Editorial of Issue 91 of Kheradname-ye Sadra

by Ayatullah Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei

on the Occasion of Ibn Sina Day


On the occasion of 23rd August, which is called Ibn Sina Day after this prominent Iranian scientist and philosopher, Ayatullah Seyyed Mohammed Khamenei, President of the Sadra Islamic Philosophy Research Institute, wrote in the Editorial of Issue 91 of Kheradname-ye Sadra Quarterly as follows:

Some time ago, Ankara University School of Medicine in Turkey, due to their government’s wrong policies and cultural poverty, which is rooted in their country’s separation from the body of Islamic culture, introduced Ibn Sina as a “Turkish” philosopher and as belonging to Turkey in the course of a series of propaganda activities. They also erected his statue at the center of this University and presented him as a Turkish philosopher to their own nation and to the other nations of the world. According to one of the news agencies of Turkey, there is going to be a commemoration ceremony for Ibn Sina in 200 countries all over the world in July 2018 with the cooperation of a number of embassies and international organizations.

Unfortunately, and surprisingly enough, the Turkish government has done this to a figure who was originally an Iranian philosopher. In fact, Ibn Sina was born in Greater Khorasan in Bukhara, which was a city under the sovereignty of the official government of Iran. He spent all his life in Iran in Ray, Hamadān, and some other cities. While teaching and spreading knowledge (in the fields of philosophy, gnosis, logic, mathematics, medicine, astronomy, and many other sciences of that time), Ibn Sina was appointed as Grand Viser (Prime Minister) to Prince Emir Shams al-Dawlah of the Buyid dynasty. He also attended the courts of some other Iranian Shi’ah governments and guided them to employ practical wisdom and ethics in their rule over the country. The Turkish government has done the same about Jalal al-Din Mawlānā Khorasani (Rumi). Fate has placed his grave in a land which was once a part of Iran, and where people spoke Persian. That is why they introduce him as a Turkish poet and as a member of Turkish nation. They also try to introduce the Sama ceremony of Iranian Sufis as a part of native Turkish culture so that, in this way, they could disguise their historical cultural poverty and keep their heads up through stealing the historical heritage of other nations! The Sadra Islamic Philosophy Research Institute and all the academic centers that are concerned about Iran and Iranology condemn this recent charade of the Turkish government the same as their previous masquerade and expect the authorities of this country to take the proper and effective action in this regard. However, the factors underlying the repetition of such misconduct need to be analyzed and investigated.

One of the reasons behind such ominous events is the weak insight and management of the governments before and after the Islamic Revolution in our country. This has dared the neighboring countries to rob us of our historical legacies. Ibn Sina was a unique sage and philosopher in the history of the world and was a master of all the sciences of his time, including mathematics, astronomy, physics, and medicine. Nevertheless, the authorities in our country merely praise him for medical knowledge and simply introduce him to Iranians and other nations of the world as a urinal carrying physician. It has even been reported that his image has been removed from the cover of health insurance cards. Therefore, it is not strange that some people consider him to be Turkish and perhaps even a Gurid or Mongol in future! It is also possible that, in the same way that some Arabs consider Khayyam to be an Arab poet and scholar, some introduce Ibn Sina as an Arab for a number of ridiculous reasons.

Cultural legacies, a brilliant history, a long-standing civilization, and exporting it to the world are the origins of the glory of nations. Such treasures must be studied and safeguarded, and the Iranian nation, as testified by history, enjoys grand national glory and magnificence. Therefore, the authorities in the country must greatly appreciate this station and pay it the kind of attention and respect that it truly deserves. Moreover, those who loot the cultural heritage and historical honors and achievements of other nations are warned that no nation can ever attain national glory and a brilliant history through robbing the Iranian nation from its cultural and historical heritage and committing prohibited acts. Such a misconduct, conversely, demonstrates the historical weakness, poverty, and inferiority of that nation and is a mark of their dishonor.


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