“Three things tell a man: his eyes, his friends and his favorite quotes.”
Rumi (Afghani Poet)
Date of Death:
17 December 1273
Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī , also known as Mawlānā Jalāl-ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī , but known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi, , was a 13th century Persian poet, Islamic jurist, and theologian. Rumi is a descriptive name meaning "the Roman" since he lived most parts of his life in Anatolia or 'Rum', which had been part of the Byzantine Empire until the Seljuq conquest two centuries earlier.
Historical sources claim that he was born in Balkh, , Persia, modern-day Afghanistan, the hometown of his father's family, but some scholars believe that Rumi was born in 1207 CE in Wakhsh , a small town located at the river Wakhsh in what is now Tajikistan. Wakhsh belonged to the larger province of Balkh, and in the year Rumi was born, his father was an appointed scholar there. Both these cities were at the time included in the Greater Persian cultural sphere of Khorāṣān, the easternmost province of historical Persia, and were part of the Khwarezmian Empire.