RNA – Speaking at the Women’s Book Conference held at the Islamic Awakening Hall at Qom’s al-Zahra University, Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi congratulated the attendees on the birth anniversary of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra and considered the era of human civilization as the beginning of writing.
The revered source of emulation said that the issue of the pen and writing is the creation of human history and said, “In the Holy Quran, great importance has been given to the pen. During the Era of Ignorance, in all of Makkah, the number of those who read and write was not more than seventeen.”
Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi added that an uneducated prophet rose up in such an environment and the first verses that were revealed to him were about the pen and stressed, “Some miracles of the Prophet of Islam aren’t well-known, including the scientific miracle which occurred in such an environment which was distant from literacy and knowledge. This isn’t natural.”
Referring to the Prophet Muhammad’s habitual recommendation to his companions about the need to record his sayings, His Eminence stated, “The Prophet predicted the events of the current era wherein there is no access to a prophet and an infallible imam and the people must refer to these narrations.”
He said that Islam gives great importance the pen and explanation and said, “We use two methods – the pen and explanation – to convey our knowledge and teachings and in this case, the endurance of the pen is greater and the explanation is also enduring through the pen.”
Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi congratulated the holding of the first Women’s Book Conference and called it a “blessed action” but a “delayed action” and added, “We must appreciate this and continue this path, the sending of six hundred works by women researchers and writers to the secretariat of the conference is an importance issue.”
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