A ceremony to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the death of the Sufi Jalal al-Din Rumi, known as “Mawlana,” began Thursday in the central Turkish state of Konya, under the slogan “Time for Reconciliation.”
In his speech during the opening of the ceremony, Turkish Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Batuhan Mumcu said, “The time has come to feel, live and share Mawlana’s messages of eternal love and unity more closely.”
He added: “The 750th anniversary of our Lord’s death gives us the opportunity to remember his teachings that saved our world from being a dark world under the influence of wars, conflicts and disputes, and brought light and peace to this day.”
He added: “Our Lord is a global thinker who contributed to spiritual wealth not only in our geography but in the entire world. His teachings laid the foundations of love, tolerance, unity and peace and addressed humanity in a universal language.”
Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi is one of the most important Sufis in Islamic history. He established a Sufi order known as Mawlawīyah, wrote many poems, established the Mathnawi doctrine in poetry, and wrote hundreds of thousands of verses of poetry about divine love and philosophy.
Al-Rumi was born in the city of Balkh in Khorasan on September 30, 1207, and was nicknamed the Sultan of the Knowing because of his breadth of knowledge and knowledge. He settled in the Turkish city of Konya until his death on December 17, 1273, after he traveled seeking knowledge in a number of cities, the most important of which was Damascus.
Jalal al-Din al-Rumi was a great example of tolerance, following the teachings of religion. He was surrounded by people from other religions and sects, and he set an example of tolerance for them and acceptance of their opinions and ideas. Everyone who followed his doctrine believed that all religions were good and all true.