Review on "THE PROPHET"
While reading this novel anybody will tend to think that this novel contains different pieces of advice for us but I think that it is a writer’s critic on many different issues he expertly covered in this novel. Gibran found a new way to criticize the bitter reality without offending the reader’s sentiments because the analogies he is giving is so eluding.
Gibran wants to give his views about different things relate to society and so in this novel, by his character Al Mustafa who is a Prophet, he is expressing his views expertly. He chose a Prophet to do that because it is Prophet’s job to redirect the society on the right path. All religions have come to this world for this only cause but it is some people who befouled a religion for their avaricious cause.
The character’s name is ‘Al Mustafa’ which might be gotten from ‘Muhammad’, the last Prophet of Muslims, and ‘Almitra’ corroborate this source because when Muhammad (PBUH) found out he was the Prophet his wife was the first who believed him and so is the Almitra, the first believing one.
Now I am going to discuss topics on which Gibran gave his views.
First was on Love and according to the writer, love should be embraced. Moreover, he did not conceal that the path of love is not smooth it may be rough and it is not always you are going to be crowned, sometimes people can crucify you. By following the path of the love, in Urdu we say, وحشت , these crazy people will do something strange which is not acceptable to the society and so the society will opt to do something to control its structure. And that something can be against the one who takes the courage to love.
When he was giving his views on marriage. He said that in the bond of marriage partners must have space between them, I think, the reason for his saying this should be that if space vanishes it disappears the curiosity between the two partners of knowing each other. The marriage is a bond, not a handcuff. Any of the partners should not be felt caged. The partners also have their personal life and so have their rights to be alone but above all the partners should trust each other.
When the writer speaks of children the tone of his doing the rest of the thing. He is criticizing the parents who take hold of their children and overpower their dreams with their own dreams. The analogy he used here is exquisite for this purpose. Parents are bows and the children are arrows. The archer who is in control of both of these is God and so He knows where He is pointing the arrow.
When he talks about giving, he clearly states that giving is not giving your possessions rather giving yourself. There we can say, he is criticizing Zakat. Al Mustafa of his was not a Muslim he was someone who got the secret in silence, and that may link him to the Buddhism. So, as Buddhist criticizes all aspects of religions he was also doing the same. Similarly, when someone asks about eating and giving, his answer was also spiritual that one is not killing the thing with the intention of killing rather satiate his hunger and one should be thankful to all those biotic lives because of which he is still alive. The answer he gave on Work was also akin to the Buddhists’ answer that one should work with love. Similarly, when answering about houses, he emphasizes making the house, home, instead of just the wooden or cemented infrastructure.
While talking of Crime and Punishment he criticized Islam when he specifically talked about an unfaithful wife. He has the same idea as of Victor Hugo that it is the surroundings that make someone commit a crime, apart from that the man is still a man and he has good in it and also bad in it.
I want to close this review but in each chapter, the writer has put something on which one can write many books. However, I am going to close the review with my say on ‘Pleasure’ because here he was, sort of, deviating from Buddhism and coming to the philosophy of pleasures. When the need is arising to get pleasure one should satisfy it. If he fails to satisfy his feelings that desire will come out in a perverted form. Here he used philosophical explanation and when he talks on talking he used philosophical explanation too. I am in the same belief that one talks because he has the abundant matter in him. Nonetheless, there are those who talk for getting into the societal group etc, and these folks are changing themselves because of their concept of ‘Ancipatory socialization’. It is a concept because of which people tend to do a particular thing to set in a particular group.
I am closing this review, for sure now, by quoting Markus Zusak, “Every page of every book has a gem in it.” I don’t know about all books but this book’s all pages are full of gems.