While the world is too busy fearing beards, words like inshallah, and hijabs, they are overlooking the real "terrors" Muslims are responsible for: 

1. Algebra

Equations and numbers may not be your thing and you can point to Muslims for your fear of MATH in school ... but do remember that you wouldn't be able to text your crush if numbers didn't exist! 

Where did Algebra come from? 

Persian pioneer Mohamed Ibn Musa Al-Khawarizmi developed the discipline of Algebra in "The Compendious Book on Calculation by Completion and Balancing." 

The term Algebra actually comes from the arabic word "al-jabr" which Khawarizmi used in his book.

The mathematician also introduced the number zero and developed the Hindu-Arabic numeral system which is the numeral system used all over the world today. 

2. Chemistry

You may be a complete klutz when it comes to laboratories and mixing chemicals but watching "chemical reactions" was probably your all time favorite thing. 

Dexter's Laboratory and Breaking Bad ring a bell?!

Where did Chemistry come from?

The Persian pioneer Jabir Ibn Hayyan is considered to be the most important alchemist in history. He established the principles of modern chemistry when he introduced the scientific method to alchemy. 

The word "chemistry" originated from the Arabic word "al kemyaa'a." 

Through laboratory experimentation unheard of at his time, Hayyan developed and described the chemical processes crystallization, distillation and the basic substances that became the foundation of modern chemistry, such as acetic acid, mercury and sulfur.

3. Shampoo tears

If you suffered from the burning sensation in your eyes AKA shampoo tears as a child, you know who to blame. Thankfully, tear-free shampoo was later invented! 

Where did shampoo come from?

Considering ashing and bathing otherwise known as ablution (wuduh) are a customary requirement for Muslims, it's no surprise to learn that shampoo was developed by a Muslim. 

Soap traces its way back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans and later the Arabs who combined vegetable oils and aromatics to create soap similar to the ones we use today. 

But, shampoo as we know today was first introduced by Bengali-Muslim Sheikh Dean Muhammad who opened an "Indian Vapour Baths" in England which were quite similar to Turkish baths. 

The baths included an Indian treatment of champi (shampooing) and therapeutic massage.  

His service was highly appreciated by the Brits that he was appointed ‘Shampooing Surgeon’ to both George IV and William IV.

4. Surgery

Needles, bloods and hospitals aren't on anybody's good side (except doctors), but what kind of world would we be living in if medicine wasn't a thing? 

Where did surgeries come from?

Muslim surgeon al-Zahrawi established the foundation of modern surgery with his innovative surgical instruments and techniques - many of which are still used today.

Zahrawi invented the syringe, the forceps, the surgical hook and needle, the bone saw and the lithotomy scalpel. 

He was also the first physician to describe ectopic pregnancy (embryo attaches outside the uterus) and the first to identify the genetic nature of hemophilia (body's inability to make blood clots). 

5. Universities

All-nighters, caffeine galore, hundreds of pages of reading every day...how did we ever survive the total terror of our university years anyway?  

Where did universities come from?

Tunisian Fatima Al Fihri founded Al-Qarawiyyin in 859 in Fes, Morocco as a place for religious instruction and political discussion, initially. 

It gradually developed into a university during the 10th century. Its library was the best place for scholars, poets and theologians for hundreds of years including Ibn Khaldun's Muqadimmah and a 9th-century Quran written in Kufic calligraphy.

Today, Al- Qarawiyyin is considered the oldest existing, continually operating and the first degree awarding educational institution in the world according to UNESCO and Guinness World Records.