Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims

Holy Islam: Holy Illiteracy, Holy Poverty, Holy Backwardness

[A note to the readers: The olden unsolved ‘Chicken or the egg’ riddle does not bother me anymore because very recently another similar type of doubt rose within me. We all know that ignorance, poverty and backwardness are the holy heritage of Islam. But, which came first? Are Muslims poor because they are ignorant and backwards; or ignorant because they are poor and backwards; or backwards because they are ignorant and poor? The billion dollar question is; which came first – Muslim’s ignorance or Muslim’s poverty or Muslim’s backwardness?

I have spent enough sleepless night to solve this puzzle but in vain. I leave it to the readers to make inquiries and to come to a logical conclusion. Thank you.]

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In Islam, pure illiteracy is divine. The uneducated prophet of Islam called himself “a guardian of the illiterates sent by Allah” (Bukhari, 3:34:335). Another hadith (Sunaan Ibn Majah V:4290) reveals that Allah loves illiterate people and hates educated people and he had promised the first entry to Paradise to the illiterate Muslims and the last entry to the educated Muslims. The reason was simple. Muhammad wanted to keep his followers away from education because he knew that his newly established religion could not survive if criticism is allowed. As Toland (cited Gunny, 1996; p. 95) wrote, “… because he [Muhammad] clearly saw that the spirit of inquiry would not favour him. This is how Islam maintained itself”. Qur’an (5:101, 5:102) very strictly prohibits criticism. Diderot (1975, p. 230) expressed the same reason of Muhammad’s concern to keep his followers in darkness of ignorance, because reason is the greatest enemy of Islam. He wrote “since he [Muhammad] could not read or write, and so this had encouraged Muslims to hate and have contempt for knowledge, which in turn secured the survival of Islam”.

Allah not only loves illiteracy but poverty also. As Imam Ghazali, one of the greatest Muslim scholars of all time, had pointed out; prayer, a big family and poverty will ensure Paradise. To promote further admiration of poverty among the Muslims, Ghazali wrote that Allah and His Prophet praised one who remains satisfied with poverty. He even goes to the extent to exhort Muslims to condemn wealth but praise poverty because it is better than wealth (cited Kasem, 2006).

This is how illiteracy and poverty are glorified in Islam as Allah’s will. Illiteracy and poverty often go hand-in-hand and followed by backwardness. This is how Muslims achieve all three together. Non-Muslims will never be able to catch up the Muslims in this field. But Muhammad never wanted to remain in poverty. He was so greedy that in spite of his flourishing slave trade and plunder, he wanted to grasp the property of other Muslims also. As per Sunaan Abu Dawud, 18:2895, Muhammad was the inheritor of those who had no heir.

Destruction of Alexandria's famous library is one example where Muslims had shown their disgust for education and knowledge. This royal library was one of the greatest of all the libraries during those days and comprised perhaps as many as six hundred thousand manuscripts, as most of the historians estimate - the whole corpus of knowledge accumulated by ancient scientists, philosophers, historians and poets including unique works of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Thucydides, Sophocles, Euripides, Hippocrates and Euclid - just a few of the geniuses to mention amongst several others. The library was open to any scholar from anywhere in the world. During the early months of A. D. 642, Amrou, the general leading the armies of Umar surrounded Alexandria, the capital of Egypt. On the orders of Caliph Umar, the entire collection of books stored at the library was removed and used as fuel to heat water for the city's four thousand public baths. The loss of the library was a particularly grievous blow because the works of so many Roman scholars, literary geniuses, and historians were destroyed. Umar justified his heinous action by saying, "If these writing of the Greeks agree with the Koran, they are useless and need not be preserved. If they disagree, they are pernicious and ought to be destroyed" (Trifkovic, 2002, p. 196). Historians recorded that it took about six months to burn down all the manuscripts.

Many present day Muslims delight in debunking this library burning incident as an anti-Islamic slander. How many of these Muslims know that Umar’s twelfth century successors (Trifkovic, 2002, p. 196) often took great pride to refer this incident?

There was a similar incident in India as well. One of the oldest Universities of the world was Nalanda Mahavidyalaya (University / learning centre). It is not an exaggeration at all that, during those days, Nalanda was the equivalent of today’s Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, Berkeley and Stanford, all rolled into one. At its peak, Nalanda used to house over ten thousand students and two thousand teachers. Students from as far as Arabia, China, Korea, Japan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Persia, Turkey and Sri Lanka used to enroll at Nalanda (Oak, 1996, p. 101). All Buddhist subjects and also all ‘Darshanas’ (Hindu systems of Philosophy), phoentics, grammar, nyaya/ rhetoric, languages, medicine, astronomy, chemistry and fine arts apart from various other subjects were covered in Nalanda. But it’s all gone now by the hands of Islamic invaders in A.D 1193 (97?). Bhaktiyar Khilji, the Turkish Muslim invader, took care to inquire whether there was a Qu’ran in the library before he burnt it and sacked the university complex (did his ideological descendents worried about their Qu’ran before flying planes into WTC ?). The brutal act killing all students and teachers engaged in academic studies is claimed to bring great glory to Islam. Islam destroyed in months, what Hindus and Buddhists built for several centuries. The destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas is just a small minor event in the history in comparison to Nalanda massacre.

As usual, the present day Muslims often deny the destruction of Nalanda in Muslim hands, but how many of them know that Persian historian Minhaz had recorded the Nalanda burning incident in his book, Tabaquat-i-Nasiri, by gathering information from several eye-witnesses. Minhaz recorded (cited Oak, 1996, p. 102),

“Most of the inhabitants of the place were ‘Brahmanas’ (Hindu priests) with shaven heads. They were put to death. Large numbers of books were found there, and when the Mahammadans saw them, they called for some person to explain the contents. But all of the men were killed. It was discovered that the whole fort and city was a place for study, in the Hindi language the word Bihar (i.e. Vihara) means a college.”

In the destruction of Nalanda, the same historian, Minhaz (cited Dutt, 1988) recorded that several thousands of monks were burned alive and yet more thousands beheaded, and the burning of the library continued for several months. Many were forcibly converted to Islam. For Buddhism, in India, this incident marked the beginning of end (Kashyap, 1996). Several historians (cited Dutta et al., 1996. p. 29-30) concluded that Muslim rule was solely responsible for the present poverty of India and for destroying a flourishing a Hindu economy. Medieval India, until the Islamic invasion was a very rich culture, one of the six or seven most advanced civilizations of all times (Trifkovic, 2002, p. 110).

Muslims often take childlike pride on the golden age of Islam, which was actually a myth. As Spencer (2005, p. 91) reported, there is no historical proof to support the idea that Islam inspired a culture which outstripped others. Tisdall (1984, p. 201) wrote, “No great civilization, no scientist of note, no renowned school of philosophy, has ever arisen on purely Mohammedan ground”. He believed that even several Muslim scholars had accepted this fact. Islam never encouraged scientific knowledge. The only knowledge it accepts is Qur’anic knowledge. Diderot stated (cited Gunny, 1996, p. 168) that during Caliph Al-Mamun, people were heard shouting for his death because he had fostered science at the expense of the `holy ignorance' of the faithful believers. Akbar, the Mughal emperor of India was an illiterate and surprisingly, it was not a shame for him but a pride. This stupid Muslim emperor, in his own eyes, had one qualification to be a prophet. “The prophets were all illiterates”, he used to point out frequently and sincerely believed that, in order to honor their prophet, it is the essential duty for every faithful Muslim to keep one of their sons illiterate. (Eraly, 1997, p. 909). With so much glorification of illiteracy and dislike for science, there is little doubt that, Islam’s golden age is far from reality. It is infidel’s education, science, technology and endurance, based on which the Human civilization had spread everywhere including Islamic world itself; on which the Muslim community has no contribution. Trifkovic (2002, p. 196) wrote, “Whatever flourished, it was not by reason of Islam, it was in spite of Islam.” There is no doubt about it.

