Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries.
Its legacy is tangible, with terms like algebra, algorithm and alkali all being Arabic in origin and at the very heart of modern science – there would be no modern mathematics or physics without algebra, no computers without algorithms and no chemistry without alkalis.
For Baghdad-born Al-Khalili this is also a personal journey and on his travels he uncovers a diverse and outward-looking culture, fascinated by learning and obsessed with science. From the great mathematician Al-Khwarizmi, who did much to establish the mathematical tradition we now know as algebra, to Ibn Sina, a pioneer of early medicine whose Canon of Medicine was still in use as recently as the 19th century, he pieces together a remarkable story of the often-overlooked achievements of the early medieval Islamic scientists.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta extended its message of peace and loyalty to all the world and to Maltese people and distributed flyers with the message of “Loyalty, Freedom, Respect, Equality, Peace” on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.
Laiq Ahmed Atif, the president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta said that we want to extend our message of peace towards all our Maltese brothers and sisters, because there can not be a better gift than peace at this time.
The islands are geologically young and famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. This is where the definitive evidence for the common lineage of all life forms on our planet earth first started. In this sense the islands are an important Exhibit and key witness for the theory of evolution!
The group consists of 15 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets. The islands are located at the Galapagos Triple Junction. The archipelago is located on the Nazca Plate (a tectonic plate), which is moving east/southeast, diving under the South American Plate at a rate of about 2.5 inches per year. It is also atop the Galapagos hotspot, a place where the Earth’s crust is being melted from below by a mantle plume, creating volcanoes. The oldest island is thought to have formed between 5 million and 10 million years ago. The youngest islands, Isabela and Fernandina, are still being formed, with the most recent volcanic eruption in April 2009, where lava from the volcanic island Fernandina started flowing both towards the island’s shoreline and into the centre caldera.
Theory of evolution means that Adam and Eve were not the first humans and this inference blows away the dogma of Original Sin, a hallmark of Christianity. In this sense Galapagos islands become an Exhibit and a key Witness for Islam against Christianity! As you enjoy the scenic beauty and the unique species of the islands in an hour long documentary, the archipelago of volcanic islands becomes a proof for the truth of Islam against the dogma of Original Sin, which is linked to atonement through the vicarious sacrifice of alleged literal son of God, Jesus Christ!
Read this in continuation of my First Exhibit: Madagascar.
The featured picture is of tomb of Jesus in Kashmir. Let me recommend a book here for a novice, who wants to start studying this issue, Jesus in India:
To review one of my Google-knols cataloging a lot of information about the fact that Jesus did not die on the cross, click here.