Karachi: Muslims have made significant contributions to modern day inventions, yet one extremist activity tends to make people forget about all those great inventions which benefit them in their daily lives.
According to a study last year, over 50% of Britons believe that Islam is a danger to Western liberal democracy.
But if all Muslims were what the world perceives them to be then shouldn’t coffee, which was invented by Muslims, be some sort of an instant-bomb?
One Tumblr user posed a very simple question, with a very inflammatory image:
“Imagine a world without Muslims,” the post read.
But what followed was a response with a list of things invented by or significantly developed by Muslims and the Islamic world:
Coffee, cameras (first optic camera, Ibn al-Haytham), experimental physics, chess, soap, perfume/spirits, irrigation, crank-shaft, internal combustion engine, valves, pistons, combination locks.
The list doesn’t end here:
Architectural innovation (pointed arch -European Gothic cathedrals adopted this technique as it made the building much stronger, rose windows, dome buildings, round towers, etc).
Following the list of inventions, the post stated, “Just imagine a world without Muslims. Now I think you probably meant, just imagine a world without terrorists. And then I would agree, the world would definitely be a better place without those pieces of filth.
“But to hold a whole group responsible for the actions of a few is ignorant and racist. No one would ever expect Christians or White people to be held responsible for acts of Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma bombing) or Anders Breivik (Norway killing), or the gun man that shot Congresswoman Giffords in head, wounded 12 and killed 6 people, and rightly so because they had nothing to do with those incidents! Just like the rest of the 1.5 billion Muslims have nothing to do with this incident!”
Courtesy: The Express Tribune