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

Chapter 24

Kerbala


By Khurram Ali Shafique

Monarchy stayed in the history of Islam for centuries after Kerbala but Husain had taken away its legitimacy in the deeper current of history.
Iqbal’s conception of freedom, equality and brotherhood is rooted in this deeper current. It requires a vision of destiny that enables the individual to act as if looking at the whole of the future with innumerable possibilities enshrined in it, including those possibilities that may never materialize. Kerbala is the epitome of this kind of action.
With a different strategy, Husain might have overthrown the usurper but the sacrifice he offered has “reprogrammed” history for all times.

DISCUSS

  • Can the clues about Joseph be related to concepts associated with Muslim nationhood as follows:
Rumi and Iqbal:
Unity of God
Kings:
Prophet-hood
Joseph:
Brotherhood
Sufis:
Equality
Time:
Freedom

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The Islamic concept of freedom is explained with reference to the Prophet's grandson Imam Husain and your five clues acquire a new meaning with regards to the Islamic conception of nation.
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