Text Of Ahmadinejad's Remarks
At Columbia University
By Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
27 September, 2007
Fars News Agency
Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad addressed students and professors at the US Columbia University
during his short sojourn in New York before his address at the 62nd
meeting of the UN General Assembly.
His remarks at Columbia
University were almost entirely boycotted by western and specially US
media; while he spoke of such crucial issues as Iran's nuclear program
and the Holocaust which have always been at the center of western media's
attention, almost the only point the US press mentioned about Ahmadinejad's
address at Columbia university pertained to a few seconds of his answer
to a question about the rights of homosexuals in Iran.
The following is the
full text of President Ahmadinejad's speech at Columbia University.
In the Name of God,
the Compassionate, the Merciful
"Oh God, hasten the
arrival of Imam Al-Mahdi and grant him good health and victory and make
us his followers and those who attest to his right fullness"
Dear Professors and Students,
At the beginning I would
like to extend my greetings to you. I thank the Almighty for providing
me with the opportunity to be among you the distinguished researchers
who are seeking realities for the promotion of science and wisdom.
Professors and Ulamas are
shinning torch who shed light in the dark in order to remove darkness
and ambiguities guiding the humanity out of ignorance and confusion.
The keys for understanding
realities of the world are in the hands of researchers and those who
are after knowledge and wisdom. Undiscovered areas and undisclosed and
hided world and science are not limited and the windows of realties
may be opened only through efforts of scholars and learned people.
By every effort one window is opened and one reality is discovered.
Whenever the high status
of science and wisdom is maintained and protected and dignity of scholars
and researchers are respected, the humanity has been able to take long
strides towards his spiritual and physical promotion and evolution.
And vice-versa every time the scientific progress and scholars and researchers
have been suppressed and neglected, the human being have become stranded
in the darkness of ignorance and negligence.
If it was not for the sake
of the human nature which tends towards continuous discovery of realties
and wisdom, the human being have always been remained stranded in ignorance
and no way was discovered and opened for the well being of human beings.
Nature of the human being is in fact the present granted by the Almighty
to all human beings. The Almighty led the human beings to the world
and granted them with wisdom and knowledge as His prime gift in order
for them to know Him as best as possible.
In the story of Adam a discussion
was made between the Almighty and His Angels. The Angles called the
human being as an ambitious and merciless creature and protested against
his creation. But the Almighty responded: "I know what you are
ignorant of." Then the Almighty taught the human being the realities
of the world and at the order of the Almighty he revealed them to the
The Angels could not understand
the realities revealed by the human being. The Almighty said" Did
not I say I am aware of the hidden". In this way the Angles bent
down before the Human being.
In the mission of all divine
prophets firstly the signs of the realities have been revealed and the
divine book and wisdom have been represented to all with piety and faithfulness:
"And he was taught wisdom,
the divine book, the Old Testament and the New Testament. He is the
prophet appointed for the sake of the Children of Israel. And I rightfully
brought a sign from the Almighty".
'Holy Quran, Ale Omran Surah'
The first words which were
revealed to the Holy Prophet of Islam were calling the prophet for reading:
"Read in the name of
your God who supersedes every thing"
"The Almighty who taught
the human being with pencil"
"The Almighty taught
human beings what they were ignorant of"
You see in the first verses
revealed to the Holy Prophet of Islam, words of reading, teaching and
pencil are mentioned. These verses in fact introduce the Almighty as
the Teacher of human beings. The Teacher who taught human beings what
they were ignorant of.
In another part of Quran,
on the mission of the Holy Prophet of Islam it is mentioned that the
Almighty appointed some one from ordinary people as their prophet in
"Read for them the divine
"And purify them from ideological, and ethical contaminations
"And teach them the divine book and wisdom.
All the words of the divine
prophets and their efforts were aimed to assist human beings to pass
over ignorance, negligence, superstitions, unethical behavior and corrupted
ways of thinking towards knowledge, light and rightful ethics.
