Rasa – Dr. Muhammad Legenhausen appreciated the support of Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi and ‎said, “Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi has supported me from before I came to Iran until now and ‎no one has supported me as much ‎as he has‎.”‎

RNA – Dr. Muhammad Legenhausen spoke at a special ceremony dedicated his academic ‎endeavours at the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute in Qom. ‎

In a speech accepting the award, Dr. Legenhausen offered his congratulations on the ‎occasion of the holy month of Sha’ban and said, “Thanks to all the organizers of this ‎ceremony and I know I’m not worthy of this honour.”‎

The faculty member at the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute said, “I’ve ‎always tried to keep away from lust, wealth and reputation so I don’t participate in such ‎meetings.”‎
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He added, “When I came to Iran, the students and professors treated me with kindness and ‎I thank everyone, especially Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi‎, who, from before I came to Iran until ‎now, has supported me and no one has supported me as much as he has.”‎
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Referring to the relationship between religion and philosophy, Dr. Legenhausen said, “The ‎principle of pilgrimage is performing it with the heart and the servants of the shrine sweep ‎the shrine for pilgrimage and the philosophy of sweeping is the soul.”‎
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He continued, “Philosophy sweeps away dirty thoughts so that one can perform the ‎pilgrimage in a sincere manner.”‎

Dr. Gary (Muhammad) Legenhausen is an American philosopher who teaches at the Imam ‎Khomeini Education and Research Institute, which is directed by Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi ‎Mesbah-Yazdi. He converted to Islam in 1983. ‎

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