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Thanks to Islamic scholars, we remember the Greeks for who they actually were.

Updated on October 8, 2014

Forward Thought

For all of you that think Islam is here to destroy the world, ponder this.

For almost 3 centuries, the CHRISTIAN church in Europe destroyed every library they could find, burned every book that wasn't a Christian doctrine, and beheaded every scientist and teacher that wasn't in line with what the Christian church decided was truth. Things like the world being flat and the universe being geocentric(everything revolving around the earth; stars, planets, the sun, etc), were among the many church enforced laws of nature. The Christian church tried to eradicate all things that science was teaching the world about itself. They held a tight grip on the minds of the people, and took great measures to keep them from learning. As I have said many times to my friends, and as everyone else has heard many more times, knowledge is power. The Christian church would not even allow religious texts to be distributed among the people for fear that they would begin to think for themselves, and ask questions.

Greek Manuscript found in Iraq
Greek Manuscript found in Iraq


While this technological leap backwards in Europe was taking place, the Arabic world, particularly in Baghdad, Iraq, was storing and studying what the Christians in Europe were trying to wipe out. Numerous texts, maps, and artifacts from the Greek and Roman Empires were saved during this time known as the Islamic Golden Age. Islamic scholars saw science as a way to prove God, while Christian scholars saw it as heretical. What the Christians had to hide, is still an ongoing debate.

With the anniversary of a tragic event coming upon us, the ill-educated and Nazi-like propaganda about Islam has been spreading faster than AIDS in the '80s. While some of you may think that your beliefs are truth and all others are going to hell, keep in mind this point. All religions have extremists, all religions have had their faults throughout history. Well, maybe not all of them, there are too many to be discussed in one hub. ;-)

In Remembrance of Greece

This was not a rant about Islam vs Christianity. It was not a reason to hate on anyones beliefs. It is not a declaration of my belief in anything. This hub is a reflection what I have studied and learned about the subject for a long time, in my ongoing quest for knowledge and truth.

In closure, if you really think that Muslims are here to destroy the world, remember the time when they saved it. Remember the time when your Christian ancestors chopped to pieces people who thought the Earth was round, when they tried to wipe out all aspects of the ancient world because it was ''satanic''. Thanks to Islamic scholars, we remember the Greeks for who they actually were .


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    • daskittlez69 profile image


      7 years ago from midwest

      What a world we live in. You have got to love it :)

    • Jaydeus profile imageAUTHOR

      James Stratton 

      8 years ago from Springfield, TN

      Thanks, mtariqsattar. It is my belief that the fear of Islam is one propagated by those who want what they have.

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      Tariq Sattar 

      8 years ago from Karachi

      This is very fine hub; one that brings much suppressed and discounted truth to the surface. Prince Charles, husband of lady Diana said few years ago that: "west owes debt to Islam". As Muslims took from Greeks where latter had left and progressed in the field of, medicine, philosophy, astronomy etc.

      The fact; Muslim civilization thrived and prospered in mediaeval times-when the whole Europe was in dark ages.

      It’s sad often when people cast a doubt over Islam being the fanatical faith, and forget the role that it had played long time back in rekindling the world.

    • Jaydeus profile imageAUTHOR

      James Stratton 

      8 years ago from Springfield, TN

      I first heard of this while reading a book in 8th grade I believe, and anytime I ever brought up the topic to a teacher it was brushed off and more pro-Christian propaganda was pushed into my ears. It wasn't until college that I was able to really explore real history, not diluted by an agenda or as dictated by a school board. Western views on a lot of things are ill-informed, and it has lead the USA to become a symbol of hate, ignorance, and terror in the eyes of the global community. A small price to pay, I guess, to be free?

      Thanks for reading, Thesource.

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      8 years ago

      Not many people realize the information you presented.

      Your hub concurs with my religious studies while I was in college. Once Muslims were the center of knowledge in subjects like science, mathematics, chemistry, and literature. However, today Islam seem to have deviated and is more well known in the West and other parts of the world for being associated or sympathetic with terrorist activities.

      I really wish we all can co-exist with hurting each other.

    • Jaydeus profile imageAUTHOR

      James Stratton 

      8 years ago from Springfield, TN

      Thanks Tammy.

      The truth of this world has many sides. The history of how all those sides came together to form our present is often overshadowed by those that seek to maintain control of how things are portrayed and the thought process that is associated with them. Indirect lies meant to blind in order to advance an agenda. It is the lowest of sins.

      I hate when people hold perceptions towards ideals without ever setting foot or mind in that area. True sadness.

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      Tammy Barnette 

      8 years ago

      Powerful and interesting. My faith in God will always endure, but many things have occured in the name of religion. Knowledge is power, but what we do with that power is not always a true representation of the knowledge within. Thanks for a thought provoking hub.


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