The word of "Science"
has been defined as" "the light". In fact the "Science"
means lightness and the real science is the science which saves the
human being from ignorance to his own benefit. In one of the widely
accepted definitions of the word of "Science" it has been
mentioned that "Science" is the light which is shed to hearts
of those who have been selected by the Almighty. Therefore according
to this definition the "Science" is a divine gift and the
heart is its location.
If we accept that the science
"means the light" then its scope supersedes the experimental
sciences. And it includes every hidden disclosed reality.
One of the main oppressions exercised against the science is to limit
it to experimental and physical sciences.
This occurs while it extends
far beyond this scope. Realities of the world are not limited to physical
realities and material is just a shadow of supreme realities and physical
creation is just one of the stories of the creation of the world.
The Human being is an example
of the creation who is a combination of material and spirit. And spirit
and nature of the human being supersedes his physical and materialistic
aspect. Another important point is the relationship of the science with
purity of spirit, life, behavior and ethics of the human being. In the
teachings of the divine prophets one reality shall always be attached
to the science. The reality of purity of spirit and good behavior.
Knowledge or wisdom based
on the extensive meaning I have already mentioned, is a pure and clear
reality. Science is light. It is discovery of reality. And only a pure
scholar and researcher, free from wrong ideologies, superstitions, selfishness
and material trappings can reach the reality.
Beloved Friends and Scholars,
Of course science and wisdom
may be misused. The misuse caused by selfishness, corruption, carnal
desires and material interests.
Carnal desires of the human
being place him contrary to the realities of the world. Corrupted and
dependent human being resists against acceptance of realities of the
world. And even if he accepts, he does not obey them. There are lots
of scholars who know the realities but do not accept them. Their selfishness
does not allow them to accept the realities.
Whether those who, in the
course of human history, imposed wars have not been able to understand
the reality that lives, properties, households, territories and rights
of all human being shall be respected?
Or they understood but not accepted it.
As long as the human heart
is not free from, hatred, envy and selfishness he does not obey and
comply the reality, lightness and science. Science is the light which
shall be shed by a pure subject.
If the humanity could achieve
highest level of physical and spiritual knowledge but its scholars and
scientists are not pure then this knowledge can not be served in the
interest of the humanity and therefore some unpleasant incidents make
1- The wrong doers reveal
only a part of the realities which are to their own benefit and hide
another part. As we have witnessed with respect to even and number of
Ulamas of divine religions in the past. Unfortunately today we see that
certain researchers and scientist are doing the same.
2- Science, scientists and
scholars are misused for the sake of interests of some people, parties
As we can see today bullying powers are misusing many scholars and scientists
of different scientific fields with the purpose to strip nations off
their wealth and use all opportunities only for their own sake. Please
pay attention to the following:
- They deceit people by use
of scientific methods and tools. They in fact wish to justify their
own wrongdoings. By creating unreal enemies and insecure atmosphere,
they try to control every thing in the name of combating insecurity
and terrorism. They even violate individual and social freedoms of their
own nations. They do not respect privacy of their own people. They wire
tapping telephone calls and control people. They create insecure physiological
atmosphere in order to justify their war mongering acts in different
parts of the world.
- Using precise scientific
methods and planning they onslaught domestic cultures of nations which
are result of the thousands of years of interaction, creativity and
artistic activities. They try to eliminate these cultures in order to
strip the people off their identity and cut their bonds with their own
history and values. They prepare the ground for looting people form
their spiritual and material wealth by instilling feelings of intimidation,
imitation and mere consumption, submission to oppressive powers, and
disability into them.
- Making nuclear, chemical
and biological bombs and weapons of mass destruction is another result
of misuse of science and research by great powers.
With out cooperation of certain scientists and scholars we would not
have witnessed production of different nuclear, chemical, biological
Whether these weapons can
be used to protect the global security? What Nuclear Umbrella can achieve
for the sake of the humanity.
If nuclear war wages between
nuclear powers what human catastrophe will take place?
Today we can see nuclear
effects in even new generations of Nagasaki and Hiroshima residents
which may be witnessed in the next generations as well. Presently effects
of the weakened uranium used in weapons since the beginning of war inside
Iraq can be examined and investigated accordingly.
