October 5, 2011, - 10:07 pm

Steve Jobs, Genius, RIP; Enough of the “Jobs Was Muslim” BS

By Debbie Schlussel


Although I currently own only one Apple product (an iPod–a gift from a friend), I will always have an affinity for the genius that was Steve Jobs, who died today.  My very first computer ever was an Apple Macintosh (or Macintosh Plus–I forget which).  That was just as I was going off to college in the fall of 1986, and I was the only one I knew with my own computer.  But he revolutionized that and revolutionized it even more, as you know.  In many ways, he was not only the father, but the godfather of Silicon Valley.  Even if you never owned an Apple product, if you played Atari (as I did as a kid) you were touched by Steven Jobs (he worked for Atari before there was Apple).  Or if you enjoy the amazing Pixar animation at the movies–that was his, too. And he never graduated from college. He made several comebacks. But in another day, he might have been aborted, and it would all have been lost.

It’s sad that someone so bright, so innovative, so entrepreneurial is gone only in his mid-50s (he was only 56).  But he was one of the lucky ones.  My own father died of pancreatic cancer, and like most, he died only several months after his diagnosis (he self-diagnosed).  Jobs beat back pancreatic cancer for a few years, which is rare (and he had the rare form that was supposed to be curable with surgery).  His billions show that, rich or poor, you can’t beat G-d’s plan when it’s time.  It bothered me when TMZ and many other news sites published photos of an emaciated, skin-and-bones Jobs after he resigned from Apple.  I wished people would let this man live his last days in peace.

Although I’ve read attacks on Jobs regarding his refusal for several years to recognize his first child, a daughter, and other charges against him, we don’t know what really went on in his personal life, and it has little relevance to what he did to change the world in terms of technology.  My friends who are Mac, iPad, and iPhone users swear by them and will never go back.  They say they never get viruses that infect and incapacitate their computers, as I’ve  had happen on my PC so many times over the years and especially recently.  And his “cloud” concept along with the iPad will revolutionize technology for years to come.  It changed the game and left companies like the struggling HP in the dust.

And, finally, there are the “Steve Jobs was a Muslim” claims.

I’ve been getting e-mails saying this from various Muslims–a religion that has very few of its adherents among the great geniuses, scientists, technology innovators, and  inventors in the world.  Ever since Jobs announced his resignation from Apple, they sent me the claims. Here’s a tip, Muslims: Steve Jobs was a Buddhist.

Yes, technically, according to Islamic law, Jobs would be considered a Muslim, just as Barack Obama would.  His biological father was a Syrian graduate student (in the U.S. on a student visa) who impregnated an American Christian grad student.  They eventually married, but after Jobs was given up for adoption.  The Syrian, Abdulfattah John Jandali, is now, at age 80, Vice President of a Nevada casino, so he’s clearly not a religious Muslim.  And Jandali never met Jobs nor did he even know Jobs was his son until a few years ago.

Jobs was raised by Paul and Clara Jobs.  Steven Jobs was never raised with any connection to Islam, Syria, or Arabs.  He never made any connection with or outreach to these groups later in life when he could have and was trying to reconnect with his past. Jobs never made an appearance at a mosque, never cited the Koran, never identified with Islam or Arabia in any way. Never uttered a single sentence or phrase in the lingua franca of their extremist politics.

It’s a safe bet that if Steven Jobs had been raised as an Arab Muslim, there would be no Apple. Not even Al-Apple. And a lot of great inventions that made our lives better and more enjoyable would never have happened. Jobs’ story is the success of American capitalism. And it’s about the kind of innovation and technological spirit that only happens in two countries in the world: the U.S. and Israel. This story would never have happened in Syria, pre- or post-Arab Spring.

And, then, there is the pancreatic cancer gene, BRCA and its variants.  It’s disproportionately common in Jews.  So, you have to wonder whether or not Jobs–even on his biological Arab father’s side–had some of the Jewish genes in his past.  It’s well known that throughout Middle Eastern history, Jews were forcibly converted to Islam.  And, often, we find that people who have high incidence of pancreatic and breast cancer have some Jewish blood in their background.  Scientists found, for example, that a reason breast cancer is likely high in Hispanic women–as with Jewish women–is that there were many Hispanic Jews who converted to Catholicism, whether by force or as the only chance for survival, during the Inquisition.

I wouldn’t be surprised if way back when . . . the Al-Mohad Muslims–who forcibly converted hundreds of thousands of Jews to Islam–forced a conversion of some of Steve Jobs’ biological ancestors.  We’ll never know.

But don’t believe the “Steve Jobs is a Muslim” hype.  He didn’t believe that.  And neither should you.

Steve Jobs, Rest In Peace.

Watch Steve Jobs’ FANTASTIC! 2005 speech at Stanford’s graduation. It begins at about 7:40 in.

**** UPDATE: Reader Gerald reminds us of an important point about Steve Jobs:

One thing I do appreciate about Steve Jobs … his refusal to allow pornography to be distributed through I-Pad app store (or whatever it is called). He caught a lot of flack over that from the perverse liberals, but he stood his ground and never relented. Now that he has passed away, I hope that whoever takes his place stands firm on that conviction of his.

Amen, Gerald. Principle like that is rare today. Few corporations are willing to stand up and do what is right on money-making stuff like this. Jobs and Apple could have made even more money off of apps had they agreed to porn apps. But he did the right thing!

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128 Responses

ken b writes, “In my book he ranks up there with the likes of Henry Ford, Eli Whitney, Walt Disney and Bill Gates.”

I see Jobs more as a cross between Edison and Michaelangelo – technology and liberal arts, as he himself suggested. Though Ford took the idea of the assembly line from that in the meat processing business, he certainly made it ubiquitous, and the widespread availability of the automobile had a social impact. And without doubt Disney had a cultural impact. But Gates was not in Jobs class. Most of what he did was derivative. And it was Jobs who squelched Gates attempt to dominate multi-media.

As to the “Jobs was Muslim” theme, I found it interesting (but hardly surprising) that half the comments in left-wing Israeli daily Haaretz story of Jobs’ passing echoed the “Jobs was Muslim/Arab/ Syrian” theme.

