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

Chapter 94

The Battle Plan


By Khurram Ali Shafique

What Should Now be Done, O Nations of the East? With ‘The Traveler’, an account of a brief visit to Afghanistan in October 1933. This is the title of the eighth enclave. It came out in 1937.

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan

Iqbal is ill. The reformer Sir Syed Ahmad Khan appears in a dream and asks him to request the Prophet to pray for him.

Caution

Iqbal’s petition ends up as an action plan for the war already declared by him against the present age.

Rumi warns him and says, “Your age has not yet grasped the mysteries of the soul. You should not tell the secrets of lions to jackals, for even if the wolves take away our Joseph it is better than his getting sold to the unworthy. Only tell the honest people what you understand by religion and politics.”

The Politics of Pharaoh

The politics of godless leaders is based on creating dissention and making profit on it.

The Politics of Moses

The politics of God-fearing leaders is based on uniting soul with soul and nation with nation, so that the unity of humankind may be achieved.

A Personal Note

Iqbal addresses the Prophet and says, “My life may not be rich in deeds but I possess a tiny thing called heart, which I keep hidden, since it bears the mark of your horse’s hoof. Call this slave of yours into your presence. My soul, afflicted with separation, cries within me.”

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Iqbal’s observations on the politics and economy of his times and his personal request to the Prophet.
Persian text