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In Search of Love: Through the eyes of Rumi

By Aatqa Azhar

“To Love is to reach God. Never will a Lover’s chest feel any sorrow. Never will a Lover’s robe be touched by mortals. Never will a Lover’s body be found buried in the earth. To Love is to reach God.”~ Rumi


Often times we find ourselves running after the creation. Much of the objects we run after, make us become attached. They become a need, the deepest sense of this world. We run after money, power, people, and status. It makes us feel as if our life is fulfilled when we have attained that success. But in the end, we feel as if something is missing- We are in the search of Allah (SWT).


Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi was a 12th century Persian poet, an Islamic dervish, and a mystic who passionately believed in the attainment of God. Much of his poems have gained immense adoration throughout the globe, specifically among the peoples of Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Tajikistan and much of the Muslim world.

Today, he is seen as one of the greatest spiritual masters, and poets. Rumi used every day life’s circumstances to describe and analyze the spiritual world through a deeper process. His odes or Ghazals (as known in Urdu, Farsi, and Arabic) were devoted to Allah and the prophet Muhammad (SAW) primarily in deep love and respect. Below is piece of writing from Rumi, expressing his love for Allah (SWT).


Love’s Call

At every instant and from every side, resounds the call of love:

We are going to sky, who wants to come with us?

We have gone to heaven; we have been the friends of the angels,

And now we will go back there, for there is our country.

We are higher than heaven, more noble than the angels:

Why not go beyond them? Our goal is the Supreme Majesty.

What has the fine pearl to do with the world of dust?

Why have you come down there? Take your baggage back. What is this place?

Luck is with us, to us is the sacrifice!

Like the birds of the sea, men come from the ocean—the ocean of the soul

Like the birds of the sea, men come from the ocean—the ocean of the soul

How could this bird, born from that sea, make his dwelling here?

No, we are the pearls from the bosom of the sea; it is there that we dwell:

Otherwise how could the wave succeed to the wave that comes from the soul?

The wave named ‘Am I not your Lord’ has come; it has broken the vessel of the body;

And when the vessel is broken, the vision comes back, and the union with Him.


From the last verse above, the ‘vessel’ is a part of the body. When it is broken is the time when one seeks Allah (SWT) and fills their heart with the love of God, so long that it is full of Him. Gather the broken pieces and give them to the Creator. He will alter it and return it to you, more powerful, more beautiful. Seeing that, Rumi touched upon the struggle to free oneself from the attachments of this world in order to seek Allah (SWT). By adding the poetical expression in deep thought was the beauty of his works. Rumi’s interpretation can be used as an inspiration to detach from the pleasures of this dunya in the means that it remains in our hands, but NOT in our heart.


Subsequently, one can deeply examine the Five Pillars of Islam whose main focus is to remember our final destination back to our Creator:

  • Shahada – the Shahada is the profession which makes us seeks the search of love. We are reminded that the purpose of life is to worship God alone and remember Him at all times

  • Salah – There is a reason to why our prayers are separated at different times. We cannot pray all 5 together, or during different days. Much of this has to do with constantly reminding us of Allah (SWT) throughout our day so we do not become too attached with the world.

  • Zakat – Zakat helps prevent us from being obsessed with our money. By giving it to those in need, we begin to think more about others, and become detached from our own wealth.

  • Sawm – The purpose of the whole month of Ramadan is to get rid of the habits we accumulate throughout the year. Restraining ourselves from food, drink, bad language, and sexual intimacy we begin to have self-control over the world

  • Hajj – The return to one’s true inner heart. Mecca is the one place we all come together united to remember God. We leave our home, job, comfortable luxuries for 2-3 weeks in order to connect with our Prophets and to worship the Almighty. In all, hajj is a reminder of the Hereafter where all unite, despite class or status.

As can be seen, most of our hearts are in search of the love of God, and all the answers lie within the practices of our faith. Similarly, Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi focused mainly on the love of Allah and his prophets, who made him, see a beautiful perspective of humanity and nature. In general, his theme was essentially within the concept of tawhīd. – Union with his beloved (the primal root) from whom one has been cut off and become aloof; alongside with one’s desire to restore it. Considering this, we should always remember God throughout our day to keep us from being attached to the transient shade of this world because, Allah (SWT) says,


The Holy Quran, 13:28 or Ar-Raaed, Aiya 28

“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.”


Note about the abbreviations:

SWT -- Subhana Wa Taala | سبحانه وتعالى. Arabic meaning 'most glorified, most high'. Praise that is said following mentioning God -Allah (SWT) in Arabic.

SAW -- SullaAllahu Wa Lahi Wa Salem | صلى الله عليه وسلم. Arabic meaning 'peace and blessings of Allah be upon him'. Blessing said after mentioning the profit Muhammed (SAW).


About the Author


Aatqa Azhar

Global Studies and Law, Economics & Public Policy double major. Human Rights minor.

University of Washington Bothell, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Class of 2019 (March).

Currently a full-time student with passion for international development and policy. After graduating, I hope to gain experience in the corporate professional world or work globally in the nonprofit or government sector. Later, I plan to go back to school and earn my Masters or PhD in international studies or global security.

Reach me at:

aatqaazhar@gmail.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/aatqa-azhar/

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