Raymond in DC on October 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

“I’ve been getting e-mails saying this from various Muslims–a religion that has very few of its adherents among the great geniuses, scientists, technology innovators, and inventors in the world”

I really think you need to read history my friend…and would suggest start with this youtube clip..


M Attaull on October 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Two Nobelists in Hard Science in the last 100 years.

    After the 1100s, Islam shut down technologically. Sorry, doofus.

    Occam's Tool on October 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Me likey

    Ammar on October 7, 2011 at 3:43 am

Hi Debbie,

Very well written, Debbie.

Yes, it was a great speech by Steve Jobs.
Jobs had vision and a great attitude. I hope
Apple can find someone who shares Jobs attitude
and vision for creating products that go the extra
mile for being innovative and user friendly.
People should also remember Jobs for his most sincere
advice about following your heart for doing what you
really love to do with your life.

Pål on October 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Here’s a tip Debbie: Read over your work before you publish it! You’re contradicting yourself here. You’re so certain Jobs was not a Muslim just because he ‘never made an appearance at a mosque, never cited the Koran, never identified with Islam or Arabia in any way. Never uttered a single sentence or phrase in the lingua franca of their extremist politics.’ Um, Debbie? If he never discussed it, just like you said ‘we don’t know what really went on in his personal life’ and can’t just make assumptions because it makes you feel better that this successful man was not a Muslim. There are lots of successful people around the world who don’t preach their beliefs. that doesn’t mean they are not a part of those beliefs. Ooo another tip: Do your research! ‘A religion that has very few of its adherents among the great geniuses, scientists, technology innovators, and inventors in the world’. You clearly have NO idea what you’re talking about. A great deal of Science and Math had actually originated from the Arab world. Finally, this article is saturated with HATE towards the Arabs. ‘This story would never have happened in Syria’ WOW, that was SUCH a racist comment. A person’s success does NOT depend on where he is from or what he believes in. Debbie, you need to seriously open up your mind before you write another article, brush up on your facts and stop being so ignorant. I respect Steve Jobs and his work but just because he is no longer with us to clarify things doesn’t mean we can make up some assumptions and believe whatever we want to about him.

Stacy on October 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Stacy, you sound like a smart person, but let me ask you this question maam, since you demagogued this article and claimed that it’s hatred towards arabs, explain to me where in this article Debbie wrote something that’s anti-arabic? I read the entire article and I didn’t read anything that’s anti-arabic. Furthermore, this is Ms. Schlussel’s blog/website and she know’s what she’s talking about and she gave out the whole facts of Mr. Jobs’, if you want to refute what Debbie wrote, I suggest you start you’re own blog and write a article like this and try to back up what you’re saying!

    You also claimed that science and math originated from the arab world, well they’ve done all of that prior to the muslim-conquest after Mohammed died in 637 AD, during the islamic-conquest, there have been few inventions done by muslims. And I have to give you some credit Stacy, there have been folks in world history who invented and created products and services for people across the world and they’ve never expressed and spewed out their religious beliefs down peoples throats, etc.

    Truth is Stacy is that Debbie KNOWS what she’s talking about, if she didn’t know what she was talking about, she wouldn’t have a large number of fans/followers/supporters/etc. (whether it’s here on debbieschlussel.com, her facebook page and her twitter page), we all wouldn’t take her seriously if she didn’t know what she’s talking about, because she backs up what she’s saying with investigative FACTS, she’s NOT espousing rhetoric!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Wrong! Scientific and mathematical advancements in the Arab world all happened AFTER Islam was established! It was during the Dark Ages.. You know..that period of time where Europeans were busy killing each other and dealing with epidemics due to a lack of hygiene..

      Usman on October 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I feel like I wrote this response. Because this is exactly what I would’ve wrote!

    Syed Umair Umar on January 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

Stacy is full of it. Steven Jobs was a black Christian. He’ll be remembered as one of the great African-Americans. Even if he never discussed it, we don’t know what really went on in his personal life, and can’t just make assumptions because it makes you feel better that this successful man was not a person of color. There are lots of successful people of color around the world who don’t preach their race. That doesn’t mean they are not a part of those darker-hued masses.

And he named the company “Apple”, after the story of Eden. A Judeo-Christian story, Moslems believe in some silly moon god that promises them whores in the afterlife if they committ murder on Earth.

Taking Black Apple on October 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Are you serious? We Muslims also believe in the story of Adam and Eve and the forbidden apple you biased unintelligent fool. And really? A “moon god”! You are so stupid it is not funny! We believe in one God, but we worship in different ways and call him Allah because in the Arabic language Allah means God… And really? We get “whores” for committing murder? Nowhere in the Quran does it say we will be gifted for murder. Murder is a first class ticket to hell. I’m not sure why other Muslims say he was Muslim when it’s obvious he wasn’t raised to be one although born one. So next time please do research before trying to insult our religion, because you are the perfect example of an illiterate moron who insults without any knowledge.

    Lindt on March 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

      I don’t know what you guys believe but I personally believe that Steve Jobs was Muslim. And whoever owns this website you need to stop insulting our religion!! very rude. You wouldn’t like it if we insulted your religion would you? I don’t think so. so next time you publish, think about what you are doing please. thankyou.

      dingdong on March 13, 2014 at 2:44 am

Lol what a pathetic woman. he was an arab. you can deny it all you want, but he was arab. good thing he wasn’t a jew or else he would have bankrupted the company and stolen all the money like the rest of the shylock theives on wall st.

nel on October 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    LOL, and what a pathetic POS neo-nazi you are Nel. Take you’re anti-semitic hatred to Stormfront or any jew-hating website you jerk! You’re hatred is NOT welcomed and appreciated here, and thanks for showing you’re true colors of anti-semitic jew-hatred you piece of nazi filth!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Wow, Debbie, how prejudice can you be? This article is pathetic, it practically screams “STEVE JOBS IS NOT A MUSLIM BECAUSE I DON’T WANT HIM TO BE!!!” Grow up Debbie and stop acting like a two year old.

