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For many centuries, the Islamic World had possessed the means of a flourshing civlization and incessant progress the landmarks of which were the scholars of Islamic Medicine who were also its first pioneers.  As our world today is overwhelmed with a successive wave of discoveries and innovations and witnesses tremendous advances in a wide range of medical fields, the scholars of Islamic medicine are required to do their very best to make the most of these advances in over-coming the present health problems in our areas.

We are quite confident that the existing cooperation among the Islamic Countries in the field of medicine will be more and more consolidated in the coming years and that the hopes targeted for the establishment of this organization will be realized.
H.E. Kenan Evren
President of the Republic of Turkey

Today, both medicine and surgery have reached great heights of human ingenuity, innovation and resourcefulness; and the search for newer and more effective preventive and curative treatment of disease goes on at a phenomenal pace.

I attach great importance to the establishment of the Islamic Organisation for Medical Sciences, and its role in keeping abreast of advancements in this vital field.  I feel particularly reassured that one of the principal objectives of the Organisation is also to undertake  a sustained research into the fields of medicine and sciences of the Islamic era.  I am sure that such a concerted effort will ultimately lead to the uncovering of innumerable manuscripts which are full of rich medical and scientific findings of the universally acknowledged eminent physicians and scientists like Ibn-i-Sina, Razi, Ibn-i-Rushd, Al-Biruni, Ibn al-Haitham, and others.  I am sure their original contributions, when studies a new will throw fresh light on their respective fields and disciplines, and prove to be extremely useful for contemporary research in medical sciences.

H.E. Mohammad Zia-Ul Haq
President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Islamic medicine refers to the progress of mankind.  In the field of medical knowledge and its application covering a period of about one thousand years from late seventh century to the seventeenth century A.D.  It is not a matter of purely intellectual pursuit, it is, in fact, acquisition and application of knowledge in the service of mankind with faith in Allah.

The last two decades have witnessed a number of advances in the field of medicine.   There is now a growing shift in the concept of treatment.  The emphasis is fast shifting from modern drugs to the use of herbal medicines.  This system has special significance for countries like ours which are predominatly rural and have little access to western medicines and doctors to administer them.

H.E. Mr. Mohammad Khan Junejo,
Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The following Islamic Quotation from the Prophet Mohammed, (pbuh) "Ilmul-Ebdan, Summe Ilmum-Edyan" indicates that the great importance Islam attaches to medical science.

It must surely be mentioned that besides the discovery of new medical theories and research, the practice of medicine was also developed in the Islamic world.

Beginning in the 8th century, first aid treatment was first demonstrated to the congregation in the great mosque in Cairo.  In the 12th and 13th centuries many hospitals were founded in Cairo and Damascus and in the same period in Anatolia, the Seljuks, who attributed great importance to medicate education, built medical faculties alongside their medical schools.  This period can be referred to as-The "Golden Era" of Islamic science and civilisation.

These great innovations in medical science and services, paralleling the developments in Islamic civilisation and culture is a clear evidence that Islam has never been contradictory to positive sciences.

H.E. Turgut Ozal,
Prime Minister of Republic of Turkey.

I am sure that all of you, who are here today, are aware of the fundamental characterstics of our Islamic Heritage in the field of medicine.  However, I believe it will be useful to mention some of them, here in this conference.

The first fundamental characterstic of Islamic medicine arises from the fact that, Islam is open to scientific understanding.  As we know, the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) said " go and get science, even if it is far out, in China".  The second fundamental characterstic of Islamic medicine relates to the attitudes of the sick.   Islam requires the sick behave rationally and seek treatment accordingly.  We can say that the historical achievements of Islamic Medicine were, somewhat due to such attitudes.  The third fundamental characterstic of Islam relates to the attitude of the medical personel.

"IF ONE SAVED A LIFE, IT WOULD BE AS IF HE SAVED ALL HUMANITY".  From these considerations, it can be seen that a muslim physician performs a mission which is not only aimed at a gain in the form of compensation and self interest, but at the same time to gain the consent of God.

