Here's a good article about the backwardness of Muslims combined in this world. Despite the fact of having a strong 1-billion followers, the Muslims fall behind in every aspect of education, economic prowess and social standing. This is measured with number of universities in islamic countries, literacy rate, books produced, GDP, scientists, discoveries and other indicators. Despite the fact that most Islamic countries are laden with resources such as oil, we are still behind.
The first message from God to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was Iqra' (read), which clearly demonstrates the need for literacy and knowledge for greater purposes in life.
By: Dr Farrukh Saleem
The writer is an Islamabad-based freelance columnist
There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas, five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in Africa. For every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims. Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together. Ever wondered why? Read more here.
Why are Muslims so powerless? There are an estimated 1,476,233,470 Muslims on the face of the planet: one billion in Asia, 400 million in Africa, 44 million in Europe and six million in the Americas. Every fifth human being is a Muslim; for every single Hindu there are two Muslims, for every Buddhist there are two Muslims and for every Jew, there are one hundred Muslims.
Ever wondered why Muslims are so powerless?
Here is why: There are 57 member-countries of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), and all of them put together have around 500 universities; one university for every three million Muslims. The United States has 5,758 universities and India has 8,407. In 2004, Shanghai
Jiao Tong University compiled an 'Academic Ranking of World Universities', and intriguingly, not one university from Muslim-majority states was in the top-500. As per data collected by the UNDP, literacy in the Christian world stands at nearly 90 per cent and 15 Christian-majority states have a literacy rate of 100 per cent.
A Muslim-majority state, as a sharp contrast, has an average literacy rate of around 40 per cent and there is no Muslim-majority state with a literacy rate of 100 per cent. Read more here.
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