Another thing is that you have NO idea on what the hell you’re talking about. The statement you made, “a religion that has very few of its adherents among the great geniuses, scientists, technology innovators, and inventors in the world,” in reference to Islam is completely WRONG. The reason you have the number zero today is because of Muslims, there’s a reason it’s called ARABIC NUMERALS, in the 9th century inventor Abbas ibn Firnas designed a flying machine — hundreds of years before da Vinci drew plans of his own, and guess what Debbie, he was MUSLIM! If you don’t believe me go to CNN,here’s the link, http://articles.cnn.com/2010-01-29/world/muslim.inventions_1_hassani-inventions-muslim?_s=PM:WORLD.

A few other inventions by Muslims were, surgery, coffee, the toothbrush, universities, algebra, optics, hospitals, and so much more.

So Debbie, please for your own sake, go learn a little about history instead of coming up with your own conclusions, because frankly you just sound like an ignorant ass.

Luna A. on October 7, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Luna, where in the article did Debbie EVER said that muslims made no inventions, contributions, etc.? She never said such stuff bro, so don’t try and take her words-out-of-context and misquote the woman. And you’re right, muslims have made contributions, but that was either before Mohammed died and at the start of the islamic conquest they made some inventions, and contributions, ever since, they’ve made very few contributions in the world, so Debbie KNOWS what she’s talking about!

    And she’s a well educated woman, she doesn’t need for you to lecture her and learn history, I assume she’s aware of the muslim inventions that she learned in school in her day as a child! And BTW, stick to the topic, this article is about the death of “Steve Jobs”, it’s not about inventions by muslims, christians, jews, etc., so try and comment about Steve Jobs’ and his inventions, contributions, innovations, etc. like the rest of us here did, yesterday and wednesday night!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on October 7, 2011 at 12:23 am

    in the 9th century inventor Abbas ibn Firnas designed a flying machine — hundreds of years before da Vinci drew plans of his own, and guess what Debbie, he was ……

    What a laugh we had about this one – I think he described it at the time as a ‘flying cloak’ he met his demise, yes you guessed it – dropped like a stone from a high building because the ‘flying cloak’ didn’t work.

    hamartia on October 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Folks, Steve was not a Muslim. How are you born a religion?
That’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard. Steve always stressed his real parents were the Jobs’. Yes he is half-Syrian, but he found his true path to be Buddhist.

Nice try to claim a great man into your “special club”.

James on October 7, 2011 at 1:09 am

A few other inventions by Muslims were, surgery, coffee, the toothbrush, universities, algebra, optics, hospitals, and so much more.


Surgery: Hippocrates had sets of surgeons tools. Claudius Galenus (129-217 AD) used catgut to close wounds before al-Zahwarhi.

Coffee: Originally cultivated by Abysnnian Orthodox Christian monks. The Islamic origins of it ignore that monk-hood is banned by the Qoran

Toothbrush: Ayurveda reccomended several products to clean the mouth, and they did it in the BC timeframe.

Universities: Greeks did it first, in fact the Musaeum contained a library and a University, and it was around well before Mohammed was even born.

Algebra: Built on algorithmic fashion of the ancient Babylonians. Diophantus of Alexandria wrote books on primitive algebra before Islam. The numeric system was adapted from a similar system used by the ancient Indians.

Optics: Chinese in the 5th century BC

Hospitals: Ashoka the Great founded at least 18, and he died before BC became AD.

Ghost on October 7, 2011 at 2:05 am

Stacy & Luna

Debbie is right – Arabs invented next to nothing. Arabic numerals is a misnomer – they were originally called Hindu numerals, and originated in India. Similarly, a lot of the things the Arabs did bring to the West originated in China, or, as James pointed out, was already there by the Babylonians and others. Another thing – most advances by the Arabs happened within a generation or two of their initial conquests of the Middle East, when they had conquered Byzantine or Sassanid scholars to continue to advance their work. A few more generations down, once Islam had sunk in, such innovations stopped happening.

Also, despite his being born Syrian, he was adopted and raised by American Caucasian parents. And this ‘defense’ of he is an Arab, when the discussion was clearly refuting the ‘he was a Muslim’ charge, is laughable. There are some Arabs – albeit very few – who are not Muslims, or Islamo-Christians.

Infidel on October 7, 2011 at 3:08 am

he would have had nothing to do with debbie and her simpelton crowd of followers. he was down with obama and the dalai lama. he succsessfully infused technology and liberal arts. and he will born and died an arab american.

mohammed jobs on October 7, 2011 at 5:28 am

debbie isn’t worth a bead of sweat on a dogs balls. her followers are even worse as they should follow steve job’s examples instead of her hate for anyone not white/christian/jewish examples.
steve jobs was everything debbie could never be. that’s why he’s adored now and she will be forgotten moments after she’s gone. rip steve

rip steve on October 7, 2011 at 5:41 am

why r u so upset because his father is Muslim?:P… just admit that if there wasn’t that ARABIC MUSLIM person there will be no “Steve jobs” i mean he gave the sperm didn’t he?:P Surely “a Steve Jobs of Apple Computers” could only have been possible in America…where they build technology with money made up from stealing the fuel of the Arab people lol…but it all comes back to that dude “Abdulfattah” an Arabic Muslim who if it wasn’t because of him, there will be no “apple”…btw I’m not a Muslim but i just cant stand people like u!

Nathalie on October 7, 2011 at 8:51 am

To Mohammad Jobs, RIP Steve & Nathalie, could the three of you useful morons stick to the issues without making stupid ad hominem personal-attacks against Debbie for knee-jerk reasons!

RIP Steve (assuming you’re a muslim), Debbie Schlussel has accomplished alot of stuff in her life, she’s a great attorney that’s won a ton of lawsuits over the years and she runs her own law firm business. She’s NOT jealous of the late Mr. Jobs, if you read this article (and you didn’t read the article), she gave Mr. Jobs alot of credit for what he did and accomplished in his life before he passed away.