H.E. Mehmet Aydin,
Minister of Health and Social Assistance
Republic of Turkey.

On my first visit to Kuwait and the Centre of Islamic Medicine I am very impressed at the logical plan that is in progress to utilize plants for better Primary Health Care.   I am further impressed by the administration of the Centre by Dr. El-Gindy and by the quality and dedication of his co-workers.  There are still some difficult problems facing the staff of the Centre concerning standardization and stability of medicines being used here, as well as their pharmacological action.  I am confident that these problems will be solved in a satisfactory manner.

Prof.. Norman R. Fransworth,
Research Professor of Pharmacognosy,
University of Illinois at Chicago,
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

I thank Allah for the opportunity of visiting the Centre of Islamic Medicine in its interim  building.  I have seen of the activitites and promising efforts, and pray that Allah the Almighty may bestow success upon those undertaking this great work; may Allah make it a positive step on the road towards reviving Islamic sciences and restoring the pioneering role to Islam and Muslims".

Dr. Ahmad Al-Qadi,
The Akbar Institute for Health Sciences,
Panama City, Florida, U.S.A.

I have been delighted by this visit to your centre.  I have really enjoyed the discussions between us and appreciate the services you offer in the fields of Islamic medicine and medicinal plants.  May Allah grant you success in what you are doing and in realizing your aspirations for benefiting science, religion and the whole nation, and may you be well rewarded by Allah".

Prof. Dr. Hilmi Abdul Razzaq Al-Hadeedi,
Minister of Health, Egypt.

"We visited the Islamic Centre for Medical Sciences.  At the beginning, we were briefed about the functions and objectives of this centre.  Then, we were shown over the various facilities and could see for ourselves the great efforts made in this field to reach the present high standard.  We wish the staff working in this centre more progress and success in their work and researches to achieve the purpose of establishing the centre".

Dr. Sadiq Hameed Olwi,
Minister of Health, Iraq.

"The fruit of this gathering goes beyond the boundaries of the State of Kuwait and extends to the entire Islamic World and to all those who believe in human values which are more perfect and distinct in Islam than they are in any other phenomenon.  With the results emerging from this blessed meeting, Kuwait will have offered another of its gifts to the Islamic World as well as to the entire people of the world".

Sheikh Muhammad Mukhtar Al-Salami,
Mufti, Tunisia.

"I believe we all feel thankful and grateful to this Arabic and Islamic country, Kuwait: Amir, Crown Prince, Government and People, for creating the opportunity for this fruitful dialogue which tackles the problems of the contemporary Islamic world and consolidates the ties between scientists of various specialties who are united in their purpose to enhance the importance of Islam and Muslims and to turn scientific aspirations and views into practical formulations that can be exchanged with other Arab and Islamic countries."

Dr. Abdul Aziz Kamel,
Advisor to H.H. the Amir of Kuwait.

"I have visited this centre and discovered, after deep thinking about it, that with all my modern knowledge I am nothing compared to our great past.  May God help you with your deep search into the real dimensions of our glories."

Dr. Khalid Naji,
Ex-President, Academy of Medical Sciences, Iraq.

"Medicine had a special place in the Islamic tradition not matched by any other physical or empirical science.  Muslims' interest in medicine thrughout the golden age of Islam came to heights that were never reached by any other civilization that preceded Islam.  This may be ascribed to a host of reasons among which is Islam's concern in its basic teachings for man who is considered by these teachings the noblest of all creatures; hence, Islam's interest in medicine as a source of mercy for people and as the body is considered the container of the soul.  Other reasons are related to the scientific and empirical method which Muslim scientists had initiated.  Therefore, the efforts exerted by Kuwait in this field constitute a modern new extension of an old cultural interest, which calls for appreciation and admiration."

