Rumi was a 13th Century poet who lived in different parts of the Persian Empire which included present day Afghanistan, Iran & Turkey. He was a mystic, a philosopher and top Islamic Scholar of his time.
But he’s most popularly known for his timeless Poetry that sprang from his yearning for the Divine.
What is astonishing is that he’s the best selling poet in America. Even outselling giants of English literature like Shakespeare.
How is it that the works of a 13th Century Persian Poet becomes one of the most widely read in the Western world?
What is it about Rumi, that makes him so popular?
While working on our upcoming book Sufi Comics Rumi, we researched more about this great mystic.
This led us to these 5 reasons why Rumi is so popular.
With his range of impressive studies and creative talents, to being an avid member of the Rumi fan club, Tanzil Rahman is an interesting member of the hardworking team behind Sufi Comics: Rumi.
From being involved in livelihood support for communities living in urban slums, acting in various plays, to writing powerful poetry on the idea of social justice, Tanzil’s contribution to the new project is inspired and invaluable.
His work with Sufi Comics: Rumi has been around the selection and research behind the poems, as well as sourcing the original Farsi text for the short-listed poems.
Tanzil reveals how the collaboration came about, dispells the view that you can’t be a spiritual activist, as well as us why we should stay tuned for Sufi Comics: Rumi!
Tell us a bit about yourself. What’s your educational/professional background?
“I come from a village in Darbhanga district of North Bihar. My family later settled in Aligarh in UP. I have studied Electronics Engineering at Aligarh Muslim University and General Management at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.
Professionally my expertise is in the area of Human Resource strategy primarily advising organizations on how to leverage technology for HR transformation. I am currently employed with software major SAP.”
How did you meet Arif and Ali?
“I met Arif and Ali bhai for the first time at the Quran Study circle of Dr. Taha Mateen in Bangalore. We connected in very first interactions. I liked their progressive and pragmatic approach to issues and things while adhering to the basics.”
How did the collaboration with Sufi Comics : Rumi come about?
“I had known and read Sufi Comics’ earlier editions. Arif bhai has discussed these a few times to get my feedback and reaction as a reader. It was while discussing “The Wise Fool of Baghdad” that he mentioned about his plans to do next edition of Sufi Comics on Maualana Rum’s poems. He also mentioned that he has short listed some poems from a translation that I had gifted him earlier. Having been an avid member of Rumi fan club , I jumped on the opportunity and requested that I would like to collaborate which he accepted warmly.”