Nathalie, DS is not upset that his father is a muslim, did you read the link that Debbie posted in this thread, it was from another website Nathalie and Debbie DID NOT write the article for that website. And you say you can’t stand people like DS, well I can’t stand people of you and you’re ilk of simpletons Nathalie on coming over here once in a while, attributing to stupidity, demagoguery, harrassment, etc. And I also believe that Mo Jobs, RIP Steve and Nathalie are “Federal Government Trolls” that lurks on blogsites (like this one and many others across cyberspace) to contradict what the author/messenger wrote and us the readers/posters are saying, etc.


“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on October 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

I stumbled across this while browsing articles about Steve Jobs but your anti Islam rhetoric, extremely warped views and misinformed notions about Islam simply provoked a comment from me.

Steve Jobs did wonders with Apple and was a fantastically creative man passionate about his work. Lets leave it at that, shall we?

G on October 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I thought this was a post about Steve Jobs.

I have no problems with individual, secularised Muslims, just as I have no issues with secularised X-tians, Jews, etc, etc.

I do have an issue with weaponised religion. Islam, so far, is not doing a good job at keeping up with all the other religions, mainly because its various sects are run by individual warlords who claim to be a Messiah.

I respect Jobs’s choice of religion mainly because it is based on the teachings of a person who more likely probably did exist!

(Yes, Muhammad was more likely as real as the Easter Bunny. There you go.)

That being said, let’s get back on topic and do an autopsy on what Steve Jobs meant to our respective generations.

A guy that I knew way back in high school, Jian Ghomeshi, hosts a show called “Q” on the CBC. He tweeted something about Steve Jobs being like Thomas Edison. I tweeted that Jobs was more like Henry Ford (without the antisemitic BullShizzle).

Why was Jobs like Ford? He took something that existed (the personal computer) and turned it into an appliance.

Just like Ford, Jobs made sure that the Macs had mass appeal.

Just as Ford said that you could have any car that he made – as long as it’s in black, Jobs made sure that you could have any Mac that rolled out of Cupertino – as long as it was in beige (or white as it is nowadays, or mostly black with the iWhat-ev devices).

Steve Jobs did a great job in making things marketable and hip. He made competitors realise that people prefer toys more than tools (how else can you explain Research In Motion’s nosedive in the stock market – think about it), that the goods will always be secondary to the packaging and delivery, and that any machine can be a god (yes – iPhone).

Not that I would be caught dead using an Apple anything more than I would be caught dead driving a Ford, unless if it’s absolutely necessary.

Anyone can challenge me on this. Step up.

The Reverend Jacques on October 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Regarding your 1st point:

    Don’t compare a Man who changed the lives of millions through teaching respect, kindness, and love to something that has impacted no one by any means.

    PeacErrwhere on October 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

This is so elemental folks. I don’t even know why there has to be an argument about whether Steve Jobs was or wasn’t a muslim. Islam isn’t DNA. Steve Jobs genetic make-up may have had a so-called ‘Syrian’ element, but what is Syrian, really? The Middle East is a big mish-mash of genetics due to thousands and thousands of years of mixing blood lines due to conquests, diasporas, and many other various reasons humans moved about, settled and interbred with each other.

Who’s to say Steve Jobs biological father didn’t also have some expressions of Greek DNA or Roman DNA or Viking DNA or Persian DNA or northern African DNA, etc, etc? Or all of the above. What about the make-up of the DNA his biological mother passed on to him? Why would any of this jumble of DNA automatically cause him to be labeled a Syrian? Let alone a muslim (which is not a DNA expression).

Kairn on October 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I also must add, it is incorrect to say that Steve Jobs was the ‘Godfather’ of Silicon Valley. I know, I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I worked in Silicon Valley hi-tech companies in the late 70’s – early 80’s. The term ‘Silicon Valley’ was coined in the early 70’s because of the plethora of semiconductor manufacturing companies setting up shop in the Santa Clara Valley. That coinage had nothing to do with Steve Jobs or Apple the company. Apple was just one of many hi-tech companies doing business in the Bay Area. Apple and other companies were successful while many others were not.

Kairn on October 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm


His father being Muslim DOES NOT make him a Muslim.

Nice try, Debbie, but people love and respect Steve Jobs irregardless of his religion.

Whether he was Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jew, etc.–apparently he was Buddhist–he is influential and loved and will be remembered.

PeacErrwhere on October 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Oh and don’t you know just how much the muslims LOVE Buddists!!

Why they would just as soon cut the throats of every Buddist in the world before they would allow themselves the FREE THOUGHT that is required of an INVENTOR or a RESEARCHER.

Muslims are just too balled-up in hating and trying to kill everybody who does not buy mohammed’s BS delusions!

YellowRoseofTexas on October 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm

A muslim who relies on any technology is ipso facto a hypocrite. When a muslim turns on a computer and expects the natural laws to be the same as they were in the past (allowing the computer to function) then he is saying “allah’s hand is chained”

Thats why the muslims could only “invent” things which they ripped off from their conquered subjects.

sg on October 8, 2011 at 1:44 am

Fuck off you Jew.

James on October 9, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Stay Classy, James.


    JeffE on October 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm

It seems SJ never discussed religion, politics, or anything that would hurt Apple. This was one key to his success, unlike sean penn or other dumbasses that put their crazy flag all over the media. Nice try saboteurs.

Lars on October 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm


Are you bald, fat, unattractive? Go get laid.

Jim on October 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Steve Jobs, RIP.

JeffE on October 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I see. “Innovation and technological spirit” only happens in the U.S. and Israel, and you follow up your (correct) explanation of why Jobs was not Muslim with a (ridiculous) attempt to forcibly induct him into Judaism. It’s pathetic that you attempt to turn a eulogy of one of America’s most innovative business leaders of the past century into the usual bleat of “Israel good, Muslims bad”. Sorry, Debbie, but U.S. demographics are changing, and people are waking up to the fact that American support for Israel’s apartheid regime is neither wise nor moral.

MEB on October 10, 2011 at 3:40 am


Actually, if you read Debbie’s post more carefully, you’ll see that she said that Steve Jobs was a Buddhist. In fact, the direct quote is … “Steve Jobs was a Buddhist.” RIF Reading is Fundamental.

