Is The Cost of Practicing Islam?
have been many writings trying to explain why Muslims in general
tend to underachieve compared to others. It is ironic that Muslims
own the largest oil reserves in the world but their countries remain
You can read
this article by Thierry
Gattuso addressing the same issue. Apparently, the article was read
by a Muslim intellectual who came up with the solution that more
Islam is needed. You can read the comments of Ali Sina on the
response of Muslims to the crisis in
Muslims seem to behave like drug addicts
who always need more of the same stuff to relieve their withdrawal
symptoms. Muslims just cannot face the crisis head on and cure
themselves from this seventh century ideology; instead, they ask for
more. This stimulated me to write this essay about the price we are
paying for practicing Islam and the price humanity has paid for
keeping Islam alive for so long.
Although I am not an economist,
I delved into this topic to highlight the sheer economic non-sense
inherent in Islam. This analysis will remind us of some idea of
what sort of money we are talking about, rather than being an accurate
estimate of the price that the Muslims pay for practicing their
faith. Mind you, in this analysis, I have not even taken into account
the price we are paying for jihad because all the money in
the world does not bring back one lost life. Mohammed ruled in Medina
for only ten years, during which he fought over seventy aggressive
wars! This tradition of Islamic warfare continued immediately after
his death and has been continuing up to our time.
Let us first agree on how to calculate
the cost and which currency to use. The easiest way is to avoid any
national currency so that we do not have to do any conversions. I am
going to use man-hours as a unit of measurements. Let us
agree that a one man -hour is the work produced when a
man works for one hour.
An average person works eight
hours a day and five days a week. The rest of the time should be
used for rest and family/ leisure activities which are as essential
to life as work itself is, if not more. I am not a pure economist or
a qualified engineer, but I am told that building a commercial
aircraft is one of the most complicated engineering projects of our
time because of the millions of components involved. Such a massive
project apparently costs a staggering
one million man-hours
The cost of
reading the Quran
Reading is normally a very efficient
utilisation of time. It is usually informative and educational and
can be a relaxing and very enjoyable pastime activity. We may
dislike or disagree with what we read, but we still consider the
time spent in reading as useful because of the information obtained
about the subject or even about the knowledge about the writer or
publisher. However, it is unlikely that anyone will read the same
book again and again, certainly not everyday, regardless of how
interesting the book is.
The Arabs came across the Quran some
1400 years ago and they didn't like it. But when Mohammed seized
power he forced it on them using his claim of divine authority. This
is not at all similar to forcing the Red book on the Chinese,
it is far worse. The Arabs, now called Muslims under Mohammed's
Islamic regime, were forced to revere the book, read it everyday and
brainwash their children with it.
A Muslim cannot allow his mind, for even
one second, to think of the Quran as a boring book, full with
absurdities, because of the intense fear built in his mind since
childhood. Muslims have a built in internal system
that automatically oppresses their minds and stops them from ever
thinking of expressing their true feelings towards their religion.
They are conditioned to believe that such bad thoughts are not
theirs but from Satan, therefore, should be rejected
Muslims are supposed to read the Quran
on daily basis, and at least once in a year (in Ramadan) If
only one tenth of Muslims (i.e., at least 100 million Muslims) read
the Quran once in a year that means three billion man-hours
are spent just to read the Quran once in a year. That is assuming a
speed of twenty pages an hour for thirty days, and is enough to
produce three thousands commercial jets! Come to think of this!!
Just think of how many tens of thousands
of Muslims are engaged at this moment of time in debates trying to
cover up the mistakes in the Quran and re-interpret its verses to
defend its nonsense. Just ponder on what Muslims could do with those
billions of man- hours by just ignoring a book that says things like
the earth is flat and the sun orbits the earth.
annual cost of Reading the Quran is: three billion man-hours a year
The cost of
An average Muslim will spend at least an
hour a day to perform the five daily prayers. Men, who ideally
should go to the mosque to perform their prayers, spend even more
time. Islamic societies, like Saudi Arabia, where all men have to
go to mosques for prayers, allocate about half an hour for each
prayer during which all businesses must stop completely. More time
is needed for special prayers like Friday and Eid prayers. This,
what an Islamic government would enforce once in power in any
Islamic country. If only one tenth of Muslims are keen worshipers,
then we have more than two hundreds and fifty millions man-
hours wasted just to perform the five daily prayers!
Multiply this number by 335 days (After
subtracting Ramadan days, which is calculated separately) and we get
a figure of 83.750.000.000
The annual cost of performing the prayers is: 83.750.000.000
man-hours a year
cost of Hajj
About two million people perform hajj
every year, a ritual which takes only few days to complete. However,
in practice, it takes a Muslim an average of ten days to complete
the ritual. The official Hajj holiday in Saudi Arabia is actually
about two weeks. Actual Hajj is just around an hour's hard work,
Simple calculations will give us a figure like 480 millions
man-hours lost, assuming the two million people dedicated
ten days each for the Hajj. The pilgrimage of course affects all
Muslims everywhere and involves considerable preparations and extra
there are health and safety issues too. Saudi Arabia, being an oil
rich country, is currently capable to provide some essential
facilities for the pilgrimage. However, this remains far from
enough. Every year we hear about the thousands who are killed and
injured due to stampedes, illnesses and cross infections. It is a
common knowledge that everybody
that comes back from the Hajj usually comes back with
a respiratory infection.
In every Islamic country, there are
special government departments to organise the journey to the Hajj.
This is more evident in Saudi Arabia which employs extra measures
and deploys extra staff to deal with such a massive influx of
people. Assuming the country has only five millions of employees who
have to stop working for only ten days then four hundreds million
man- hours are lost just in Saudi Arabia. Add this to above figure
of 480 millions man- hours we get a total of 880 millions man-hours.
