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Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety Three - 17 May 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Ninety Three - 17 May 2023 - Page 8

Raeisi honors Ferdowsi for dedicating life to Iran’s culture

IRNA – Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian expressed their admiration for the renowned poet Ferdowsi on the occasion of Ferdowsi and Persian Language Commemoration Day (May 15).
President Raeisi acknowledged Ferdowsi’s significant contributions to Iranian literature, particularly highlighting his epic masterpiece ‘Shahnameh’ as a testament to the nation’s rich culture, language, and religious heritage.
In a statement commemorating the National Day of Ferdowsi, President Raeisi lauded the poet’s profound intellect, unwavering spirit, and his profound desire to inspire and unite Iranians.
He emphasized that Ferdowsi’s devotion to creating a timeless masterpiece of Persian language and culture led him to selflessly sacrifice his wealth and livelihood.
Raeisi further underscored that Ferdowsi’s literary inspiration stemmed from his deep-rooted faith, with evident admiration for the Prophet of Islam reflected in numerous verses dedicated to him and his noble household in the epic poem ‘Shahnameh’.
Raeisi sent a message to a meeting held on Monday at the National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) in Tehran to celebrate the day.
“The great nation of Iran is a cultural and spiritual truth on the heart of Asia, the world’s most diverse continent, and like a ring, it links together the spiritual and cultural existence of the East and West,” Raeisi said.
Raeisi said that celebrating Ferdowsi and the Shahnameh would help strengthen the national identity, solidarity and self-confidence in Iranian society, especially among the members of the younger generation.
In addition, Iran’s Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian also paid tribute to the esteemed Iranian poet, highlighting how Ferdowsi’s literary works instilled values such as love for the country and its independence.
Amirabdollahian’s message conveyed the importance of Ferdowsi’s teachings, emphasizing that the poet’s profound understanding of preserving national values and safeguarding the homeland’s independence takes precedence above all else.
The letters from President Raeisi and Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian underscored the enduring legacy of Ferdowsi and his enduring impact on Iranian culture, literature, and national identity.


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