Category: Spirituality in Iran

Saadi Shirazi

Abu-Muhammad Muslih al-Din bin Abdallah Shirazi, better known by his pen-name Saadi was born in the city of Shiraz around 1200. He died around the year 1292 in Shiraz. His father died in Saadi’s early childhood. He completed his early education in Shiraz with the help of his uncle. Later he was sent to study in Baghdad at Nezamiyeh College which was a renowned place of education in the Muslim…

Rumi – To Him is Our Return

Mathnawi III: 3901-3906   (3901) I died to the mineral state and became a plant; I died to the vegetable state and reached animality; Rumi I died to the animal state and became a man; then what should I fear? -- I have never become less from dying. At the next charge (forward) I will die to human nature, so that I may lift up (my) head and wings (and soar)…

Nicholson-The Mystics of Islam

Parts of "The Mystics of Islam" book by Reynold A. Nicholson “If Islam, Christianity, and Judaism despite the narrow-minded conflicts, have many similar aspects, the value and worth of the spiritual concept of that similar element could best be found in Islamic, Christian, and Jewish mysticism -Whether following The Prophet Muhammad, Jesus Christ, or Moses- from the bottom of his heart he turns toward God and this attests to that…

Persian Mystics

Iran has long been the place of living and growth to artists and mystics who have been famous worldwide. Nowadays, their tombs and mausoleums in various sites of Iran have been the place of worship and pilgrimage to different people around the world who visit these sites every day. Persian Mystics The tombs of Saadi and Hafez in Shiraz, the tomb of Attar of Nishapur a great mystic of the sixth…

Khanqah (Persian Monastery)

Khanqah means a house in which Sufis, Dervishes, and elders spend their days and pray. It has been called different names such as convent, temple, Robat(رباط), Tekyeh (تکیه)  and Zawieh (زاویه). The stimulus for the building and formation of this Sufi foundation, regarding the tendency to isolation and austerity of Sufis, is similar to the religions before Islam like Buddhism, Manaeism, Zoroasterism, and Christianity. The monastery of Christian priests and…

Architecture and Mysticism

The Persian artist elevates his/her soul from the material world and ascends to the celestial realm through his work. He/she reaches spiritual perfection through his/her work and shares with godly art. The architectural artist does not show the traces of himself in his work. He believes himself as a being a tool to reach his spiritual goals. The language that the artist uses to convey the spiritual messages of his…

Sama, Dance of the Soul

Sama dance is a sort of Sufi dance which encompasses of whirling of the body along with an enigmatic mood in order to reach spiritual goals. It has an old background and is the story of elevation of the soul. In Sama ritual, in that whirling and absolute obedience state, exists a hidden keenness that exhilarates both the whirling dervish and the observer. Sama is the manifestation of Rumi’s thoughts.…