Those who cut off dear old friends,
Listen to black lies of brigands.
Like lame goats, they limp far behind;
Wolves tear them one and all to shreds.
آنها که ز یاران نکو ببریدند
افسون و دم راه زنان بشنیدند
همچون بز لنگ باز پس خیزیدند
گرگان همه را یکان یکان بدریدند
Note: Evidently, this quatrain refers to an admonition by the Prophet
not to betray the early and fragile Muslim community. Also, Rumi’s master,
Shams, is said to have been murdered by a member of Rumi’s own family.