Here is a list of everyday inventions we use and had NO idea that they were actually invented or contributed to by Muslims. The books we are taught never told us the truth about how the things that we use everyday came into being.

I bet many of you didn’t know that the following were invented by Muslims.



According to the history, in the 1400’s coffee became a very popular drink among Muslims in Yemen. Gradually, it started spreading to Ottoman Empire as the Empire was widespread and was at its peak. The Catholics also denounced it as “Muslim drink”. But currently, the consumption of coffee is almost 160 million cups per day, throughout the globe.

6Flying Machine

Abbas al Firnas trying to fly the model

According to researchers, Abbas ibn Firnas was the first person to make a real attempt to construct a flying machine and fly. In the 9th century, he designed a winged apparatus, roughly resembling a bird costume. In his most famous trial near Cordoba in Spain, Firnas flew upward for a few moments, before falling to the ground and partially breaking his back.

5Degree-Granting Institutes/Universities

Modern Day picture of Al-Quaraouiyine university

In 859 A.D. a Muslim lady founded the first formal school. Fatima al-Fihri established the institute al-Quaraouiyine in modern day city Fes in Morocco. Here students learned and were awarded a certificate after completing a specific program. Later, in 1000s, degree awarding institutes quickly spread in the Muslim World.

4Military Bands

Ottoman Mehter Band

The marching military bands during the Gunpowder Age in Europe were designed to encourage soldiers during battle. This tradition has its origins in the Ottoman ‘mehter’ bands of the 1300s that helped make the Ottoman army one of the most powerful in the world.

It helped make the Ottoman army one of the most powerful in the world.The purpose was to frighten enemies and encourage allies through loud music.


Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi was an Islamic mathematician who wrote on Hindu-Arabic numerals and was among the first to use zero as a placeholder in positional base notation. The word algorithm derives from his name. His algebra treatise Hisab al-jabr w’al-muqabala gives us the word algebra and can be considered as the first book to be written on algebra.

2First Pinhole Camera

In the 11th century in Cairo, Muslim scientist, Ibn-al-Haytham, developed the field of optics. He described how the first cameras work.
His discoveries regarding how to project and capture images led to the development of modern cameras. Without his research into how light travels through apertures and is projected by them, the modern mechanisms inside everyone’s cameras would not exist.



Ancient picture of Arab merchant smoking Hookah

After health concerns were raised by smoking tobacco, Abu’l-Fath Gilani of Persia did this invention as the smoke purifies by water and is less harmful than direct inhaling tobacco. It was introduced in the Indian-Subcontinent during the Mughal Empire.

Modern Day Hookah