How The Great Accomplishments Of Islam Saved Europe
Note: I have willingly CENSORED comments against SirDent that may have been taken as personal attacks, in order to assuade those who think that I have a personal vendetta against a man who not only do I not know, but don't even know what his real name is! However, I will not back down on my stand that those evil words must be taken down by HubPages now!
I have been railing against a certain Hubber who CENSORED hides behind the cryptic nickname SirDent and his CENSORED and completely CENSORED attacks against Islam. Although I was born a Roman Catholic and do not count myself as an adherent of any specific theology, I profoundly respect all major religions and will not stand idly by while he savages Islam and its Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as:
"a liar, a murderer, a pedophile and a thief. He is a false prophet who should have been killed..."
The latest jewel to issue from his CENSORED blaspheming pen is:
"I am still waiting for the pluses from the side of Islam. What is good about them? What have they cointributed (sic) to society as a whole?"
Allow me to educate you and other fundamentalist Christian intolerant CENSORED of your ilk, SirDent. After all, somebody has to, or you will live in CENSORED for the rest of your CENSORED lives:
At a time when SirDent's ancestors and mine were living like filthy beasts in the core of the Dark Ages still blindly groping towards feudalism, Islam managed a vast empire with a common language and without any internal political boundaries which stretched from the French to the Pakistani border. While most Europeans of the age were scratching a hard-scrabble existence from dirt, Islam was living Muhammad's (PBUH) words that "the ink of scholars is more precious than the blood of martyrs," and exalting the study of theology, philosophy, arts and sciences.
Arabic numerals replaced the awkward Roman numerals and introduced for the first time the concept of zero. Chinese paper making technology was imported, allowing for the creation of enormous public and private libraries. Countless Sanskrit, Roman and Greek texts were translated and copied to support massive high-level educational efforts throughout the empire: The Hellenic classics which allowed the Renaissance to occur arrived in Europe in Arabic translation. Islamic physicians are largely responsible for what we know as modern medicine as they standardized and harmonized Hellenic, Hindu and Persian medical procedures. Indeed, Islam created the basis for the scientific method where observation and experimentation forms the core of science, rather than conjecture and imagination.
Less than a century after the death of Muhammad (PBUH), free public hospitals began to spring up throughout the empire. Surprisingly modern mental hospitals were present in the Islamic world as early as the 8th century. In the thirteenth century Islamic physician Ibn al-Nafis accurately described the function of the heart and circulatory system, a development which did not occur in Christian Europe until William Harvey published his "discovery" four centuries later. More than eight centuries before Joseph Lister, Islamic physician Abu Bakr al-Razi was using antiseptics to clean wounds, comprehending the connection between bacteria and infection. A century before that, Al-Hasan wrote a study on optics that could easily serve as a college textbook today, and supplanted the previous belief that the eye shot out an invisible ray which captured the image of an object and dragged it back to the soul. Al-Hasan's work was the definitive optics text until Johannes Kepler's work half a millennia later.
Every time we fill up the fuel tank in our cars, we have Islamic scientists to thank, as they invented the forging of steel to make our cars and the distillation of petroleum to run them. Islam refined and corrected Hellenic algebra and developed trigonometry which together form the basis for all physical mathematics. The cupolas of Christian churches including St. Peter's Basilica owe the basics of their architecture to Islamic science.
Muslim scientists corrected and accumulated massive amounts of astronomical data, constructed humanity's first observatory, and invented the astrolabe, which was an invaluable navigation, surveying, and timekeeping tool for well over a thousand years. Islamic mapmakers standardized latitude and longitude so that their maps before 1000 AD were far more accurate than the ones Columbus used. Islamic mathematician Omar Khayyam developed a calendar so exact that more than five centuries later it was off by only one day.
Without Islam, European civilization might have been lost in that horrible age of savagery between the fall of the Roman Empire and the flowering of the Renaissance. Each and every person of European descent, whether they be Christian, Muslim, or atheist, owes Islam a profound debt of gratitude.
Now, SirDent, go take your CENSORED out of HubPages and back to the CENSORED rally where you belong. You CENSORED me, and I will keep up the pressure to ensure that HubPages erase your CENSORED affront to Islam as the CENSORED outrage that it is.