RUMI, JALĀL-AL-DIN vii. Philosophy

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vii. Philosophy

Rumi’s teachings, whether in the Maṯnawi or his other works, focus on “the roots of the roots of the roots of the religion” (oṣul oṣul oṣul al-dinMaṯnawi I intro.).  By “the religion” he means the Islamic tradition, not religion generically; he is saying that his works go to the heart and soul of the Qurʾanic message and do not get mired down in the limitations of theological formalism or juridical nitpicking.  He sees himself as belonging to the line of prophets (anbiāʾ) and saints (awliāʾ), whose God-given function is to provide guidance (hedāyat) to the human race.  He has a good deal to say about most Islamic teachings, as can be verified by the traditional commentaries on the Maṯnawi or modern studies like that of Jalāl-al-Din Homāʾi (1900-1980).