• Richie Kubilus

"Islam" is the Arabic word for "peace," but Trump doesn't get it

One of the greatest strengths of the United States of America is the vibrant, colorful and diverse communities of which it is comprised.

Unfortunately, it appears that not everyone in our country feels that is the case. This is exemplified by many recent actions of the Trump Administration.

Consequently, “Islamophobia” is reaching an all-time high in the U.S.

It is my hope that in broadening the public’s knowledge of Muslim culture and cuisine, an increased awareness and appreciation of the Muslim people will develop and consequently, lessen the discrimination and marginalization that occurs, while highlighting the value of diversity.

Islam is a religion of equality, passion, peace and dedication shared by over 1 billion people worldwide and is the world’s second largest religion. “Islam” is an Arabic word for “peace” or “submission” and is used to infer one’s peaceful submission to the will of Allah, or God.

The Arabic word “Muslim” means “one who submits” and as such, a Muslim is a follower of Islam. The Middle East and Africa have provided the Western World with so many technological advancements and tools for education, as far back as the seventh century.

Arabic contributions to civilization include mathematics (the decimal system, algebra, trigonometry, division and the calendar), astronomical star charts, precise time for sunrises and sunsets, the establishment of longitude and latitude and the initial developments of the magnetic compass.

The Arab culture has also made major contributions to modern medicine: they were the first group of people to write medical surveys and create diagnoses for diseases such as smallpox and the measles.

Herbal medicine was widely used during early times and syrups, cloves, myrrh and rosewater were all known to have healing capabilities. These natural remedies were stored in Arab sydaliyahs (pharmacies) long ago. The list of contributions goes on and on, from architecture, to horticulture, and so much more.

Submitted Norfolk resident and 1999 Cox High School graduate Richie Kubilus, who is active at Old Dominion University, including the following affiliations: Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Chi Phi, ODU Honors College, Research Assistant - T.A.R.D.I.S.; and NAADAC student member.

Sun stock image of the Quran.

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