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

Chapter 30

The Quran

By Khurram Ali Shafique

You have come to the end of the second part. At the end of the first part, Iqbal prayed to God. Here he is addressing the Prophet.

Iqbal's address to the Prophet

You gave me this instrument. You see all that is in the hearts. If my words are informed by anything but the Quran and my heart without luster, expose me and guard your people against my mischief. Choke the breath of my life and disgrace me on the Judgment Day by stopping me from kissing your feet. However, if I have threaded the pearls of the Quran’s mysteries on my thread and spoken the truth, pray to God that my love be reconciled with action.

If the Prophet sees “all that is in the hearts” then Iqbal has no need to inform him about anything but this was his best way of informing you that the Garden was based on the Quran. The implication is that just as you are controlling the “inward” and “outward” forces of the Garden, so the Garden is controlling you. These were “secrets of the self” and “mysteries of selflessness” that could not be explained until experienced.


  • Can you find similarities between the Muslim nation and the Garden of Poetry, since they are both based on the Quran?

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