The Mysteries of Life
One of the stories which Muslim visionaries of the
eleventh and twelfth centuries developed around Khizr was about
the search for the Water of Life in the Realm of Darkness. In these
stories, Khizr is the only survivor from a caravan that set out
in search of immortality. He manages to find the Fountain of Life,
drinks from it and attains an everlasting life.
The appearance of Khizr in the Garden of Poetry is
his first major comeback in the world of literature since then.
The seer seems to be inclined towards revealing the mysteries tonight
and begins by explaining five topics suggested by Iqbal: roaming
around in the wilderness, life, imperialism, socialism and the Muslim
The caravan bell is ringing. Deer walk freely over
sand dunes. The morning star appears like Gabriel looking down
from above. Later, the setting sun becomes a reminder of the mysteries
of Abraham. Travelers gathered around a water source look like
believers thronging on a stream in Paradise.
Qais, besotted by the love of Layla, also took
to the wilderness.
Farhad the Stonecutter is hewing away rocks with
his pickaxe. He succeeds in bringing out a stream of milk from
the rocks as desired by his beloved Shireen who, alas, shall end
up wedding an emperor.
Western democracy is an instrument which can only
play the melody of the ancient Roman Empire, whose mighty Caesars
wanted to enslave the weaker nations.
The Russian Revolution arrives and workers, treated
like beggars for centuries, break the idols of class, nationality,
Church, empire and race. Fed up of weeping for a far away Paradise,
the human nature breaks free of all restraints.
The Muslim World
The Muslim nation appears fragmented like a precious
metal eaten up by the rust of European machinations. The clay
of Hijaz becomes a brick in the Church, and the Middle East is
being painted with Muslim blood sold by the Arabs cheaper than
water. Asians are unaware that the unity of the Muslim nation
is salvation for the whole of the East.
Khizr delivers a message from someone else. He says,
“Rumi says, in the reconstruction of every structure, do
you not know that the previous edifice has to be demolished first?”