LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Information and Culture Fayyazul Hassan Chohan on Monday stressed the need to act upon the teachings and discourse of Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi to make the world a better place.
“Maulana Rumi is the zenith of Islamic mysticism. If we act upon his teachings, we may create such a world where peace prevails,” he said while addressing a ceremony to mark the death anniversary of the renowned Sufi poet, Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi, organised by the Persian Department of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU).
The discourse of Maulana Rumi teaches us that noble personalities do not die but they resort to Allah to seek his blessings after death, the minister said and added that Rumi’s teachings of Sufism had even enthralled Poet of the East Dr Allama Iqbal.
“Sufism is not a discourse for which one has to leave the world and lead an isolated life; instead, it teaches us to recognise ourselves by diving into the ocean of mysticism.”
He said that Rumi was a great personality of the Persian literature and his poetry, despite the lapse of almost eight centuries, was still alive in the hearts of mysticism lovers.
LCWU Vice Chancellor Dr Farkhanda Manzoor, Iranian Consul General Reza Naziri, Iranian Consul General DG Rezai Fard, Persian Department Chairperson Dr Faleha Zehra and a large number of students were present on the occasion.
A documentary on the teachings and thoughts of Jalaluddin Rumi was also shown to the participants.