Maulana Rumi’s birthday celebrated with zeal

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LAHOR:

On the eve of an important date, a special ceremony was organized in Lahore by Minhajul Quran International, a non-governmental organization active in more than 100 countries around the world.

The ceremony was held to celebrate the birthday of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, a 13th-century Sufi mystic, poet, philosopher and theologian born September 30, 1207.

Large numbers of men and women gathered in front of Gosha-e-Durood, a special prayer hall of the organization which is a replica of Rumi’s tomb in Konya, a province south of the Turkish capital Ankara, in the central region of Anatolia.

In the English-speaking world, he is generally referred to as Rumi, in reference to Anatolia, the place where he spent much of his life. In various countries of the Middle East and Turkey, it is commonly referred to as Maulana or some other variant of Mawlana meaning “our master”.

Speaking exclusively to Anadolu Agency, the head of Minhajul Quran International, Shaykhul Islam Dr Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, said, “The structure, beauty and calmness of Maulana Rumi’s tomb have always fascinated me. I feel spiritually affiliated with him. My father, Dr Faridud Din Qadri, also loved Maulana dearly, and especially in the last years of his life he read (Rumi’s poem) Masnavi with fervor.

Gosha-e-Darood, a prayer hall in Pakistan which is an exact replica of Mevlana Rumi’s tomb in Konya. PHOTO: AA

During the special ceremony, an audio book by Tahirul Qadri on the physical appearance of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was released.

“The greetings and salutations to the blessed personality of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are a great source of love and a means of allegiance to him. It is also the only action which is the Sunnah of Allah Almighty. That is why I decided to erect this building for people to come and sit here and in a spiritual atmosphere invoke greetings and greetings to the beloved Messenger of Allah, ”Qadri said.

People by phone and email send their prayer requests into the room and are then selected on a first come, first served basis in groups of six to seven people as one team. To date, over 4 billion greetings have been invoked.

Prayer room secretary Jawad Hamid said, “Gosha Nasheens (the residents of the prayer room) recite Darood Shareef (a phrase in Arabic to compliment the Holy Prophet PBUH) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by eight-hour shifts. We have dedicated special rooms, messes and laundry service for people who come from all over the country for 10 days and spend their time learning spirituality.

Students inside the prayer hall, replica of Mevlana Rumi’s tomb. PHOTO: AA

The prayer hall opened in 2007 with a total cost of $ 3.5 million.

“The pulpit cones are 85 feet high from ground level. The blue tiles on the wall inside the room are imported from Turkey and are handmade. These are the same tiles used in Maulana Rumi’s tomb, ”Hamid told Anadolu agency.

Residents wear specific attire, such as a dervish, during their eight-hour shifts and also fast during prayer.

“Like Rumi, I always want to spread the message of love and peace in societies and communities. If I can get inner peace, I will automatically get outer peace and turn my life into a paradise, ”said Mohsin Rasool, a faithful reciter of Darood Shareef.

Sufism in South Asia

Many people in Southeast Asia are fascinated by Rumi and his ideas, his poetry, his whirling dervish and his comradeship towards humanity.

Tahirul Qadri, explaining the attachment of people with Rumi, said, “Maulana is not limited to a specific age. He’s a man of all ages. He calls people to the creator and to the creation. He preaches love with humanity. Love and peace are gifts from God that bless you for eternity. This is how I connect Rumi to my current life while following the path. “


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