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Shah Nazar Seyyed Ali Kianfar, Ph.D., the Editor in Chief of the journal, is

the Co-Director of the International Association of Sufism. He is an acclaimed Sufi Master with students around the world, an international lecturer and the author of numerous books including An Introduction to Religion.


In the Universe, the history of the journey from eternity to eternity, the destiny and the mystery of each being, is wrapped within the being itself. The 20th century scientist, Albert Einstein, said that even the simplest things we observe in nature contain a mystery, and the discovery of this mystery is the goal of science. According to Einstein, the scientific goal of discovering the mystery of a being is in fact the pursuit of the cause of the being’s physical existence. A scientist tries to discover and understand the relationship between the unseen mysterious cause and a visible being. The scientist undertakes his or her research according to the rules of science and should read the appropriate answer within the chart of scientific discovery. In the field of science, discoveries made at any time and in any nation serve as the foundation for future discoveries anywhere in the world. As a result, science has been extremely successful in offering a great service for human life, as well as in expanding the field of human knowledge and understanding. Above all, science’s most important contribution to humanity is through its identification of the great

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potential of the human being within the chart of the Universe as one who can be the observer and witness of the majesty of the Universe. The human being can express acknowledgement and appreciation of this great gift which we have been granted. At the same time we cannot ignore or underestimate the fear and anxiety generated by the dark side of scientific advances in technology, which unfortunately have been used to threaten and harm the existence, security, civilization and dignity of human life. The most technologically advanced countries dedicate vast portions of their wealth to the production of weapons whose sole purpose is political assassination or mass murder. The ability to wage war is a major business, and businessmen – urged on by governments (and vice versa) - can hire science to serve their devilish intentions. Countries without advanced technology cannot remain in peace and contentment by following their traditional ways or hide themselves from the sharp eyes of the dealers of war. No matter how a deer tries to hide in the jungle, a tiger will find its prey.

Sufism: an inquiry - Vol16.2  

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