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Tuesday, May 14, 2002
Subject: MAN AND UNIVERSE
MAN AND UNIVERSE
Martyr Ayatullah Murtada Mutahhari
Man And Animals
Man himself being a kind of animal, has many things
in common with other animals. At the same time he has
many dissimilarities which distinguish him from other
animals and make him superior to them.
The main and basic features distinguishing man from
other living beings, on which his humanity depends and
which constitute the source of what is known as human
culture, pertain to two spheres: attitudes and
Generally speaking the animals are endowed with a
quality of perceiving and knowing themselves and the
outer world, and in the light of this knowledge they
strive to secure what they want and desire.
Like other animals man also has many wants and desires
and in the light of what he knows and understands, he
makes efforts to secure and realize them. Man differs
from other living beings in that he knows more,
understands better and his wants and desires are of a
This characteristic of man distinguishes him from all
other animals and makes him superior to them.
* Kindness is more important than wisdom and the recognition of this,is the beginning of wisdom *
* --Imam Ali Raza (peace be on him) *
"An hour spent in acquisition of knowledge is better than sixty years
of worship." Holy Prophet (saw)
I am helpful and moreover I am sinful; so help O my master and present
this problem to Allah. Peace be on you, O the Ship to Safety.
(Friday, May 17, 2002)
Nice piece of writing.