From the seventh century to the thirteenth century, the Muslim civilizations dominated world culture, accepting, adopting, using and preserving all preceding study of mathematics, philosophy, medicine and astronomy, among other areas of learning. The Islamic field of thought and knowledge included and added to much of the information on which all civilisations are founded. And yet this fact is seldom acknowledged today, be it in the West or in the Muslim world, and this amnesia has left a six hundred year gap in the history of human thought.
Men are like trees; though the water with which they are watered is the same yet the fruits are not alike.
One questioned about a matter of which he knows not, should not blush to say: 'I do not know.'
Centuries of poverty and despair, human conflict and division appear to be fading into the past, as new light and hope are projected onto a future which people can believe it. Yes, words do fail......"
So the generosity is not to be seen against an expansionist economic time of wealth and prosperity. It is to be seen against the time of concern, instability and worry.
Our cultural absence in the general knowledge of the Western world, partially explains why your media sees Islamic world and its thought as an ideological or political determinant in predominantly Muslim cultures
Men are asleep: they will awake when they die.
The most detestable man is he who returns evil for good, and the most praiseworthy, he whose answer to villainy is a generous deed.
That knowledge is very superficial which remains only on your tongue; the intrinsic merit and value of knowledge is that you act upto it.
Asia is, generally, a continent of hope. Country after country has been creating an enabling environment, to release the creativity and energies of its peoples.
The university can be a distinctly powerful institution. By its very design, it brings together the most advanced knowledge and adds to that knowledge. It trains the next generation of leaders of a society.
Educated men and women, from around the world, can achieve, in as little as twenty years, to begin reversing the hundreds of years of decay which have eroded our cultural identity.
The worst man is the one who sees himself as the best.
Virtue is the key to success.
The best teaching is that which corrects you.
Development is ultimately about people about enabling them to participate fully in the process and to make informed choices and decisions on their futures.
An institution dedicated to proceeding beyond known limits must be committed to independent thinking. In a university scholars engage both orthodox and unorthodox ideas, seeking truth and understanding wherever they may be found.
The wicked man thinks no good of any one; for how should he imagine that others have what he lacks himself?
A man is a believer as long as he is virtuous.
A wise man needs each day an hour set apart in which to examine his conscience, and measure what he has gained or lost.