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Why are Muslims so Powerless?
Author/Source: Dr. Farrukh Saleem  Posted by: Khuram Ali
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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. Some 98 per cent of the 'literates' in the Christian world had completed primary school, while less than 50 per cent of the 'literates' in the Muslim world did the same. Around 40 per cent of the 'literates' in the Christian world attended university while no more than two per cent of the 'literates' in the Muslim world did the same.

Muslim-majority countries have 230 scientists per one million Muslims. The US has 4,000 scientists per million and Japan has 5,000 per million. In the entire Arab world, the total number of full-time researchers is 35,000 and there are only 50 technicians per one
million Arabs (in the Christian world there are up to 1,000 technicians per one million). Furthermore, the Muslim world spends 0.2 per cent of its GDP on research and development, while the Christian world spends around five per cent of its GDP.

Conclusion: The Muslim world lacks the capacity to produce knowledge.

Daily newspapers per 1,000 people and number of book titles per million are two indicators of whether knowledge is being diffused in a society. In Pakistan, there are 23 daily newspapers per 1,000 Pakistanis while the same ratio in Singapore is 360. In the UK, the number of book titles per million stands at 2,000 while the same in Egypt is 20.

Conclusion: The Muslim world is failing to diffuse knowledge.

Exports of high technology products as a percentage of total exports are an important indicator of knowledge application. Pakistan's exports of high technology products as a percentage of total exports stands at one per cent. The same for Saudi Arabia is 0.3 per cent; Kuwait, Morocco, and Algeria are all at 0.3 per cent while Singapore is at 58 per cent. Conclusion: The Muslim world is failing to apply knowledge.

Why are Muslims powerless? Because we aren't producing knowledge. Why are Muslims powerless? Because we aren't diffusing knowledge. Why are Muslims powerless?
Because we aren't applying knowledge. And, the future belongs to knowledge-based societies.

Interestingly, the combined annual GDP of 57 OIC-countries is under $2 trillion. America, just by herself, produces goods and services worth $12 trillion; China $8 trillion, Japan $3.8 trillion and Germany $2.4 trillion (purchasing power parity basis).

Oil rich Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar collectively produce goods and services (mostly oil) worth $500 billion; Spain alone produces goods and services worth over $1 trillion, Catholic Poland $489 billion and Buddhist Thailand $545 billion (Muslim GDP
as a percentage of world GDP is fast declining).

So, why are Muslims so powerless?


Lack of education.

aamirijazkhan I admire the compilation and collection of fact n figures which make the author's view point much clear.
Valezka Now that we have these astonishing facts, what actions should we all take in order to once again make a difference in this world we all live in?
Georgian Sorry, you made a mistake and I would check your source. In 1994, had more than 2.2 million students enrolled in universities, and that does not count other post-secondary students. Iran in 994 had 54 state operated universities and 42 state medical schools for doctors and medical specialists. There were 289 major private universities in 1992. These figures are presently higher and do not even include any business institutes, technical colleges, and other post-secondary institutions, which were 5-6 times more numerous than universities in Iran. Additionally during school in Iran there 3 compulsive languages; Persian, English, and Arabic. Iran also has one of the best education systems in the world, inlcuding one of the most progressive HIV/AID prevention and sexual education programs. In addition Iran has the highest literacy rate for a Muslim state, according to the UN with a literacy rate of 86.3% for those aged 15-24 in 1990. The figure for the last 7 years has varied between 90-98%. Additionally Iran has one of the highest rates of enrolement and graduation for females students in the world, inlcuding such fields as engineering. In fact more females graduate in Iran than males. Iran also suffers a surplus of doctors, various doctors, and other professionals. The health sector is also the best in the Middle East, including Israel, with more than one hospital or medical clinic in many little towns. I think that the answer is more than education and I think it is in action and a lack of education for Muslims in Islam. How many Muslims know real Islam?
AsifZubair Very True
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