Tears of the Heart

Tears of the Heart: From the Garden of the Mathnawi: Rumi Selections

The Tears of the Heart is a compilation of the timeless truths of the Mathnawi.

by Osman Nuri Topbas

ISBN 978 9 756742 45 7
Published by Erkam Yayınları, Istanbul
248 pages
First published 2006
Distribution by www.centralbooks.com


The Tears of the Heart is a compilation of the timeless truths of Rumi’s Mathnawi. The work elucidates the parables carefully chosen from the Mathnawi in light of the Qur’an and Sunnah, filtered through the vast ocean of the heart. These parables help one gain acquaintance with his own ego, acknowledge his Creator and penetrate into the truth of matter.

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Preface (by the author)

Dear Readers. The contents of this book, which I present with the title ‘The Garden of the Mathnawi’, is as a bouquet of tulips enlivened with a fire of Love in a jug of water gathered from the elixir of the spring of the heart which resides in the gardens of the friends of Allah.

I pray to my Lord that this bouquet of tulips and jug of water may too inspire burnings and longings in our hearts, leading ultimately to an outpouring of the spring of Zamzam water in the gardens of our hearts. Using this opportunity, I would like to make a request from you:

Please read the Fatiha (the Opening Chapter of the Qur’an) and send the divine reward gained from it as a spiritual gift to the souls of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, His Companions, all friends of Allah, particularly Rumi the king of hearts, as well as to the soul of the spring of blessing, Aziz Mahmud Hudai, and also to Musa Efendi from whose spiritual teachings we have all benefited.

May Allah make the last moment of our life a Shab-i Arus (i.e. Wedding Night). Success comes from Allah alone.
— Osman Nuri Topbas, Istanbul

The Author
Shaykh Osman Nuri Topbas was born in Istanbul in 1942. He studied Qur’anic memorisation and Islamic theology, and in his youth attended the circles of Nureddin Topcu, Yaman Dede, and Ahmet Davutoglu. He is a Shaykh of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order, and has established a range of educational institutions in Turkey and abroad. His books have been translated into many languages.