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A few days ago, Beyoncé took to Instagram to share the first official photo of her newborn babies. Queen B's post confirmed the birth of her twins, while also sharing their names, Rumi and Sir. Fans were wildly excited by the update, but were also left confused as to the meaning behind these names.

Fortunately, it looks like this conundrum may have been solved by a recent Instagram post by Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles. The initial announcement made its mark online with more than 9.7 million likes and 307.3k comments, many of which showed our enthusiasm to discover the meaning behind Rumi and Sir's names.

However, we may finally be able to stop theorizing, as it seems that Beyonce's mother may have already shared the origin of Rumi's name.

Tina Knowles recently shared an Instagram post featuring a series of quotes, all of which were focused on the theme of love and were written by 13th-century Persian poet and theologician, Rumi.

In the post, she stated that the poems were "not only beautiful but logical".

Although it's technically still a possibility, this surely can't be a coincidence. If this is the inspiration behind Rumi's name, then fans will no doubt be googling the famed poet in order to learn a little more about this inspiration.

Why Did Beyonce Name Her Child After Rumi?

You may already be familiar with the acclaimed writer, because Rumi is still one of the best-selling poets of all time in the US. He was a Sufi master (Sufism is a centuries-old current that sees religious practice as a means to oneness with God) who became famous for his poems about love - which explains why someone like Beyonce may have been inspired by the writer.

In 1244, Rumi crossed paths with a wandering dervish, Shamsuddin of Tabriz, and the two became close friends - something that proved to be a turning point in Rumi's life. After meeting Shamsuddin, Rumi devoted himself to writing ghazals, composing about 30,000 verses.

Ghazals are lyric poems in Middle Eastern and Indian literature and music with a fixed number of verses and a repeated rhyme, typically on the theme of love and set to music. His poetry is beautifully structured with ideas that interpret the complexities of Quranic scripture within the simplicity of a ghazal.

The poet expressed his love for Shamsuddin, and grieved his death through music, dance, and poems. Rumi spent most of the later years of his life in Anatolia, where he finished six volumes of his masterwork, the Masnavi.

In short, Rumi’s is a figure that is synonymous with the act of writing about love. Nowadays, in a world where cultural bigotry is far too common, Beyoncé may be making a statement about the need for a more loving and tolerance world.

What do you think? Is Rumi named after this celebrated Persian poet?

[source:, ELLE, New York Times ]


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