Abu Rayhan al-Biruni Quotes

Born January 01, 0973
Died January 01, 1050

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Abu Rayhan al-Biruni was an Iranian scholar and polymath during the Islamic Golden Age.

He has been variously called the "founder of Indology", "Father of Comparative Religion", "Father of modern geodesy", and the first anthropologist.

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Best Quotes by Abu Rayhan al-Biruni

“For it is the same whether you take it that the Earth is in motion or the sky. For, in both the cases, it does not affect the astronomical science. It is just for the physicist to see if it is possible to refute it.”

Abu Rayhan al-Biruni

“For it is the same whether you take it that the Earth is in motion or the Sky. For, in both the cases, it does not affect the Astronomical Science. It is just for the Physicist to see if it is possible to refute it.”

Abu Rayhan al-Biruni

“I can only compare their Hindu astronomical and mathematical literature to a mixture of pearl shells and sour dates, or of pearls and dung, or of costly crystals and common pebbles. Both kinds of things are equal in their eyes, since they cannot rise themselves to the methods of strictly scientific deduction.”

Abu Rayhan al-Biruni

“I have seen the astrolabe called Zuraqi invented by Abu Sa'id Sijzi. I liked it very much and praised him a great deal, as it is based on the idea entertained by some to the effect that the motion we see is due to the Earth's movement and not to that of the sky. By my life, it is a problem difficult of solution and refutation. For it is the same whether you take it that the Earth is in motion or the sky. For, in both cases, it does not affect the Astronomical Science. It is just for the physicist to see if it is possible to refute it.”

Abu Rayhan al-Biruni

“Once a sage asked why scholars always flock to the doors of the rich, whilst the rich are not inclined to call at the doors of scholars. The scholars he answered, are well aware of the use of money, but the rich are ignorant of the nobility of science.”

Abu Rayhan al-Biruni

“The Hindus believe that there is no country but theirs. no nation like theirs, no king like theirs, no religion like theirs, no science like theirs.”

Abu Rayhan al-Biruni

“The Hindus believe with regard to God that he is one, eternal, without beginning and end, acting by free-will, almighty, all-wise, living, giving life, ruling, preserving; one who in his sovereignty is unique, beyond all likeness and unlikeness, and that he does not resemble anything nor does anything resemble him.”

Abu Rayhan al-Biruni

“The Hindus do not pay particular attention to alchemy, but no nation is entirely free from it, and one nation has more bias for it than another, which must not be construed as proving intelligence or ignorance; for we find that many intelligent people are entirely given to alchemy, whilst ignorant people ridicule the art and its adepts.”

Abu Rayhan al-Biruni

“The repugnance of the Hindus against foreigners increased more and more when the Muslims began to make their inroads into their country.”

Abu Rayhan al-Biruni

“The stubborn critic would say: 'What is the benefit of these sciences?' He does not know the virtue that distinguishes mankind from all the animals: it is knowledge, in general, which is pursued solely by man, and which is pursued for the sake of knowledge itself, because its acquisition is truly delightful, and is unlike the pleasures desirable from other pursuits. For the good cannot be brought forth, and evil cannot be avoided, except by knowledge. What benefit then is more vivid? What use is more abundant?”

Abu Rayhan al-Biruni

“You well know for which reason I began searching for a number of demonstrations proving a statement due to the ancient Greeks and which passion I felt for the subject so that you reproached me my preoccupation with these chapters of geometry, not knowing the true essence of these subjects, which consists precisely in going in each matter beyond what is necessary. Whatever way he the geometer may go, through exercise will he be lifted from the physical to the divine teachings, which are little accessible because of the difficulty to understand their meaning and because the circumstance that not everybody is able to have a conception of them, especially not the one who turns away from the art of demonstration.”

Abu Rayhan al-Biruni
Book on the Finding of Chords