Rumi Sufi Mystic Poet

Read selected poems from Rumi

Rumi

Rumi

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, also known as Mawlānā or Molānā was a 13th century poet known in the English speaking word as Rumi. Born in 1207in Balkh in present-day Afghanistan, Rumi still has huge influence in the modern world and is one of the most popular and best selling poets in the United States today.

Rumi was an outstanding scholar, but it was only when he met Shams (or Shamsi Tabrizi) and recognised a kindred spirit that he transformed from a staid scholar into a poet who was enraptured with his beloved. Although his ghazals are written to Shams, for Rumi Shams is the outward face of God.

As with other poets of the time, Rumi would spontaneously recite or sing his poetry and it would be written down by disciples, most notably in Rumi’s case by Husam Chulabi.

Rumi died in 1273, when he was halfway through the sixth volume of his Mathnawi.

Links to other Rumi sites

Coleman Barks
Website of Coleman Barks, one of the foremost translators of Rumi

Rumi Poems
Rumi Odes & Quatrains by Shahram Shiva

The Way of the Heart
Ecstatic poetry and teaching stories of Rumi on CD

Read selected poems from Rumi