The Masnavi - Rumi
The title Masnavi-ye-Ma'navi means "The Spiritual Couplets". The Masnavi is a poetic collection of anecdotes and stories derived from the Quran, hadith sources, and everyday tales. Stories are told to illustrate a point and each moral is discussed in detail. It incorporates a variety of Islamic wisdom but primarily focuses on emphasizing inward personal Sufi interpretation. In contrast to Rumi's Diwan, the Masnavi is a relatively "sober" text. It explains the various dimensions of spiritual life and practice to Sufi disciples and anyone who wishes to ponder the meaning of life. It was left unfinished at the time of the demise of Mawlana Rumi but he said in the last few line of the book that another pious person will come to complete the book and the Sunni Muslims believe that man to be Mufti Ilaahi Bakhsh Kandhlawi, who authored Ikhtimaam-e-Mathnawi as an addendum and the completion of this magnum opus.