|The Republic of Rumi: A Novel of Reality|
By Khurram Ali Shafique
The second enclave is The Message of the East. It
appeared in 1923 and was substantially expanded a year later.
reviously you saw that the Garden was interwoven with the meanings of the Quran and represented the life of the Muslim nation. Here, in the welcome note itself, Iqbal introduces a Western poet and thinker Johanne Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) as a role model.
It is Europe at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The French conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte is ravaging Europe, Africa and India. Living in the duchy of Weimer in his native Germany, Goethe has remained remarkably untouched despite his admiration for the genius of Napoleon.
Goethe’s many influences have included Persian literature. Germany is in bad shape and Goethe is in his old age but the music of Hafez of Shiraz arouses in his imagination a mighty storm. Still, he is not an imitator of any Persian poet and his glance rests only on those Oriental truths which his Western temperament can assimilate. He names a book of his poems the West-Eastern Divan and at the beginning of the next century it book falls in to the hand of an Indian who has felt similar association with Hafez and also knows the German language. He is Iqbal.
One hundred years after Goethe, Iqbal writes back to him and names his book The Message of the East. This is where you are.
Iqbal informs you, “The internal unrest of the world’s nations, which we cannot assess properly because of being ourselves affected by it, is the fore-runner of a great spiritual and cultural revolution.”
Excerpt from the Preface
With reference to the German “Thinker of Life” Goethe, the reader is informed about the impending rise of a new type of human being, which is the reader themselves.