The Arabs Invented Zero

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Following are excerpts from an interview with Algerian author Anwar Malek, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on March 3, 2009:

Interviewer: 73% of our viewers believe that the Arabs constitute a great power, and have ability to be influential, and so on.

Anwar Malek: This figure indicates that the Arabs are afflicted with fantasies and obsolete bravado.

Interviewer: False bravado.

Anwar Malek: False, empty bravado, which does no good to anybody. The Arabs invented, or discovered, the zero – (no they didn’t/ed) but what did they do with it? Some of them sat on it, some put it on their heads, while others wore it around their waists, and began shaking their hips, their bellies, and their breasts, in order to sell to the world the idea that modern Arabs are doing something. Today, the Arabs constitute nothing but thousands of zeros to the left… The Arabs have lost their worth, their humanity, their culture, and everything. There is nothing to suggest that the Arabs can be relied upon to produce anything.

This false bravado is deeply rooted in the Arabs to an unimaginable degree. It is so deeply rooted that the Arabs believe they can go to the moon. If you asked your viewers whether the Arabs would be able to reach the moon by 2015, they would say: “Yes, the Arabs will get to the moon.” By Allah, the Arabs will not go more than a few hundred kilometers from their doorsteps. These are empty words.

In all honesty, the Arabs are backward, and are not fit for civilization at all. I am not referring to history. I am talking about the Arabs of today. I’m not talking about the Arabs of the past, in the days of the Islamic conquests. I am talking about the Arabs of today. They have lost their Arab identity, and have begun to export shawarma, falafel, and lupin beans to Europe, and they purport to be bringing something Arab to Europe.

Interviewer: Civilization.

Anwar Malek: They call it civilization.


The Arab rulers are a reflection of the people. The Arab rulers did not come down from Mars or from the sun. They emerged from among the people, and share the same beliefs. If you placed any Arab citizen in power… I challenge any Arab citizen, who may become a ruler, to do anything beyond what the current Arab leaders are doing. There is no difference between the Arab rulers and the Arab peoples. All those who are called “Arabs” are one and the same.


Interviewer: Look what small resistance movements have achieved, by means of very primitive weapons, in confronting aggressors and enemies. Can you deny this? This completely refutes what you say.

Anwar Malek: What resistance are you talking about? If you are talking about the resistance of Hizbullah – Hizbullah has destroyed Lebanon, in the framework of a Persian conspiracy. I say this point blank. As for the resistance in Palestine – they are defending themselves. They are a group of people defending themselves from attacks from all directions. What did they achieve? Did they defeat or destroy Israel? I consider it a miracle when someone manages to even defend himself. The reality of the Arabs is one of defeat, hitting rock bottom… We are defeated, politically and militarily… and economically, socially, and even psychologically. We have a discourse of conspiracy, and we blame everything on others.


Interviewer: Take Egypt, for example. What does Egypt – that superpower – have to offer? I ask you, what does Egypt have to offer?

Anwar Malek: Nothing. It is incapable of doing anything. It has nothing but lupin beans – and I say this in complete irony. It is incapable of doing anything. It lives off American aid. Without it, they would starve.


Egypt is incapable of waging war, strategically and militarily. It is incapable of doing anything.

Interviewer: Didn’t Egypt win several wars?

Anwar Malek: No. The 1973 war was not a victory. It was another defeat.

Interviewer: It didn’t win the war?

Anwar Malek: No. It was followed by the Camp David accords a few years later. It did not win the war. No Arab country has won a war in modern times. There has been no victory worthy of mention. All we have are defeats, which we package as victories.


Look at how the Arabs live in the West. By Allah, they are a bad example. If you hear about thieves – they are always Arabs. Whenever a young man harasses a girl on the streets of London or Paris, he turns out to be an Arab. All the negative moral values are to be found in the Arab individual.

