A message to the men of science in Europe and America
This breakthrough ought to exist-this has been God's wish. But it should be admitted that great damages also have arisen from those sciences, which have been the cause of the present sufferings in the world and hereunder I speak to you regarding some of those damages:
This disagreement between religions and sciences resulted in religions' loss. Priests, Rabbis and Mullahs everywhere tried to blockade sciences but they did not succeed with the result that, wherever sciences found their way, religion ceased to be effective, and lots of people turned against religion. Whereas religion was a great factor in living and it had given very useful instructions to the people to create a sympathetic and assisting relation between them. Therefore these too disappeared and every individual of the people looked for his own pleasure and tried for his own interest.
It is you Europeans who say that, since these sciences and implements were popularized and thus have made a change in life, the trouble of life has become manifold; and we too in Asia experienced that, since we followed your way of living, our difficulties became more and we achieved lesser share of comfort and well-being. This matter has been so much noticeable that many persons whether in Asia or in Europe earn enmity against civilization, and they so desire that man goes back to the ancient simple way of living, so that they may be relieved of the present difficulties and troubles; but we will say that we consider this but a mistake. The world must always go forward not backward.
Yet you cannot say the world is better than three hundred years ago, you cannot say the people have achieved superiority. With so many changes in life, the world today is not better than before. In spite of so many institutes, colleges, books, professors and learned men, the people have not attained superiority. It is here where the pains taken by the learned men turned out useless. It is here where every learned man should not refrain from sorrow.
Fire exists in nature. However, it was not within the reach of the humans for a long time, nor did they know how to make fire until they learned, and this brought a great change in their life, because with the help of fire they lighted their huts at nights, and in winter they benefitted by its warmth, and cooked their food on it. It seems that it was just after the discovery of fire that they could make vessels and tools out of clay which they baked on fire and thus ceramic tools and utensils came into existence.
That is the point which we say was forgotten and that should be added to what you have said. Beside other reasons which we have, we understand this point from the word 'civilization' (meaning: of, pertaining to city). Anyhow, I am sure that you will accept this fact. It is quite clear that the gist of civilization, in fact, its very soul, has been living by cooperation and obeying the state otherwise there could be no use in tools, utensils, knowledge and science, and the humans would not gain from comfort and well-being.
That was yesterday's situation when the unemployed and the hungry were counted by millions in every country, and the miserable demonstrated in arrays carrying flags in the great towns, crying and asking for bread for themselves and their families; and this too is today's situation when slaughter-houses have been set up at several points and men are boldly and unsparingly shedding each other's blood by means of the most effective tools, making heaps of the slaughtered people.
As an example: what labor and occupation are for? Nowadays, whether in the east or in the west labor and occupation are known as the means for earning money, living happily and/or for becoming millionaire, and everybody is trying towards this aim; but this is a mistake, this is being unaware of the meaning of life. Jobs and occupations are for the purpose of keeping life going forward.
We say that the materialist philosophers are in error. The world does not consist of this material system alone, and life is not a battle either. We say that, nobody in this world is at liberty to do injustice and bad deeds. We say: life is for human being to give hand to each other to develop the world and to enjoy the pleasures of life, and to fight against its badness. We say that the powerful should help the feeble and conduct them. We say the hands of the cruel should be tied and the way for the wicked closed. We say that war should be waged against bad deeds along with injustice. Combat must be done against misdirection and un-wisdom. We say that everybody should accept to do and be good as his duty and always intend to do as much good as he can. These are the things which we call religion; it is for these things that we cite the name of God.
This one wrong idea brought about by philosophers has cost the world very much, neglecting its other harms. These annihilating wars existing today between big governments, which have set up spacious slaughtering-houses for destruction of the youth, more than anything else, are consequences of that wrong idea. If we ask those who today are the directors of the war, "what these battles and bloodshed are for?" they will reply: "Life is a battle, every race and every mass should be strong to dominate others, and if we do not do so, others will do and overcome us". That is the reply we will hear from them. These people have learned the foul teachings given to them by philosophers throughout so many years, and have thus taken as instructions for their acts. Still better I would say they have mixed their own whims with that foul teaching to have started this war and bloodshed.
It was due to this disorder that ten years ago we heard that the unemployed were counted by millions in every country in Europe and America. We heard that, in some of the countries the people committed crime so as to go to prison to be able to partake of the bread and soup there. We heard that in the European and American countries, on the one side the people were dying of hunger, or in fear of such a death, committed suicide, and on the other side, wheat, sugar, coffee and meat were thrown into the sea or burnt owing to lack of buyers. We used to hear that, occasionally unrest ended in fighting and bloodshed between workers and factory owners. These troubles have ceased today thanks to war and conscription, but the same trouble will arise if the war ends.
3. We will prohibit land-lease, which is the means for sponging on others, or causes a person to sit idly in city and enjoy from labor of farmers and villagers. Land is for sowing wheat, barley, melons, watermelons and other needed foodstuff, that is why we say that "land belongs to the one who sows", a person who does not sow it, can not be its landlord. The lands should be distributed among farmers and to the indigent of them should also be given the necessary tools too.
Well, it is harmless that every race or mass may live separately in their own country. But they must bind themselves to the truths of life and do away with superstitions and misdirection and follow "wise regulations", try to develop their homeland, to make benefit out of land, mines and other natural resources. For the other part of it, there should be a regulation ruling between them and the others, and they should behave in a manner so as to assist each other, avoid grudge and hostility that has no ground, and if there arises any dispute in between, it should be settled by judgment.
We expect the westerners to present us of their valuable sciences rather than publishing and distributing among the people, the entirely harmful book "Tazkerat-ul-Owliya", rather than exaggerated applauses of "Khayyam" whose verses are entirely foul teaching, rather than producing philosophies for entirely harmful and damaging conflict between Shiites and Sunnis, to increase people's misdirection in this way.
A good thought or a straight way by itself is the guarantee to its progress too. We must try to broadcast these facts throughout the east and the west, and, to extend them to all. This by itself will open the way for progress. The "truth loving" is a powerful attribute of man. A man or a woman not being ill-minded whose wisdom has not become idle under the pressure of baseless ideas, as soon as he or she hears and learns a fact, just like a thirsty who reaches water, accepts it and expends efforts for its promotion, and spares no sacrifice and courage in this way.