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Countless men from East to West acquired fame due to Ibn Sina: Sadia Rashid
Ibn Sina studied, researched and wrote about almost everything from physiology to psychology, physics to philosophy and mathematics to music, Chancellor of Hamdard University Karachi says
Sunday October 26, 2014 10:51 AM, Staffe Writer

Describing Ibn Sina as 'Doctor of doctors' and stating that he studied, researched and wrote about almost everything from physiology to psychology, physics to philosophy and mathematics to music, Sadia Rashid, Chancellor Hamdard University Karachi, Pakistan Saturday said that countless men in all these disciplines and more, from East to West, reached the heights of fame in their fields standing on his shoulders.

Ibn Sina seminar AMU

"There is no dearth of details into which I can go about this doctor of doctors, the giant figure in the world of knowledge", Sadia Rashid, also the President of International Association for Unani Medicine, said while inaugurating a three-day International Seminar on "Life and Contribution of Ibn Sina" at the Kennedy Auditorium, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

The seminar was organised by the Ibn Sina Academy of Aligarh to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the compilation of Ibn Sina's "Kitab Al-Qanun".

Mrs. Rashid pointed out that in this age of specialization, "We can only gaze in admiration at the mere idea of the learned men of old age, who knew no such boundaries to their curiosity or learning".

She expressed her deep sense of gratitude to the Ibn Sina Academy of Medieval Medicine and Sciences and the Aligarh Muslim University.

She further said that AMU's place in education, not only in the subcontinent but also among the whole Ummah, is 'second to none'.

Dr Ahmad Mahmoud Al Hussein, who came to attend the seminar from Jordan, said it was shocking that people in Middle East countries have forgotten the contributions of the Father of the Medicine, Ibn Sina.

"However, universities and governments in the Indian sub-continent have kept alive the Unani Medicine system. When I return home, I will share the experience of this seminar with scholars in my country", he added expressing hope that the governments in Arab countries will realize the healing power of the Unani Medicine.

Justice Salahuddin Siddiqui, Chief Justice of Nepal, said it was unfortunate that people in Nepal were ignorant about the works of Ibn Sina.

"I have a very little knowledge about him. However it is surprising that Ibn Sina laid emphasis on the importance of physical exercises for healing several hundred years ago", he said.

He said that he was highly impressed by the contributions of Ibn Sina and decided to publish a book in Nepali language on "healing process" to promote Yoga in Nepal, for which he would need support from the Aligarh Muslim University.

Professor Shakir Jamil, Director General, CCRUM, New Delhi said that a lot of work had been done in Preventive Cardiology in Unani Medicine. He urged the World Health Organization, which has already spent a large fund on Preventive Cardiology, to consider Unani medicine for this purpose as well.

In his presidential remarks, the Aligarh Muslim University, Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd) said he had maintained it was the Unani Medicine Faculty and its high quality researches that had potential to elevate AMU to the number one position amongst Indian universities.

He said that AMU aimed at raising many Ibn Sinas. The Vice Chancellor hoped that the development of Unani Medicine in AMU will provide better and affordable health facilities to people of nearby areas.

Gen. Shah said that the Aligarh Muslim University is joining the membership of Federation of the Universities of Islamic World.

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