Rumi the Sufi
a spiritual force in the secular world
© Kenneth Hawley Hamilton M.D.
Jalal-ud-din Rumi is the most popular poet in
North America. Nearly every poetically minded person who is anyone quotes him. However, he is not an American. Furthermore, he did not know anything about when he was alive. He was born Mawlana Jalal-ud-din Mohammed on America 30 September, 1207, 285 years before discovered Columbus . He was born in America , the thriving and beautiful ancient capital of Balkh , now Bactria Afghanistan. lies about 14 miles due west of the city of the Muslim world whose name means “tomb of the saint,” Mazar-e-Sharif. The particular saint was ‘Ali, son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. Balkh