Tag: a minuscule tribute to my favorite thinker, writer, and philosopher Ayatullah Murtuza Mutahiri with respect to the date of his martyrdom (4 Jamadi us Sani, Islamic Hijri Calender)
Bismillah ir rahman ir rahim.
“God is invisible due to abundance of visibility” Murtaza Mutahiri says in a speech quoting experts of ‘ilm e irfan’. He then says, “We can see something when it is confined to a specific place at a specific time, be it a shape of an object or the nature of a sound. If a specific sound is continuous for eternity, we won’t be able to process it. Mutahiri says that according to Ghazali, “ if light is continuous and forever luminous with constant brightness without shadows and darkness then we wouldn’t be aware of it” and then he quotes Mahmood Shabstri’s persian poem which basically means, “If sun stayed still with a continuous luminescence then nobody would have been able to deduce that a thing called ‘sunlight ’ exists. Kernel and shell would have been indistinguishable. Now consider the entire universe illuminated by God’s luminescence because God is hidden in it via visibility. Because His luminescence neither transfers nor can can it get weaker or deteriorate or alter”.
Mutahiri then says that the phrase “things are identified through their opposites ” is only valid for objects perceived through the senses. He goes on to tell a fictional story through a poem from the Persian literature:
A fish, that had lead a comfortable life, says to itself, “fish and birds say it is absolutely necessary for life, this thing called water, How come I have never seen it? Dear God, If this all-important water is a part of this world, show it to me.”
A wave throws the fish onto the sand and it’s whole body starts to burn as it realizes what water is….
In the translated transcript of the same speech he makes several such points and referrers to Avecena(Ibn Sina), Einstein, Umar Khayam, Immanuel Kant, Aristotle, Alexis Carl, Jacques Hadamard, Will Durant, Bertrand Russel and Rumi.
Mutahiri was assassinated in late 70s, that puts him before the digital access that we take for granted today. The least we can do is listen to what Mutahiri says, to read Mutahiri.
His short story collection called True Stories(sachi kahaniyaan) is a masterpiece by a top-tier philosopher simple enough for the common public to devour and improve themselves in the process.
Wasi A. Rizvi
25 Mar 17
..and some of his material translated into English.