Rumi Moment of the Week — Love and Activism


"The tension is figuring out how to balance love and rage in this Movement. #BlackLivesMatter" - @deray

“The tension is figuring out how to balance love and rage in this Movement. #BlackLivesMatter” – @deray

The young man who spoke those words has a lot to say (and do) about this new civil rights movement. One of my favorite things about him though is how he consistently centers “Love” into the political stand of the protesters. He makes it clear that it’s as much about love as it is about any other thing the media or our elders are going to report. So I asked myself, what would Rumi say as an activist? If he, a devout Muslim, wished to protest the way his culture and religion is being villainized across the world, what words would he use to center love within his outrage?


Love is reckless; not reason. 

Reason seeks a profit. 

Love comes on strong, consuming herself, unabashed. 

Yet, in the midst of suffering, 

Love proceeds like a millstone

hard surfaced and straightforward.

Having died to self-interest, 

she risks everything and asks for nothing. 

Love gambles away every gift God bestows

Without cause God gave us Being; 

without cause, give it back again. 

Gambling yourself away is beyond any religion. 

Religion seeks grace and favor, 

but those who gamble these away are God’s favorites, 

for they neither put God to the test

nor knock at the door of gain and loss. 

–Jalal ad-Din Muhammad RUMI