His epitaph: "When we are dead, seek not our tomb
in the earth, but find it in the hearts of men."
Translations of Rumi have sold more than a 250,000 copies
in the United States.
The Mevlevi Sufi order was founded in 1273 by Rumi's
followers after his death.
The Mathnawi is often called the "Qur'an-e
Parsi" (The Persian Qur'an).
The Works of Shams of Tabriz is named in honour
of Rumi's great friend and inspiration, the darvish Shams,
who was said to have been murdered by Rumi's jealous son.