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Jalal al-Din Rumi

November 30, 2006

Reading this (very interesting article, please read), I came accross:

The Prophet said that women totally dominate men of
intellect and possessors of hearts.

But ignorant men dominate women, for they are
shackled by an animal ferocity.

They have no kindness, gentleness or love, since
animality dominates their nature.

Love and kindness are human attributes; anger and
sensuality belong to the animals.

She is the radiance of God, she is not your beloved. She
is a creator

– you could say that she is not created. –

      – Jalal al-Din Rumi


and then I came accross this in the same article:

‘In the screaming gale of Love, the intellect is a gnat.

How can intellects find space to wander there?’

And again:

‘Do not remain a man of intellect among the lovers, especially if you love that

sweet-faced Beloved.

May the men of intellect stay far from the lovers, may the smell of dung stay

far from the east wind!

If a man of intellect should enter, tell him the way is blocked, but if a lover

should come, extend him a hundred welcomes!

By the time intellect has deliberated and reflected, love has flown to the

seventh heaven.

By the time intellect has found a camel for the hajj, love has circled the


Love has come and covered my mouth. It says: ‘Throw away your poetry, and

come to the stars!”

I am currently doing some research that lead me to the article by Abdal Hakim Murad.  I have about 20 different explorer windows open and am so tempted to just follow the call of the second poem right now.  Mmmmm, nah, I can’t. 


8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2006 4:56 am

    “But ignorant men dominate women, for they are
    shackled by an animal ferocity.”

    Why is the world so full of ignorant men? Is it the testosterone? Or is it a fear of the strength of women?

  2. December 1, 2006 9:03 pm

    It is both, I am afraid, and a natural need to dominate in order to protect the breeding rights. You can see this plainly in nature shows. We at the core are animals, after all. But, as Rumi says, we can transcend that nature and roam among the stars 🙂 Here is an old post on women, daughters, sisters, wives, that tells of the real worth of women.

    Ya Haqq!

  3. December 1, 2006 10:09 pm

    Archie, I think Irving is onto something. I also believe that we are capable of transcending human nature, in more than just this case.

    Irving – thank you for the link.

  4. December 4, 2006 1:42 pm

    Awesome girl! just awesome that was really nice.

  5. December 18, 2006 4:44 am

    sheryza – thanks – hopefully there will be more like this soon.

  6. theylion permalink
    December 19, 2006 3:22 am

    Wonderful, glad this is up here. My favorite Rumi is

    The way of love is not a subtle argument.
    The door there is devastation.

    Birds make great sky-circles with their freedom.
    How do they learn it?

    They fall, and falling
    they’re given wings.

  7. January 3, 2007 4:43 pm

    I just bought The Soul of Rumi – translations by Coleman Barks. I’m sure there will be tons more as I read the book.

  8. May 2, 2014 4:21 pm

    Did you every follow the call of the second poem?

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