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The True Sufi by Mawlawi Rumi


"The True Sufi" is a religious poem written by Mawlawi Rumi. Sufi is a section of Islam in which Rumi was apart of. He speaks to them specifically by saying "What makes the Sufi? Purity of heart;" He goes on to say how being perverse and vile doesn't make a person a true Sufi, but someone who has hardships is still happy because that person can see that God is still there.

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This religious poem is made up of only one stanza with nine lines.


The True Sufi

What makes the Sufi? Purity of heart;
Not the patched mantle and the lust perverse
Of those vile earth-bound men who steal his name.
He in all dregs discerns the essence pure:
In hardship ease, in tribulation joy.
The phantom sentries, who with batons drawn
Guard Beauty's place-gate and curtained bower,
Give way before him, unafraid he passes,
And showing the King's arrow, enters in.

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