Also, Israel is indeed good and there is nothing apartheid about it. And demographics in the U.S. is irrelevant to that point. Your final sentence makes about as much sense as would the sentence saying, “Sorry, Debbie, but U.S. demographics are changing, and people are waking up to the fact that 2+2 has never equaled 4, but instead equals 1,000.”

JeffE on October 10, 2011 at 8:24 am

there was so many miss understanding about Islam. Please… learn it before you comment.

eeka on October 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm

i respect Steve Jobs not because of his religion, but because of his inventions that change the world to be a better world. Islam, Buddhist, Christianity is just a practice that people do in life in order to feel safe.

Me? I don’t know if I still could claim myself to be one of the believers. But one thing for sure, i believe in one power thats creates you and I and all of the universe despite of any religion.

Lucy on October 14, 2011 at 3:52 am

This Article is full of hate and racism ,
well I could only answer your hate& ignorance about science and Islam by a simple thing.
who do you think invent the numbers , yes the number 1,2,3 …
Guess What
Muslim Arabs invented the numbers that we all write these days.
Hey Writer go and read before you write.

Ahmad on October 20, 2011 at 1:26 am

Roger Bacon is credited with drawing a flying apparatus as is Leonardo da Vinci. Actually Ibn Firnas of Islamic Spain invented, constructed, and tested a flying machine in the 800’s A.D. Roger Bacon learned of flying machines from Arabic references to Ibn Firnas’ machine. The latter’s invention antedates Bacon by 500 years and Da Vinci by some 700 years.

It is taught that glass mirrors were first produced in Venice, the year 1291. Glass mirrors were actually in use in Islamic Spain as early as the 11th century. The Venetians learned the art of fine glass production from Syrian artisans during the 9th and 10th centuries.

It is taught that before the 14th century, the only type of clock available was the water clock. In 1335, a large mechanical clock was erected in Milan, Italy and it was claimed as the first mechanical clock. However, Spanish Muslim engineers produced both large and small mechanical clocks that were weight-driven. This knowledge was transmitted to Europe via Latin translations of Islamic books on mechanics, which contained designs and illustrations of epi-cyclic and segmental gears. One such clock included a mercury escapement. Europeans directly copied the latter type during the 15th century. In addition, during the 9th century, Ibn Firnas of Islamic Spain, according to Will Durant, invented a watch-like device which kept accurate time. The Muslims also constructed a variety of highly accurate astronomical clocks for use in their observatories.

In the 17th century, the pendulum was said to be developed by Galileo during his teenage years. He noticed a chandelier swaying as it was being blown by the wind. As a result, he went home and invented the pendulum. However, the pendulum was actually discovered by Ibn Yunus al-Masri during the 10th century. He was the first to study and document a pendulums oscillatory motion. Muslim physiscists introduced its value for use in clocks the 15th century.

It is taught that Johannes Gutenburg of Germany invented the movable type and printing press during the 15th century. In 1454, Gutenberg did develop the most sophisticated printing press of the Middle Ages. But a movable brass type was in use in Islamic Spain 100 years prior, which is where the West’s first printing devices were made.

It is taught that Isaac Newton’s 17th century study of lenses, light, and prisms form the foundation of the modern science of optics. Actually al-Haythem in the 11th century determined virtually everything that Newton advanced regarding optics centuries prior and is regarded by numerous authorities as the “founder of optics.” There is little doubt that Newton was influenced by him. Al-Haytham was the most quoted physicist of the Middle Ages. His works were utilized and quoted by a greater number of European scholars during the 16th and 17th centuries than those of Newton and Galileo combined.

The English scholar Roger Bacon (d. 1292) first mentioned glass lenses for improving vision. At nearly the same time, eyeglasses could be found in use both in China and Europe. Ibn Firnas of Islamic Spain invented eyeglasses during the 9th century, and they were manufactured and sold throughout Spain for over two centuries. Any mention of eyeglasses by Roger Bacon was simply a regurgitation of the work of al-Haytham (d. 1039), whose research Bacon frequently referred to.

Isaac Newton is said to have discovered during the 17th century that white light consists of various rays of colored light. This discovery was made in its entirety by al-Haytham (1lth century) and Kamal ad-Din (14th century). Newton did make original discoveries, but this was not one of them.

The concept of the finite nature of matter was first introduced by Antoine Lavoisier during the 18th century. He discovered that, although matter may change its form or shape, its mass always remains the same. Thus, for instance, if water is heated to steam, if salt is dissolved in water, or if a piece of wood is burned to ashes, the total mass remains unchanged. The principles of this discovery were elaborated centuries before by Islamic Persia’s great scholar, al-Biruni (d. 1050). Lavoisier was a disciple of the Muslim chemists and physicists and referred to their books frequently.

It is taught that the Greeks were the developers of trigonometry. Trigonometry remained largely a theoretical science among the Greeks. Muslim scholars developed it to a level of modern perfection, although the weight of the credit must be given to al-Battani. The words describing the basic functions of this science, sine, cosine and tangent, are all derived from Arabic terms. Thus, original contributions by the Greeks in trigonometry were minimal.

It is taught that a Dutchman, Simon Stevin, first developed the use of decimal fractions in mathematics in 1589. He helped advance the mathematical sciences by replacing the cumbersome fractions, for instance, 1/2, with decimal fractions, for example, 0.5. Muslim mathematicians were the first to utilize decimals instead of fractions on a large scale. Al-Kashi’s book, Key to Arithmetic, was written at the beginning of the 15th century and was the stimulus for the systematic application of decimals to whole numbers and fractions thereof. It is highly probable that Stevin imported the idea to Europe from al-Kashi’s work.

The first man to utilize algebraic symbols was the French mathematician, Francois Vieta. In 1591, he wrote an algebra book describing equations with letters such as the now familiar x and y’s. Asimov says that this discovery had an impact similar to the progression from Roman numerals to Arabic numbers. Muslim mathematicians, the inventors of algebra, introduced the concept of using letters for unknown variables in equations as early as the 9th century A.D. Through this system, they solved a variety of complex equations, including quadratic and cubic equations. They used symbols to develop and perfect the binomial theorem.

