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

Chapter 109

Collective Ego


By Khurram Ali Shafique

To him, Pakistan meant a lot more than a state and country.

Excerpt from the Allahabad Address

One of the profoundest verses in the Holy Quran teaches us that the birth and rebirth of the whole of humanity is like the birth and rebirth of a single individual. Why cannot you who, as a people, can well claim to be the first practical exponent of this superb conception of humanity, live and move and have your being as a single individual?

A new method for realizing the organic unity of humankind emerges before the reader if these lines were read together with the preface of the Reconstruction where the same verse of the Holy Quran was quoted without explanation:

 ‘Your creation and resurrection,’ says the Quran, ‘are like the cre­ation and resurrection of a single soul.’ A living experience of the kind of biological unity, embodied in this verse, requires today a method physiologically less violent and psychologically more suitable to a concrete type of mind. Why cannot you who, as a people, can well claim to be the first practical exponent of this superb conception of humanity, live and move and have your being as a single individual?


  • So the new method suitable to the present age is to “live and move and have your being as a single individual?”
  • Is the existence of Pakistan such a method and is the method available to everyone else in the present age as well?
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