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

Chapter 103

Signs


By Khurram Ali Shafique

Does the fifth lecture match the fifth stage of your journey?

Excerpt from Lecture V

The Quran sees signs of the Ultimate Reality in the ‘sun’, the ‘moon’, ‘the lengthening out of shadows’, ‘the alternation of day and night’, ‘the variety of human colours and tongues’, ‘the alternation of the days of success and re­verse among peoples’—in fact in the whole of Nature as revealed to the sense-perception of man. And the Muslim’s duty is to reflect on these signs and not to pass by them ‘as if he is dead and blind’, for he ‘who does not see these signs in this life will remain blind to the reali­ties of the life to come’.

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Rationale of the fifth stage of your journey explained through excerpts from the fifth lecture of the Reconstruction