Dr. Abdus Salam : the Forgotten Hero of the Muslim World?

Source: mena-post.com 

As we celebrate the 88th anniversary of the great Doctor Abdus Salam today, I could not prevent myself from shedding a tear. This man, who should have been considered as a Hero not only for Pakistanis but the whole Muslim World, has been constantly rejected and forgotten by both of them.


Doctor Abdus Salam was a theoretical physist who was the first Muslim and the first Pakistani to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, in 1979, for his contribution to eletroweak unification. He also occupied the post as a science advisor to the Government of Pakistan from 1960 to 1974 – a position from which he played a major and influential role in Pakistan’s science infrastructure. To that matter, he promoted not only the development and contribution in theoretical and particle physics, but also scientific research to maximum level in his country. He believed in the idea of “Atom for Peace” and contributed in the atomic bomb project of Pakistan.

But in 1974, after the Pakistani Parliament passed the bill declaring Ahmadi Muslims as “non muslim”, everything changed. Doctor Abdus Salam had to leave his country “with great anguish” he once confessed. Until today, he remains as one the most influencial person in Pakistan for his contributions to education and science. But instead of making him a national Hero, his own people chose to reject him.

Click to see rare photographs of Dr. Salam with Khulfa-e-Ahmadiyyat & to see a video showing Dr Abdus Salam receiving his Nobel Prize in 1979

Doctor Abdus Salam’s biggest dream was to establish an international research centre in Pakistan for students of the third-world countries in order to promote education, science and research there. But the Pakistani government snubbed him and showed no interest in his project. Instead, when he came back to Pakistan several years after, they appointed him as a Sports teacher. As the situation didn’t progress, he chose to set up the International Centre for Theoretical Physisics (ICTP) later changed to Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.

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Two years ago, when the world of Physics applauding the discovery of the “God-particle” remembered Doctor Abdus Salam for his contribution, CNN reported:

“Imagine a world where the merchant of death is rewarded, while a scientific visionary is disowned and forgotten. Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate, the first Muslim to win the Physics’ prize helped lay the groundwork that led to the Higgs Boson breakthrough. And yet in Pakistani schools, his name is erased from the text books… continue reading at mena-post.com 

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