‘You are not a drop in the ocean.
You are the entire ocean in a drop’ – Rumi

Rumi is known worldwide as a great mystical poet, the best-selling poet in the English language and quoted by millions around the world. But is there more to his poetry than one-liners used for profile statuses?

Join us as Ustadh Feraidoon Mojadedi takes us through the inspiring poetry of Mawlana Rumi, diving into the path of inner transformation. The conversation offers you the opportunity to go deeply into the spiritual and mystical journey a seeker undertakes in the quest for eternal union, involving a state of annihilation of the self.

About the speaker

Ustadh Feraidoon Mojadedi is a community leader, lecturer, and entrepreneur in the Bay Area – California. Born in Herat, Afghanistan, he emigrated with his family to America during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1985. He grew up in a household with a deep love and reverence for poetry. At the age of five he began to memorize poems by Rumi and other great poets. His love of poetry continued to grow and eventually developed into a passion and calling that would allow him to teach regular classes on Rumi throughout California, the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Germany and even as far as Konya, Turkey, where Mawlana Rumi is laid to rest. He is also the writer and performer of a play, Layla & Majnun, which was produced and debuted in Perth, Australia in 2019.

About the chair

Remona Aly is a journalist and broadcaster. She writes for The Guardian, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Something Understood. She is also an editor and podcast host for various platforms.