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An invitation to celebrate Mevlana Rumi’s Urs – his Union with the Beloved.
Mevlana Rumi’s Urs or the anniversary of his death is usually referred to as Sheb-i Arus, which translates as ‘Wedding Night’ in celebration of his union with the One Beloved.
Mevlana Rumi passed from this world on December 17th, 1273. Lovers of Rumi around the world gather on or around this date to pray for the blessings of the Divine upon his soul, join in recitation of his poetry, sing sacred songs and engage in zhikr (remembrance of the Divine).
Join us for an evening which will include readings from Rumi’s poetry (on the theme of union), Sufi music and light refreshments.
Saturday 14th December, 2013. Doors open at 4.30pm for a 5pm prompt start. Entry is £5 on the door.
Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, 29 Great Horton Rd, Bradford BD7 1AA map link
[Not suitable for children under five.]
The moment I first heard of love
I gave up my soul, my heart and my eyes.
I wondered, could it be that
the lover and the beloved are two?
No, they have always been one.
It is I who have been seeing double.
[Rubaiyat 1246: The Pocket Rumi, tr. Kabir and Camille Helminski with Lida Saedian]
Esin Celebi Bayru is Vice President of the International Mevlana Foundation. Esin is also Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s granddaughter from the 22nd generation, a descendent of Sultan Veled and Ulu Arif Celebi. Here she talks about Rumi’s ‘Wedding Night’ – his passing on to the embrace of the Divine – and how important he was for all faiths.
Image of Mevlana’s tomb from Wiki Commons.