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.
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.”