A Treasury of Rumi's Wisdom

A Treasury of Rumi's Wisdom

by Muhammad Isa Waley, Rumi


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There are many sides to Jalal al-Din Rumi, yet the version of him that has become ‘the best-selling poet in North America’ is not a true one.

This new anthology of Jalal al-Din Rumi’s teachings, freshly translated and supplemented with commentaries, aims to bring readers closer to his work's true, traditional meaning and the man himself, and his position as a great Islamic scholar, teacher and saint.

Besides illustrating the traditional basis of Rumi’s teachings, this Treasury displays his unique genius as one of the world’s greatest religious writers, whose voice speaks as clearly and compellingly today as in the 7th/13th century.

‘Everyone has, in their view, become my close friend
but they have not sought out the secrets within me.’

— Rumi

About the Author

Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley is an editor and translator. He worked for 45 years as curator of Persian and Turkish manuscripts and books, first at the British Museum and then at the British Library. His main research specialisations are Islamic manuscripts and the classical verse and prose literature of Islamic spirituality. The subject of his Ph.D. thesis was the Divan poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi, and he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Mawlana Rumi Review.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847741028
Publisher: Kube Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Series: Treasury in Islamic Thought and Civilization Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 283,866
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Muhammad Isa Waley: Dr. Muhammad Isa Waley is Lead Curator for Persian and Turkish Collections at the British Library, London. His main research specialisations are the palaeography, codicology, illumination and cataloguing of Islamic manuscripts; and the classical verse and prose literature of Islamic spirituality.

Among the numerous works edited by Dr. Waley are Islamic Codicology: an Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Script; the English translation of Tafsir al-Jalalayn; several works by Sheikh Muhammad Mutawalli al-Sha’rawi; the Integrated Encyclopedia of Qur’an; and the Kitab al-Adhkar of Imam al-Nawawi.

Table of Contents



129 The nafs is something base
169 Journey of the spirit, not the body
171 Fire of anger > Hell
180 The Masnavi must be heeded with discrimination, being not just stories
202 Weeping over sins is better than prayers
203 Allah is the true Friend
204 Travelling helps you to grow
206 Real knowledge and love of Allah
209 Good manners: not to complain
213 Why Allah does not always answer or prayers right away
214 Malice is forbidden in Islam
220 Barrier of jealousy
220 Doing the work is part of trust
224 Look for spiritual friends
227 The Sufi is provided for by Allah
234 This world is tiny but seems great to the spiritually dead
235 You need spiritual vision
236 Your true homeland is the Next World
238 Your sustenance is in the Hands of Allah
239 Allah decides everything, but you must still work
241 Do not blame destiny; blame yourself
242 Don’t look back – look ahead
245 If you are with everyone you are alone; if you are with Allah you are with all
245 Drown in the sea of love
246 Love the Immortal, not the mortal
249 The repentance of Adam
251 Our apparent emotions, joy and sorrow
253 The sun of Ma‘rifa never sets
254 Love the Essence, not the form
255 Love brings life and purity
261 Love is beyond need and greed
264 Love makes and breaks us again and again
266 Ikhlāṣ: Allah Himself is the Reward
268 Allah’s lovers, like Him, take no sleep or food
269 To lovers humiliation and glory are alike
271 Being at prayer 24/7
274 ‘You need annihilation, not grammar’
275 Ikhlas: ask Him only – seek water from sea, not dry riverbed
277 Seeing one’s own faults
280 Think well of others
281 Ma‘rifa: seeing Allah everywhere
286 Ask, that you may be given
287 Escape attachment to secondary causes
288 Our troubles come to save us from worse
290 Dhikr Allah brings tranquillity
290 The Light of Allah protects and helps
292 Silence of the Sea
294 Bring your heart to Allah
295 Repentance and weeping
296 Muraqaba and veiling the faults of others

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