40 Rules of Love: PM Imran urges Pakistani youth to read about divine love, Sufism

The Turkish book follows the tale of affection, respect and love between Maulana Jalal-ud-din Rumi and his companion, Shams of Tabriz.

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On Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan recommended the youth read Turkish bestselling novel, ‘40 Rules of Love’ by the acclaimed author Elif Shafak.

His suggestion follows his attempt to bring the youth closer to Islamic faith. The premier voiced his views regarding the novel in an Instagram post last week. He wrote: “This October I suggest our youth to read The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak.”

“An inspirational book about divine love, Sufism, Rumi and his Murshid Shams Tabriz. I read it a few years back and was deeply inspired,” added Khan.

The novel is based on the themes of divine love, spirituality and Sufism, popular in the Pakistani culture. The story follows the tale of affection, respect and love between Maulana Jalal-ud-din Rumi and his companion, Shams of Tabriz. The author describes the 40 rules of divine love in the novel.

Earlier, Prime Minister had recommended his young followers read the famous book ‘Lost Islamic History’ in a tweet back in May. In his tweet, premier described the book as a ‘great read for youth’.

“A great read for our youth during lockdown days. An excellent brief history of the driving force that made Islamic civilisation the greatest of its time and then the factors behind its decline,” the premier wrote on Twitter.

Last year, he had recommended the people to watch Turkish series ‘Dirilis Ertugrul’ in a bid to guide the youth towards Islam and spirituality.

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In the later years of life, Khan redirected towards sufism, religion and spirituality. He even married his spiritual healer, Bushra Maneka, who became his third wife in February 2018. In his series of latest interviews, he talked a lot about the restoration of morality among youth.

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