What Have the Muslims Done Lately?

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Written by Theresa Corbin

In the Golden age of Islam, Muslim scholars were polymaths, making discoveries in all fields and advancing science, math, engineering, economics, medicine, astronomy, art, and human rights in amazing ways. From the first hospital and university to the first tooth brush, Muslims contributed greatly to the world during a time that is ironically called the Dark Ages. But do inheritors of this great Islamic legacy exist today? They do indeed. Let me introduce you to a few of them:

Maha Abu-Dayyeh

mahaA Muslim feminist who established the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC) in order to empower women and enable them to contribute in all aspects of life. Maha recently passed away.

Dr. Teepu Siddique

Dr. Teepu Siddique

A Muslim neurologist who, with his team, succeeded in discovering one of the causes of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Dr. Khalid Shah

shahA Muslim molecular neurotherapist and stem cells professor who successfully discovered a brain cancer treatment by prompting stem cells to kill brain cancer cells.

Dr. Zainab Alwani


  A prominent American scholar, academic, and activist who is reclaiming gender equality in Islamic scholarship.

Jawed Karim


A Muslim internet entrepreneur who co-founder YouTube.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC)


A non-profit, Muslim organization whose mission is to “work with different organizations from Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds, to campaign for justice for all peoples regardless of their background.”

Ziad Ahmed


A Muslim sophomore New Jersey who founded, a multi-platform organization whose mission is “to boldly defy stereotypes, embrace acceptance and tolerance, redefine our perspectives positively, and create an active community.”

Ahmed Zewail


A Muslim Chemist who won the 1999 Nobel Prize for his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy.



 A non-profit, Muslim organization that is dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient.

Tawakel Karman


 A Muslim activist who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.

These are only a few of the Muslim men and women who contribute to our world in amazing ways. Just because you haven’t heard about them on the news doesn’t mean they aren’t out their working hard for a better tomorrow.

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12 thoughts on “What Have the Muslims Done Lately?

  1. Masha’Allah! Those are awesome.

    And darn you. I *just* informed my class that the word “inheritor” was NOT commonly used in English, even though it is a noun form of inherit.

    I will do my best to ensure they *never* see this post. 😛

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    1. Lol. It is one of my many missions in life to reignite the use of archaic words or word forms. I credit my 1999 obsession with the word “indeed” for the repopularization of it in the venacular. Self-aggrandizement and to live life satirically are just a few of my other life goals. AND If you tell your students not to read this post, I will disinherit you!

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  2. Wonderful to read about the amazing contribution of Muslims towards the global community and at an age when nothing good is being credited to us, this post is a refreshing breath of air. Thanks for putting this together, and btw I am wondering whether Dr. Khalid Shah is one with Pakistan based Kashmir origins…


    1. I am not sure about Dr. Khalid Shah. It is very likely. Thanks for the encouragement. No one ever talks about what good things the Muslims are up to. And I was like, I know personally so many Muslims who doing research and good things for human rights (you) and the enviroment. To bad the media doesn’t promote this narrative.

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  3. JazakAllah. The annual list of 500 most influential Muslims is also a good reference point. By the way, in your intro, I think you mean “astronomy” – not ” astrology”


  4. I love this post – I’m glad that you find it important to raise awareness of the achievements of Muslims who would have otherwise never been heard of. To be honest, the only person on your list who I had previously read about was Ziad Ahmed so I truly benefited from your post. I look forward to reading more.

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    Thanks and have a great day,



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