These catastrophes take place only when scientists and scholars are
misused by the oppressors.
The Almighty appointed the
pure people and prophets as those who deserve to be revealed with divine
knowledge and wisdom only because He knew that science and knowledge
can be served for the good of he humanity and also be used as weapon
against the people of the world. Therefore the Almighty recommended
that learning shall be combined with purity and sincerity. And with
respect to the mission of the divine prophets He stressed purity and
faithfulness as well as removal of selfishness and material seeking
behavior and propagation of divine books and knowledge.
If science comes with purity,
the scholars can better understand the science and knowledge and the
people can use their knowledge as best as possible.
If you go through the history you can see that all the goods revealed
to the humanity have come form pious and pure scholars. These scholars
are considered as those who use their knowledge and wisdom for the sake
of the humanity and those whose prime target is to discover realities
in favor of the well being of human beings. The more knowledge these
scholars get the more humble they become vis-à-vis the people.
Usually, all pure and pious
scholars have turned into saviors of human beings. They turned into
symbol of good morality for their own people, and all saviors of the
human beings firstly have been good scholars and teachers for the people.
In a quotation from one of the great religious figures we read: "whenever
scholars and learned people become corrupted, corruption will be extended
to whole world. But pure and pious scholars can bring pious and pure
world. Science is a window towards the Almighty. Crop of the science
is action. All scholars and scientists shall consider themselves responsible
vis-à-vis their knowledge.
Scholars and learned people
without action are tantamount to plants without crop. Real scholars
and scientists do not remain silent vis-à-vis injustice, sufferings
and social problems and they use their knowledge for the people and
inform them on various issues accordingly, They stand against oppressors
and bullying powers and do not allow the ignorant to tell lies to people
and deceit them and disregard their rights.
Status of science and knowledge
is sacred and divine science is the gift of the Almighty to the world.
Therefore misuse of science by wrongdoers is considered as oppression
against the humanity.
Bullying powers of the world
confiscate science in their interests and with bullying attitude and
do not allow scholars and scientists enter areas in which disclosures
of realities will reveal their real ill intentions. This is so shameful
that we are witnessing adoption of those rules and regulations according
to which making any study or investigation on historical events become
prohibited and the researchers who try to enter such activities are
charged, put in jail or financially punished.
The greatest and the clearest
reality of the world is the Almighty. All beings in the universe are
signs of His existence. But it is interesting that all people are permitted
to discuss and study His existence and then become His worshippers.
In the Islamic school of thought it has been mentioned that suspicion
(Shak) is the preamble of faithfulness if the human being does not stop
in his drive for further understanding.
Questioning is something
which is inherent to human being for good. Other wise we could not image
any progress and advancement in his life.
Another unfortunate incident
is the monopoly of science by certain big powers and their opposition
to the scientific progress of others.
This is so strange that today
certain big powers do not wish to witness advancement of other nations.
Under false pretexts and charges and with political and economic pressures
they wish to prevent scientific advancement of other people. All these
happen because of their distance from human and ethical values as well
as divine schools of thought. They are not educated to serve the humanity.
Distinguished Ulamas and
In short we shall say that knowledge or wisdom is the most precious
gift of the Almighty given to the human being and justice-seeking nature
of the human being has always made him to be after further knowledge
and discovery of the hidden.
Science and knowledge shall
be accompanied by morality and piety. In this way the scholar and scientist
will understand the knowledge better and the humanity can use the resulted
achievements as best as possible. Pure and pious scholar and scientist
not only sheds light to the way of well being of the humanity but will
play role of savior of the human beings as well.
Therefore we shall not allow
bullying powers to mishandle the science and knowledge. We shall not
allow them to confiscate the science in their own illegitimate interests
and use it against humanity or restrict research activities and create
a monopoly in their own favor in this respect.
Scope of science is sacred
which shall remain clean and pure.
The Almighty knows every thing and He loves scholars, researchers and
We wish for the day when
pious and pure scholars and scientists run the world and the pious ruler
who shall be divine one rules over the world.
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