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Even though many reasons are cited for the decline of Islamic Science in the late 15th century, like the Mongol invasion, crusades, loss of international trade etc, the one reason which may not project out in our conventional investigation is the:
“Muslims’ Rejection of Printing Technology”.
Worlds first printed Quran was produced in Venice and not in the Islamic world. And it is obvious by first glance that it is printed by people who didn’t speak Arabic well, in a child like, clumsy handwriting.
Printing of Quran was a big failure also in the business point of view because Muslims didn’t accept the printing press for centuries. Much of the copies were destroyed and only one is left in Venice now. The failure of printed Quran to catch hold in the Islamic world speaks volumes. 800 years earlier, for the Islamic science to be successful has been the precision of Arabic language. It allowed scholars from different lands to communicate in a single language. Now with the arrival of printing press, the scientific ideas should have travelled more even freely. In the west, books printed in Latin accelerated scientific renaissance. Because of its symbols and extra letters Arabic was much harder to be set and press, a similar acceleration in the Islamic world failed to materialize.
This rejection of the new technology of printing press marks the period in history where Arabic science undergoes a seismic shift. Europe embraced the Arabic and Greek knowledge and the new technology. Acceptation of printing meant the acceptation of the first important technology. From this point the two histories of east and west, which was once combined, started to separate. This initial rejection was one of the many reasons for the Islamic science to fall behind the west.
Lessons: Keep the technology upto date. Be not negligent to try out new technologies and to redirect them to the use of mankind. Maintain the pace or be prepared to loose.

This was investigated by Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey and is documented for BBC- Science and Islam documentary. It is in 3 parts and can be downloaded from torrentz.com. (Install BitTorrent software first and then Search for “BBC- Science and Islam Jim Al Khalili “and download the torrent file. Click on it to start the download).
Here’s another good article for further reading on this subject:
http://www.history-science-technology.com/Articles/articles%208.htm

1001 Inventions

One of the best Initiatives the world is witnessing today. Know it directly from the website http://www.1001inventions.com/

You all would have come across IPH books, and also the MIF books. Look at DC Books and other non-Islamic bookstores. Look at the Penguin, oxford, Bloomsbury, and Bible Society of India books. Take it off the shelf and look at it. Not for the content-but the quality and crispness. Look at the advancements, color and graphics. Touch their cover pages and you feel like reading it.And for us, when we go to the ISA bookstores, see what’s available there? Books printed decades ago with less or no color, quality or attraction.

Now let’s be open and fair about it.

See how many novels and books on some silly thing or biographies of some silly person are hitting the bookstores everyday? Magazines of fashion, women, celebrities, design, cars and automobiles, cinema,nudity are all catching the visitors’ attention in stores. They are making investment to make the trash superior. But we’re not making any investment to make the treasure better than the trash. Why is Islamic Sahithya Academy (ISA) still 30 years behind? Why don’t we make some investments in it? Why don’t we look out for good writers and editors? Bring in some trendy graphic designers, quality papers, state of the art machines and make some good quality prints? Why are we reluctant to translate books from Arabic, English and Urdu to Malayalam? Where are the books of great Sufi scholars and poets? They’ve done their part of the job. But those works are all buried somewhere. Only those who dig for might find it. If we don’t do it now, we’ll not do it for another 40 years. Books are moving to e-books and e-readers. How many of us have ever thought about it?

Wasn’t this what prophet said when he advised us to look for knowledge even in china? Why he said china-and not any other land? One is probably that china is too far. But other reason is that china was the land of technology and innovation in those days. And is even now. Islam is for the heart and soul, and Technology for the brain.

We need changes in our system. This doesn’t mean that its corrupt or disintegrating. Ahlu-ssunna is the treasure and it wouldn’t ever corrupt. But we need to make efforts in projecting this treasure. If we fail, what projects out will be those trashes.