Even today, the situation is not much changed. Mindless glorification of illiteracy and stupidity is continued shamelessly as true Islamic traditions. One of the burning examples is Madrassah education, for study of pure Islamic ethics, which in today’s world is ‘pure ignorance’. In many orthodox Madrassahs, it is still taught that earth is flat (Das, 2006a). This is the height of Qur’anic stupidity. Earth is flat, because, Qur’an says so.

Legacy of Islamic stupidity reached its peak when Ibn Baz, a noted Islamic scholar from Saudi Arabia wrote a book (published by Islamic University of Medina, Saudi Arabia) on 1974, claiming that, earth is motionless and sun revolves around the earth. He confidently challenged the age-old belief of earth’s rotation and quoted, “If the earth is rotating as they [Infidels]claim, the countries, the mountains, the trees, the rivers, and the oceans will have no bottom and the people will see the eastern countries move to the west and the western countries move to the east." During 1993, the same Islamic intellectual again gave another verdict that “earth is flat”. The stupidity did not end there. Ibn Baz threatened to his fellow Muslims, “Anyone of the round persuasion does not believe in God and should be punished” (Das, 2006b). This scholar never read any book except of Islamic faith and since Qur’an confirms that earth is flat, therefore Ibn Baz was sure that earth is flat.

Islamic stupidity reached its zenith once again when a scholar, Dr. Izzat Attya who is the head of the department of Hadith in Al-Azhar, (world’s most prestigious Islamic University), issued a fatwa (religious opinion), which declared that, it is legitimate for a working Muslim woman to breast-feed her male colleague to avoid the sin of ‘khulwa’ (staying with a stranger in one room). Similar fatwas had been issued in the past by many Sheikhs in many Middle-Eastern countries, but this is the first time it came from a high level academic of Al-Azhar (Salih, 2007).

Al-Azhar, which is supposed to be the world’s most prestigious Islamic University, has no shortage of Qur’anic talents and their research topics often fascinate others. We all know that Muslims who entered paradise would enjoy eternal erections and the company of virgins and ‘pearl-like’ young boys. But the Al-Azhar faculty had objected on the issue of ‘eternal erection of male sexual organ’ and after much debate / research etc, came to the conclusion that, men in paradise would have erections, but merely protracted, not perpetual (Miller, 1997. p. 26-27). Some of them also doubted the possibility of pederasty (anal intercourse between man and a boy) in paradise, while many agreed.

So, this is the faculty level of the Al-Azhar and University of Medina. If this is not stupidity then what is stupidity? Are ‘flat earth’, ‘motionless earth’ and ‘sun revolves around earth’ theories have got any meaning when modern scientific discoveries are fascinating the common citizen and the scholar alike in the present era ? Are ‘eternal erection’ and ‘breast feeding a man’ the only concerns, which trouble the Muslims at this scientific era when the civilized world is busy with the conquest of space, genetic engineering and wonders of the computer? How much stupidity is enough?

It is the duty and responsibility of the universities to introduce new knowledge of values. A university stands for Humanism, for tolerance, for reason, for progress, for the adventure of ideas and for the search of the truth. It stands for the onward march of the human race towards even higher objectives. If the temple of learning itself becomes a home of mindless stupidity, how then the Muslim society will prosper and every individual Muslim grow in stature?

Education is directly related to the economy of any society; higher the education, better the economic growth. But since, anything except Qur’anic knowledge is superfluous; common Muslims live in poverty. It is not surprising at all that a prominent person like Ayatollah Khomeini once wisely said (cited Fara et. al, 1996, p. 69) “Economics is a preoccupation of donkeys”. Bisset (cited Trifkovic, 2002. p. 5) argues that there is something wrong in Muslim world and raised his doubt, “With all their oil wealth, why are there no Muslim countries among the top thirty of the world’s richest nations? Why is it that, two-thirds of the world’s poorest people live in Muslim countries? ” As Sina (2001) said, “The greatest gift of Islam to its followers is poverty.” The GDP in all Arab countries combined stood at $ 531.2 billion in 1999 which is less than that of a single European country (Spain - $595.5 billion). According to the World Bank, in 2000 the average annual income in the Muslim countries from Morocco to Bangladesh was only half the world average (Lewis, 2003, p. 99, 100). But the irony is that common Muslims do not blame themselves for their pitiable condition. All they do is to put the charge on the civilized nations. "Afghans suffer poverty because of America's disproportionate wealth" - this is what Madrassah teachers say in Afghanistan (Elder, n.d) and low academic level of the Palestinians is due to Israeli aggression (Al-Samman, 2001).

Dr. Kenneth David, a well-known economist, presented World Bank Survey of 1980, on the educational and economic status of religious societies of the world in his book named “The Cultural Environment of International Business”. UNDP in 1996 also presented an exhaustive status report of UN Member countries. These important documents are highly revealing since they compare living conditions of all the religious societies i.e. Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, tribal religions and Muslims as well as non-religious communist society. Few disturbing facts (cited Farooqi, 2005) are as follows,

  • Christian society is the most advanced society of the world with regard to education, health and economic wealth whereas Muslim society is the most backward on these counts.

  • Literacy of Christian world in 1980 was on an average 90% and about 15 countries had a literacy of 100%. Whereas, average literacy in the Muslim countries was less than 40% and none had 100% literacy. More or less the same situation continued afterwards and in 2001 UNDP reported an average of 60 % literacy in Islamic countries and between 95 to 100% in the Western nations of Christians.

  • Among the literates of the Christian world, hardly 2% of the population did not complete school education whereas 50% of the Muslims never attended modern schools. In the Christian society literacy implies education of at least primary level whereas in Muslim society a person who could read and write is considered to be literate. If the criterion of the Christian world is taken into account then hardly 10% population of the Muslim countries can claim to be literate.

  • The importance of education in the Christian countries can be judged by the fact that around 40% get higher education including specialization in various disciplines of science. This is less than 2% in Muslim countries. Even the standard of higher education of this 2% is lower in Muslim countries when compared with the Christian world. Hence, many educated Muslims get specialized knowledge of science, engineering and medicine in the Christian West.

  • Scientific achievement of the Muslim society cannot be considered to be of any consequence. Out of the total of 2,60,000 articles published every year on scientific research, hardly 2500 i.e. about 1% are published in Muslim countries.

  • Total number of Science Ph.D.’s produced by about 450 Universities of Muslim Countries every year is less than 500, whereas in UK alone this number is 3000.

  • Total strength of Engineers and Scientist in Muslim world (1.30 billion) is less than the scientists and engineers working in France alone (population 60 million).

  • Hardly 16% of Muslim population is involved in industrial production, whereas for Christians this figure is 60%.

