If you look at the demographic data, you will realize that the Muslims are the world’s poorest, weakest, illiterate and also the most violent and hate-mongers.
Is there any link between Muslim's economy, their faith and world's peace?
The combined annual GDP of 57 Muslim countries remains under $2 trillion. America alone produces goods and services worth $10.4 trillion; China $5.7 trillion, Japan $3.5 trillion and Germany $2.1 trillion. Even India’s GDP is estimated at over $3 trillion (purchasing power parity). Oil rich Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Kuwait and Qatar collectively produce goods and services (mostly oil) worth $430 billion while Buddhist Thailand produces goods and services worth $429 billion.
Muslims are 22 percent of the world population and produce less than 5 percent of global GDP. The Muslim countries’ GDP share as a percent of the global GDP is going down over time. The Arabs, it seems, are particularly worse off.
According to the United Nations’ Arab Development Report: “Half of Arab women cannot read; One in five Arabs live on less than $2 per day; Only 1 percent of the Arab population has a personal computer, and only half of 1 percent use theInternet; Fifteen percent of the Arab workforce is unemployed, and this number could double by 2010; The average growth rate of the per capita income during the preceding 20 years in the Arab world was only one-half of 1 percent annually, worse than anywhere but sub-Saharan Africa.”
The planet’s poorest countries include Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan,Cambodia, Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Mozambique. At least six of the poorest of the poor are countries with a Muslim majority.
The question is why? The answer is lack of Education (scientific, rational and secular) and the direct responsible is the teachings of the Religion of Islam itself.
Fifty-seven Muslim majority countries have an average of ten universities each for a total of less than 600 universities for 1.4 billion people; India has 8,407 universities, the U.S. has 5,758. From within 1.4 billion Muslims Abdus Salam and Ahmed Zewail are the only two Muslim men who won a Nobel Prize in physics and chemistry (Salam pursued his scientific work in Italy and the UK, Zewail atCalifornia Institute of Technology). Dr Salam, being an Ahmadi was not even considered a Muslim in his country, Pakistan and Ahmadi are a persecuted minority in Pakistan. He was never acknowledged in Pakistan and even his grave was vandalized.
The Islamic faith shuns scientific thought. Anything which is remotely considered to be against the teachings of Quran and prophet of Islam are shunned. Doubt is a crime, punishable by death. In such a poisonous atmosphere for independent thought, of course, creativity can't grow or prosper.
Over the past 105 years, 1.4 billion Muslims have produced eight Nobel Laureates while a mere 14 million Jews have produced 167 Nobel Laureates. Of the 1.4 billion Muslims less than 300,000 qualify as ‘scientists’, and that translates into a ratio of 230 scientists per one million Muslims. USA has 1.1 million scientists (4,099 per million); Japan has700,000 (5,095 per million). Of the 1.4 billion Muslims 800 million are illiterate (6 out of 10 Muslims cannot read). In Christendom, adult literacy rate stands at 78 percent.
Islam gives little or no importance to the life in this world. The whole thrust of the religious preaching is on the life hereafter. It is such an ideology where you have to die first, before you can live. Such a disproportionate emphasis on education and learning has left the Billions illiterate and therefore subject to manipulation by the philosophy of hatred. Even the best-educated lot who have gone to the likes of Oxford and Cambridge would be seen accepting all the irrationality and non-sense thrown at them in the name of their religion. This gives rise to the non-scientific and irrational mindset which will be found in every Muslim, in some degree. This is part of the DNA of the Islam. That's why you see all the extremism coming from primarily only the believers of one religion.
Oil is responsible for not only the greenhouse gases but the spread of militancy and extremism in the whole world. Without the petro-dollars there would be no Muslim terrorist. If you plot a graph you will find that the increase of Saudi oil revenue is directly proportional with the rise of militancy in Islam.
The irony of demography is that over 85% of the Muslims of the world are not in the region where this religion originated! Over 70% are in the Indian sub-continent. That is where the problems of militancy and insurgency arises from.
The only solution is for the Muslims to realize that the book they chant about being the epitome of spiritual enlightenment and the last and sacred word of God is nothing but a bunch of plagiarized work from even older books and it is nothing but confusion and lies bound together in a medieval world which has no relevance with the current world now. Its most violent and virulent preaching to be taken as word of an omnipotent and compassionate God of mercy and love is even blasphemy against God, if there is one. It is like wearing a steel strait jacket and trying to swim in the sea, if you wish to act upon the book and live a life in the 21st century. Unless this malignant narcissist ideology is not confronted ideologically by the world's super powers by encouraging forces of moderation in the Muslim countries, the future for the world is bleak.
This world now needs a new form of "colonialism" where the sting of militant Islam has to be neutralized by secular education in the Muslim countries, totally controlling the flow of funds by the Arab oil rich countries (Saudi Arab, Qatar, Bahrain noteworthy) towards the extremist groups, education reform by disbanding the religious education in children unless they attain 17 years of age, total media blackout for the religious leaders and education.
This must start now and the most urgent candidate is Pakistan which has become a hotbed of all the worst which Islam has to offer to the world; a gateway of export of the malignant Saudi Arabian philosophy of hatred to the world! It started with the war effort against the USSR by the USA in Afghanistan. The monster of Saudi Arabia has been aided and abetted by the west for one reason of another. Now it is the responsibility of the policeman of the world to take some evasive action, immediately. After all its them who created Taliban. Now, it is not a matter of any specific region or a specific number of people. It is the future of the world which is at stake. Don't forget Pakistan is a country with nuclear arsenal. It is too dangerous to leave the caustic, rusting, poisonous, unstable nuclear Pakistan on its own.
Mr Khalid Umar graduated as Electrical Engineer from UET Lahore in 1986. Then worked as Engineer in Pakistan for 10 years. Then into Law and since last 10 years in the United Kingdom, has been working in Law, dealing with Human Rights and Immigration. Have a law firm in the UK and been free thinker as far as inquiry, inquisitiveness and rationality been his "faith".