How Muslims pushed civilisation forwards

As Muslims, one of the things that is demanded of us, is that we must all publicly apologise and stand up together against the random acts of violence of some people who call themselves Muslims.

I find the notion that all Muslims must publicly condemn someone else’s acts just because they so happen to be Muslims bizarre. Not only is it silly to suggest that unless we condemn them we must somehow support them, but it also lends a level of legitimacy to those people.

Rather than apologise, and cower to the media and public we should be following the example of the greatest Muslims of the past and drive civilisation forwards through science and engineering and the teachings of The Holy Quran.

The Independent has a great article which goes through just 20 examples of how Muslims changed the World for the better.

Many modern surgical instruments are of exactly the same design as those devised in the 10th century by a Muslim surgeon called al-Zahrawi. His scalpels, bone saws, forceps, fine scissors for eye surgery and many of the 200 instruments he devised are recognisable to a modern surgeon. It was he who discovered that catgut used for internal stitches dissolves away naturally (a discovery he made when his monkey ate his lute strings) and that it can be also used to make medicine capsules. In the 13th century, another Muslim medic named Ibn Nafis described the circulation of the blood, 300 years before William Harvey discovered it. Muslims doctors also invented anaesthetics of opium and alcohol mixes and developed hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes in a technique still used today.

Read the rest of them here.

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