Muhammad: the Light for the Dark Ages of Europe!

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Cave of Hira: Where the first few verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, through angel Gabriel

Source: Islam for the West

By Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

An honest study of the causes of the Dark Ages and European renaissance will lead to the inevitable conclusion that Muhammad, may peace be on him, was the light for the Dark Ages.

John Davenport writes in, an apology for Mohammed and the Koran: ”It is in the compositions of Friar Bacon, who was born in 1214, and who learned the Oriental languages, that we discover the most extensive acquaintance with the Arabian authors. He quotes Albumazar, Thabet-Ebu-Corah, Ali Alhacer, Alkandi, Alfraganus and Arzakeb; and seems to have been as familiar with them as with the Greek and Latin classics, especially with Avicenna, whom he calls ‘the chief and prince of philosophy.’ The great Lord Bacon, it is well known, imbibed and borrowed the first principles of his famous experimental philosophy from his predecessor and namesake Roger Bacon, a fact which indisputably establishes the derivation of the Baconian philosophical system from the descendants of Ishmael and disciples of Mohammed.”

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Granada, Cardoba mosque and Alhambra in Spain are powerful symbols of the Muslim Heritage in Europe

In a short paragraph, John Davenport has very precisely identified all the links in the human intellectual evolution. Additionally, his book, which is available in Google books, is a master piece in the defense of the Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him. Read his two page Preface and he is standing shoulder to shoulder with other great defenders of the Prophet Muhammad in the Western world, like Thomas Carlyle. Unfortunately, some Western scientists and historians propose the European science to be some sort of magical wand and what preceded it as not good enough or label it as pre-science or mystical science etc.!

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My task here is twofold, first to show that European science was built on the Latin translations of the works of the great Muslim pioneers and secondly that the Muslim learning from 8th-12th centuries was heavily influenced by the teachings of the Holy Quran, the literal word of God, revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him.

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2 replies

  1. The truth is that Europe was already a sophisticated, civilized and cosmopolitan culture when Muhammad was still a cave and tent dweller(courtesy of Ali hidaya). One cannot give what he does not have. What he gave Europe were destruction and death. To Karen Armstrong and her fellow travellers in falsification of facts, that was light.

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