Masterpiece – 9 [Rumi – Some thoughts – Part 1]

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” [Rumi]

“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.” (from “Forty Rules of Love”)

Rumi is a life-time, life-long and life-saving inspiration… Transformational leadership lessons those can be drawn from his quotes are so powerful and life-changing.

In Quran, Soorah Al-Asr contains four qualities of those who are in profit (Rest EVERYONE is in loss). Those qualities include, Faith, Good acts, Enjoining what is right and Inculcating perseverance in people. Transformational leaders across the length and breadth of history, time and space of mankind had these four qualities in them. Change management is all about these attributes. The extent, magnitude and effect of these qualities is so amazing that if you follow their order, you’d yourself be at an elevated energy level just by encouraging people towards ‘haq’ and ‘sabr’. In my view, After Prophets (AS), this stature is granted to Noble people, so they can transform ordinary people like us. As the famous couplet goes (~ Naqisaan ra Peer e Kaamil, Kaamilaan ra Rehnuma), the presence of a mentor / guide matters so much in life.

Some quotes form Rumi:

– Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.
– Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
– You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?
– Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
– If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?
– Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
– Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.
– What you seek is seeking you.
– Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Let me close this generic comment by the love recipe, as told to us by Iqbal, a treasured disciple of Rumi….

Chamak taaray se maangi, Chaand se daagh-e-jigar maanga
Uraai teergi thori si shab ki zulf-e-barham se

Tarap bijli se paai, rooh se paakeezgi paai
Haraarat li nafas haaye Maseeh e Ibn e Maryam se

Zara si phir Raboobiyyat se shaan e bai niaazi li
Malak se aajzi, uftaadgi taqdeer e shabnam se

Phir inn ajzaa ko ghola chashma e haiwaan kay paani mein
Murakkab ne “mohabbat” naam paaya arsh e azam se……

Yes, most of the times, we tag anything and everything with a blunt and vivid ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Yes, We do not give space.

Especially, we observe people of sub-continent (and some other such countries) to be of such a kind, that they see in two colours only. Black and White. For them, a person is either angel or devil. If they like someone, they’d elevate him to a high stature, disregarding his weaknesses. If they do not like someone, they’d make sure to at least drag him to gates of hell.

Branding of people, acts, intents and even places is frequently carried out.

Result: We are not value-based societies. We are extreme-oriented societies.

Result: We are judgmental. We cannot percieve someone to be in grey; it has to be pure digital logic, zero or one. Period.

Result: Even after great accomplishments like nukes-in-hand, such societies and countries do not prosper. Even after having qualifications, such people’s biases and negativities do not die. Even after carrying out daily and occasional religious rituals, such communities do not actually follow religions, per se.

A Hadees a Rasul (PBUH) goes like, “Muslim is the one, whose brother muslim is safe from his hands and tongue”. (Al Jami’ As-shee – Bukhari)

Now recall a scene from history. A villager comes to Masjid e Nabwi, where Nabi e Kareem (PBUH) and Sahaaba (RA) are sitting. He enters the masjid and urinates there. Sahaaba (RA) run to catch hold of him; Prophet (PBUH) stops them and says, “let him be relieved first…”. The Prophet (PBUH) then called him over and said, “Any kind of urine or filth is not suitable for these masjids. Instead they are only for the remembrance of Allaah, the Prayer, and the recitation of the Qur’aan.” He (PBUH) then issued an order to a man from the people, who then came with a bucket of water, which he poured over the [effected] area [of the masjid]. (Sahee Al-Muslim)

Now, imagine, today, if someone just enters a masjid with shoes on (what to talk of urinating), what do we expect our brethren to do to him?

Nabi e Kareem (PBUH)’s dear-darling grand-sons (Hasnain RA), once taught an elder how to perform wuzu. The narrative is such a beautiful symbol of tableegh, that had we drawn important lessons form it and followed it, we’d be in much effective role-playing mode as ambassadors of Islam.

Going with the quote, it is indeed a fortunate interaction between and among people if they are in an environment that is void of tags and ideas of wrongdoings and rightdoings.

The effects of this wrong / right paradigm are broken relationships, misunderstandings, over expectations, apprehensions, depressions and all sorts of individual and social disorders.

We need formal education at class-room level and also at adult-level, to understand these things and their effects, as one of my friends calls them: the “Directional Sciences”.


[This post was contributed to Writer’s Haven blog, and was published there as comments on this post, as part of Rumi’s Legacy – a subject which connects us back to the direction we’ve lost over the decades and centuries. A commendable effort by Samana Syed.

My gratitude all the way for reading it through…..]



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