As per another statistics (cited Mahmood, 2006),

  • Amongst every one million citizens, the number of scientists is 4000 in USA, 5000 in Japan and only 230 in Muslim world. The number of research assistants in western world is 1000 for every one million people and in Muslim world this number is only 50.

  • Total number of universities in USA is 5758 and in India 8407, whereas it is only miserly 500 altogether for all 57 Muslim nations of the world. Out of all the topmost universities of the glove, not a single one is from any of the Muslim nation.

  • In Western world 98% people complete their primary education and 40% goes to universities, whereas in Muslim world only 50% people completes primary education and 2% goes to universities.

  • In UK, 2000 books are published for every one million people, whereas in Egypt, the number is only 20.

  • Number of Doctorates in India alone is more than the total number of Doctorates in entire Muslim world.

Educational level of the common Arabs is too low. As of 1982, Arab world produced 40 books per million habitants which is far below the world average 162 titles per million (Eickelman & Piscatori, 1997, p. 40). Another report (cited Lewis, 2003, p. 99) reveals; the Arab world translates about 330 books annually, one-fifth of the number that Greeks translates. As per United Nations' Arab Human Development Report (cited Gattuso, 2005), half of Arab women are illiterate. In total, 60% of Arab Muslims are illiterate. Almost half of the universities concentrate on teaching Islamic education and Islamic science. Fifteen percent of the Arab workforce is unemployed. Only 1% of the Arab population has a personal computer, and only 0.5 % use the Internet.

The Census of India, 2001 (cited Goswami & Malik, 2006. p. 34-40) gave a detailed educational data across religious groups of India. The report reveals a fearful gap between the educational levels of the Muslims and non-Muslims. The original report is too large to produce here. Few salient points are as follows,

Muslim population is far less educationally accomplished than their non-Muslim counterparts in every state of India and in all levels of education. Urban Muslim women are far worse off educationally than their male counterparts.

  • All India literacy levels of Muslim man (55%), non-Muslim Man (64.5%); Muslim woman (40.6%) and non-Muslim woman (45.9%).

  • All India literacy levels of urban Muslim man (64.2%), urban non-Muslim man (77.3%), urban Muslim woman (52.8%), and urban non-Muslim women (65.5%)

  • 44% fewer Muslim students complete senior school compared to non-Muslim.

  • Only one in 101 Muslim women is a graduate versus one out of 37 non-Muslim women.

  • 31 million more Muslims to be educated by 2011 to match today’s literacy level of the non-Muslims.

  • Many more Muslims drop out of high schools than all other religious communities.

  • The average income of Muslim families is much lower than that of the non-Muslims. Over 60% of Muslims live in slums and poorer areas.

  • There are hardly any social workers, NGOs and activists from Muslim background compared to non-Muslims.

Throughout nineteenth century, attempts were made to analyze the causes of Muslim backwardness in India. One of the reasons is that a vast number of Muslims were apathetic to any education except Qu’ran. Also, their complete lack of interest in English education is another factor. When the Hindus and Christians recognized the advantages of learning English under British rule; the Muslims sat apart wrapped into the memory of their traditions and held back by the conservatism of Islam (Ahmed, 1981. p. 133). Rev. Long (1868, p. 62) argued that Muslim community did not have the same aptitude as the Hindus for acquiring a knowledge in English. Even today, as Census of India, 2001 had pointed out, too many Muslim households still believe that religious education at Madrassah is a substitute for high school and college learning. Still many Indian Muslims prefer learning Arabic, Persian and Urdu more than English and western education. Rural Indian Muslims often send their children to village Madrassahs, where average students, after years of study, fail to write a letter or keep accounts correctly (Ahmed, 1981. p. 139). Therefore many Muslims prefer to send their children to Hindu learning centers though they do not like it. Often Madrassah students after wastage of several years, join a Hindu or Christian school to learn something ‘useful’. The Indian Muslim’s work ethics is also utter disappointing, as Terry (cited Eraly, 1977, p 692) wrote, “… for the Mahometans…. There are many of them idle, and know better to eat than work”.

The Indian Government’s special effort aimed at removing the educational disparity between the Muslims and the Hindus initiated in 1870-71 and lasted through several decades. Amongst measures of first category was to introduce science in the Islamic schools and to bring those schools under Department of Education of India. But Government was strongly opposed by the Mullahs and Maulvis, who were dead against Western education. They interpreted education in terms of ‘Din-i-Ilm’, ie, religious education and considered any education other than instruction in the literature and principles of Islam is irrelevant and heretical. One Author went so far as to suggest that when people forsake ‘Din-i-Ilm’ for worldly education it should be regarded as a sure sign of ‘Kiamat’, ie, the Day of Judgment (Sattar, 1877, p. 26). Many Mullahs advice the parents not to send their children to the educational institutions because ‘English education was sure to interfere with their religion’. The Mullahs and Madrassah teachers had their own reasons to oppose any innovations in educations that might cost him his position in society as well as his sources of income (Ahmad, 1981, p. 141). In this situation, as Ahmad (1981, p. 140) lamented, it is for sure that Muslim masses have very little hope of balancing the educational statistics at par with the Hindus in the near future.

Presently about 36% of Indian Muslims live in cities, but their economic condition is so poor that most of them are slum-dwellers. Even a famous Muslim minister, Dr. Rafic Zakaria said, “Indian Muslims had remained alienated from the Hindus, whose goodwill was essential for their economic uplift and educational advancement”. Zakaria further lamented that Indian Muslims are misguided by their religious leaders and they are in pathetic condition because they had alienated themselves from Hindu society and Hindu culture. (Brahmachari, 2000, p. 190).

Dr. M. I. H. Farooqi , Gen. Secretary, Urdu Scientific Society,(Scientist and Deputy Director, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India) lamented,

“Learning and inquiry was no more the motto of the Muslims with the result that today they occupy the lowest position in the ladder of the world. They are educationally backward, scientifically marginal, politically insignificant and economically poor. This is the present status of the entire Ummah amongst the comity of nations”. (Farooqi, 2005)

The situation is so alarming that, well known Islamic fundamentalist of India, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, once said while addressing Muslims at a Seminar (cited Farooqi, 2005), “For God’s sake, get up now and see how much the sun has risen and how far your co-travelers (non-Muslims) have gone ahead of you”.

Muslims often take childlike pleasure saying that Jews are descendents of monkeys and pigs. However, reality is something else. A statistical comparison (summarized from Nelson & Chowdhury, 1997 and Britannica book of the year 1998) between Israel and several other Muslim nations on different aspects is as follows.

  • Female literacy rate: Israel (83%), Bangladesh (21.8%), Sudan (4%), Egypt (29 %), Turkey (43%), Morocco (22%), Pakistan (24.4%), Afghanistan (15%).
  • Male literacy rate: Israel (93%), Bangladesh (36.1%), Sudan (25%), Egypt (57%), Turkey (77%), Morocco (49%), Pakistan (50%), Afghanistan (47.2%).
  • Birth rate per one thousand population: Israel (23), Bangladesh (32), Sudan (45), Egypt (36); Turkey (28), Morocco (31), Pakistan (36.4), Afghanistan (43), Algeria (28.5), Libya (40), Iran (33.7), Iraq (34.1), Syria (40).
     
  • Maternal mortality rate (per one hundred thousand live births): Israel (5), Bangladesh (600), Sudan (660), Egypt (80), Turkey (210), Morocco (300).

