El Sheikh Al Rayees
Leipzig, Germany 2019
Compound sounds for Ibn Sina (Avicenna) c.980
I complain to God of time so he dismissed it ... He cast out my new strength while it is new
Distress has come to me and it is as if...I have become a magnet, and she is iron
I retell what I’ve read in the format of music. I am working on a music piece for the images I have seen of Ibn Sina, to be played alongside the text of one of his famous poems “When my price became high, there was no buyer.”
photos by: WaltherLeKon 2019
Avicenna, also known as Ibn Sina, was a Persian polymath who lived from 980 to 1037 CE. He was a prominent philosopher and physician, and his works have had a profound impact on Islamic philosophy and thought. Avicenna's contribution to Sufi philosophy is noteworthy, as he wrote extensively on the subject and developed a unique approach that blended philosophy and mysticism.
Avicenna's philosophy is rooted in the idea that knowledge of God is the ultimate goal of human existence, and that this knowledge can only be attained through a process of intellectual and spiritual purification. He believed that the key to this process was the cultivation of a deep understanding of the self and the world, which could be achieved through the practice of Sufi meditation and contemplation.
One of Avicenna's most significant contributions to Sufi philosophy was his concept of "knowledge by presence" (ilm al-huduri). This idea holds that true knowledge of God can only be attained through direct experience, rather than through rational argument or logical deduction. Avicenna believed that the practice of Sufi meditation and contemplation could lead to a state of spiritual enlightenment in which the seeker could directly experience the divine.
Another significant contribution of Avicenna to Sufi philosophy was his concept of the "perfect man" (al-insan al-kamil). This idea holds that the ultimate goal of human existence is to become a perfect or complete human being, one who has attained a state of spiritual enlightenment and is in harmony with the divine. Avicenna believed that the perfect man was someone who had achieved a deep understanding of the self and the world, and who was able to transcend the limitations of the physical body and the material world.
Avicenna's contributions to Sufi philosophy have had a lasting impact on Islamic thought and spirituality. His ideas on the cultivation of inner knowledge and the importance of the direct experience of the divine have been influential in the development of Islamic mysticism and the Sufi tradition.
This research is to glorify a particular person - he deserves it - to transfer the experience of Ibn Sina whose wisdom has overflowed to humanity. Through sound, my medium in which I find multiple facets of philosophy, and I can transmit through it a number of years when Islam flourished and benefited the world with knowledge. This project expresses a simple viewpoint on time and age I never experienced, it is thus representing part of it, from a philosophical angle, about a kingdom through the eyes of one of its greatest thinkers. After reading many books about that era, I retell what I’ve read in the format of music. I am working on a music piece for the images I have seen of Ibn Sina, to be played alongside the text of one of his famous poems “When my price became high, there was no buyer.”