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B. Rumi, edited by Fruzanfer. J. ing a certain religion, pursuing intellect, or practising Sufi truth and love in place of formal religion. In assimilating all these ways of life, Rumi became an authoritative representative of them. He fully developed his conventional self in the tradition of his culture. Although people greatly respected his views, he himself became dissatisfied with their limited view. During the last years of his teaching, he became internally dissatisfied and perplexed. Rumi gradually perceived the limitations of ritual and realized that knowledge of conventional life does not in itself bring rebirth in totality.

Indeed, this action is not fasting and prayer. These are the forms of action. Action is inward and deals with meaning. Certainly from Adam to Muhammad prayer and fasting were not in these forms and happened in terms of deeds . . Therefore action is not what people think of. They believe that action is an outward form of religion and if they act against that form they will gain no reward . . 1 At this critical point in his life Rumi underwent a profound emotional change, which was, in part, a consequence of his revolt against his family background and training.

Contributed to the advancement of Greek thought in every field—science, religion and philosophy. After the death of Al-Ghazzali (d. ), the great Persian theologian, this movement declined in importance. In later centuries only Sufism offered a truly universal answer to man's existential problem. Although its origin is obscure, Sufism probably arose as a more satisfactory answer to the "human situation" in the insecure society of Persia. Initially Sufism was closely related to religious virtues, but gradually it became an instrument of criticism of religion and human conduct in order to transcend it.

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