Silver Jubilee celebrations of Hyderabad’s Springfields Schools attracted thousands of students, parents and general public with its thematic exhibition: Muslims’ Contributions to Sciences.
Around twenty large stalls displayed contributions of Muslims in various fields during the Golden Age of Islam. Each stall had at least five student guides to explain visitors about the contributions.
The exhibition was a brainchild of our director Anjum Babukhan, and it was executed with the help of Ilm Foundation founder Mohammad Abdul Lateef Atear, said Principal of Springfields Masab Tank branch Humera Hyder.
Feel Proud of Muslim Heritage
When asked why the exhibition was central to their celebrations, she said they wanted to show the Muslim community and other communities what Muslims have contributed to the civilized world.
“We can plan a great future for our children if we know about our past and appreciate it,” Mrs Hyder noted.
“We need to give our children the pride of our heritage. As you already know the media portrays a distorted image of the community.”
When our children know what their forefathers have done for the humanity, they will appreciate it and feel proud of the heritage, observed Reshma Fatima, principal of Springfields Tolichowki branch.
Models of Scientific Discoveries & Inventions
Displaying an old model windmill invented by a Persian Muslim in 634 AD, ninth standard student Sahla Mahvish explains that the windmill helped in pumping ground water and grinding grains in the desert.
Another Springfields student of sixth standard Syeda Munazza Sultana exhibited Food Chain. When asked why it’s significant to know about food chain, she confidently replied: “Nobody can know what happens in lives of animals, insects and plants unless they know about the food chain. The concept of food chain was introduced by an African-Arab Muslim Al-Jahiz.”
Syeda Azmeena of eight standard displayed elements and periodic table. Ask her what Zakariya Al-Razi contributed to Chemistry, she quickly says Al-Razi wanted to cure people.
“He had the urge to heal human beings. Therefore he started discovering and understanding about the elements to cure diseases,” noted the young Springfields student.
Inspiration from Exhibition
Syed Zahed Shah, a parent whose three daughters study in Springfields, thinks the exhibition helps students in better understanding various concepts.
“She is getting inspiration by participating in the exhibition. Students need more such exhibitions,” remarked Shah.
The two-day exhibition was inaugurated by Telagana Government advisor A K Khan in the company of M. Asghar Husain, former director of education at UNESCO, and Zafar Javed of Sultan-ul-Uloom Society.