Rumi and His Friends: Stories of the Lovers of God

Camille Adams Helminski, Susan Blaylock


Rumi and His Friends: Stories of the Lovers of God, Excerpts from the Manaqib al-Arifin of Aflaki selected and translated by Camille Adams Helminski and Susan Blaylock, relates anecdotes of the life of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, his father and sons, wife and daughter, and his relationship with Shams of Tabriz and with other close companions and disciples. The original text was written in Persian by Ahmad Aflaki, a devoted student of the grandson of Rumi and is based on the oral traditions of the early days of the founding of the Mevlevi Order. The selections included in this volume are also teaching stories that illuminate the way of the dervish. Spiritual seekers can benefit from this glimpse into the spiritual community surrounding Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi and the wisdom that is conveyed through those interactions. Many selections also include beautiful illuminative passages from his poetry, and, in this volume, each selection is titled to assist in orienting the reader and enhancing comprehension of meaning. Rumi and His Friends welcomes us into the world of Rumi— through this volume we come to understand what life was like for Rumi and gain inspiration for the illumination of our own.

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For The Light of Dawn:

In its long, active life on earth, the Qur’an has defined spiritual life, and the quest to sustain it on daily terms, for billions of people. Now, Threshold Books brings us this superb selection—a book to live with 365 days a year. Camille Helminski’s fresh translations strip time away for English-language readers, bringing us face to face with Meaning. Even the occasional browsers will be struck by the clarity and insight of this Message.

~Michael Wolfe, author of One Thousand Roads to Mecca, and The Hajj, an American Pilgrimage

I congratulate you on this work and think that it will help many people to be introduced to the meaning of the sacred text

~ Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, author of numerous books on Islam and Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University

This anthology will give many non-Muslims a helpful insight into the riches of the Koran and the Islamic tradition.

~Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God and Muhammad, A Biography of the Prophet

[This book] comes as a balm for the Muslim heart and soul. This exquisitely beautiful, moving expression of the virtues of the believers in Islam and other religious traditions at their best proves the spiritual unity and harmony of all mankind.
~Muslim World Book Review

Women of Sufism:

“Women of Sufism is a valuable addition to Sufi literature and women’s spiritual studies. Camille Helminski awakens us to the important contribution of women to this mystical tradition.

~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., author of Sufism, The Transformation of the Heart

In the luminous firmament of Islamic mysticism, none shines brighter than Mawlana Jalal al-Din Muhammad Balkhi, known in English as Rumi. A wide variety of translations and versions have endeared Mawlana to untold numbers in Europe and North America. Now, through Rumi and His Friends we have an affordable collection conveying the life stories that embody the beautiful poetic teaching. English speaking audiences without access to mawlana’s orginal Persian now can see the poetry and the life side-by-side, deriving maximum baraka from the incomparable Mawlana.

~Professor Omid Safi

Camille Helminski and Susan Blaylock, in these stories of Rumi and his dear ones, have both provided teachers and students with fluidly written gems of wisdom that will have a place on their shelves and next to their pillows long after their classroom doors have closed. Seekers of eternal truths, as well, will find that here, Mevlana is offering them a healing salve for their wounded hearts.

~Professor Alan Godlas


Rumi’s Sun: Rumi is the most popular poetic voice in America today. But if he is the king of poetry, Shams of Tabriz is the power behind the throne. What Rumi points to, indicates, refers to, is here—in the words of his intimate friend and ruthless, infinitely mysterious master. Shams’ words shock and stun, amaze with their inspiration, tear apart the veils of our expectations about what spiritual life should be, bring us to the dazzling stillness that Rumi spun around in his longing. When you have found Shams of Tabriz, you know there is nowhere else you need to go.
~Peter Kingsley, author of Reality and In the Dark Places of Wisdom
Rumi's Sun According to a prophetic tradition, “Love is a fire that, when it befalls the heart, burns away all but the Beloved.” Look into the burning breast of Shams of Tariz and you will see the Beloved looking back at you.
~Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International
Happiness without Death: I feel Happiness without Death—if read carefully as it deserves—can help Westerners to understand the grandeur and power of pristine Islam. I sincerely hope that it will be read and meditated upon by many readers
~ Dr. Annemarie Schimmel
The Book of Character: Islam’s ethical tradition is one of the richest in the history of human thought. This book provides a general reader with an excellent selection from that tradition and it can be opened at any page with delight.
~Shaykh Hamza Yusuf