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

Chapter 93

Mihrab Gul Afghan


By Khurram Ali Shafique

The last section of the enclave consists of twenty dramatic monologues.

Mihrab Gul Afghan belongs to the borderline areas between Afghanistan and the sub-continent. Western powers are going to displace him from his homeland if he refuses to cooperate. He asks his religion what he should do, and Islam begins to answer him.

Poems 1-4

Take pride in faqr (chosen poverty), do not vilify Time and keep hope. Fate may not be altered through prayer but you may be.

Poems 5-8

Do not be misled by formal institutions of education but pay attention to discovering your true self as well as understanding the trends of modern times.

Poems 9-12

Love cannot imitate the manners of lust: it is not possible for the falcon to fly like a bee. So be yourself.

Poems 13-16

Nations die if they get separated from their center. Unity turns selfhood into a force that cannot be thwarted.

Poems 17-20

Getting drunk with modern knowledge is not a sin but it can also be fatal if your vision is not enlightened with the Unity of God.

This is the end of the seventh enclave. The ideological war against the present age has now been declared completely.

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Twenty monologues from a self-respecting tribal who is about to be expelled from his land.
Persian text