If we read throughout history, we know that wars and conflicts resulted from race, nation, and religion. Rumi was in the middle of this conflict when moguls invaded Afghanistan, and he was forced to leave his country and migrate to Konya, today’s Turkey. Rumi says, forget about race, nation, or religion; we are all born from divine love and have the same source, love. The world is a much better place if we all understand the deep meaning of this Rumi’s poem.
We have the same source not unique to Rumi; many philosophers and poets refer to all as one. Saadie, a Persian poet who also lived like Rumi in the thirteen century, conveyed this concept in his famous poem, placed at the Entrance of the United Nations Building NYC
Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you’ve no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain!
We are all part of one body. When one part of the body hurts, all hurt.
If we do not feel the pain of another human, then we must not be called human.
بنىآدم اعضای یک پیکرند
که در آفرینش ز یک گوهرند
چو عضوى به درد آورَد روزگار
دگر عضوها را نمانَد قرار
تو کز محنت دیگران بیغمی
نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی