Al-Farabi was a renowned philosopher, jurist, scientist, and music scholar. He is known for his writing in various fields, including ethics, logic, metaphysics and political philosophy. In Islamic philosophical tradition, he is often regarded as the greatest philosophical teacher, next only to Aristotle. He was famous for helping Muslims answer questions with which they were struggling with the help of Greek teachings. According to him, human reasoning is far superior to divine revelation. He believed religion provided the truth in a symbolic form to those who are not philosophers as they would be unable to understand it in the purer form. Regarding his life, very little information has managed to survive. His probable place of birth is what is now known as Kazakhstan. Most of his life was spent in Baghdad, where he devoted his time to teaching, writing and studying.