9 thoughts on “The Arabs Invented Zero”

  1. Zero was invented by the Hindus – the Arabs did not discover the concept. This is well documeted.

  2. The Hindus only invented the Zero so they measure Islams input towards a civilised world.

  3. Arabs didn’t invent zero they are zero. Oh wel I suppose shit is something. i stand corrected.

  4. Until they have some sort of enlightenment, the Arab world will remain ignorant. They have yet to figure out it is not their destiny to usurp the world and rule it. They have invented zero and depend on everyone else to do their engineering and science, medical etc; They talk a lot but, other then oil which they do not get out of the ground by themselves either, they have nothing to offer to civilization.

  5. Lynn,
    Arabs didn’t come up with the concept of zero – it was the Hindus who realized that zero belonged to the set of natural numbers – I say this in modern language because Cantor’s work which set the foundation for modern set theory came much later. In about 600 AD Brahmagupta deduced some of the properties of zero, however it was not possible for him to answer the question of division. Five hundred years later Bhaskara deduced most of the properties correctly – however the issue of division was not resolved. The Mayan civilization also developed a number system which included a zero. but I don’t know much more about their work. The base 10 system, which we use today was directly adopted from Indian (Hindu) work by al-Khwarizmi – and he and other arabs made minor advances on the work of the earlier Indian mathematicians. In short, the statement that arabs developed 0 and base 10 are incorrect. It is a shame that the Spanish destroyed most Mayan and Inca documents because it may have been that they deduced the properties of zero even earlier than the Hindus did. Given that they (Mayas) deduced a fairly complex astronomical calender, it seems plausible to my mind.

  6. Good grief, an Arab guy goes on Jazeera, absolutely annihilates root and branch the Arab mythologies of the past ~100 years, no doubt risks assassination for his blunt words…and all anyone can do is make fun of his “zero” remark?


  7. As an expat from Morocco…Malek is right… he is telling the truth as it is.. and unless the arabs wake up from their denial and self-deception there is nothing to change….. as for the zero and who invented it, well who ever invented it it sure looks like there is nothing to do with it, it is just a Zero big or small it would not matter… it is A HOLE … as least the Arabs find it useful to tie it on the their waists for belly daning or to hold their nice head wear with.

  8. The decimal system was introduced 1,500 years ago by Indian mathematician/astronomer Aryabhata. He sat up in bed one morning and exclaimed, “Sthanam sthanam dasa gunam” (place to place in 10 times in value).
    During Aryabhata’s time, the Jain text “Lokavibhaga” used decimal place-value system including Sanskrit numeral words for the digits, with word for zero as “shunya” (empty). The first known use of special glyphs for the decimal numbers including the indubitable appearance of a symbol for “zero”, a small circle, appeares on a 1,125 years old stone inscription found at the Chaturbhuja Temple at Gwalior – a city in Madhya Pradesh 125km south of Agra.
    The Hindu-Arabic numerals and the positional number system were introduced 1,175 years ago in an arithmetic book “al-Kitab al-mukhtasar fi hisab al-jabr wa’l-muqabala” written by Abu Abdallah Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (Persian mathematician, astronomer and geographer from Baghdad). This book synthesized Persian, Babylonian, Indian and Greek knowledge and also contained his own fundamental contribution to Algebra and Arithmetic, including an explanation of the use of digit “zero”. 350 years later the Arabic numeral system was introduced to Europe through Latin translations of Musa al-Khwarizmi’s book causing a profound impact on the advance of mathematics and science in Europe. “Algorithm” was derived from the Latinized forms of Musa al-Khwarizmi’s name “Algoritmi”.

  9. People, Learn History! Arabs did not invent zero. Al-Khwarizmi was not Arab, he was from Uzbekistan; Al-Razi was Persian, from Tehran; Al-Ghazzali – a Persian, too, (Al-Tabari was from Tabristan; Al-Farabi was from Turkistan; Al-Biruni was an Uzbek from Khwarizm; Ibn Sina was from Bukhara, Central Asia); Ibn Rushd was from Cordoba, Spain)…
    And where are those “Great Arab Muslim scientists “ whose inventions made the revolution in the world? Not Arabs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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