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  • Artwork: Perfected Men of our Solar System: Homage to Rumi
    1971; original 42 x 26.5 cm
    reproduction: printed 200 gsm satin
    120% (approx.) original size
    custom size on request
    artwork
    Perfected Men of Our Solar System

    Homage to Rumi

    Editors' note: Jalal ud-Din Rumi (1207–1273) was born in Balkh where he spent his early years. From there his family fled the Mongol invasion, settling finally in Konya. Rumi is regarded as the greatest mystical poet of Islam and founded the Whirling Dervishes. Abdullah considers Rumi to be one of the ‘big three’ of the Sufis, along with Attar and Hakim Sanai, both of whom influenced Rumi. He was just a young boy when he met Attar who gave him a copy of The Conference of the Birds. Rumi wrote Discourses and The Masnavi, as well as thousands of mystical odes, in a style that went far beyond that of his predecessors.

    In Abdullah’s prayers for his teachers, Jalal ud-Din Rumi, referred to as ‘Beloved Caliph’, is the first mentioned. Rumi was a man No. 5 when he died and later became a man No. 6.