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News number: 8710291041

14:09 | 2009-01-18

Culture

نسخه چاپي ارسال به دوستان

Afghan Scholar Warns about Destruction of Rumi's Father's Madrasah

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Afghan scholar warned officials of the destruction of the madrasah where Rumi's father Baha al-Din Walad used to teach.



Rumi's father Muhammad ibn Hussain Khatibi, known as Baha al-Din Walad (entitled Sultan al-ulama) was an outstanding Sufi in Balkh. He is the author of the Ma'arif 2, a masterpiece of Sufism, which left its mark upon Rumi's Mathnavi.

Writer and researcher Muhammad Azam Zaryab said that the madrasah needs to be renovated, but no serious efforts are being made.

"The public sector agencies in charge of art, culture and literature of the country are not paying due attention," he told MNA.

"For example Kabul, the capital of a country and an ancient cultural center, now is a capital without a theater. This is in contrast to some 40 years ago when Kabul was home to numerous theaters in which many excellent theater troops used to stage plays by Chekhov and Brecht," he explained.

He went on to say, "In western countries, the best buildings of the city are dedicated to theater since it is the symbol of the modern world of today and the great civilization of the past.

"Our government has no clear cultural policy and regards culture a phenomenon which must be deleted, while other countries have clear and comprehensive cultural policies. It seems the culture ministry of our country does not comprehend its responsibilities."

He further added that when Afghanistan held a commemoration ceremony in honor of Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi just last year, many cultural figures of Afghanistan warned the government that Rumi's father's madrasah needs to be renovated.

He also stressed that the Afghan writers, teachers, poets, and researchers are making their best efforts to do cultural productions and also preserve their heritage, but they are not being supported.

When Rumi was about twelve or thirteen years old (around 1220), Baha al-Din Walad left the eastern provinces of Persia with his whole family and a group of disciples and traveled westward. This may have been motivated as a result of the threat of invading Mongol armies.

It is said that in Nayshabur, he met the renowned Persian Sufi poet Farid al-Din 'Attar who introduced him to Jalal al-Din. Apparently, 'Attar was very impressed by the young Rumi and told Baha al-Din Walad, "Soon this son of yours will set the spiritual aspirants of this world afire."