The Sufi mystic's message of love still reverberates on the 800th anniversary of his birth.
By Nicole Itano | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
from the January 2, 2008 edition
In his own lifetime, Rumi attracted a wide following outside his own sect of Sufi Islam, with his message of universal love and tolerance. At his funeral, according to his biographer Mohamed el-Fers, a Greek monk said: "Mevlana was like bread. Nobody can keep himself away from needing bread. Have you ever seen a hungry man who refused to eat bread?"