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Things you don’t know about Muslims part 1

Updated on August 22, 2012
Islam & Inventions
Islam & Inventions

There are many things that we all know about Islam and Muslims today, if you’ve missed out then just turn on the news and you’ll hear endless negative reports, it’s almost as if a day does not go by without some Muslim or the religion of Islam being blamed for something. That’s not what I want to do in this hub, today I’d like to bring another dimension to the discussion and that is to briefly list 2 of the most common contributions that the Muslims have given to the world which we increasingly use today.

Let’s start with the first, many of us drink coffee today and most people would not know the origins of Coffee. The story starts with a man named Khalid he was tending his goats, when he noticed his wonderful goats became livelier after eating a type of berry. He decided to try them himself and boiled the berries to make the world’s first coffee (as we now know it). The first records show that the beans were exported from Ethiopia (Khalid’s homeland) to Yemen where Sufis drank it to stay awake all night to pray. During the late 15th century it had arrived in Mecca and Turkey from where it made its way to Venice in 1645. It then arrived in England during 1650 introduced by a Turkish man named Pasqua Rosee who opened the first coffee house in Lombard Street in the City of London. The Arabic name for coffee was qahwa which became the Turkish kahve then the Italian caffé and then English coffee.

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Second in my list is the humble airplane, we all fly today from country to country and many would attribute the first flights to the Wright brothers but what they fail to realise is that a thousand years before Wright brothers a Muslim engineer named Abbas ibn Firnas made several attempts to construct a flying machine. In 852 he attempted his first flight by jumping from the minaret of the Grand Mosque in Cordoba using nothing more than a loose cloak reinforced with wooden struts. He was hoping to glide like a bird. Unfortunately he didn't. But the cloak slowed his fall, creating what is thought to be the first parachute. He carried on with his attempts and in 875, aged 70 he perfected a machine of silk and eagles' feathers strung together he tried again, jumping from a mountain (at age 70 that man must have been on something strong). He flew to a significant height and stayed airborne for ten minutes but crashed on landing – to conclude that it was because he had not given his flying device a tail so it would stall on landing that as we know today is correct.

You’ll very rarely hear a Muslim being mentioned or any small invention being attributed to a Muslim person. When a Muslim does something wrong only then will you here it being attributed to a Muslim or Islam and no time or money spared in publicising it and criticising the religion of Islam. Why is that I ask?

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Things you don’t know about Muslims part 1 a well informed hub and so interesting to learn about another culture.

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      Zubair Ahmed 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for the comment - yes the icarus myth is also interesting from a Greek mythology perspective - he should have stayed away from the sun.

      All the best

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting information. I had no idea that Icarus was a Muslim. (Teasing you here a bit.) ;)

      Voted up and interesting!

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      Zubair Ahmed 

      5 years ago

      Hi rajan,

      Many thanks for reading and the comment. Yes I have plans to write a few more hubs on these topics - TIME my friend - I wish I had more :-)

      Take care

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting and useful info, something i was not aware of. You should write more about info like this. thanks for sharing,

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      Zubair Ahmed 

      5 years ago

      You see the true reality in Palestine and Israel is not that the occupiers (zionist regime) is living in a hell but that they have imposed living conditions on the occupied (indigenous Arabs (this includes Christians and Muslims)) worse as living in a hell.

      If only the Western masters who created Israel would put aside their occupier mentality and support the week and oppressed in accordance with international law then we would have peace in that region.

      Just look into everything that is taking place in the Middle East and you will always find the Western hand meddling in the internal affairs of another country for Western gains rather than bringing peace.

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      Stephanie Das 

      5 years ago from Miami, US

      That's right! I always refer to it as Palestine, but in my opinion, looking back in the history, the Israelis have created their own personal hell, and they refuse to back off. I don't even think they should pack up and leave, because those people have made their homes there. But they should stop pushing into Palestinian territory.

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      Zubair Ahmed 

      5 years ago

      Thank you, yes it is available only for people who are keen on understanding the world around them. Vast majority are content with just accepting what they are fed in schools and the media without looking deeper into why certain things in this world are the way they are. Take for example Palestine and the occupied land we now refer to as Israel - unless you look back to the 1940s, one would simply accept the baked stories that they hear in the mainstream media.

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      Stephanie Das 

      5 years ago from Miami, US

      Yes, they were very advanced for their time. Unfortunately, history class glosses over non-European civilizations, at least in my country. I believe that the information is starting to become more available, however.

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      Zubair Ahmed 

      5 years ago

      Thank you, there are many such facts which have been masked in history so not to give credit to the contribution made by Islamic civilisation. Example Muslims ruled Spain for some 800yrs - during that era the only country to have street lights was in Spain ruled by the Muslims but then they lost the occupational forces of the Christians.

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      Stephanie Das 

      5 years ago from Miami, US

      Interesting. I did not know that this man had attempted to fly.

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      Zubair Ahmed 

      6 years ago

      Hi billybuc,

      Thank you for reading and the nice comment. Yes I hope to be doing a few more of these hubs do do come back and enjoy.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very interesting my friend; keep these coming so that more will be educated about the Muslim ways. We need to educate to get rid of prejudice and fear!

    • Zubair Ahmed profile imageAUTHOR

      Zubair Ahmed 

      6 years ago

      ASA travel-o-grapher,

      How are things in Dhaka? Hope your well.

      Thank you so much for reading and the comment. Have they completed the Dhaka bi-pass yet?

      All the best

      Zubair

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      Zubair Ahmed 

      6 years ago

      G Miah ASA Bro,

      Thanks for the comment, interesting really when you look at the lengths that the Western Historians went to hide the Muslim Contribution in the advances in science and other spheres of life we take for granted today.

      Shame on the Muslims today for not actually working harder to preserve that level of knowledge and continue with the efforts that the earlier Muslim people invested in gaining and advancing knowledge in all domains.

      Take care

      Zubair

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      travel-O-grapher 

      6 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Good stuff.. what you say is true!

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      Gous Ahmed 

      6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Excellent work brother Zubair. I myself being a Muslim did not realise these two things were discovered by Muslim people.

      There are many other things which started and were discovered by Muslims, for example Algebra.

      Thanks for this information, and keep it up!

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