The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

September 30, 2013

September 30, 1207

Jalāl al-Dīn (September 30, 1207 to 17 December 17, 1273) is called Rumi by more westerners than his Islamic countrymen. He was born in what is now called Tajikistan and his Muslim teaching of the value of all religions has endeared him to an audience which is still growing. 

Fundamentals of Rumi's Thought: A Mevlevi Sufi Perspective (2004) is a book written by Sefik Can, and he includes our story. He got it from a biography Aflāki wrote, 
between 1318 and 1353, about Rumi: Manāqib ul-Ārifīn.  Aflaki's account includes this story:

Shortly before Rumi died, as cat came to him and meowed softly. Rumi asked if anyone knew what the cat said. Those close to him said, no. Rumi said: "Soon you will go to the heavens, to your homeland with safety. What will I do without you."

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