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Misconceptions of Islam

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Zubai Kehtani Misconceptions of Islam Did you know that there are currently 1.5 billion Muslims living throughout the world? Yep, that means 1 in every 5 people in this world is a Muslim. It is proven that Islam is the fastest growing faith in the world and also happens to be the most widely and openly misunderstood faith as well. Americans have been flooded with misconceptions about Muslims contradicting their faith and beliefs, the rights of Muslim women compared to men, and obscure ideas such as Muslims not believing in the existence of and or hating Jesus because of Muhammad. "When a gunman attacks a mosque in the name of Judaism, a Catholic IRA guerrilla sets off a bomb in an urban area, or Serbian Orthodox militiaman rapes and kills innocent Muslim civilians, these acts are not used to stereotype an entire faith." How many times is it heard that a Christian, Jew, or any other majority robbed a bank or was involved in a mass murder? Very few, which is ironic because once a Muslim does such perils, it is blamed on the faith on whole and not the individual that makes that decision. Islam can literally be translated to mean submission to God and is derived from the root word meaning peace. ...read more.

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There is a great difference in having to follow a culture and a religion. Islam sees women, whether single or married, as an individual having her own rights, with the right to own and dispose of her property and earnings. Both men and women are expected to dress in a way that is modest and dignified, but no standard is set out for them to follow. The Prophet has said, "The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best in manner and kindest to his wife." Violence of any kind towards women and forcing them against their own will is not allowed. Though divorce is not common, it is allowed for both men and women. The rights that were given to Islamic women 1400 years ago had just recently opened up for European and American women in the 1900's. "If any do deeds of righteousness - be they male or female - and have faith, they will enter Paradise, and not the least injustice will be done to them."(Quran, 4:124) Now many people ask, why are Muslim men allowed to have a total of four wives? Islam does not promote having multiple wives. In reality, this law came into action because many men would have up to 10 wives or more, considering them as his property. ...read more.

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Yes, there are a few Muslims that cause problems, but what is one race or religion that does not have someone that has committed a crime before? Why is it that when there is a bombing or shoot out at a school it isn't the Christian or Catholic boy that did it, why does it have to be the young depressed, troubled child; but when a Muslim does something it all gets blamed on the faith? The American government has been at war for almost two years to give rights to the people of Iraq, but how much of a difference can they actually make when their own people don't get proper rights? They say the people have freedom of speech, religion, and etc...but in reality they have nothing. If the government wanted unity between the people than they would create a better understand on a situation rather than turning citizens against each other. A recent example of how much the American government 'cares' for the rights of the people is shown through the pictures they found of the prisons are being taken care of in Iraq. Many misconceptions of religion, culture, and just people on a whole would be cleared if the government and media did not exploit them for their own advantage. Kehtani 1 ...read more.

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