TWO fundamental Questions to Muslims

1) What makes you believe in Islam? (Beside the good morals)

2) How did Islam influence the world positively? (Beside the good morals)– Hmmm, okay after a 2nd thought, lets just say how did it exactly influence the MuslimWorld only?

I have asked these two simple questions to Muslims whether directly or indirectly about a zillion times. Unfortunately, none was able to give me any logical explanation, they all end up describing mankind as savage beasts, who needs to be tamed with religion. According to them religion is an essential foundation for civilizations for the morals that it preaches, and for the fear from punishments it provokes, which effectively prevents our sinful nature from committing any immoral acts.

However, one can reasonably argue that development of morals is evolutionary.-Check my previous post on religion & morality for more info.

Moreover, morals and ethics is a common feature that exists in all religions and non-religoues systems; morals doesn’t make any belief any more or less valid than other religions. So if you will attempt to answer this question please refrain from referring to morals as an example … There must be more into Islam than just morals for you to believe in it-unless your belief is based solely on blind faith.

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2 Responses to TWO fundamental Questions to Muslims

  1. Kareem says:

    Islam turned nomads into great intellectuals and scientists

    Few examples:

    1) Geber:
    Geber is the Latinized form of “Jabir”, with the full name of Abu Musa Jābir ibn Hayyān al azdi (Arabic: جابر بن حيان) (born c. 721 in Tus–died c. 815 in Kufa),a prominent polymath: a chemist and alchemist, astronomer and astrologer, engineer, geologist, philosopher, physicist, and pharmacist and physician. He is considered by many to be the “father of chemistry.” His ethnic background is not clear;although some sources state that he was an Arab, other sources introduce him as Persian. Geber or Jabir is held to be the first practical alchemist.

    “Jaber Bin Haya is one of the world’s most great scientists (bron in 721- died in 815 ) was an arabic scientist who lived in Iraq . He was an arabic doctor and chemist, and the first to work and become a genius in old Chemistry where even arab called general chemistry as “handiwork of Jaber”. Jaber was the one who liad the foundations for modern and contemporary scientific chemistry.

    Some of his discoveries in chemistry :

    – Discovered “caustic soda” or Gatron.
    – First to evoke water gold.
    – First to introduce the method of separation of (NaOH).
    – First to discover nitric acid.
    – First to discover hydrochloric acid .
    – First to retrieve the sulfuric acid and termed it Alzaj oil .
    – Introduced improvements to the evaporation methods of liquidation, distillation, fusion and crystallization .
    – Been able to prepare a lot of chemicals like hydrated mercury and arsenious oxide.
    – He explained in detail how to prepare arsenic, antimony, and purification of metals and dyeing fabrics .
    – He manufactured incombustible paper.
    – He made some sort of paint that prevents iron rust .
    – The first to introduce the method of separating gold from silver solution by acids, which is the predominant mode to this day .

    Jaber also wrote so many books ranged between two hundred and thirty-two and five hundred books (232-500), on which the world depended on for several centuries and until toady. ”

    Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaber_ibn_Hayan

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    2) Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi’ :
    also known in the West as ‘Abulcasis’ ,is considered to be the father of the modern surgery .

    “Page from a 1531 Latin translation by Peter Argellata of El Zahrawi’s treatise on surgical and medical instruments.”

    “Abu al-Qasim Khalaf ibn al-Abbas Al-Zahrawi(936 – 1013), (Arabic: أبو القاسم بن خلف بن العباس الزهراوي‎) also known in the West as Abulcasis, was an Andalusian physician, surgeon, chemist, cosmetologist, and scientist. He is considered the father of modern surgery, and as Islam’s greatest medieval surgeon, whose comprehensive medical texts shaped both Islamic and European surgical procedures up until the Renaissance. His greatest contribution to history is the Kitab al-Tasrif, a thirty-volume encyclopedia of medical practices.”

    Quotations about him

    “He is considered the father of modern surgery”
    The street in Córdoba where he lived is named in his honor as “Calle Albucasis”. On this street he lived in house no. 6, which is preserved today by the Spanish Tourist Board with a bronze plaque (awarded in January 1977) which reads: “This was the house where lived Abul-Qasim.”
    He devoted his entire life and genius to the advancement of medicine as a whole and surgery in particular.”
    In the 14th century, the French surgeon Guy de Chauliac quoted al-Tasrif over 200 times. Pietro Argallata (d. 1453) described Abū al-Qāsim as “without doubt the chief of all surgeons”. In an earlier work, he is credited to be the first to describe ectopic pregnancy in 963, in those days a fatal affliction. Abū al-Qāsim’s influence continued for at least five centuries, extending into the Renaissance, evidenced by al-Tasrif’s frequent reference by French surgeon Jaques Delechamps (1513-1588).”

    Liber Servitoris:

    “In pharmacy and pharmacology, Abū al-Qāsim al-Zahrawī pioneered the preparation of medicines by sublimation and distillation. His Liber Servitoris is of particular interest, as it provides the reader with recipes and explains how to prepare the ‘simples’ from which were compounded the complex drugs then generally used.

    More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_al-Qasim
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Tasrif

    If it wasn’t for these guys work. I don’t how are lives would have been today!

  2. Sarah says:

    ‘Science in the Islamic world has played an important role in the history of science. There have also been some notable Muslim scientists in the present day’.

    The following is an incomplete list of notable Muslim scientists.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Muslim_scientists

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