Week 22 – Question of the Week

In today’s world, life without connections with others is not possible, so how can we say “Nor West, Nor East?”

The intention of the slogan Nor West Nor East is that we have chosen a path and method of governance which has no link to either the East or the West nor would we be overwhelmed by any of the so called superpowers. Being affected by the East or the West are two diseases that will need to be eradicated and is a sign of weakness.

However, in seeking knowledge, experience and skills, we must be both Eastern and Western. In the Hadeeth, we read that the Prophet SAWA stated “اطلبو العلم و لو بالصين ” – Seek knowledge even if it is from China, or in other words, even if it’s from the furthest corners of the world. Similarly, the effects of heat and ice can be cause of illnesses but their proper use in different situations, such as in cooking and storage of food respectively, renders them very useful.

Yes, we should be benefiting from ice, but we should not allow ourselves to be affected by it. We should be benefiting from heat, but we should not allow ourselves to be affected by it. We should be benefiting from the East and the West, however we should not allow ourselves to be affected by them.

Nor West, Nor East was a slogan used during, and throughout, the ongoing Islamic Revolution in Iran since 1979.

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A translation of the work by Hujjat Al Islam Mohsen Gharaati

Translated by S.L. AL-Hakim