The Muslim world is full of under-achievement and wrongdoing. We are blessed with oil, gas, shipping routes, favourable climes for agriculture et al but are still the most backward, poor and technologically least-advanced countries in the world. What makes us backward? The most common cause is the wrong interpretations of our religion, Islam. We have created an 'Islamic' society that denounces freethinking, learning and human rights. Why a country like America that was created by the convicts, criminals and refugees of the world is today one of the greatest superpower of the world? Why a small island like United Kingdom ruled most of the world while our civilization of Baghdad, despite being the most technologically advanced entity of its time, perished? -PUKHT KHAN, Peshawar, via e-mail, November 21.