It is taught that the difficult cubic equations (x to the third power) remained unsolved until the 16th century when Niccolo Tartaglia, an Italian mathematician, solved them. Muslim mathematicians solved cubic equations as well as numerous equations of even higher degrees with ease as early as the 10th century.

The concept that numbers could be less than zero, that is negative numbers, was unknown until 1545 when Geronimo Cardano introduced the idea. Muslim mathematicians introduced negative numbers for use in a variety of arithmetic functions at least 400 years prior to Cardano.

In 1614, John Napier invented logarithms and logarithmic tables. Muslim mathematicians invented logarithms and produced logarithmic tables several centuries prior. Such tables were common in the Muslim world as early as the 13th century.

During the 17th century Rene Descartes made the discovery that algebra could be used to solve geometrical problems. By this, he greatly advanced the science of geometry. Mathematicians of the Islamic Empire accomplished precisely this as early as the 9th century A.D. Thabit bin Qurrah was the first to do so, and he was followed by Abu’l Wafa, whose 10th century book utilized algebra to advance geometry into an exact and simplified science.

Isaac Newton, during the 17th century, developed the binomial theorem, which is a crucial component for the study of algebra. Hundreds of Muslim mathematicians utilized and perfected the binomial theorem. They initiated its use for the systematic solution of algebraic problems during the 10th century (or prior).

No improvement had been made in the astronomy of the ancients during the Middle Ages regarding the motion of planets until the 13th century. Then Alphonso the Wise of Castile (Middle Spain) invented the Aphonsine Tables, which were more accurate than Ptolemy’s. Muslim astronomers made numerous improvements upon Ptolemy’s findings as early as the 9th century. They were the first astronomers to dispute his archaic ideas. In their critic of the Greeks, they synthesized proof that the sun is the center of the solar system and that the orbits of the earth and other planets might be elliptical. They produced hundreds of highly accurate astronomical tables and star charts. Many of their calculations are so precise that they are regarded as contemporary. The Alphonsine Tables are little more than copies of works on astronomy transmitted to Europe via Islamic Spain, i.e. the Toledo Tables.

Gunpowder was developed in the Western world as a result of Roger Bacon’s work in 1242. The first usage of gunpowder in weapons was when the Chinese fired it from bamboo shoots in attempt to frighten Mongol conquerors. They produced it by adding sulfur and charcoal to saltpeter. The Chinese developed saltpeter for use in fireworks and knew of no tactical military use for gunpowder, nor did they invent its formula. Research by Reinuad and Fave have clearly shown that gunpowder was formulated initially by Muslim chemists. Further, these historians claim that the Muslims developed the first firearms. Notably, Muslim armies used grenades and other weapons in their defense of Algericus against the Franks during the 14th century. Jean Mathes indicates that the Muslim rulers had stockpiles of grenades, rifles, crude cannons, incendiary devices, sulfur bombs and pistols decades before such devices were used in Europe. The first mention of a cannon was in an Arabic text around 1300 A.D. Roger Bacon learned of the formula for gunpowder from Latin translations of Arabic books. He brought forth nothing original in this regard.

The Chinese who may have been the first to use it for navigational purposes sometime between 1000 and 1100 A.D invented the compass. The earliest reference to its use in navigation was by the Englishman, Alexander Neckam (1157-1217). Muslim geographers and navigators learned of the magnetic needle, possibly from the Chinese, and were the first to use magnetic needles in navigation. They invented the compass and passed the knowledge of its use in navigation to the West. European navigators relied on Muslim pilots and their instruments when exploring unknown territories. Gustav Le Bon claims that the magnetic needle and compass were entirely invented by the Muslims and that the Chinese had little to do with it. Neckam, as well as the Chinese, probably learned of it from Muslim traders. It is noteworthy that the Chinese improved their navigational expertise after they began interacting with the Muslims during the 8th century.

The first man to classify the races was the German Johann F. Blumenbach, who divided mankind into white, yellow, brown, black and red peoples. Muslim scholars of the 9th through 14th centuries invented the science of ethnography. A number of Muslim geographers classified the races, writing detailed explanations of their unique cultural habits and physical appearances. They wrote thousands of pages on this subject. Blumenbach’s works were insignificant in comparison.

The science of geography was revived during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries when the ancient works of Ptolemy were discovered. The Crusades and the Portuguese/Spanish expeditions also contributed to this reawakening. The first scientifically based treatise on geography were produced during this period by Europe’s scholars. Muslim geographers produced untold volumes of books on the geography of Africa, Asia, India, China and the Indies during the 8th through 15th centuries. These writings included the world’s first geographical encyclopedias, almanacs and road maps. Ibn Battutah’s 14th century masterpieces provide a detailed view of the geography of the ancient world. The Muslim geographers of the 10th through 15th centuries far exceeded the output by Europeans regarding the geography of these regions well into the 18th century. The Crusades led to the destruction of educational institutions, their scholars and books. They brought nothing substantive regarding geography to the Western world.

It is taught that Robert Boyle in the 17th century originated the science of chemistry. A variety of Muslim chemists, including ar-Razi, al-Jabr, al-Biruni and al-Kindi, performed scientific experiments in chemistry some 700 years prior to Boyle. Durant writes that the Muslims introduced the experimental method to this science. Humboldt regards the Muslims as the founders of chemistry.

It is taught that Leonardo da Vinci (16th century) fathered the science of geology when he noted that fossils found on mountains indicated a watery origin of the earth. Al-Biruni (1lth century) made precisely this observation and added much to it, including a huge book on geology, hundreds of years before Da Vinci was born. Ibn Sina noted this as well (see pages 100-101). It is probable that Da Vinci first learned of this concept from Latin translations of Islamic books. He added nothing original to their findings.

The first mention of the geological formation of valleys was in 1756, when Nicolas Desmarest proposed that they were formed over a long periods of time by streams. Ibn Sina and al-Biruni made precisely this discovery during the 11th century (see pages 102 and 103), fully 700 years prior to Desmarest.

Galileo (17th century) was the world’s first great experimenter. Al-Biruni (d. 1050) was the world’s first great experimenter. He wrote over 200 books, many of which discuss his precise experiments. His literary output in the sciences amounts to some 13,000 pages, far exceeding that written by Galileo or, for that matter, Galileo and Newton combined.

