About the Illuminator
Charles Colley became acquainted with Rumi’s Fables as a talented painter and illustrator. After his initial reading of the first three fables, he fell in love with the stories. The tales became scenarios in his vivid imagination that he could hardly wait to bring to life through his paintings. He carefully studied each story and often dreamed about them at night, waking up enthusiastically to paint the fables. Every single illustration is an original hand painted acrylic on canvas. The paintings are works of love, imagination and creativity. A true artist at heart, he has indeed illuminated each fable. We will be forever thankful.

​​About the Editor

John Oster’s involvement with Rumi’s Fables originated from his knowledge of Aesop’s Fables. After hearing Rumi’s stories, he made the connection between the two. His interest in them has extended into a historical comparative analysis between these ancient works of art. His critical thinking and attention to detail have been of great value in the creation of this book. His encouragement and support have been a source of inspiration for this project. We are very much appreciative.
"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love."

About Negar Niazi

As an Iranian-Americanimmigrant, Negar Niazi was brought up in a culture rich in ancient Persian literature and mythology like that of Rumi, Hafez, and Ferdowsi. Even though her educational background is in the sciences, with a B.S. in Chemistry from University of California Los Angeles and a Doctorate degree in Optometry from University of California Berkeley, her life challenges rekindled her passion for the works of Rumi and led her onto the path of a spiritual seeker. After Negar’s life changing diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, she found herself on a journey into the world of mysticism, ancient literature, and mythology. She would like to share this new world through the magic of Rumi’s Fables.

Negar is an ambassador and speaker for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

You have survived through many diseases because of the teachers you've known.  Your limp has turned to a smooth step. Tie the cord around your ankle, so you don't forget what you've been given.  Ingratitude and forgetfulness block further blessings they could give."