Me and Rumi: The Autobiography of Shams-i Tabrizi


The astounding autobiography of the man who transformed Rumi from a learned religious teacher into the world’s greatest poet of mystical love. Translated, Introduced, and Annotated by William C. Chittick.

Shams-i-Tabrīzī or Shams al-Din Mohammad (1185–1248) was a Persian Muslim, who is credited as the spiritual instructor of Mewlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi and is referenced with great reverence in Rumi’s poetic collection, in particular Diwan-i Shams-i Tabrīzī (The Works of Shams of Tabriz). Tradition holds that Shams taught Rumi in seclusion in Konya for a period of forty days, before fleeing for Damascus. The tomb of Shams-i Tabrīzī was recently nominated to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Source

For your listening pleasure. Following is Shahid Akhtar Qalandar’s rendition of Qasida: Saqi Ba Wafa Menum written by Shams Tabrez.


Video Highlight: Back in March of 2018, Farhan Shah and Brothers had the pleasure of performing in front of a packed house at the prestigious Adelaide Festival Centre in Australia.

A joint collaboration of Australian Migrant Resource Centre and Adelaide Festival Centre as they hosted “Rumi in our Own Voice” The stories of people, cultures and ideas from the Middle East linked with writings of the 13th century poet Rumi, presented with contemporary music, poetry and dance. Featuring cultural performances from Armenia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Irab, Iran, Lebanon and guest artists.



Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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  1. As I understand thru waizs and other folk stories Pir Shams played a very vital role in Sikh guru Baba Nanaksahib early spiritual orieantstion and following ,admittedly histories ,as always ,would narrate different versions,but there are significant similarities in our spiritual and that of Sikhism practices,.Guru Baba Nanakdhahib ,it is believed he went to Macca sharif and he is also believed to practice Ibada as we do ,it would be very interesting to learn about both of them ,who transformed the world of spirituality in very significant ways.


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