This is not a play on words, but to die for your faith in the Christian religions (Catholic and Protestant) makes you an instant Martyr. In the Islamic cult (or culture) a Muslim who dies for their beliefs is also said to make them a martyr but not for the same reasons. In the Christian faith a person who suffers persecution and death for refusing to renounce their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who would die rather than be forcefully converted to Islam goes to Heaven as a Martyr. In the world of Islam, a Muslim who commits suicide in order to kill innocent non-believers is said to be a martyr but this seems only to be a promise used to get some uneducated Muslim to give up his life to kill the enemy. The proof of this is that you don't hear about any educated clerics blowing themselves up.
So the answer to the question, "What single contribution have Muslims given the world?" is, they have done more to create Christian Martyrs than anyone else in history. They have slaughtered more Christians than the Roman Empire.
Other major religions in the world have similar beliefs. Martyrdom in Judaism is one of the main examples of Kiddush Hashem. 1 Maccabees and 2 Maccabees recount numerous martyrdom's suffered by Jews resisting ideas or customs of pagan overlords, being executed for such crimes as observing the Sabbath.
Hindus and Buddhists have not escaped the persecution at the hands of Islamic invaders or Muslim governments. A Hindu web site Satyaneva Jayate lists the following slaughter in just the last century.
Genocide committed in the name of Allah: 3,000,000 Bangladeshi Hindus Killed during the Pakistan-Bangladesh war in 1971. From 1894 to 1896 Abdul Hamid, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, killed 150,000 Armenian Christians. In India, Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur along with his disciples was burned to death by the Moghul ruler Aurangzeb in 1675. Another Sikh, Bhai Mati Das was sawn into right and left halves while he was still alive. In July 1974, 4,000 Christians living in Cyprus were killed by Fahri Koroturk, president of Turkey and his Islamic army. From 1843 to 1846 10,000 Assyrian Christians including women and children were massacred by the Muslims. From 1915 to 1918 750,000 Assyrians were killed in the name of Islamic Jihad. In 1933 thousands of Assyrian villagers were murdered by the Iraqi soldiers in Northern Iraq. Since 1990 more than 10,000 Kashmiri Hindus have been brutally murdered by Islamic fundamentalists. Over 280,000 Ugandans killed during the reign of Idi Amin from 1971 to 1979. Over 30,000 Mauritanians have been killed by the Islamic dictators since 1960. In 1980, 20,000 Syrians were murdered under the rule of Hafez Al-Assad, President of Syria. Since 1992 120,000 Algerians have been murdered by the Islamic fundamentalist army.
The worldwide historical count of people slaughtered by Muslims in the 1400 years this cult has existed is an astounding 270-million people. This list was compiled by several sources and posted on Bare Naked Islam.
120 MILLION AFRICANS
Thomas Sowell [Thomas Sowell, Race and Culture, BasicBooks, 1994, p. 188] estimates that 11 million slaves were shipped across the Atlantic and 14 million were sent to the Islamic nations of North Africa and the Middle East. For every slave captured many others died. Estimates of this collateral damage vary. The renowned missionary David Livingstone estimated that for every slave who reached a plantation, five others were killed in the initial raid or died of illness and privation on the forced march.[Woman’s Presbyterian Board of Missions, David Livingstone, p. 62, 1888] Those who were left behind were the very young, the weak, the sick and the old. These soon died since the main providers had been killed or enslaved. So, for 25 million slaves delivered to the market, we have an estimated death of about 120 million people. Islam ran the wholesale slave trade in Africa.
60 MILLION CHRISTIANS
The number of Christians martyred by Islam is 9 million [David B. Barrett, Todd M. Johnson,World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2200, William Carey Library, 2001, p. 230, table 4-10] . A rough estimate by Raphael Moore in History of Asia Minor is that another 50 million died in wars by jihad. So counting the million African Christians killed in the 20th century we have:
80 MILLION HINDUS
Koenard Elst in Negationism in India gives an estimate of 80 million Hindus killed in the total jihad against India. [Koenard Elst, Negationism in India, Voice of India, New Delhi, 2002, pg. 34.] The country of India today is only half the size of ancient India, due to jihad. The mountains near India are called the Hindu Kush, meaning the “funeral pyre of the Hindus.”
