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Sufi Poetry

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

Daily Meditation: Come, Wanderer

Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Pilgrimage To Rumi: May It Be Love

Omid Safi | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Omid Safi

The shrine kept expanding and expanding to take in more and more pilgrims. It was a palpable lesson that we are capable of taking so many into our hearts if we dare let it expand to encompass the whole humanity.

Celebrating The Divine Union Of The Soul: Devotees Mark 738th Anniversary Of Rumi's Death

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 04.16.2012 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

Rumi died in 1273. To this day, his devotees celebrate his departure from the world as one would in a marriage, apt for a man who sought the highest love in life, and found it most completely in death.

Rumi And The Way Of The Spiritual Lover

Kabir Helminski | Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

To be a lover of God was not to make some inflated claim for oneself, but actually to admit one's vulnerability and even helplessness before this Love.

Is Islamic Mysticism Really Islam?

Omid Safi | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Omid Safi

How did such a powerful and beautiful dimension of Islam come to be viewed with such suspicion by so many Muslims?

Whirling Dervishes Celebrate Rumi Anniversary

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Whirling dervishes in Turkey performed an annual dance to mark the death of Muslim mystic and poet, Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi. The beloved Sufi writer o...

Rumi's Poetry: 'All Religions, All This Singing, One Song'

Coleman Barks | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
Coleman Barks

Rumi very consciously made himself and his poetry a bridge between cultures and between religions. There is nothing exclusivist about him. He includes everyone in his embrace. He was, and is, a healer of whatever might separate us.