetermined language
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Published: 2003
In:Islam and Christian-Muslim relations
Year: 2003, Volume: 14, Issue: 4, Pages: 429-434
Further subjects:B philosophy of religion
B high
B Pluralism
B Islam
B Religious philosophy
B Religion
B Iran / Persien
B Middle Ages
B Iran / Persia
B Hoch
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Summary:This article evaluates the universal message of Rumi to offer it as a hopeful alternative to the ignorance and lack of spirituality in modern times. Drawing upon Rumi's writings of the thirteenth century, it advocates an understanding that there is something beyond religion and scholarly learning that can open our eyes to the reality beyond this existence; for Rumi we must climb a spiritual ladder of love. Furthermore, Rumi envisioned a universal faith, embodying all religions, because he understood that the cause of every religious conflict is ignorance. The article implies that religiosity consists in something other than outward religions. Real belief is apparent only on the inside of a person, which is not visible. Therefore, through Rumi, the article makes it clear that the religion of love involves loving the eternal and invisible source of existence.
ISSN:0959-6410
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/0959641032000127588