The Death of Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

On the 17th December, 1273, a beautiful soul named Mawlana Jalal ad-Din ar-Rumi (q.s.) had passed on to the realm he had been longing for - a realm which only a distinct lover like him knew well.  It is a date which many Turks would remember; it is called Sheb-el-Arus or, “The Wedding Night.”  It was the night when ar-Rumi’s (q.s.) soul joyfully United with his Beloved.  Mawlana ar-Rumi (q.s.) said:

“When on the day of my death,
They will carry my coffin,
Do not think that my heart has remained in this world.
Do not cry over me, do not say, ‘Tragedy, tragedy!’
You would be falling into the trap of the demon,
That would be a tragedy.
When seeing my corpse, do not exclaim, ‘Gone, gone!’
The union and the meeting will be mine then.
When you entrust me to the tomb, do not say. ‘Adieu, adieu!’
For the tomb hides the union in Paradise from us.
You saw the decline; I find the elevation.
For the moon, for the sun, is their setting harmful?
To you it looks like a sunset; in fact, it is a dawn.
Does the tomb look like a prison to you?
It is the liberation of the soul.”


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