  • Infant mortality rate (per one thousand live births): Israel (14), Bangladesh (114), Sudan (107), Egypt (88), Turkey (74), Morocco (58), Pakistan (75), Afghanistan (146.7), Algeria (48.7), Libya (56), Iran (52.7), Iraq (91.9), Syria (29.6).

  • Mortality rate for children under five (per one thousand live births): Israel (16), Bangladesh (180), Sudan (181), Egypt (131); Turkey (93), Morocco (76).

  • Life expectancy (female /male): Israel (77 / 73.6), Bangladesh (55.4 / 56.4), Sudan (51/ 48.6), Egypt (59.5 / 56.8), Turkey (65.2 / 62.5), Morocco (62.5 / 59.1), Pakistan (65 / 63), Afghanistan (45.2 / 46.4), Algeria (69.5 / 67.2), Libya (67.5 / 63.9), Iran, (68.7 / 66.1), Iraq (60.4/ 57.3), Syria (71.3/ 68.4) .

  • Gross national product per capita (in US$): Israel (10300), Bangladesh (180), Sudan (300), Egypt (610), Turkey (1080), Morocco (960).

  • Average household size: Israel (3.6), Bangladesh (5.3), Sudan (5.1), Egypt (5.2), Turkey (4.7), Morocco (4.2).

Undoubtedly, the mighty nation Israel is far ahead of the neighboring Islamic countries. Jews community is small, but they are highly educated, productive, rich and peaceful. Muslims will do much better if they sit at the feet of Jews Masters and Maestros and learn from them instead of taking instruction from Qur’an. Muslim-Jews educational differences are more prominent if we compare the number of Noble-Laureates amongst them. From a pool of 1.4 billion Muslims which are 20% of the world's population (2 out of every 10 people) there are only six winners (Including Nobel "Peace Prize" to Yasser Arafat, who was a ‘terrorist). And from a pool of 12 million Jews which are 0.2% of the World's Population (2 out of every 1,000 people) there are 165 Jews listed (Jewish Magazine, 2006).

Even those Muslims who live and work in the west also lag behind their non-Muslim neighbors. Let’s take the example of United Kingdom. As per the United Kingdom census of 2001 (cited Gattuso, 2005), Muslims make up 2.8%, Hindus 1%, Sikhs 0.6 %, Buddhists and Jews both make up 0.5% of the UK population, but sadly,

  • 31% of Muslims of working age have no qualifications, the highest of any religious group.

  • 82% of Sikhs followed by 78% of Jews own their own home in the UK. Only 52% of Muslims own their own home, the lowest of any religious group.

  • 14% of Muslims are unemployed the highest of any religious group, compared to 8% of Sikhs and 6% of Hindus.

The above statistics are horrifying and certainly a bitter taste for Muslims because they are scared to face the truth. Almost the entire Muslim world is affected by poverty, backardness and tyranny. Today Muslims should remove the religious blindness from their eyes while there is still time and must realize that Man, society and values cannot be understood in separately. Poverty, backwardness and illiteracy are all interrelated. Education, ideals and practices are rooted in society, which reflects the central tendencies, features and forms of that society.

Societies need such educational system, which should teach the higher values of life as well as skill needed for employment. As Unnithan (cited Loomb & Madan, 1987, p. 88) said, “The task is to provide competent men and women, trained in several arts, science and professions who will also be cultivated individuals imbued with a sense of social purpose.” Higher education is deeply involved in technological advance. Today education becomes a way of investing in human capital across many levels or skills. It is the ‘brain workers’ that are the economic need of societies in advanced industrialization, governmental as well as industrial leaders.

After WW-II, a rapid expansion of education services occurred throughout the world, including the developing countries, which is the actual way out of social and individual poverty (World Bank, 1974 & 1980; Linn, 1983, p. 195). As a result, today for a number of developing countries, education absorbed more than a quarter of all public expenditures. World Bank (1974; p. 28) understands that, many low-income countries are, “approaching the limits of their financial capability without having achieved even a minimum education for the majority of their populations.” Finally it also became clear that, although some sections of populations made considerable progress in educational achievements, large segments were little affected by the educational efforts.

World Bank (1974, 1980) strongly suggests that education should be placed in the overall context of development objectives, and strategies, as one of many policy instruments, is in the increasing realization that the education system itself needs to be restructured to attain the goals of improved efficiency and equity in development. It is high time, Muslims should listen what World Bank is saying instead of what Qur’an is saying. An Islamic society cannot see educational and economic growth as long as it is guided by the Sha’ria Law. Today Muslims must realize that their own existence and destiny are inalienably related to the existence and destiny of other human beings around them. When Muslims are endowed with this awareness, responsibility and vision; then the future that will loom large before them is the future of his country or perhaps humanity. With this the Islamic society will see an economic growth. With a strong national economy, poverty of the masses can be eradicated. What is required is a mass awakening.

There is a silver lining in every cloud. Muslims are slowly waking up with the fact that Islam is the cause of the decadence of the Muslim world. Probably this is the reason so many Muslims are leaving Islam everywhere. More and more Muslims are coming up with the facts and openly criticizing Islam. Slowly media is also gaining courage to call a spade a spade. In South Africa, the divine downfall is already noticeable (author’s first-hand experience). Ex-Muslim movement had started and gathering momentum in almost all the western nations. Doubts are raised by the young population from the native land of Islam, Saudi Arabia. If the maxim “morning shows the day” is correct, then the end of the darkness is not far away.

And yes, on that day of enlightenment, this article will lose all its importance and become irrelevant.



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  • Name: this shows why muslims live under povertyand illiteracy
  • Date: Wednesday July 23, 2008
  • Time: 07:06:05 -0700

Comment

this shows why muslims live under poverty and illiteracy. Once muslims get rationalised they will be freed.


  • Name: Ali Khalaf
  • Date: Wednesday July 23, 2008
  • Time: 11:14:13 -0700

Comment

Excellent article Mr Das. A lot of stuff I read for the first time. Thanks.


  • Name: Vijay
  • Date: Wednesday July 23, 2008
  • Time: 11:17:41 -0700

Comment

very informative piecw. Destruction of Nalanda University and the massacre of it's teachers by islamist hindu haters (like Akhter) was a news to me.


  • Name: ZuK
  • Date: Wednesday July 23, 2008
  • Time: 14:16:01 -0700

Comment

Great article. I wish, however, that numbers for the academic and economic achievements of China (mainland and Taiwan), Korea and Japan were given separately from either the all-encompassing cathegory of "Christian" or "Muslim" worlds. Also (and this is a piece of information that Mr. Das might not have had access to), the achievements of Chinese, Korean and Japanese communities within Europe-USA yield impressive sociological data in terms of life expectancy, literacy, health and wealth. Surely, Mr. Das' point is taken and well taken, but it would be unfair if his excellent research should look like a statement of advocacy in favor of a "Christian" society, whereas the reality is that ANY society (Christian, Shinto, Buddhist, Confucian or plainly secular) smart enough to get pass its most reactionary, primitive traits and to open itself to the worldwide flux of ideas and knowledge, both in scientific and social fields, can improve greatly - in any case, can do WAY better off than societies that live holding to medieval standards of thought and action, as it happens in the Muslim world.