Dr.  Ekmaluddin Ihsanoglo,
Director of the Research Centre for History,
Arts and Islamic Culture in Istanbul.

"We pray to Allah that a lot of good and cure from disease be realized at the hands of the sincere workers at this centre which will be the foundation for  the coming great project Inshalla.  May you enjoy more progress and more success".

Yusuf Abdul Qadir Al-Atiqi,
Assistant Under-Secretary at the Ministry of  Public Health, Kuwait.

"In turning to our heritage, we all like the good tree whose branches are linked to its roots, otherwise it will be uprooted after it withers and turns into lifeless wood.

We turn to our past not be locked up in it but to take from it provision for our future.  In other words, we do not look back to our yesterday in order just to glorify it, but to benefit from it.  Even in the field of empirical medical science, our scholars dive deep into the tradition then come up with new pearls that enrich the present.  Our heritage of medical knowledge still has a lot to give even today when medicine has reached the zenith of its advancement."

Dr. Hassan Hathout,
Professor of Gynaecology & Obstetrics.
Member, Board of Trustees of IOMS, Kuwait.

"The history of Islamic medicine has always been in the centre of my personal interests.  It receives the same attention from the World Health Organization.

The Islamic religion derives its strength from its rich civilization, policies, literature, ethics, faith, and firm social beliefs.  This religion comprises a deep and lofty philosophy of human values.   When we talk about Islamic medicine we have to think of Islam as an overall cultural force that has transcended the language barriers and enriched itself with the development that has characterised it in the various methods and sciences."

Dr. T. Adeoyo Lambo,
WHO Deputy Director General.

"This centre should be visited by most of us so that we may see a true example of what can be done through faith in God, sincere intentions for the sake of God, struggle for an idea and team work by a Muslim group.

The practical research and intellectual product that have been emanating from this refined place should please every ambitious person with a high standard for scientific performance.  I expect that in the coming years this centre will radiate with the light of knowledge over all parts of the Islamic and non-Islamic world.

I am really impressed by everything I have seen today and express my true appreciation for all those working at this centre.  May you have more of Allah's grace and support".

Dr. Tawfiq Muhammad Al-Tamimi,
Head of the Surgery Department,
King Faisal University, Dammam,
Saudi Arabia.

"We need your great and constructive efforts for enhancing our information and cultural work which enriches the forward march of our nation and gives it confidence as it goes ahead in full belief in this message amid invading winds that blow from East and West alike.  We want to assert the noble origin of this nation; with your research work and studies you are emphasising that this nation has always been a great contributor to humanity and that you are always able to lead its march towards the good of all people under the umbrella of faith and Islam.

Mr. Ahmad Farraj,
Secretary General of the Islamic Countries,
Broadcasting Organization, Jeddah.

"This is a blessed beginning of unique project in these days of Islamic awakening based on a solid scientific grounds.  May Allah grant success of the efforts exerted towards reviving the Islamic tradition and spreading knowledge so that truth may prevail."

Dr. Al-Mahdi Bin Aboud,
Member, Board of Trustees, IOMS
from Morocco.

"Praise be to Allah for granting success to a group of honourable scholars in presenting to the Islamic World the beginning results of the efforts of success of the International Conference on Islamic Medicine".

Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Gameel Badran,
President of the Scientific Research Academy,

My first contact with the Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences (IOMS) took place two years ago when I received its invitation to participate in the seminar it held in Kuwait to discuss the issue of the beginning and end of man's life from both the medical and Islamic points of view.  Then, I had the honour of attending the Fourth International Conference on Islamic Medicine held in Karachi, Pakistan.  Later, and in the course of one year, I had the pleasure of visiting The Centre of Islamic Medicine (CIM) in Kuwait twice; the first was at its old site in February, 1986, and the second, which took place the day before yeasterday, was at the new site.

A visitor to the IOMS and its affiliated Centre will notice the steady development and assiduous work that characterise this institution.  Besides, he can't help getting impressed by the tremendous efforts exerted by the Organization for achieving the human and Islamic medical purposes for which it has come into being.