The Italian Giovanni Morgagni is regarded as the father of pathology because he was the first to correctly describe the nature of disease. Islam’s surgeons were the first pathologists. They fully realized the nature of disease and described a variety of diseases to modern detail. Ibn Zuhr correctly described the nature of pleurisy, tuberculosis and pericarditis. Az-Zahrawi accurately documented the pathology of hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and other congenital diseases. Ibn al-Quff and Ibn an-Nafs gave perfect descriptions of the diseases of circulation. Other Muslim surgeons gave the first accurate descriptions of certain malignancies, including cancer of the stomach, bowel, and esophagus. These surgeons were the originators of pathology, not Giovanni Morgagni.

It is taught that Paul Ehrlich (19th century) is the originator of drug chemotherapy, that is the use of specific drugs to kill microbes. Muslim physicians used a variety of specific substances to destroy microbes. They applied sulfur topically specifically to kill the scabies mite. Ar-Razi (10th century) used mercurial compounds as topical antiseptics.

Purified alcohol, made through distillation, was first produced by Arnau de Villanova, a Spanish alchemist in 1300 A.D. Numerous Muslim chemists produced medicinal-grade alcohol through distillation as early as the 10th century and manufactured on a large scale the first distillation devices for use in chemistry. They used alcohol as a solvent and antiseptic.

C.W. Long, an American in 1845, conducted the first surgery performed under inhalation anesthesia. Six hundred years prior to Long, Islamic Spain’s Az-Zahrawi and Ibn Zuhr, among other Muslim surgeons, performed hundreds of surgeries under inhalation anesthesia with the use of narcotic-soaked sponges which were placed over the face.

During the 16th century Paracelsus invented the use of opium extracts for anesthesia. Muslim physicians introduced the anesthetic value of opium derivatives during the Middle Ages. The Greeks originally used opium as an anesthetic agent. Paracelus was a student of Ibn Sina’s works from which it is almost assured that he derived this idea.

Humphrey Davy and Horace Wells invented modern anesthesia in the 19th century. Modern anesthesia was discovered, mastered, and perfected by Muslim anesthetists 900 years before the advent of Davy and Wells. They utilized oral as well as inhalant anesthetics.

The concept of quarantine was first developed in 1403. In Venice, a law was passed preventing strangers from entering the city until a certain waiting period had passed. If by then no sign of illness could be found, they were allowed in. The concept of quarantine was first introduced in the 7th century A.D. by the prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.), who wisely warned against entering or leaving a region suffering from plague. As early as the 10th century, Muslim physicians innovated the use of isolation wards for individuals suffering with communicable diseases.

The scientific use of antiseptics in surgery was discovered by the British surgeon Joseph Lister in 1865. As early as the 10th century, Muslim physicians and surgeons were applying purified alcohol to wounds as an antiseptic agent. Surgeons in Islamic Spain utilized special methods for maintaining antisepsis prior to and during surgery. They also originated specific protocols for maintaining hygiene during the post-operative period. Their success rate was so high that dignitaries throughout Europe came to Cordova, Spain, to be treated at what was comparably the “Mayo Clinic” of the Middle Ages.

It is taught that In 1545, the scientific use of surgery was advanced by the French surgeon Ambroise Pare. Prior to him, surgeons attempted to stop bleeding through the gruesome procedure of searing the wound with boiling oil. Pare stopped the use of boiling oils and began ligating arteries. He is considered the “father of rational surgery.” Pare was also one of the first Europeans to condemn such grotesque “surgical” procedures as trepanning (see reference #6, pg. 110). Islamic Spain’s illustrious surgeon, az-Zahrawi (d. 1013), began ligating arteries with fine sutures over 500 years prior to Pare. He perfected the use of Catgut, that is suture made from animal intestines. Additionally, he instituted the use of cotton plus wax to plug bleeding wounds. The full details of his works were made available to Europeans through Latin translations. Despite this, barbers and herdsmen continued to be the primary individuals practicing the “art” of surgery for nearly six centuries after az-Zahrawi’s death. Pare himself was a barber, albeit more skilled and conscientious than the average ones. Included in az-Zahrawi’s legacy are dozens of books. His most famous work is a 30-volume treatise on medicine and surgery. His books contain sections on preventive medicine, nutrition, cosmetics, drug therapy, surgical technique, anesthesia, pre and post-operative care as well as drawings of some 200 surgical devices, many of which he invented. The refined and scholarly az-Zahrawi must be regarded as the father and founder of rational surgery, not the uneducated Pare.

William Harvey, during the early 17th century, discovered that blood circulates. He was the first to correctly describe the function of the heart, arteries, and veins. Rome’s Galen had presented erroneous ideas regarding the circulatory system, and Harvey was the first to determine that blood is pumped throughout the body via the action of the heart and the venous valves. Therefore, he is regarded as the founder of human physiology. In the 10th century, Islam’s ar-Razi wrote an in-depth treatise on the venous system, accurately describing the function of the veins and their valves. Ibn an-Nafs and Ibn al-Quff (13th century) provided full documentation that the blood circulates and correctly described the physiology of the heart and the function of its valves 300 years before Harvey. William Harvey was a graduate of Italy’s famous Padua University at a time when the majority of its curriculum was based upon Ibn Sina’s and ar-Razi’s textbooks.

The first pharmacopoeia (book of medicines) was published by a German scholar in 1542. According to World Book Encyclopedia, the science of pharmacology was begun in the 1900’s as an offshoot of chemistry due to the analysis of crude plant materials. Chemists, after isolating the active ingredients from plants, realized their medicinal value. According to the eminent scholar of Arab history, Phillip Hitti, the Muslims, not the Greeks or Europeans, wrote the first “modern” pharmacopoeia. The science of pharmacology was originated by Muslim physicians during the 9th century. They developed it into a highly refined and exact science. Muslim chemists, pharmacists, and physicians produced thousands of drugs and/or crude herbal extracts one thousand years prior to the supposed birth of pharmacology. During the 14th century Ibn Baytar wrote a monumental pharmacopoeia listing some 1400 different drugs. Hundreds of other pharmacopoeias were published during the Islamic Era. It is likely that the German work is an offshoot of that by Ibn Baytar, which was widely circulated in Europe.

