Sufism is a very open-minded, tolerant and all-encompassing practice of Islam and it could one day be the powerful Islamic ‘ecumenical’ drive to iron out division and conflicts within Islam.

The 13th century Persian poet and theologian, Rumi, is a perfect exemplar of mystic poetic Sufism. Look at one of his poems taken from his book the Masnavi:

I died to the mineral state and became a plant,
I died to the vegetal state and reached animality,
I died to the animal state and became a man,
Then what should I fear? I have never become less from dying.
At the next charge (forward) I will die to human nature,
So that I may lift up (my) head and wings (and soar) among the angels,
And I must (also) jump from the river of (the state of) the angel,
Everything perishes except His Face,
Once again, I will become sacrificed from (the state of) the angel,
I will become that which cannot come into the imagination,
Then I will become non-existent; non-existence says to me (in tones) like an organ,
Truly, to Him is our return.

Now the Mauritian version by D.V:

Kan mo nepli ti mineral, mo ti vinn enn plant;
Kan mo nepli ti vezetal, mo ti vinn zanimo;
Kan mo nepli ti zanimo, mo ti vinn dimoun.
Ki ena pou per? Lamor finn fer mwa vinn pli gran.
Kan mo kit lemonn dimoun mo pou vinn ankor pli gran;
Mo pou anvole dan liniver anzelik;
Apre mo pou kit liniver bann anz
Parski nanye pa permanan apart Li,
E mo pou aret evolie parski mo pou aret ekziste
Pou vinn enn ar Enn,
Enn ki retourn dan ENN.

Rumi’s poetry has the power to describe creation in a few words which echo Darwinism before the word. They also remind us of the basic tenets of reincarnation and Moksha when the spark of life returns to the Original Flame. This is a great message of LOVE.


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