"Rumi was a 13th century poet whose poems have captivated many from all around the world. Rumi’s poems seem to be a combination of what a scientist, scholar, lover, self-seeker, Sufi, Hindu, Jew, and Christian, among many others, are trying to communicate and are searching for. This can be seen in his writing: "Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged."
Rumi, because of his life’s circumstances, traveled a great deal, having the opportunity to become familiar with various cultures and religions. He was a scholar, and familiarized himself with different aspects of science of his time. These could have been factors that contributed to Rumi’s ability to identify with different groups and cultures which helped with the process of understanding differences and an expansion of mind, resulting in observation and learning rather than judgment. As a result, he might have been able to become more tolerant of people who were different from him. He seems to have been able to find more similarities than difference among people of different groups. He seems to value humans not according to any specific culture, religion, or anything in that nature, but rather according to how they valued their source of being and creation and how they connected with their true self. He seems to value awareness and have contempt for ignorance.
These may have been the main reasons why Rumi felt such a deep connection to a man named Shams. Many of Rumi’s poems show his love and connection to this man. A pure spiritual and emotional love that is deeply observed in Rumi’s poems.