The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality
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The Republic of Rumi: a Novel of Reality

Chapter 8

Love


By Khurram Ali Shafique

Ideals and desire lead to Love, which strengthens the self.

Love

“In the Muslim’s heart is the home of Prophet Muhammad,” says Iqbal. “Eternity is less than a moment of the Prophet’s time and receives increase from his essence. He chose the nightly solitude of Mount Hira and yet he founded a state, and laws and government. When he prayed for Divine help, his sword answered Amen and extirpated the race of kings. With the key of religion he opened the door of this world. In his sight, high and low were equal. He sat with his slave at one table.”

Asking

Umar, the second caliph, is riding around the town on a camel when his whip falls down. People run towards it to help him, but he stops them. Then he comes down from the camel, picks up the whip, and gets back on the ride.

“The self is weakened by asking,” Iqbal says to you. “Like Umar, come down from your camel.”

DISCUSS

  • You are not asking for a readymade answer but are trying to find Joseph for yourself. Does that show that “the self is strengthened by love” and that “the self is weakened by asking”?
  • Are love and begging the opposites of each other?
  • Does Iqbal seem to be suggesting that the Holy Prophet is the central reference for any definition of Love at least in the Garden?
  • If the Prophet’s sword extirpated the race of kings, how come they still continued in history for another thousand years?
  • Which of the clues for Joseph are found in this chapter and do you see any new light on them?

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