About The Book


THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION OF THE HEART OF HEARTS OF RUMI’S MATHNAWI OR LUBB-E LUBAB-E MATHNAWI-YE MA‘NAWI

In the 13th century the Persian Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi created a monumental masterpiece of mystical poetry, called Mathnawi-ye Ma‘nawi. This title means “Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”. Over the past decades the Mathnawi and other works by Rumi have become immensely popular in the West.

In the 15th century Wa‘iz-e Kashifi, another Persian Sufi mystic and scholar, wrote the Lubb-e Lubab-e Mathnawi-ye Ma‘nawi, which loosely translates as The Heart of Hearts of Rumi’s Mathnawi. This work is a thematic anthology of Rumi’s Mathnawi. Wa‘iz-e Kashifi compiled the Lubb-e Lubab-e Mathnawi as a help for fellow Sufis who studied Sufism using Jalaluddin Rumi’s Mathnawi.

In Persian-speaking Sufi circles it is almost as famous as the Mathnawi itself. Surprisingly enough, it has never been published in the West. But now it is available tostudents of mysticism and the many lovers of Rumi’swork. Wazir Dayers, who has been practising and studying Sufism for more than 25 years, has made the very first English version of this unique book.

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About the author


Wazir Dayers was born to Dutch-speaking Belgian parents on 9th November 1967 in Belgium’s capital, Brussels. He first came into contact with Sufism at the age of 18. It affected him so profoundly that Sufism soon became the focus of his life. It made him decide to enrol at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, to read Arabic and Islamic Studies.

While still a student, he set out to seek a Sufi Master and become a salik, a wayfarer on the Sufi Path. Over the years he has received initiation and guidance from Masters of several Sufi Orders.

Wazir now lives in Antwerp, where he works as a translator and devotes himself to the practice and the study of Sufism.