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Şeb-i Aruz (Düğün Günü)
17 Aralık 1273 Pazar günü güneş batarken Mevlânâ bu âlemden göçer.

Ten fanidir can ölmez, çün gitti geri gelmez
Ölür ise ten ölür, canlar ölesi değil - Yunus Emre

İşte bu yüzden Mevlânâ'nın ölüm gecesine ayrılık gecesi denilmez, dostuna kavuştuğunu ve ebedî vuslata erdiğini belirtmek için düğün gecesi anlamında "şeb-i aruz" denilir.

Gene gel, gene
İster kafir ol,
İster ateşe tap, ister puta
İster yüz kere tövbe etmiş ol,
İster yüz kere bozmuş ol tövbeni

Whirling Dervish festival, Konya, Turkey

Turkey's whirling dervishes may be banned form practicing privately, but the government allows the annual festival celebrating the death of Rumi
Come come whoever you are
Whether you are a non-believer,
Whether you worship fire or an idol,
Whether you have repented a hundred times,
Whether you have broken a vow of repentance a hundred times,
This is not a vow of desperation;
Come however you are.

So Jelaladin Rumi encapsulated his religious philosophy in one of his poems, the philosophy which gave fame to the Sufi branch of Islam and brought about the order of whirling dervishes. And so thousands of people of all religious persuasions descend on the small Turkish town of Konya every year for a week in December to celebrate the death of the mystical poet known simply as Mevlana ('Our Lord' in Arabic).

Between 10 and 17th December every year, the Whirling Dervish Festival commemorates the death of the man looked on by many Muslims as a saint. The Dervishes dance in honour of their great teacher who believed union with God could be achieved through dance (the ‘sema’). His poetry is prolific and profound, and, in its treatment of God as a lover, proving as popular and relevant today as it did in 13th century when it was written.

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