World Bulletin / News Desk
Restoration and repair have started in the house of Mawlana Jalal al-Din Rumi in Balkh city of Afghanistan.
Mustafa Butun, a coordinator from Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), told AA on Tuesday that special teams, who came from Turkey, started repair and restoration of Mawlana's house, madrassah (Muslim theological school) and social complex in Balkh city.
After project designing is completed, archeological studies will begin, he added.
TIKA will undertake the project, said Butun, adding that they would also build conference hall, mosque and tour area in the region.
When the restoration and repair are completed, the house of Mawlana will serve as Mawlana Culture Center.
Mawlana, one of the greatest mystic poets of Islam, was born in Balkh, Mazar-i Sharif (present-day Afghanistan) on September 30, 1207. His poems and mystical teachings are known throughout the Muslim world. Mawlana's first teacher was his father, but he was also greatly impressed by Shams Tabrizi. The fundamental teaching of Mawlana was the unification of the mind and the heart.
After his death in 1273, he was buried in Turkey's central Anatolian province of Konya and his shrine became a place of visit.
His followers and his son Sultan Walad founded the Mevlevi Order, also known as the Order of the Whirling Dervishes, famous for its Sufi dance known as the Sama ceremony.