The buildings of the CIM can truly be described as an Islamic architectural piece of art.  In its two august wings, you will find administration offices, laboratories, drug preparation rooms, control rooms, sections and clinics for the treatment of many diseases, a large conference room, a specialized public library and beautifully decorated waiting rooms.  Towering over all this is the high-rising minaret of a magnificient mosque which has been built in the most modern design and equipped with the best and most developed requirements.  Thus the mosque and the centre have come as twin institutions with the former kindling the religious spirit in visitors and workers and bringing them around to fear the Creator in whatever they do, seek His help and resort to his bounty and mercy; and the latter reviving the Islamic teachings thruogh the treatment and prevention of various physical, and mental diseases as well as through finding appropriate alternatives for the prohibited means and medicines, and linking medical studies with human values and the tolerant traditions of Islam.

I hail the pioneering role played by the IOMS and commend its President, H.H. Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Awadi, on his exquisite planning and great leadership.  I would also like to express my admiration of Dr. Ahmed Rajae El-Gindy, Head of the CIM, for his sincere efforts and persistent and constructive work.  May Allah grant them both success and reward them well on behalf of all Muslims and Islamic Medicine.

Muhammad al-Habeeb Ibnul Khoja,
Secretary General,
The Academy of Islamic Jurisprudence, Jedda.

A positive and pruposeful venture in the field of Tibb-al-Islami.  Satisfactory.   Praisworthy.  Congratulations.  May Allah gudie us in right direction to serve humanity at large.

Hk. Mohammad Said,
President, Hamdard Foundation, Pakistan.

The unit well organised in respect of physical positioning, documentation and control.   I am confident that the products created will be of an acceptable quality.

Dr. Fantom,
Specialist Principal Pharmacist,
Quality Control,

"We felt the need to do two important things first, to look back from time to time at the tradition of the Islamic medicine and the glorious contributions made by Muslim scholars; second, to find a suitable means of getting acquainted with the present achievements realized by medicine in the Islamic countries.

There prevailed a feeling that these two needs could be met by holding interntional conferences on a regular basis.  Soon, however, our anxieties came to an end through another practical step in the same direction.  In July 1984, a law was issued in Kuwait for establishing the Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences."

There had been a longstanding need to see the Islamic Medical heritage, the glorious contributions of Muslim scientists, brought to our attention at regular intervals.

Today it is customary to look to the West for innovations in sciences.  I am not exaggerating when I tell you that at one time Islamic Medicine was, in many respects, 1000 years ahead of its time.  Within a century of the death of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) Muslims had not only pushed forward physically into new lands but had become scientific innovators with originality and productivity.

Prof. Dr. Ihsan Dogramaci,
President, Council of Higher Education,
Republic of Turkey.

I have had the pleasure of visiting Islamic Medicine Center, Kuwait and discussed the activities of the Center with Dr. Ahmed Rajai El-Gindy.  I was greatly impressed by the achievements made by the Center in a short period of time.  The plant listing, the Islamic Medicine literature, old and new, and above all systematic applications of plants for medical use are a great service, this center is offering to its patients and general public in Kuwait.

It laboratories are impressive and I have great expectations that his center will be a source of pride and light the rest of Islamic world in general and Kuwait in particulars.   I wish and pray for all the success for this center.

Dr. Mohammed Afzal,
Associate Professor,
Phytochemistry Biochemistry Department,
Kuwait University, Kuwait.

I am deeply impressed of this well organized and well equipped Islamic Medical Center and the high standard of work which is done in it.  I think it is an excellent goal for your country to continue the precious Islamic traditions in field of drug research with modern techniques to get new possibilities for a better health of the mankind.

For all this efforts I wish you many success.

With many thanks,

Prof. of Natural Products Chemistry,
Institute for Plant Biochemistry Academy of Sciences of G.D.R.