It is taught that the discovery of the scientific use of drugs in the treatment of specific diseases was made by Paracelsus, the Swiss-born physician, during the 16th century. He is also credited with being the first to use practical experience as a determining factor in the treatment of patients rather than relying exclusively on the works of the ancients. Ar-Razi, Ibn Sina, al-Kindi, Ibn Rushd, az-Zahrawi, Ibn Zuhr, Ibn Baytar, Ibn al-Jazzar, Ibn Juljul, Ibn al-Quff, Ibn an-Nafs, al-Biruni, Ibn Sahl and hundreds of other Muslim physicians mastered the science of drug therapy for the treatment of specific symptoms and diseases. In fact, this concept was entirely their invention. The word “drug” is derived from Arabic. Their use of practical experience and careful observation was extensive. Muslim physicians were the first to criticize ancient medical theories and practices. Ar-Razi devoted an entire book as a critique of Galen’s anatomy. The works of Paracelsus are insignificant compared to the vast volumes of medical writings and original findings accomplished by the medical giants of Islam.

The first sound approach to the treatment of disease was made by a German, Johann Weger, in the 1500’s. Harvard’s George Sarton says that modern medicine is entirely an Islamic development while emphasizing that Muslim physicians of the 9th through 12th centuries were precise, scientific, rational, and sound in their approach. Johann Weger was among thousands of Europeans physicians during the 15th through 17th centuries that were taught the medicine of ar-Razi and Ibn Sina. He contributed nothing original.

Medical treatment for the insane was modernized by Philippe Pinel when in 1793 he operated France’s first insane asylum. As early as the 1lth century, Islamic hospitals maintained special wards for the insane. They treated them kindly and presumed their disease was real at a time when the insane were routinely burned alive in Europe as witches and sorcerers. A curative approach was taken for mental illness and for the first time in history, the mentally ill were treated with supportive care, drugs, and psychotherapy. Every major Islamic city maintained an insane asylum where patients were treated at no charge. In fact, the Islamic system for the treatment of the insane excels in comparison to the current model, as it was more humane and was highly effective as well.

It is taught that kerosene was first produced by an Englishman, Abraham Gesner in 1853. He distilled it from asphalt. Muslim chemists produced kerosene as a distillate from petroleum products over 1,000 years prior to Gesner (see Encyclopaedia Britannica under the heading, Petroleum).

Hassan on October 24, 2011 at 3:03 am

wow really you don’t know what you are talking about ,
please read some history or leave it for experts to talk about it .
nevertheless you can write but you write some incredible BS in your blog .

maximon on October 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Steve Jobs is half Arab and no one can deny that however much Debbie or anyone else tries to. By the way Debbie, lot of the great geniuses were indeed Arab, who were great mathematicians and scientists, before the Christian crusades ransacked the great universities and learning institutions in the Middle East during the middle ages. If it were not for these Arabs in the 12th, 13thCenturies, in particular, I may not be typing this on my iPad. We indeed owe a lot to Arabs.

Also, long before that, Mesopotemia was really the cradle of civilisation.

Mike on October 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Why are people like Anne Coulter, Debbie, and others like them, so hate-filled?

Mike on October 25, 2011 at 8:32 pm

As usual, we have found a way to hate each other. Steve jobs, what ever he may have been was an extremely smart individual (obviously ). We spend so much time developing reasons to dislike each other now. Im sure there are genius in evert race, color and creed. In fact im sure steve never denounced his origins, just realized who provided him with the path he had taken. Ussualy men of his caliber have a better understanding of life then that of those who spend this much time arguing over religon. So in closing i would just like to say RIP steve.

smartone on October 27, 2011 at 4:31 am

You should be ashamed to ask someone to ask your reader to not believe in any kind of religion. You are such bias and editorial writer… If I was your teacher; I will kill myself that you were in my class. I wonder how much $$$ are you getting. To your knowledge, there many good countries beside the US and Isreal. You should use your critical thinking before you write anything and I also you should take sometime off to learn and respect other culture.

A true American on October 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

I dont know why some of you are so surprised at the vitriolic bigotry on display here. It’s somewhat common knowledge that this person is one of the more unstable members of the neocon right-wing islamophobes. Recall the time when she couldn’t bear that lebanese american, rima fakih won the miss USA beauty pageant Dont sweat this person too much, she clearly has an agenda. Her intense animosity toward muslims appears rooted in strong pro-israel sentiments. she’s also very dismissive of ostensible allies if they are willing to believe in the concept of moderate Islam. She has also referred to muslims as animals. And now using the death of steve jobs(rip) as an opportunity to spew her poison.

TJ on October 31, 2011 at 6:06 am

your a dumb whore is what you are

really? on November 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

So this hack totally ignores the facts and claims his arab background is irrelevant to Steve Jobs life and success but then goes into this whole inane ridiculous theory of how he actually might be jewish? lol who are you?

Dawud on January 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Islam will prevail in whole world. Allah u Akbar. We talk about Allah and his Messenger with complete confidence and complete belief. To you all i say to believe it else it will prove very costly in hereafter. Steve Jobs was always a Muslim. His creations or inventions are based on his belief but he knew he would face discrimination so he didnt said. He died as Muslim, May Allah grant him Jannah.

Usman Al-Fatah on February 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

you are a racist cow Debbie.

you are a racist cow on June 20, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Debbie was raised by ugly pigs, and the. Later inseminated by donkey’s the only love she gets is by sucking the balls of her fellow Ronald McDonald looking husband dickwardo sclussel, who then later found to be raped by the same donkey who inseminated her.

Jay on December 25, 2012 at 5:20 am

we proud of our moslim brother steve jobs who i belive that his death was made by those dirty people on the earth the Jewish who are Gods enimy now and for ever

elfatih hessian on January 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Steve Jobs was descended from Prophet Muhammad. That’s as far as I know. As for his religion, that’s between him and God.

bulba on September 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm

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