Thursday, 19 August 2010

Golden Eggs of Rotten Islam

Freethinkers of Islam

Muslim apologists always huff, claiming the golden ages of Islam produced many great Muslims. It is partially true, there were numbers of scientists, doctors and philosophers in the era of powerful Islam but they were not real Muslims, by any stretch of the imagination. There was no trace of doctors, chemists, poets or philosophers while he was in power; they had to hide to save their lives. As soon as Mohammad died, scholars, academics and intellectuals came out of their shelter and flourished again.

Jabir Ibn Haiyan (?-803) Muslim apologists claim that Jabir Ibn Haiyan was the father of chemistry though Chemistry was practiced from ancient ages. Egyptians used distillation process in 3000 years BC and the Greeks in 1000 BC. Zosimus of Panopolis wrote "The Divine Art of Making Gold and Silver", in the 4th century. Jabir Ibn Haiyan should not be called the founder of Chemistry, which is nothing but the usual deceiving technique of Muslim apologists. However, he did contribute a lot in this area of science and prepared varieties acids such as, nitric, hydrochloric, citric and tartaric acids. He practiced medicine and chemistry under the patronage of an Abbasid caliphate Harun al-Rashid. Interestingly, Jabir Ibn Haiyan was not a very religious person. A Muslim apologist writes, “His religious views and philosophical concepts, embodied in the corpus have been criticized but, apart from the question of their authenticity, it is to be emphasized that the major contribution of Jabir lies in the field of chemistry and not in religion.” Whenever Muslims are embarrassed with facts, they bring the question of authenticity, a known technique that they always use. As human beings, we surely are grateful to Jabir for his contribution to humankind. One logical question pops up; if Muslims disagree with Jabir’s religious views then why are they proud of Jabir and claim him as a Muslim scientist?

Ibn Sina (980-1037) Ibn Sina, also known as Avicenna was another prominent figure, who excelled in medicine but his contribution to science and philosophy is also greatly remembered. Muslims proudly call him the doctor of doctors and enjoy virtual pleasure, alleging him as a golden egg of golden Islam. Despite taking the credit, Muslim countries never benefited from his works, however many hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and hotels of Islamic countries are named after him. Ironically, European universities added Ibn Sina’s medical and philosophical works to their curriculum but they remained unknown to the witch factories aka madrassas of the Muslim world. Apparently, Avecinna believed in one god and accepted the authority of Muhammad as the lawgiver of Islam. Well, did he have any choice? A learned person like Ibn Sina was well aware of the punishment for apostasy. He surely did not want his head be chopped and play soccer with it. However, his freethinking mind did not accept the absurdities of Islam. He opined in his autobiography under the chapter of “THE AFTER LIFE”. – “The after life is a notion received from religious teaching; there is no way of establishing it’s truth save by way of religious dogma and acceptance of the prophet’s report as true; there refers to what will befall the body at the resurrection and those corporal delights or torments which are too well-known to require restating here.” (from “Avicenna on Theology” by Arthur J Arberry). Arthur J Arberry nicely explained Avecinna’s conviction in his commentary, “And on one most important point of doctrine he was unquestionably, gloriously heretical; he rejected unreservedly the resurrection of the body, and with it the literal acceptance of those passages in the Koran describing in graphic physical terms the pleasure and the torture of the damned.” What a blasting blasphemous heresy! A major portion of “holey” Qur’an is stuffed with resurrection and/or judgment day business. Qur’an is all about killing kafirs in this life, establishing Islamic kingdom, and punishment or reward with strippers after life. Qur’an confirms in verse - 50.42, “The Day when they will hear a (mighty) Blast in (very) truth: that will be the Day of Resurrection.” Not only in this verse but the same assertion was repeated in eighty four places in the Qur’an. How naively Ibn Sina rebuffed the central idea of Qur’an is an interesting approach that deserves to be contemplated. Arberry made the most interesting assessment of Avecinna in the following commentary, “Even during his lifetime Avicenna was suspected of infidelity to Islam; after his death accusations of heresy, free thought and atheism were repeatedly leveled against him.”

Abu Bakr Mohammed ibn Zakariya ar-Razi (841-926) Ar-Razi, another great physician wrote more than 200 books of which 50% of them are about medicine and physics, mathematics and astronomy. Like Ibn Sina, Ar-Razi’s works had set milestones in medical science. The most controversial book “On Prophecy” has not survived for an obvious reason. Most likely embarrassed Muslims could not swallow the contents that humiliated the prophet of Islam. Somehow, a part of his second book slipped through the hand of ignorant. Ar-Razi quipped -"These billy goats (Prophets) pretend to come with a message from God, all the while exhausting themselves in spouting their lies, and imposing on the masses blind obedience to the "words of the master." and Muslims are still proud of Ar-Razi!!!!

Abu 'L-ala Ahmad b. Abdallah al-Ma'arri (973-1057) Al Ma'arri, also known as the Eastern Lucretius was famous for poetry and grammar. He was born in Syria but traveled many places until he became blind. He lived in Baghdad for only 18months but within this short time he made a name for himself as a poet. After returning from Baghdad, he lived in his hometown Marra for another fifty years. Because of his fame, students from distant places went to Al-Marri to learn from him. Like Ibn Sina, al-Marri did not believe in resurrection and strongly condemned religious beliefs. One of his poems says it all "Hanifs (Muslims) are stumbling/ Christians all astray/ Jews wildered/ Magians far on error's way/ We mortals are composed of two great schools/ Enlightened knaves or else religious fools....."

Abu Raihan Mohammed Ibn Ahmad Al-Biruni (973-1048) Al-Biruni was multitalented; he contributed in physics, metaphysics, math, geography and history. His famous book Kitab al-Hind gives a vivid account of the historical and social conditions of Indian sub-continent. Al-Biruni's astronomical achievements were in the line of Ptolemy. In maths, he dealt with algebraic definitions, Trigonometry, and Archimedes’ theorems. Archimedes gave birth to the calculus of the ‘infinite conceived’, Al-Biruni nurtured this concept and finally perfected by Kepler, Fermat, Leibniz and Newton. “In religion he was a Shi'ite Muslim, but with agnostic tendencies.”

Al-Nisaburi al-Khayyam (1048-1131 AD) Omar Khayyam is best known for his Rubaiyats or poems but he was an outstanding mathematician and astronomer. He also wrote a book of music, an un-Islamic act that may throw him in a burning hell. His calculation of 365.24219858156 days making a year is so close to accurate that modern scientists respectfully remember his name. Omar Khayyam also found a geometric solution of cubic equations. Islam strictly prohibits Martini and bikini. According to Qur’an, Muslim women are not allowed to reveal their beauty and drinking wine gives you a one-way ticket to hell. But Omar Khayyam was an admirer of beauty and wine.Drinking wine is my travail Till my body is dead and stale At my grave site all shall hail Odor of wine shall prevail.” Another piece of gem…… “Heaven is incomplete without a heavenly romance/ Let a glass of wine be my present circumstance/ Take what is here now, let go of a promised chance/ A drumbeat is best heard from a distance.” Bravo! This guy is my hero. Check out the last two lines, he is encouraging to enjoy the earthly life and discard the idea of promised hereafter. Mullahs and suicide bombers may learn a thing or two from Omar Khayyam’s rubayat. In 17th century, another great thinker Voltaire, oscillated between optimism and pessimism but Omar Khayyam was the master of optimism. He was surrounded by Islam, a hopeless doctrine that promotes hatred, destruction and murder, yet Omar Khayyam found the meaning of a cheerful life.



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