Thursday, January 6, 2011

Pour Azghandi tentang Motahhari-Shariati

TEHRAN, (SCIB): “When Shahid Motahari came to know Dr. Shariati in a trip to Mashad, he immediately realized that the youth need his ideas” Dr. Rahim Pour Azghadi told Shahed in an exclusive interview."

"Shahid Motahari was in the heart of disputes over religious intellectualism. He practiced religious intellectualism; however, he never overlooked a pathology of this kind of approach. In fact, he would never totally accept of refute religious intellectualism; but he would examine arguments for and against this approach and was not fearful of speaking out his mind.”

Dr. Pour Azghandi said. “ Master Motahhari would study the benefits of approaching Islam from a religious intellectualist point of view; at the same time he conducted a thorough pathological study of this approach.”

Pour Azghadi was then asked to comment on the relation between Martyr Motahhari and Dr. Shariati.

“The two characters had never had a discussion before Dr. Shariati came to Tehran on an invitation from Master Motahhari.” “ Motahari, however, had been introduced to the thoughts of Shariati during a visit to Mashad. He then invited the Ferdowsi university professor to deliver a lecture in Tehran’s Hosseinieh Ershad. This was when many young Iranians got familiarized with Shariati’s ideas and started reading his books.”

“There were many at that time, who weren’t happy with the way Shariati would dress and appear in public. He would wear a tie and constantly keep his face shaven. There were even attempts a couple of times to stop Shariati from entering the Hosseinieh. But Imam Khumeini knew from Ayyatollah Motahhari that these people’s claims were not true.”

“Hosseinieh Ershad is a historical site for the Islamic revolution. It bears the revolutionary spirit which takes it beyond a simple building,” the university professor commented.

"Martyr Motahhari neither embraced the Islamic clerical school’s extremist point of view concerning Islam, nor did he accept anti-religious intellectual’s approach. What he favored was a moderate point of view. In fact he always called the moderate class, one of the most important social classes. Martyr Motahhari believed in the power of the clergy, Azghandi told Shahed reporter.“

"He was eager to settle the differences people might have had with the clergy. He would always warn clerics against falling into the trap of self-righteousness. He believed the clergy do possess the power to convey an Islamic worldview to people.”

"Motahhari was one to listen to all voices from all groups of people and thinkers and would engage in discussion with all of them, where necessary. He would never suffice to listen to one argument without considering its counter-argument. He was at the same time a religious clergy and a religious intellectual.” Azghandi concluded.

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