Numerous types of religions exist in the world today and one of them is Islam. According to Wikipedia, there are 1.57 billion followers of Islam making up over 23% of the world’s population. Out of this 23%, it would interest you to know that only a few know about some very intriguing details about Islam. Now, I am not a Muslim, I’m a Christian but I have learned a great deal about Islam in the four years I spent in the University of Gambia getting my Law Degree; that’s right, I took at least 5 Islamic courses.
That said, here are 8 amazing things few Muslims know about Islam.
#1. Islam is in Mathematics
Yes, Islam is in Mathematics but not explicitly; the branch of Mathematics, Algebra originated from the Arabic word al-jabr and Wikipedia translates this to mean “reunion of broken parts”.
#2. Islam brought about the worldwide use of paper
While the Chinese invented paper before the 2nd century B.C., Muslims were the first to mass-produce paper on an intercontinental scale. The invention of paper spread to the Middle East after the Chinese were defeated in the Battle of Talas in 751. According to “the legend”, the secret of papermaking was obtained from two Chinese prisoners from the Battle of Talas, which led to the first paper mill in the Islamic world being founded in Samarkand.
#3. Several Famous American Celebrities Are Muslims
That’s right; some of your favorite celebrities in America are Muslims. They include; Mike Tyson, Janet Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine Jackson, Akon, etc.
#4.There are inventions in the world today that emerged from Islam
Such inventions include; the discovery of citric acid (jābir ibn Hayyān), teaching hospitals, marching bands, early torpedoes, the guitar, the water pipe (hookah, narghile, or shisha), coffee, etc.
#5. The Scientific Method was formulated by a Muslim scholar
For all you Science geeks out there, the principle of the Scientific Method was formulated by Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen) who was born in A.D 965. He has been referred to as “the world’s first true scientist”. He also developed Celestial Mechanics, which led to the eventual work of Europeans such as Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton
#6. More Islam in Science
According to Random Facts http://facts.randomhistory.com/islam-facts.html , the Islamic world produced the first skilled, specially trained pharmacists, who made their own medicines and worked closely with physicians.
A 13th century Islamic writer described the circulation of blood some 400 years before this was “discovered” in Europe.
#7. There is such a thing as Islamic Law
Like I mentioned earlier, I studied Law in UTG and I was introduced to at least 5 Islamic courses that actually dealt with the application of Law. Courses like, Islamic Law of Evidence, Islamic Criminal Law, etc.
And there you have it, 8 amazing things you didn’t know about Islam. You’re welcome!
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