The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Association of Bradford held an Islamic information session at the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library on Oct. 25.
"It's Islamic Heritage month," explained Mona Shah. "This is really to recognize the contributions Muslims have made in history."
And those contributions have been extensive. While Europe was still stumbling in the Dark Ages, the Muslim world was a centre for learning, preservation of Greek knowledge, and expansion of the sciences.
Six hundred years before Copernicus and Galileo suggested that the planets orbited the sun, a view challenged by their contemporaries, Al-Biruni not only proposed that the earth revolves around the sun, but that the earth spins on its axis – to scientific acclaim.