Countless number of blogs, facebook pages, and twitter accounts-Pages like ‘The Bold Breed’, ‘Daily Muslim Wisdom’ etc attracted only a handful readers. All I created for sharing my thoughts and Ideas of Islamic Renaissance. I clearly don’t know what people thought after reading it. But all I know was that it was a disaster- a mere waste of cyber space and reserved web addresses. I was frustrated about the fact that there wasn’t anybody to simply comment and give a pat on my back. Only solution was: Quit Blogging.
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It was a bright Sunday morning. Sun was bright and the sky clear. This was the first Sunday after I moved into a new room for peace of mind from unwanted intruders. I got out of my room just to be amazed by nearly a hundred pigeons on terrace parapet walls, dish antennas, water tanks, cloth lines, roofs and on electric lines- both on mine as well as my neighbors’. They were all still and rarely flew about. ‘I got company’- I thought. I remembered one of Khushwant Singh’s stories I read in school, titled My Grandmother. In it he illustrates his real life grandmother’s simple yet devoted life of love and affection. She was regularly visited by scores of pigeons for whom she spent a good deal of grains and bread crumbs in her house. And one day she died. Birds came as usual, but they stood still. Feeling sorry for them, Singh’s mother offered them bread. But none of them bothered to look at it. They stood still for some time and later flew away. Next day, his mother swept all the bread crumbs into the waste.
I too came out with bits of bread crumbs and scattered it on the terrace and waited behind the walls to see them eating. My plan was to add bread as they eat and ultimately befriend them. But not a single bird bothered to look at it even though it was tossed at their feet. As it was for blogging, failing to attract followers, I quit.
After a while I rushed up again hearing a loud commotion of flapping wings. There was a movement in the area and all the birds gathered on the terrace of my neighbors’ house. I saw a middle aged lady feeding them from a bucket of wheat grains as she relaxed on a chair. I felt jealous. I watched her doing it for a long time. Just like Singh’s grandma, she was very generous. And the stillness I observed while tossing bread was actually their waiting for her. And when she was done with it, they all flew away. In the evening I had to clean up the bread myself.
This little incident struck my chord. I reviewed my strategies. And found that even though I did all blogging for Allah’s pleasure, I wasn’t the right way to attract masses into it. May be I felt more satisfaction in the likings and comments instead of the quality of the article. I was taking short cuts. Preparing a few articles and expecting thousands to view it. ‘Wasn’t that a bit over-estimation?’- I thought. Only quality blogs receive recognition and followers.
The bread I gave to pigeons was not much. And I was simply expecting hundreds to come and have it, and plus to love their feeder. I was wrong. I was expecting returns more than investments. This was a game of love. I was wrong.
Next day I opened full bread and kept it on the terrace and I didn’t peep through the windows. I gave them with full contentment. Later that day, nothing remained except the bread cover.
Pigeons’ lesson of blogging was to do it with sincerity. Be sincere about the objective to get your message across the internet, have more quality content and expect less return. Then you would be a successful blogger, and naturally masses would flow into it and follow as you make your say.

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Alhamdulillah. My article regarding Riba (Interest/usuary) is published in Productive Muslim. Thanks to you ProMuslims.

http://www.productivemuslim.com/how-can-we-avoid-riba/.

Been to college in the morning, just to know that there was a mass bunk. Returned home. Silence on the streets. In the evening, went to the park for basketball. No crowds as usual. Went to the mosque. Empty. Not even the old men who would chat outside. Seats vacant. coffee shops empty, otherwise thriving with youngsters. I was served dinner alone in the hotel. Even the cooks vanished. On return to the room,met my neighbor’s little son, and he asked me “whats the score? whom do u support? India or Pakistan?”

what score? whose score? and whose support? Said to myself. “Sorry, I don’t know.I don’t watch cricket!”, i told him. And he left with a sigh.

For long, i was feeling that I wasn’t being like others. I was being asked the same question many times today. And I replied with the same answer. And i got the same reaction. An Alim comes to teach my neighbor’s kids Quran and hadees. While I was leaving for Isha, he along with my owner, who used to be in the mosque even before Adan, was still in front of TV. I don’t understand, what makes people blind.I feel strange how people take this on their head. May be because, we’ve found something more important than our Deen and someone more lovable than our prophet.

Do I look like a “stranger” when I say this open?

Then for that I say ‘Alhamdulillah’. Because prophet (s) told his sahaba one day: ” Islam appeared as something strange, and It’ll return as Strange!”.

Dear Reader, I am looking for strangers.Are you one?

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