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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.

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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