  • Name: balam
  • Date: Wednesday July 23, 2008
  • Time: 17:47:28 -0700

Comment

First of all, my compliments to Sujit Das for such an informative article about holy Islam, holy illiteracy, holy backwardness. You could add on to the list like holy allah, holy prophet, holy quran, holy sex (pedophillia) holy murders {jihad} holy terror and the list could go on. Unfortunately everything UNHOLY is holy in Islam. No wonder Mustafa Kamal, father of modern Turkey called Islam as the absurd theology of an IMMORAL beduine. He was talking about the prophet, the muslims call HOLY.


  • Name: TILL WE DESTROY JUDEO-CHRISTIANITY/ISLAM THERE IS NO WORLD PEACE
  • Date: Wednesday July 23, 2008
  • Time: 23:17:07 -0700

Comment

TILL JUDEO-CHRISTIANITY/ISLAM IS DESTROYED THERE IS NO WORLD PEACE.JEWS WERE THE FIRST TO KILL NON JEWS DUE TO BELIEF IN DIFFERENT GODS,AND CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS R THE FOLLOWERS.ALL 3 FAKE RELIGION WHICH R ZIONIST-NAZI IDEOLOGY,R THREAT TO SECULARISM,FREEDOM AND TRUTH. WE KNOW THAT NO FALSE GOD/ALLAH CREATED MAN AND WE KNOW THAT MAN IS EVOLVED AND NATURE IS TRUTH.DEATH TO JUDEO-CHRISTIANITY/ISLAM.


  • Name: Saul Wall
  • Date: Wednesday July 23, 2008
  • Time: 23:31:19 -0700

Comment

Poverty, illiteracy and backwardness (AKA The Religion of Peace) are part of a vicious circle with each fueling the other but they can also be a virtuous circle. Fighting illiteracy reduces poverty. Reduced poverty helps provide funds and resources to fight illiteracy. And prosperity and literacy bring Muslims into contact with the true nature of their religion which they must either embrace (leading to their death) or discard (leading to a risk of death). These are the three reinforcing principals of Islam and to destroy any one you need to fight them all. Education, economic development and religious criticism - promoting one or two while undermining the rest leads to disaster.


  • Name: Re: Historical
  • Date: Wednesday July 23, 2008
  • Time: 23:46:55 -0700

Comment

Your comment istself reveals the backwardness. The middle age is of no concern anymore, we are talking of the present. Todays islamists and fundamentalists know that modernisation is necessary because of the need for modern technology to produce wealth and military strength. However, they think they can adapt modern technology without changing the society. But tht is not possible. In order to achieve growth and progress society has to change too. I think there is one arabic word that expresses the muslim mentality very exactly: inshallah! But people have to learn if they want to achieve anything. You can pray as often as you want but you will never receive a degree if you don´t learn. Muslims should learn from barack Obama: Yes we can! This is a very nice slogan which expresses not only the minds of western, but also that of far eastern people.


  • Name: Muslims should reject Mullahs/Mosques their illitearte teachanings and join Human race.
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 00:09:54 -0700

Comment

Am not suggesting to Muslims to leave Islam. U keep your quran (covered and never opened) in your Prayer room ( U designate one room or some some space in your house for that). Give respect to it, but do not read it. Got to the mosque but never be guided by the Mullahs bcos they are illiterate. If muslims follow these day by day for say 2-3 decades the next generation may flourish in education or elde it is doom for everybody here in earth.


  • Name: Excellent Article!
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 00:42:47 -0700

Comment

However, all the illiterate muslims who should read it, cannot read it!


  • Name: RELIGION IS THE BANE OF HUMANITY
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 02:25:22 -0700

Comment

SOME JEW-CHRISTIAN/ISLAMISTS TRY TO MALIGN ISLAM BUT FEEL/THINK THAT THEIR FAKE RELIGION JUDAISM/CHRISTIANITY IS BETTER... ACTUALLY ITS NOT, BCOZ ITS STILL BASED ON THE SAME LIES AS ISLAM AND TILL RELIGION IS NOT DESTROYED WHICH CAUSES SUPERSITITON AND HATE AMONG MANKIND THERE CAN BE NO WORLD PEACE.


  • Name: Excellent
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 02:40:57 -0700

Comment

It is an excellent article by Sujit.Even in rediff messageboard some jihadi keep on arguing that Nalanda University was not burnt by Muslim...they are lier..


  • Name: Re: RELIGION IS THE BANE OF HUMANITY
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 03:28:03 -0700

Comment

This is not true. Buddhism is definitely without any violence, and the heart of christianity is peaceful too. The christ as the logos paves the way to hellenistic thinking, rationalism and philosophy. There are more interesting in other religions, too. However, I see no rationalism in Islam. In early Islam, all approaches towards rationalism, philosophy and theology where suppressed before they had been given any chance to develop. It was the west who took over this approaches and made use of it while the muslims did not. Therefore it is so absurd to talk about original islamic knowledge and blaming the west. Islam does not have any science or philosophy. Islam means nothing but memorizing the quran, fatwas and superstition. It is the opposite of any rationalism and progress.


  • Name: PROPHETS = PIMPS
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 04:54:30 -0700

Comment

I REALLY DONT UNDERSTAND HOW SOMEONE CAN CLAIM TO BE A PROPHET...HE MUST BE EITHER MENTALLY CRIPPLED TO SEE AND HEAR STUFF ANDOR A SMART ASSHOLE WHO KNOWS HOW TO MANUPLATE PEOPLE : JUST IMAGINE IF GANDHI THE APOLSTE OF PEACE HAD SAID THAT U MUST BOW TO ME AS I AM THE APOSTLE OF PEACE OR U WILL BURN IN HELL FOREVER...HOW MANY WUD BELIEVE HIM ? EVERYONE NOWS THERE IS NO VIRGIN BORTH, AND NO GABRIAL TALKS TO ANYONE...ITS ALL MADE UP,TO SUPRESS THE PEOPLE AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM.IF REALLY ANY GOD TALK TO ANYONE, WHY THEY DOTN GET THE LOTTERY-LOTTO NUMBER OR BETTER STILL CURE FOR AIDS,TB,MALARIA ETC ? THAT WUD BE A REAL MIRCALE,BUT IT NEVER HAPPENS, BCOZ THERE IS NO JEHOVA/ALLAH ITS ALL AMDE UP TO SUPRESS THE PEOPLE AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM AND THEIR GULLIBILITY.


  • Name: To PROPHETS = PIMPS
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 05:16:52 -0700

Comment

Enjoy this brief world while you live in, Remember you were informed about all gods Messiahs. Its never too late to be informed.


  • Name: Re historical
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 05:18:00 -0700

Comment

A very good article indeed.


  • Name: good article
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 06:15:57 -0700

Comment

good article


  • Name: Islam is made for Illiterates:
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 12:04:24 -0700

Comment

Volume 6, Book 60, Number 362: Narrated Abdullah bin Amr bin Al-As: This Verse: 'Verily We have sent you (O Muhammad) as a witness, as a bringer of glad tidings and as a warner.' (48.8) Which is in the Qur'an, appears in the Surah thus: 'Verily We have sent you (O Muhammad) as a witness, as a bringer of glad tidings and as a warner, and as a protector for the illiterates (i.e., the Arabs.) Islam is over! rejoice!


  • Name: KUMAR
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 12:16:57 -0700

Comment

Thank you Das for humiliating the Muslims, i can not stand them, in my village this muslim plumber was well known for fixing things , until he fixed me the bastard took my sister ,hardly any house where he not left his mark,he had good tool the women say, if i see him i will kill him.


