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Shahnameh, Foundation of Iranian Spirit and Wisdom

Monday, May 26, 2008

A glance at Shahnameh on the occasion of Ferdowsi Day:

Iran is the beating heart of the world. According to Ferdowsi, the world consists of seven lands: China, Turkistan, India, Rome, Arabs and Blacks which surround Iran at the center.

Iran has clear borders

The difference between Ferdowsi’s attitude and those of other poets is in the meaning of Iran. In his viewpoint, Iran is a land with clear geographical boundaries. For other poets, Iran is the land on which their masters rule. Ferdowsi’s Iran cannot be considered separate from people who had lived on this ancient land.

Iran has also enemies that try to overrun it. Iran’s enemies in Shahnameh are unwise, tyrant and unethical. Impoliteness originates from lack of wisdom. The result of their behaviors is creation of dire conditions for Iranians, a good example of which is the rule of Zahhak.

Shahnameh is foundation of the Iranian spirit and wisdom. When Iranians are facing problems or their geographical identity is at risk, they are more willing to read Shahnameh.

Therefore, the Mogul period was the beginning of a movement to write Shahnameh and most copies of Shahnameh belong to that era. On the verge of the establishment of a national government in Iran, the most important copy of Shahnameh is created: Tahmasbi Shahnameh. During that era, Tehran came into being for the first time.

In our time, Shahnameh and interest in it is taken as criterion for assessment of developments in the Iranian spirit, freedom and freedom-seeking which are based on wisdom and justice. Iranians dislike impoliteness, bad temper, unmanly behavior, insult, and humiliation.

The interest of the Iranian people in Shahnameh is a response to neighboring countries which claim ownership of some Iranian islands.

The inclination toward Shahnameh is also an answer to those unwise people who are trying to divide the Iranians and are not afraid of lies and dishonesty.

Growing attention to Shahnameh reflects people’s effort to defend their dignity, zeal, identity and culture and, in short, Iranian spirit and wisdom. Therefore, the more they attack the ancient history and culture of this country, Shahnameh becomes more vigorous and bolsters motivations for resistance among the Iranian nation.

Therefore, more attention was paid to Shahnameh during the current year and this was an answer to people who are not familiar with the potentials and realities of this land, culture and history and are dreaming about encroaching upon its sovereignty.

More attention to Shahnameh is also a reaction to activities of those who are against the idea of Iranian utopia and do not care for ethics and culture, which is evident in frequent statements issued by the so-called Gulf Cooperation Council.

He laughs best who laughs last, at last, good will overcome evil and Shahnameh is the omen of final defeat of enemies of this ancient land.

Shahnameh is the symbol of Iran and Iranians and stands for justice, wisdom, politeness, ethics and heroism. Since all those human values are embodied in Imam Ali (AS), Ferdowsi writes:

I have been born such and will die as such,
You have no doubt that I am servant of Heidar
(a nickname for Imam Ali (AS))

In conclusion, the approach to Shahnameh is a self-motivated, national and popular movement in response to plots hatched by old and new enemies of the Iranian land.

Yes. Ferdowsi Day is the day of Iran.

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