Each year in december, commemoration ceremonies are held in Konya, Turkey, for Jelaleddin Rumi (Mevlana), the great 13th-century Sufi (Islamic mystic) poet and founder of the Mevlevi (Whirling) Dervish order.
Rumi’s death in mid-December 1273 (called Şeb-i Aruz (SHEB-ee ah-ROOZ) is considered his “wedding night,” the night he departed this earthly life and was finally united in love with the Divine.
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In the past, it has been difficult for me to help, as hotel rooms and seats on flights to and from Konya are in great demand and fully booked far in advance for the December commemoration ceremonies.
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I’ve attended the Rumi commemoration ceremonies numerous times, and each time I have found them spellbinding and uplifting: the orchestra plays, the chorus chants and the Mevlevi dervishes whirl as people from dozens of countries near and far, rich and poor, Islamic and non-Islamic, sit and silently participate.
Every year the commemoration ceremonies reaffirm that we are all one people, and that we can and should live together in harmony no matter what our background or beliefs.
Rumi’s message of peace, love, tolerance and acceptance is as vital and urgently necessary today as it was in the time of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, when Rumi lived.
—by Tom Brosnahan
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