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

Chapter 22

Prophets


By Khurram Ali Shafique

So, the self that you discovered shall be perfected through selflessness. Why can it not strengthen itself by loving humanity without having to love its own society at all?
This concern is addressed in the heading of the first chapter itself: “a nation is formed by the mingling of individuals and owes the perfecting of its education to prophets.”

Civilization

Caravans pitch their tents on mountains, hills, broad meadows, fringe of desert and sandy mounds. Imaginary demons and fairy sprites leap in their imagination, and struggle for survival remains the only business. Souls are little disposed to pluck at Nature’s harp and are content to gather up whatever appears on its own.

The purpose of religion

Presently there appears a thread whose end is knotted to the skies. It weaves together the dissevered parts of life. Chains are removed from the hands and feet of the weak and the feeble as they hear a proclamation, “You are nobody’s slave and you are not less than those mute idols.”

People gather around a common goal and a common law. Being re-schooled in God’s wondrous Unity, they learn the uses of self-surrender to the Divine Will.

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This chapter offers an explanation of the role of prophets in the task of civilization and shows why only prophets could found nations.
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