Sufi Biography: Mevlana Jalaludin Rumi
There are different narrations of Mevlana Rumi’s meeting with Shams Tabraiz.
It is quoted that Rumi was busy reading his Fiqah (Islamic Jurisprudence) books when he encountered Shams Tabraiz. Shams asked him what is he reading. Rumi replied that it is beyond his knowledge.
Shams upon hearing this threw those books in the pond. Rumi was annoyed at this and asked Shams why has he ruined his booked.
Shams smiled and took the books out of water. They remained intact, without a drop of water dripping down. Rumi was stunned at this and asked Shams how come this is possible. Shams replied that this is a world which is beyond Rumi’s knowledge.
After this Shams narrated the following verse.”The Knowledge which does not steal you from yourself; Ignorance is better than such knowledge”
Upon hearing this, Rumi realised that Shams is the spiritual mentor he has been seeking.
Please read an account of the pilgrimage to the tomb of Maulana Rumi (known as Mevlana Museum) in Konya, Turkey.