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

Chapter 90

Mujaddid


By Khurram Ali Shafique

Islam has been routed by the forces of atheism in Central Asia. A light mixed with crimson hue comes out of the tomb of Tamerlane and calls for a counter-revolution.

Cinema

Cinema has turned into a factory of creating idols out of ashes borrowed from hell.

To the Sufi Masters of Punjab

Sirhind is a small city on the outskirts of Punjab. There lies the great benefactor of the Muslim nation, the seventeenth century saint Shaykh Ahmad of Sirhind, who is better known as ‘Mujaddid,’ or the man of the second millennium.

Iqbal visits the tomb and a voice informs him that Sufis of Punjab have become pawns in the hands of selfish rulers. Therefore it has been decided in heaven that there shall be no more Sufis in that region.

This is the time for you to make the next wish as you observe the sign of the end of the sixth stage.

Sixth Wish

I have now set out to hunt a bird sitting atop Your Holy Sanctuary.
Give me an arrow that could do the job without spilling blood.

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While the Central Asia feels an internal urge for a counter-revolution, the legacies of Shakespeare as well as Rumi appear to have been lost.
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