WNC: Khatami Lecture (full text)
In the Name of God
Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests,
“As-Salam-u-‘Alaikum” — Peace be upon you.
Knowledge of the human soul has been one of the most significant debates in philosophical discourse throughout history. A part of this tale was written in the Orient and another part in the Occident. It is important to realize that each of these narrations reflect one aspect of the reality of human existence. In other words, the part written in the Orient reflects the eastern part of the human essence and existence; while the part composed in the Occident demonstrates its western portion. Thus, the human being is the point where the soul, the Orient, and the intellect, the Occident, meet. To deny any of these two aspects of human existence is to deprive ourselves of understanding the human state in a perfect manner.
The most important claim of great religions has been guiding the human being and acknowledging his or her place in the infinite realm of existence. In discussing the question of the creation of man, the Noble Qur’an describes God with His attribute of Generosity (Karim), whereas when discussing the knowledge that He gave man, God is addressed as the Most Generous (Akram). Only on one occasion, that is, when God completed the creation of man and gave him knowledge, He praises Himself: “Praise the Lord who is the Best of Creators.”
Divine revelation that was descended upon the heart of the prophets was sent down for the sake of man, and as is often repeated in all Sacred Scriptures, God always addressed man as insan, that is; he who seeks intimacy.
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