Dr Mohammed Iqbal (1877-1938), life and thoughts in 2 parts. Part 1 by by Anna Marie Schimmel, a link. Part 2 by Sohail Hashmi to follow as post 215. Anna Marie Scimmel died in 2003 at the age of 81.
Masnavi of Rumi. Let us besech (ask)…
Maulana Jalal-Uddin Rumi was born in 1207 in Balkh now in Afghanistan and died in 1273 and is buried in Konia, Turkey. Here is aselection from his Masnavi.
Let us beseech(ask) God to help us to self-control (adab); he who lacks self control
Is deprived (deprived) of the grace of the God;
The undisciplined man does not corrupt himself alone; he sets the whole world afire.
Whatever befalls thee of gloom and sorrow is the result of thy irreverence and indolence.
Anyone behaving with irreverence in the path of the Friend is a brigand who robs men:
He is no man. Through discipline Heaven was filled with light,
Through discipline the angels become immaculate and holy. By reasons of irreverence the
Sun is eclipsed, and insolence caused “Azazil to be turned back from the door.
Masnavi of Rumi. O heart, haste
O heart, haste thither, for God will shine upon you,
And seem to you a sweet garden instead of a terror.
He will infuse into your soul a new Soul,…
Take up your abode in His Soul!
Take up your abode in heaven, O bright full moon!
Like the heavenly Scribe, He will open your heart’s book
That He may reveal mysteries unto you.
Rumi 1207-1273) a lighter side. I wrote a…
I wrote a hundred letters, I showed a hundred ways,
Perhaps you do not know the way, or do not read a letter.
Rumi (1207-1273) From Masnavi. I asked the heart….
I asked the heart. .”Do you know, foolish heart,
Of whose service you are deprived?”
“You read me wrong”, the heart replied.
I am constant in service.
It is you who have gone astray.”
Shaikh Sadi (1184-1283) a quote. Wash thy hand..
Rumi a short background and the worldly sense…
Maulana Jalal-Uddin was born in 1207 in Balkh, Afghanistan and died in Konia, Turkey in 1273. Maulana as Rumi came about much later because the seat of the Eastern Roman Empire was in Turkey. The Roman Emperor Constantine (272-337) toward the end of his life had become a Christian. It was he who had convened the conference in Nicaea in 325 and where the Nice an Creed was agreed upon.
Here is a quote from his Masnavi. Khaliq
The worldly sense is a ladder to this world;
the religious sense is the ladder to Heaven.
Dr. Mohammed Iqbal by Anna Marie Schimmel
Here is a link to a lecture by Professor Annemarie Schimmel “The Work of Muhammad Iqbal”. Allama Iqbal was a philosopher, a scholar , a mystic and a renown poet. He was born in 1877 in Sialkot, Pakistan and died in in Lahore in 1938. He
Annemarie Schimmel (1923-2003) was a highly respected German scholar who wrote extensively on Islam and Sufism and taught in many universities of the world including Harvard. A link to her talk..
Female spirituality in Islam by professor Maria Dakake, a link
“Female spirituality in Islam” a lecture by Professor Maria Dakake of George Mason University, delivered on on May 2, 2016 at George Washington University. A link:
Ibn Arabi (1165-124o) , a link to a lecture by professor William Chick.
Ibn Arabi (1165- 1240) was a philosopher and a renown scholar of Islam. He lived during the golden age period of Islam(8th to 13th century). Some of his contemporaries were Shaikh Sadi (1184-1283), Farid Uddin Attar ( 1150-1222), Maulana Jalal-Uddin Ruimi (1207-1273), and others.
Here is a link to a lecture of Professor William Chitick