Today, when so many would like to read Rumi and remove any reference to Sufism and Islam, Shems Friedlander places him unequivocally within Sufism and the Heart of Islam, clearly and emphatically stating the necessity of studying Rumi in his essence, as a Sufi saint, the founder of the Mevlevi Order of Dervishes, as well as one of the greatest metaphysical poets and literary figures the world has known.
Friedlander sheds new light on the relationship of Shems and Rumi and offers a theory about Shems’ disappearance not previously voiced. We are the heirs of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. How will we treat this inheritance? Will we squander it among those who have been deceived by the world? Argue its validity with scholars in classrooms and teahouses; or will we feed yearning hearts, enhance the intellectual desires of youth, and fill the gap of disappointment of those who have reached maturity and seniority and are still empty? (From Amazon review)
His legacy, spirit, wisdom, love for the Divine, live on, inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oun, missing his spirit that has being flying through the mists of memories these last years, his voice resonating, his wisdom prevailing… and praying for a light that never dims our dearest soul friend, mentor and Poet of Light Sidi Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore
Remembered and in prayers for him and all his loved ones, al Fatihah and Yasin.
“I am the servant of the Qur’an as long as I have life. I am the dust on the path of Muhammad, the Chosen one. If anyone quotes anything except this from my sayings, I am quit of him and outraged by these words..-” Mawlana Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Rumi