10 MILLION BUDDHISTS
Buddhists do not keep up with the history of war. Keep in mind that in jihad only Christians and Jews were allowed to survive as dhimmis (servants to Islam); everyone else had to convert or die. Jihad killed the Buddhists in Turkey, Afghanistan, along the Silk Route, and in India. The total is roughly 10 million. [David B. Barrett, Todd M. Johnson, World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2200, William Carey Library, 2001, p. 230, table 4-1.]
270,000,000: THAT’S WAY MORE THAN STALIN, HITLER, MAO, POL POT, IDI AMIN, AND THE REST OF THE 20TH CENTURY’S GENOCIDAL SOCIALISTS!
Here are a single years worth of news stories and links from around the world showing the extent of persecution of Christians in Muslim countries on the web site Voice of the Martyrs. Other stories have appeared on a daily basis on Jihad Watch and Worldnet Daily News and TROP, The Religion of Peace.
Iraq (MNN) ― Nearly 100,000 believers flee Iraq in a matter of months
Published on 25 March, 2011Pakistan (MNN) ― Persecution heats up in Pakistan with two more murders
Published on 21 March, 2011Ivory Coast (MNN) ― War-like election violence targets Christians
Published on 18 March, 2011Pakistan (MNN) ― Many fear Christian prisoner's death was murder
Published on 7 March, 2011Ethiopia (MNN) ― Extremist mob attacks college students on mission trip
Published on 28 February, 2011Afghanistan (MNN) ― Imprisoned Afghan Christian released from prison while another Christian convert still behind bars
Published on 22 December, 2010Iraq (MNN) ― Christmas hopes dimmed by terror threats in Iraq
Published on 16 November, 2010Iran (MNN) ― Iran's Supreme Leader openly names enemies of Islam, including the Church
Published on 12 November, 2010Pakistan (MNN) ― Pakistan sentences woman to death for 'blasphemy' for the first time in history
Published on 4 November, 2010Eritrea (MNN) ― The government orders another crackdown on Christians
Published on 27 October, 2010Uzbekistan (MNN) ― Believers face prison and fines for possession of illegal Christian movies
Published on 7 October, 2010Somalia (MNN) ― Somalia pursues Christians into Kenya
Published on 7 September, 2010Indonesia (MNN) ― Threats and opposition against Christians mounting in Bekasi, Indonesia
Published on 19 August, 2010Turkey (MNN) ― The government relaxes its ban a little, Christians hold historic service
Published on 13 August, 2010International (MNN) ― High potential for persecution to increase in Muslim countries during holy month
Published on 30 July, 2010Lebanon (MNN) ― Government efforts to protect Christians will not end persecution
Published on 28 July, 2010Pakistan (MNN) ― Christian nursing student raped -- nearly killed in Pakistan
Published on 23 July, 2010Pakistan (MNN) ― A pastor and his brother murdered after being framed for blasphemy
Published on 19 July, 2010Uzbekistan (MNN) ― Government wrongfully views Christianity as a threat
Published on 14 July, 2010Indonesia (MNN) ― Death threats on the rise against Christians in Indonesia
Published on 12 July, 2010Pakistan (MNN) ― Local authorities refuse to press charges in murder of Christian's family
Published on 30 June, 2010Morocco (MNN) ― Morocco expels yet another foreign Christian
Published on 25 June, 2010Uzbekistan (MNN) ― Uzbek government cracks down on Christians
Published on 14 June, 2010Afghanistan (MNN) ― Devastating reports could provoke persecution against Afghanistan's Christians
Published on 7 June, 2010Afghanistan (MNN) ― Christians face oppression as anti-Christian rhetoric increases
Published on 27 May, 2010Indonesia (MNN) ― Militant Muslims use intimidation against Christians
Published on 21 May, 2010Morocco (MNN) ― Moroccan government continues crackdown against Christians
Published on 12 May, 2010Somalia (MNN) ― Christian schoolteacher shot down by Islamic militants
Published on 27 April, 2010Burma (MNN) ― Genocide has finally received some international attention
Published on 2 April, 2010Eritrea (MNN) ― More Christians thrown in jail--this time, from the military