3 Things You Should Know About Islam

Muslims are not out to kill you. Contrary to the media’s spin on certain verses out of the Qur’an the majority of the Muslims are not out to kill you, nor do they fill that it is their obligation to do so. The politics of fear seems to immobilize the thinking mechanism we use to survive; our brains. Think about this, according to Wikipedia, “there are between 1 billion and 1.8 billion Muslims in the world,” if their objective has been to kill infidels then the matter would be clear from the actions of that billion. Due to the diversity of mankind, there will be different interpretations of verses, commandments and injunctions. Am I saying that you are safe to come and go as you please in all Islamic countries? No, what I am saying is that there are degrees of devotion in all religions and even Muslims suffer from the over-zealousness of fanatics. This issue of fanaticism transcends Islam, and spills over into the security of global community. Muslims in Sudan are being murdered and terrorized by their fellow Muslim brothers.

Muslims believe in and justify suicide bombings. In Islam suicide is unforgivable, and it is reported that in the manner one kills himself, he will continue to do so in hell. The report comes from narrations from Muhammad, who addressed this issue over 1400 years ago. Suicide bombings are not justified, and this issue coincides with the global security concerns that we must all address. Osama Bin Laden doesn’t seem to care if he kills Muslim or non-Muslim, terror sends a message to both parties. The message being conform or die!

Muslims worship Muhammad just like Christians worship Jesus. It is easy to feel that way when all great religions are either named after their originators, or have aspects that address that originator in their titles. Some examples would be; Christianity, Buddhism, and Confucianism. To use the term Muhammadans would be offensive to Muslims, because it would imply that they worship Muhammad.This is contrary to what Islam stands upon, to worship anything but God is an unforgivable sin in Islam. To say, Oh Muhammad forgive me, would be unforgivable, and the crux of Muhammad’s message hinges on this belief. Muslims view
Muhammad as a prophet and respect him as such, as well as other prophets that proceeded him.

This is just a brief overview of some of the common misconceptions and myths that are associated with Muslims. Although there are more, and hopefully
I can expound on them in the future. I must say that the barriers of tradition obstructs our path to knowledge. Many Christians are afraid to pick up the Qur’an out of fear of divine retribution, yet they continue to speak from positions of authority, without knowledge. The only way we can begin to dialogue is by addressing the misconceptions and affirming our convictions as humans beings first.

“Islam”, Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia

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