Friday, December 18, 2009
Lahore: Speakers at a seminar on Thursday said Maulana Rumi’s poetry is the message of love, affection, peace and brotherhood and he was the most read Muslim poet in the western countries because he emphasized the need to love human beings.
The seminar was organised on the eve of 736th death anniversary of great Muslim Sufi Poet Jalal-ud-Din Rumi by the Punjab University Centre for South Asian Studies in collaboration with Rumi Forum Pakistan at PU on Thursday.
Roman Scholar and Rumi Forum Chairman Haroon Kokem and Swat Argwan were the keynote speakers while PU Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Jamil Anwar presided over the ceremony. Haroon said Rumi believed that great people’s graves were not built in ground but in the minds of intellectuals.
Argwan of Rumi Forum said Maulana Rumi’s teachings could help resolve the problems faced by Pakistan today. He said Turkish revolutionist Fatahullah Gulen brought Turkey out of Civil War crises and put the country on the path of prosperity and development.
Prof Dar Jamil Anwar said that Rumi was a great Muslim Sufi poet but unfortunately our students knew a little about him due to the language barrier.
He urged the students to learn Turkish, Persian, Arabic and other languages so that they could know great Islamic leaders, writers and poets.
[Picture: A page of a copy circa 1503 of the Diwan-e Shams-e Tabriz-i, BNF, Paris, France. Photo: Wiki]