Muslims, Technology, Education and World! A Mirror

Mohammed Avesh A report of Pew Research Center, United States reveals that there are around one billion and 570 million Muslims in the wor...

Mohammed Avesh
A report of Pew Research Center, United States reveals that there are around one billion and 570 million Muslims in the world, so every fourth person in the world is a Muslim. But there is nothing to be happy about; because the person who loves humanity will never want that any person remains poor, illiterate, and insecure.

Today’s Muslims are technologically-politically backward, marginalized and financially poor too. There are lots of reasons as such the contribution of Muslims is only 2 trillion dollars to the world's GDP of $79 trillion that is also less than the GDP of a small country like France. It is a surprising fact that 35 percent of the world's population is Christian that possesses 70 percent of the world's wealth.

Now the contribution of Muslims in science and technology, inventions is negligible. Muslims generally publish approx. 500 research articles to the renowned journals in a year that is 1/6 of England only. The Jews received the privilege of getting 140 Noble Prize out of the total 500 awards between 1901-2008, which is approximately 25 percent, whereas the Jewish is only 0.2 percent of the world's population. If we talk about Muslims, only 10 Muslims has got this opportunity to receive this award till date.

The Guardians report claims that a single Islamic university from Malaysia stands in the list of the world's 150 best universities, it is also noted that from the seventh century to the sixteenth century, the world's largest schools and universities were located in Muslim countries. Renowned historian of science, Gillespie, had been listed the 130 great scientists and technologists who had a huge contribution in the Middle Ages, among this list 120 were those from Muslim countries and only four were from Europe. Is this fact not so meaningful in itself to Muslims should have an assessment at their past that leads to visualizes your future in a logical way?

There are some more interesting facts based on the research conducted by different institutions indicates that unemployment and economic poverty, rampant in Muslim societies and countries, will rise further in the next 50 years. If the Muslim population has doubled in the next fifty years, the economic development gap between Muslims and Christian countries will increase. The question arises on the dominance and sovereignty of the world in the coming century, and before answer it keep in mind that Muslims have 5% or Christians with 70% resources of the total?  Muslims need to remember that the respect and power of any country in the world, as defined by today's scientific development, is not based on its population.

Development in science and technology in today's world is a guarantee of power, respect and resources. Look at the Jewish country Israel, the small country dominates the entire Arab world because it is an economic, strategic, and scientifically prosperous country, against which the Arab countries of backwardness have to bow down and have to accept defeat. On one side, Muslims who live in western countries are happy with their prosperity, while Muslims from Muslim majority countries are immersed in financial backwardness. The gross domestic product of 20 million Muslims living in Europe is more than 500 million Muslims of the entire Indian continent.

Basically, the downfall of education, learning among Muslims is the main reason for their economic and political decline. We have left the leadership of humanity for centuries and the conservative thinking put us isolated. That day is very close when Muslims will feel them as the liability to the world. Mahathir Bin Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, was spoken in the meeting of the OIC, he said that Muslims should leave their conservatives to create a new identity in the new era as the result of changes in social conditions. It was also a great time when Muslims ruled Spain between 8th -14th century, Spain's income was more than all the rest of Europe because Spain was the centre of higher education. Today the situation has been reversed, Christian Spain's gross domestic product is comparatively very high to the twelve petroleum export Muslim countries. During the Muslim rule all the countries had such a good time. Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo, and Tripoli were famous for their scientific vision. In these medieval centuries, Muslim countries were considered to be very economically, culturally and intellectually developed. On the contrary, according to Donald the reality is that when there was a storm of science in Muslim countries, Europe was living in darkness. Islam was rising and dominating the world.

The situation starts to change with the beginning of 16th Century, Muslim community slightly going to out and idle while the Christian masses were oriented towards Muslim science. The Muslim community, which kept the whole world alive for eight hundred years, ultimately knee down to emerging Europe. In this context, the statement of Maulana Abul Hassan Ali Nadvi, a great Islamist, is very relevant that after the sixteenth century, Muslims abandoned logic and science. Therefore, no great personality emerged in this society, and Muslims were stuck in their traditional lifestyle. Shortly before, Samuel Huntington claimed the dispute between West and Muslim countries was a dispute between two civilizations that is absolutely wrong. This dispute is of rich and poor countries, the developed nations want to be the dictator that consequences suffering of poor.

The poor countries of the world should admit and understand the loss in the fight with the rich countries especially the fight in the name of religion. The only way for the betterment of the Muslim community is to catch the scientific paths such as the Renaissance of Europe and that too in high speed from today's Europe. Firstly Muslims will have to overthrow fundamentalism and extremism with their mind and under the rule of true Islam, brotherhood and tolerance must be adopted. There is a great contradiction in the opposition to the West and the confrontation of Western countries for obtaining visas and green cards. Governments of some Arab countries have to be appreciated because the steps they have taken recently to promote mutual harmony in the world's religions are certainly far-reaching. During a conference, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia said that Islam must stay away from extremism. Some Muslims have betrayed true Islam under the patronage of fundamentalism. We have to tell the whole world that Islam is the voice of humanity, the call of tolerance and support of peace.

Let’s find the way of fruitful negotiations with the West to work together by joining the shoulders for the sake of world peace, the conflict will not benefit anyone, peace and prosperity will only come out of peace.

Mohammed Avesh,  Research Scholar, Mechanical Engineering Department, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad.

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