Considering other Islamic countries losses then a one billion
man-hours lost must be a very conservative estimate.
The annual cost of the Hajj is: one billion man-hours.
The cost of Ramadan
Muslims in general like to consider
Ramadan as a month dedicated for fasting and worshipping.
Working hours in most Islamic countries are reduced substantially,
as Muslims do not allow normal daily activities to affect the
Muslims start the working day late
and finish early and spend the day hours in a state of physical
and mental exhaustion, because of the state of hypoglycaemia
secondary to their fasting. However, Muslims just love to deny this
simple physiological fact, and try to convince themselves that
fasting is good for health, and will produce a typical Islamic
research that defies the academic standards and designed to produce
results to prove their point.
During the evenings, Muslims suffer of
dumping syndrome due to eating too much after fasting for too long.
They may suffer of headaches and may feel unable to do their normal
activities. Muslims will then be busy performing taraweeh
prayers that take about an hour to complete. They will also perform
other keyam prayers after midnight that takes another hour to
is a meal taken very late at night, when the usual medical
recommendation is not to eat before retiring to bed. But suhur
is a meal that is recommended by Muhammad; therefore, Muslims will
just eat it regardless of any medical advice. After that there is a
fajr (morning) prayer, which needs to be performed before
eventually retiring to bed in the early morning. Undoubtedly, this
will reflect on the next day activities. In other words, it will be
another day wasted.
It doesn't matter how many Muslims
actually observe fasting, because the reduction in the working hours
affects everyone. If only one fourth or one fifth of Muslims go to
work, that is about two hundreds and fifty millions people. Working
hours officially drop from eight to six hours during Ramadan that
gives us about five hundreds millions man- hours lost every
day. Multiply that by 30 and you get fifteen billions
man-hours lost during the month of Ramadan alone! Now,
calculate, how many jet aircrafts could be produced with this
staggering number of man hours? And that is assuming the rest of the
working hours are efficiently used which they are not.
The annual cost of fasting is: fifteen billions man-hours.
By adding all the above billions of
wasted man-hours we get a figure of:
The intellectual cost
The above astronomical numbers are
dwarfed compared to the tax Islam imposes on Muslim's intellectual
activities. A true Muslim believes that science is about learning
Quran and Hadith( Muhammad's sayings and deeds) they say in
Arabic: alelmu aya aw hadith, which means just that. The
Arabic word for Muslim clerics is ulama which mean scientists!
Other sciences, like physics and maths, are considered to be
It is the duty of Muslims to read the
Quran as many times as possible, and preferably know it by heart.
They also need to know its interpretation. After the Quran comes the
hadith and sunna which Muslims are also expected to know in
some details. Having done that, Muslims have to read the sirah,
which is the life story of Muhammad, and the rest of Islamic
history. For non-Arabs, we can add the time spent in mastering the
Arabic language. A Muslim must know at least the basics of sharia law in order not to miss out in the race to paradise. Muslims must
know what to say when they wake up in the morning, and what to say
when they go to bed at night. They must know what duaa
(prayers) to say at the beginning of a meal, or at the end of it.
They need to know which duaa to say as they go to the toilet
or step outside the house or when they travel. There is a duaa for every occasion.
Having completed all that, a Muslim is
expected to keep up to date with current Islamic sciences and
research. For example, they are expected to know about the
therapeutic capabilities of reading the Quran and hadith and
their applications to their daily lives. A very important Islamic
science is called altebbu alnabawi meaning medicine
according to the prophet. Muslims believe that just mentioning
the word Allah is very soothing to the mind, while dipping
both wings of a fly in one's food provides cure from illness. True
Muslim doctors and intellectuals believe in these Islamic medicines
more than they believe in their text books or man-made medicines,
and will direct their scientific research to prove their point. They
will manipulate scientific and medical research; in the same way
they manipulate the Quranic interpretation, to produce results to
True Muslims must believe in Jinns
(invincible creatures) as a very influential
factor in causing illness and family crises to humans, and they are
expected to learn from the Quran and sunna how to deal with
these creatures. Muslims also believe in dreams and will read books
and waste hours in front of televisions to learn about the
interpretations of dreams according to the Quran and sunna.
Dreams are believed to be messages from Allah (or may be from the
Satan) which needs to be decoded! Almost every Middle Eastern
television channel has dedicated programmes to educate people on how
to interpret dreams or deal with jinns.
Having completed all those rituals and
Islamic mumbo-jumbo, and Muslims still have some free and functioning
brain cells, they may learn some other sciences. But true Muslims
do not normally waste their time reading about other civilizations
or religions, and those few who do, only do so for the purpose to
learn how to attack it. True Muslims do not believe in music, photography,
paintings, sculptures, performing arts or any fine arts. All these
It is a very sad fact that in a Muslim's
library you can only find books related to Islam or, if there is
still some room, the Islamic view of other cultures. You will not
find a true Muslim reading about Hindu or Chinese cultures because
they are, to Muslims, not even worth reading.
Let us put a dollar value to the
man-hours wasted in Islamic activities. Assume an average wage of
USD 10.00 per hour.
Now, multiply this average wage rate
with the staggering figure of 102.75 billion man-hours.
Total annual cost of practicing Islam is incalculable! It is more
than one trillion USD per year. Yeah, the Muslims are just throwing
away more than a trillion dollars/year doing Islamic mumbo-jumbo! No
wonder, worlds poorest countries are the Islamic nations!
It seems to me that Muslims underachieve
because they do not have time!
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