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SECOND PHASE OF Maulana RUMI'S (R.A.) LIFE

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A complete transformation came over Maulana 's life from the moment he came into contact with Hazrat Shamsh Tabrezi (RA.). Shamsh Tabrezi (R.A.) was from a pious family which belonged to the Ismaili sect. He left his family sectarian connections, acquired knowledge and became a mureed of Baba Kamaluddin Jundy (RA.). In the company of the merchants he used to travel around from place to place.

Once he made a duah: "0 Allah, grant me the companionship of such a companion who will be able to bear my company". In reply to this duah the good news was given to him: "Go to Rum". He immediately set forth and soon reached Qunya where he arrived at a place of brass goods sellers. There was a platform whereupon the leaders always used to sit. It was at this place that the meeting between Maulana Rumi (RA.) and Shamsh Tabrezi (RA.) took place and from where their friendship and companionship commenced. From that day onwards, a complete change came over Maulana Rumi (RA.) and the fire of Divine love was kindled in his heart.

He avoided 'Sima', the listening to musical renderings. He also left teaching, lecturing and preaching. But he did not leave the company of Shamsh Tabrezi (R.A.) even for a little while.

However, a great commotion took place in the town with the result that Shamsh Tabrezi (R.A.) secretly left for Damascus. This caused Maulana tremendous sadness. After some time, some people noticing Maulana 's discomfort and uneasiness, went to call Shamsh Tabrezi (R.A.) back. But after staying for a short while, he again disappeared to an unknown destination. Although they searched for him, he could not be found. Some historians are of the opinion that he had been martyred. After the disappearance of Shamsh Tabrezi (R.A.), Maulana Rumi (R.A.) suffered tremendous uneasiness, restlessness and loneliness. It was during this troubled period that he once happened to pass by the shop of Salahuddin Zarkoob who was busy beating metal into thin leaves. At that moment a strange condition came over Maulana . Salahuddin did not stop beating the leaves and thus many leaves were lost. Finally Salahuddin allowed the shop to become squandered away and he joined the company of Maulana Rumi (R.A.). In this manner he spent 9 years with Maulana . Through this companionship Maulana was greatly consoled.

In 664 A.H. Salahuddin passed away and after his death Maulana chose Husamuddin Chulpi (R.A.) from among his mureeds to be his companion for as long as he lived. Thereafter, Maulana consoled his heart through this new companionship. Maulana used to respect and honour Husamuddin (R.A.) to such an extent that people were under the impression that he was Maulana 's spiritual guide. It was through the encouragement of Maulana Husamuddin (R.A.) that Maulana Rumi (R.A.) wrote the famous Mathnavi Shareef.

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