Secretary General of World Assembly of Islamic Awakening on Scientific progress

SHAFAQNA - Secretary General of World Assembly of Islamic Awakening Ali Akbar Velayati has praised the role Muslim scientists have played in the development of science, and rapped the West over attempts to downplay Muslims’ contributions to science. Velayati made the remark addressing Muslim Doctors Conference inaugurated on Thursday in northeastern Iranian holy city of Mashhad, with over 400 Muslim physicians and academics from all around the world in attendance, according to Tasnim news agency.

He said Westerners have always spread negative propaganda about Muslims’ role, claiming that different sciences have originated in Europe and the West. They claim that Muslims have just translated the materials developed by the Western civilizations of Greece and ancient Rome, which runs counter to historical facts, he added.

“Muslims’ role in the development and advancement of sciences, medicine in particular, is definitely outstanding,” the senior aide to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution emphasized, adding that Muslim scientists are making huge contributions to modern science even today. 

Iranian Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi who was speaking on the second day of the same conference also said that Iran has gained the world’s 17th rank in science productions despite sanctions imposed on the country for more than 30 years, IRNA reported. 

The promotion has been achieved despite the fact that many journals were prohibited to publish Iranians’ scientific achievements and articles, he added. 

“Health has turned into a priority for the government and we can proudly say today that all Iranians have medical insurance coverage which is free of charge for majority of them,” the health minister said. 

Sponsored by the Institute for Compilation and Publication of Supreme Leader’s works, World Assembly of Islamic Awakening, and the Ahl ul-Bayt World Assembly, the Muslim Doctors Conference is held in three cities of Mashhad, Tehran, and Shiraz mainly in cooperation with the cities’ universities of medical sciences.

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