Rumi and Islam: Selections from His Stories, Poems, and Discourses, Annotated & Explained

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Discover the richness of Rumi's spiritual tradition--through facing-page commentary that brings his writings to life for you.

"This book you are now holding is a selection of what I believe are the best of Rumi's accounts of the compassionate actions, sayings, and qualities of the Prophet, which include Rumi's own inspired comments and explanations. It is my hope that you will be surprised and uplifted by the profound wisdom that Jalaluddin Rumi conveys through these stories and sayings."
--from the Preface

This great Sufi poet and teacher can become a companion for your own spiritual journey.

The lyric and wisdom poetry of Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi has been an inspiration throughout the Middle East and Asia for over seven hundred years. Recently, it has also become popular in Western countries through translations and interpretive poetic versions in English. But while popular renderings have created the appreciation of Rumi the mystic, there is little understanding today of the religious and spiritual traditions from which the great mystic came. Rumi and Islam--Selections from His Stories, Poems, and Discourses examines not the popularized Rumi of universal love but the Sufi disciple whose works express deep reverence for the Prophet Muhammad. Ibrahim Gamard focuses on Rumi's place within the Sufi tradition of Islam, as one of the greatest Muslim followers of the Prophet Muhammed, and on the Islamic foundations of his lover-Beloved mystical poetry. By probing verse by verse Rumi's spiritual teachings, Gamard provides insight into the mystical side of the Qur'an and Islam, a religion that holds a deep love of God at its core.

Now you can experience the profound and uplifting wisdom of Rumi even if you have no previous knowledge of Sufism or Islam. This SkyLight Illuminations edition presents the most important of Rumi's writings, mainly from the Mathnawi, with insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that conveys how his teachings about the nature of love for God and God's love for us can increase our understanding of Islamic wisdom in the West.


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Gamard, a licensed psychologist and convert to Islam, has been translating the writings of famed 13th-century Islamic mystic Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi for almost 20 years, and some of his translations ... Read full review

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This is a marvelous book. It is full of wisdom and lets us know Rumi as if by a lamp at night. The annotations really help us to understand Rumi more fully. There is a companion website that makes the book a really good starting point for a comprehensive introduction to Rumi that lives on as one of the greatest poets in Islamic mythology and mysticism. It did not take long to read-and I was done in a few days. Don't pass up this great chance to know the life and work of Rumi in a truly condensed way.  


The Captives
The Sick One
The Water Carrier
The Greedy Pagan
The Blind One
Sayings of the Prophet
Prayer and Guidance
SelfDenial and EgoDeath
Divine Sayings
Affirmations and Blessings
Love and Closeness with God
The Night Journey the Cave and the Pillar

The Arrival of the Caravan
The Groaning Pillar
Death and Resurrection
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About the author (2004)

Ibrahim Gamard is a member of the Mevlevi Order, a 730-year-old Sufi order which originated with Rumi himself.

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