The observance of the anniversary of a sufi saint is called (in Arabic), `urs, which means “wedding,” because the saint is believed to have attained “union” (or utmost nearness together with other saints and the prophets) with God, the Only Beloved. In Turkey, the night of Rumi’s `urs is called Sheb-i Arus or “Wedding Night” (the correct Persian would be “Shab-é `Arûsî,”.. Thousands of people will gather on 17th Dec to commemorate the life and teachings of the 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi – also known as Mevlana (“our master”).
Here are few pictures from the Shab-e-Arus “Wedding Night” , Konya Whirling Dervishes and one of the popular poem from Rumi.
(My) heart bears suspicion toward you, (when) far away from you, That (is) also because of its weakness (which) it bears, (when) far away from you. (There is) bitterness in the mouth of every bitter-hearted person; Sugar itself bears a grudge toward you, (when) far away from you.
“Come, come, whoever you are.”Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter.”Ours is not a caravan of despair.”Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.”Come, yet again , come , come.”