  • Name: India owes itself to Islam
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 12:27:36 -0700

Comment

http://www.nadwatululama.org/academy/books/civilization.htm


  • Name: JD
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 12:35:44 -0700

Comment

That presents an interesting weird sort of backwards logic which explains the educational makeup of so many of the bombers in the more spectacular al Qaeda plots. PP These Mohammedans, such as Muhammed Atta or the Glasgow doctors, became too educated, departing from the ideal presented by Mohammad. Thus they were less likely to reach Paradise. Hence, by Mohammedan logic, they had to commit suicide without committing suicide. They had to become a shaheed. Then they would have access to heaven and the women their general attitudes denied them. (What sane woman would want a Muslim husband?) So in a strange sort of inverted logic, poverty and illiteracy WERE the reasons for these terrorist plots. The perpetrators were not illiterate enough and not poor enough. Yick, what an insane religion!


  • Name: To historical
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 13:11:23 -0700

Comment

"The West owes a great debt to Islam, because..." Islam never was, and can never be great. Islamic thinking never got above the waist; to many Muslims, their penis is their mind. This is what occupies their thinking. The great "Muslim" thinkers were forced converts from other religions.


  • Name: Ananda
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 14:37:41 -0700

Comment

To those 'commentators' spilling your guts in thousands of words --- a TOTAL waste of effort. The document format makes it into ONE incoherent & blabbering piece. To create sense, break-up the piece & post separately.


  • Name: Mohammad Abdullah
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 14:45:37 -0700

Comment

You correctly point out that most of the world's poor live in muslim countries. Muslims in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan) number around 500 millin and most of them are poor. Each of these countries have around 150 to 200 million muslims. However, poverty is endemic here and most of the hindus in this area are poor too. Is it possible that level of poverty has something to do with history? I feel it is basically lack of proepr education and i do not mean the ability to just write your name.


  • Name: Ananda
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 14:56:51 -0700

Comment

Vote against Obama Hussein. He is a liar and a secret Muslim. The TIME's issue, with picture of his white mother holding him, is vote-getter issue (1) white mother (2) "ALL that is good in me is from my mother" he is quoted. His mother married twice from innate inclinations - both times to Islamists. And lived in Jakarta where Obama Hussein attended a Muslim school for four years. While attending college in Manhattan, Obama Hussein went to Pakistan to understand Islam. He is sneakily getting Arab support & also Jewish support by promising this and that. Obama Hussein is a dangerous liar.


  • Name: kafir/infidel ( & Ex-communist ).
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 15:40:08 -0700

Comment

It is a great challenge for the entire human civilization and the present day people of the world , to even think that such evil,brutal, backward, hatefilled,bloodthirsty, vengeful,fascist ,totalitarian, intolerant ,bigoted , killing cult called ISLAM still exists and dictates to the civilized free world !!!!!!!!!! what went wrong ? How this evil cult ISLAM spread by force of sword for 14 centuries? where are the intellectuals? where are the great thinkers? where are the great philosophers? There are a variety of factors that helped and come in handy for the spread of ISLAM apart from sword, death. Fear and terror about ISLAM/ Moslems also part of this melange. Time, history and circumstances conspired to make ISLAM survive. Most important factor is the extreme cruel, barbaric, disciminatory, killing,looting, raping theology that ISLAM is . But now all that is behind us. Modern people , societies have the adantage,benefit of communications, internet and liberal, progressive humanism to eradicate this plague- ISLAM- of humanity . ISLAM /Moslems are incompatible with freedom, peace,love,equality, equality of justice, equality of laws, equality of gender ,democracy and progressive liberal humanism. ISLAM takes the human civilization into darkness.


  • Name: ha ha ha .....
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 20:23:32 -0700

Comment

The Moslem way of life is, you don't have to be high educated or in good wealth, because their god Allah, has prepared for them in the afterlife, along with 72 houris to have sex with. If they need money, they can rob their non-moslem neighbourhood. It is all the teaching of Mohammad s.o.a.b. (son of a bitch). So a good moslem is a moslem who stays in mosque, performed prayer 5 times a day with unlimited 'sunnah' prayers. He can cite most of quranic verses in Arabs and fasting every Monday and Thursday. The moslem girls will surely dying to have this man as their husband, saying that he is good in religion (Islam). Problem is, how can you live properly with only prayers? Oh, you can teach moslem children to be a good moslem like you, but, are their prosperity rises? Is your prosperity rises too? The outside world are racing with knowledge, computers, spaceship, biology etc., and you still clinging to your stupid quran? Moslem, the world will be a much better place to live if there is no Islam anymore. It means it is better if all of you are dead. ha ha ha .....


  • Name: Adil Hug
  • Date: Thursday July 24, 2008
  • Time: 22:13:04 -0700

Comment

Buddy – the one who is really an educated-illiterate is you!. Prove me this “Allah loves illiterate people and hates educated people and he had promised the first entry to Paradise to the illiterate Muslims and the last entry to the educated Muslims”. There is a common prayer Muslims are encouraged to ask for “Rabe-Zidni Ilma” (Oh Allah, please increase my knowledge). When the first very worse of Quran was decent on Muhammed (PBUH), it was “Read – Read with the name of your Lord who taught you by the pen”. Get yourself educated dude, in particular about Islam. And if you want to learn Islam, go to someone who knows about it. Don’t spread wrong information about it ! There are dozens of evidences that I can show you where Allah and the prophet has encouraged to learn and get educated. You mention the Moorish Spain when Muslims knowledge in Astronomy, Mathematics (Algebra) and Medical sciences spread the light around the world when Europe was in dark ages, a similar one you talk about now. Everyone gets there turn, don’t worry. And BTW do you know how many Muslim scientists and innovators are working and filing top patents in the US and around the world? I’m surprised by your very lack of Knowles about Muslims in America itself. Go see the number of Muslims students in your top schools and check out their GPA. I went to Boston University and MIT, GPA=3.87, My wife went to Harvard and USF, GPA=4.0 (while she was pregnant). – and with the grace of Allah, I’m a very solid Muslim. My education only makes me a better human being and a better Muslim and see the signs that I never thought about before but Quran always talked about them. Unfortunately I don’t have the time and the energy to answer every nonsense you have written in your haltered against Islam and Muslims, so go ahead and keep trying If you don’t have anything more productive to do.


  • Name: Re: Adil Hug
  • Date: Friday July 25, 2008
  • Time: 00:44:40 -0700

Comment

So pathetic, so nostalgic! The west owes a lot to the muslims? No! Western people attend school during their childhood while muslims don´t. Does the west prevent the muslims from building schools and educating their children? The present education average level in the muslim world is way below the west some 200 years ago! Consider the Far East: They made great progres in the past decades, while the muslim world didn´t. Sometimes I am beginning to think that we should not give any development aid to the muslim world, because many people do not deserve it!


  • Name: Luke To adil huq - do you have an answer?
  • Date: Friday July 25, 2008
  • Time: 06:15:41 -0700

Comment

If you beieve that quran is so conducive to the formation of advanced, propsperous, righteous society why is it that you are not living in a islamic society? You should be very comfortable with sharia. Yet you live and are educated in a country which is predominantly christian. Without exception, islamic countries are backward scientifically and in so many fields. How many nobel prizes have been given to muslims? How many gold medals have been won by muslim athletes? What manufacturing, industrial capability does the muslim world have? What are the education and health level in muslim countries compared to the west? Dont you believe in islam enough to go back to your muslim country and help your fellow muslims? Live and work side by side with them rather than living in a kafir country which you muslims so despise?


