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Grief in the Mathnawi

Exploring Mawlana Rumi’s Treatment of Grief in his acclaimed collection of persian poetry - the Mathnawi.

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How does this Ḥanafī Mufti-poet understand grief in Seljuk Konya vis-a-vis his training in Aleppo and his discipleship under Shams Tabriz?

In the first lines of Mawlānā Rūmī's Mathnawī, he burnishes a metaphor of a reed-flute: 'since I was cut from the reed-bed, men and women have wept with me in lament.' Mawlānā Rūmī begins his six-volume mathnawī with grief, anguish, separation, collective mourning, and a blazing desire to return home. This short lecture will seek to unravel the implications and symbols of grief that Mawlānā deploys in his poetry, drawing from the Quran, aḥādīth, and sufis as vast as Bayazīd Bistāmī and Ibrāhīm Adham.


Khalil Center HQ
998 N Lombard Road, Lombard, IL 60148


Saturday, December 10th, 2022


4:30 PM CST



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Mawlana Saaleh Baseer

Mawlana Saaleh is an Ifta student at Darul Qasim, and a master’s candidate at the University of Chicago, focusing on the late Mughal period, and the rise of colonialism in India. His primary interests are Hanafi legal theory, Indian-Persian poetry, and creative writing.

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Ustadh Wares Fazleyar

Wares obtained his bachelor's from the University of Toronto, majoring in Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations and Political Science. His interests have led him to poetry and Islamic thought in the ancient cities of Central Asia where New Persian emerged a millennium ago.

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