  • Name: kafir/infidel ( & Ex-communist ).
  • Date: Friday July 25, 2008
  • Time: 09:13:19 -0700

Comment

To all Moslems ( liars, deceivers, dishonest, ruthless,no conscience ) : Moslems are draining the money, resources of the world. How much aid and help is going to , pakisatan , AFGHANISTAN,Iraq,EGYPT and other countries . Moslems in INDIA are sucking the blood of poor INDIANS /HINDUS while the ill gotten petrodollars of middle east - SAUDI,Kuwaiti,UAE,iran ,iraq are used for ISLAMIC terror and for killing thousands of innocent kafirs, infidels and nonmoslems . SAUDI ARABIA is literally floating in a sea of petrodollars ,dont know what to do with all that petrodollars but SAUDIS are criminals in not helping even a single penny to INDIAN moslems . All the INDIAN moslems know this and whereas INDIAN moslems are getting all benefits and special privileges from poor HINDU INDIANS , INDIAN moslems are treated as worse than slaves by SAUDI ARABIA . Anybody can verify this. INDIAN moslems are getting all benefits ,reservations and special privileges . This is all shameful and disgraceful for any INDIAN moslem. It tells the generosity, nobility, magnanimity of INDIAN/HINDUS towards Moslems. IN contrast see how nonmoslems are treated as slaves in saudi ARABIA and other middle eastern moslem countries. NO human rights, no equality, no democratic rights, no minority rights ,no freedom, no freedom of religion, no freedom of thought, no freedom of expression, no freedom to practice one's religion in SAUDI ARABIA , no freedom to build churches, synagogues, temples in SAUDI ARABIA and all moslem countries. What kind (in)humans are the moslems ? Taking all the best offered by nonmoslems and in return giving destruction,death, demonism,insults ,killings of nonmoslems world wide . This is truly evil, cruel,barbaric, dark,bloodthirsty, fascist ,intolerant, ISLAM is --- the cult of death and destruction, vengence,hate, bigotry. ISLAM has no place in civilized world - but it is getting away with all murder and meyhem as the civilized world is unable to do the right thing - to eradicate this plague of ISLAM.


  • Name: Re: kafir
  • Date: Friday July 25, 2008
  • Time: 13:45:05 -0700

Comment

Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to create unions, nor do they enjoy any political rights. There is no universal umma, they are treated like slaves. The societies of the richt gulf countries rely heavily on the exploitation of foreign workers.


  • Name: Abdul Huq
  • Date: Friday July 25, 2008
  • Time: 16:10:03 -0700

Comment

“If you beieve that quran is so conducive to the formation of advanced, propsperous, righteous society why is it that you are not living in a islamic society?....”---- How do you know I’m not? I have Alhamdullilha a business established in 2 Muslim countries a divide my time among that and part of that is living in the west as well. I am very comfortable with it. Even in this scocirty, I do not drink, I do not go to strip teases, I go for my prayers and mashallah living a Muslim life. Do you have a problem with that? To answer some of your and other propaganda, check this website http://www.pitchpakistan.com/ on just one country – this should shut your mouth. If western media will be little honest, truth will get to people. Living in the west has only uncovered for me the shit that has silver covering on it. Drug edicted teenagers who do not respect elders, divorce filled broken family system, pornography and foreclosures filled capitalistic society are few gifts that you should get noble prizes for. If people like YOU will stop interfering and plotting against Muslims and Muslim countries, there will be stability, when there will be stability, they will progress (and they are progressing). Go visit Dubai some time.


  • Name: Abdul Huq
  • Date: Friday July 25, 2008
  • Time: 16:21:36 -0700

Comment

"The West owes a great debt to Islam, because..." Islam never was, and can never be great. Islamic thinking never got above the waist; to many Muslims, their penis is their mind. This is what occupies their thinking. The great "Muslim" thinkers were forced converts from other religions ---For you – YES. Actually it has not even gotten about your ass-hole. A piece of advice and evidence for you. Go Google for some porn keywords and see how many pornography videos come out. Then see the color of the skin how are in there? Muslims? Then pick any western movies that are rated above PG13, most of em you will find filled with penis-minded thinking, incomplete without a sex scene. Or pick our west-inspired copy-cat Indian brotherhood called Bollywood that has raised the bar of sexism no one can ever challenge in the East. BTW statistics says an average western changes 16 girlfriends in life time (those are the ones they tell about on top of escort visits). So here is your answer who has penis in the mind all the time.


  • Name: To Abdul Huq
  • Date: Friday July 25, 2008
  • Time: 18:27:42 -0700

Comment

I think you could be wrong about penis & Islam. Without the inducements of penis-gratifications, there would be no Islam and no suicide bombings. In fact, without the inducements of penis-gratifications there would be no muhammad.


  • Name: Abdul Huq
  • Date: Friday July 25, 2008
  • Time: 18:52:23 -0700

Comment

“I think you could be wrong about penis & Islam…” ----- and you seem to be particulary impressed by it...


  • Name: To adil haq
  • Date: Saturday July 26, 2008
  • Time: 13:44:50 -0700

Comment

Why live in a kafir country when you despise the west so much? Since islam is so dear to you , you should be living in an islamic country. Yet you took higher educations courses in the west and now are living in the west. Go back to your islamic society which you admire so much. You uphold pakistan as a advanced country. this is what wikipedia has to say "For Pakistan to be an Industrialised Nation it would take 159 years." Dubai gets its boost from oil, gas and by encouraging tourism and foreign investment. It is not an industrialised country. It has no manufacturing base worth the name. Nor has any other islamic country. Why? Can you give ma an answer? It is islam which prohibits free thinking and has led to backwardness. That is why you are living in the west. Go back to your sharia ruled society and dont try to spread your filth in the west.


  • Name: Patrick Boyle
  • Date: Sunday July 27, 2008
  • Time: 07:40:35 -0700

Comment

Awesome article. I shall read it carefully when I have some spare time.


  • Name: Islam is a violent religion which will meet a violent end.- luke
  • Date: Sunday July 27, 2008
  • Time: 15:13:10 -0700

Comment

Islam has always practised violence against non muslims. That is why the spaniards drove them out and subsequently defeated them at the battle of lepanto. Where are you muslims for the past 1000 years. Without conquering new territories you have nothing to claim credit for. Right now Israel is kicking you and I dont want to waste sympathy on those who have murdered non muslims for so long. This is your turn to get back a dose of your own medicine. Attack the west one more time and see what they will do to you in return. The writing is on the wall but you muslims are too blind to see it. the greatest mistake the europeans are doing is to let muslims enter their counries. All muslims should be sent back to their land of origin.


  • Name: ISLAM IS TRUTH --- Benjamin Ali
  • Date: Monday July 28, 2008
  • Time: 12:06:36 -0700

Comment

I’m a converted Muslim (Allah-hu-Akbar) out of Brooklyn. After reading all the postings here, my love for Islam has even increased. I was in dark, and Islam enlightened me. I was ignored and my Muslim brothers embraced me. I had never ever heard of such filthy comments from my Muslim brothers about another faith. All we talk about is how we make a difference in the world and help other out, involve in community works etc. I have only one regret – why I did not enter Islam early!!!!!!!!!


  • Name: to: adil hug
  • Date: Monday July 28, 2008
  • Time: 22:12:18 -0700

Comment

"Read – Read with the name of your Lord who taught you by the pen". Sadly, the only material to read was that filthy Quran made by Mohammad son-of-a-bitch. One or the other way around, it didn't make moslem more clever. Mohammad was illiterate, so to keep people from laughing at him, he said that he was the protector of the illiterates. Actually, he was one of them idiots. If he was a blessed prophet, he wouldn't be illiterate.


  • Name: to: Benyamin Ali
  • Date: Monday July 28, 2008
  • Time: 22:21:56 -0700

Comment

Wrong!!! Islam is NOT the truth and never will !!! No other religion's holy books teach people to kill other people !!! Only Quran does !!! See Quran 4:89. Why are you so blind ??? Open your eyes Benyamin, before it is too late !!!


  • Name: david
  • Date: Wednesday July 30, 2008
  • Time: 11:07:44 -0700

Comment

so it seems that if islam had not come into being the arabs and persians would have been the super powers of the world. lucky for the europeans and america it did.


  • Name: Just the facts, man!
  • Date: Wednesday July 30, 2008
  • Time: 21:10:45 -0700

Comment

It's funny with all the facts this article presents, all a muslim can do is cry about the middle ages. Mohammed loved the ignorant for those are the people most easily deceived! This article presents the FACTS which every muslim hates to be confronted with! And, when they are confronted with the facts, heck, just kill them! Mohammed forced married a 6 year old girl! NOWADAYS THAT WOULD BE JAIL TIME! WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT YOU FARTING MUSLIM?(OOPS, I'M SORRY-YOU ARE TOO BUSY BREAST FEEDING!).


  • Name: EVER NOTICE?!!!
  • Date: Thursday July 31, 2008
  • Time: 07:01:11 -0700

Comment

EVER NOTICE THAT WHEN CONFRONTED WITH THE TRUTH (LIKE, MOHAMMED BEING A SICK, PERVERTED PEODOPHILE!) THAT ALL A MUSLIM CAN DO IS ATTACK (OR EVEN KILL!) OTHER PEOPLE?! THEY CAN'T DENY OR DEFEND THAT MOHAMMED'S FORCE MARRYING A 6 YEAR OLD GIRL IS NOTHING BUT DISGUSTING! ALL THEY CAN DO IS ATTACK OTHER PEOPLE FOR EXPOSING THE TRUTH AS THEY DID IN DENMARK! So, this article exposes the truth about eduacation in islamic countries and they can't defend this so they attack other people! All they can do is bring up the crusdades BUT TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE HAVE DIED UNDER THEIR HANDS THEN WHAT HAPPENED IN THE CRUSADES! If someone depicts Christ in a bad manner Christians don't threaten to kill those who do! If someone depicts Buddha in a bad manner Buddhists don't threaten to kill those who are doing it! I'm glad people are beginning to wake up to the fact that Islam is a religion for tyrants who want to suppress women and cater to the ignorant!


  • Name: to mr kumar
  • Date: Thursday July 31, 2008
  • Time: 09:51:43 -0700

Comment

i think ur sister would hav run away with a man wit half a dick.


  • Name: Usman Ali
  • Date: Thursday July 31, 2008
  • Time: 10:08:24 -0700

Comment

I would ask sujit das to put some light on their holy cow and of course its holy excretions.


  • Name: to Usman Ali -re holy cow!
  • Date: Thursday July 31, 2008
  • Time: 21:36:53 -0700

Comment

How about holy camel shit ,and camel urine prescribed by you fake prophet as the 'cure-all' and health-invigourating stuff. HEHEHEHEHEHE!


  • Name:
  • Date: Friday August 01, 2008
  • Time: 06:46:02 -0700

Comment

Thanks for this article.. it was indeed very informative. Keep up the good work... Muslims: leave your quran you will be called human.


  • Name: Isn't it funny...
  • Date: Friday August 01, 2008
  • Time: 21:31:26 -0700

Comment

How little Israel who NEVER BOMBS ANYONE WITHOUT FIRST BEING BOMBED can be called "terrorist" but if a Muslim country bombs them it's okay and justified. All Israel is trying to do is exist! AND FOR THE ISLAMISTS WHO HATE ISRAEL, REMEMBER THAT IS WAS IN ISRAEL THAT THE CELL PHONE WAS CREATED, TEXT MESSAGING AND VOICE MAIL. So, if you want to be true to you guns here, go back to relaying messages on camels! (And, no I am not an Isreali so don't kill them because you saw this post). MUSLIM SCHOLARS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO ADMIT THAT MOHAMMED WAS A PERVERTED PEDOPHILE BUT THEY NEVER CONDEMN HIM FOR IT! WHY NOT?! CAN SOMEONE ANSWER ME THIS?!!!!!


  • Name: PM
  • Date: Sunday August 03, 2008
  • Time: 05:48:28 -0700

Comment

Hi sujit, there is one more instance, which prove your claim in best possible way... it is regarding fall of Mongolian Islamic empire.... Mongolia converted to Buddhism, abandoning Islam.... because of its illiteracy and willingness to kill brothers...


  • Name: Mohammed was a pervert!!!
  • Date: Sunday August 03, 2008
  • Time: 15:12:37 -0700

Comment

Isreal doesn't go around killing people in other countries like islamists do! They are a tiny country trying to survive. They have given up territory but all it's neighbors want is for them to be driven in the sea. No other country in the world has been attacked as much as Israel is! With people all around them wanting them dead, it's no wonder they have to be so strict. And, no one can defend the fact that the founder of islam(mohammed:pee be upon him!) was a pervert pedophile who forced married both a 6 and 13 year old girl! Even muslim commentators are forced to admit this!


  • Name: Hey...here's the solution!
  • Date: Sunday August 03, 2008
  • Time: 20:24:46 -0700

Comment

IF AN ISLAMIST GETS BACKED INTO A CORNER LIKE THE ARTICLE ABOVE DOES TO THEM, BLAME ISRAEL OR KILL THOSE WHO OPPOSE YOU! IF MOHAMMED GETS EXPOSED(TO WHICH MUSLIM SCHOLARS EVEN HAVE TO ADMIT)FOR THE PERVERT, PEDOPHILE HE WAS, BLAME ISRAEL AND CHANGE THE SUBJECT!BETTER YET, KIDNAP,RAPE,PUT IN JAIL OR BEST YET, KILL THOSE WHO ARE BRINGING OUT THE TRUTH!


  • Name:
  • Date: Tuesday August 05, 2008
  • Time: 13:51:34 -0700

Comment

great article but when i scroll down i find more of non Muslims reading the article than a Muslim and commenting on it. i think that this article proves the point.


  • Name:
  • Date: Thursday August 07, 2008
  • Time: 23:54:41 -0700

Comment

Allah=Satan Lucifer Muhammad= False Prophet Islam=Anti-Christ Religion


  • Name: statehotwaterheatersget
  • Date: Tuesday August 19, 2008
  • Time: 16:04:28 -0700

Comment

The www.islam-watch.org is good site, tnks, admin.


 
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