Islam tells us not to hate innocent
people. We are told to respect Jews because we are worshiping the same
God. The hatred between Arabs and Israelis is political. It is often
confused as being religious. Not all Arabs hate Israelis nor vice versa. You
will find extremists on both sides!
The God's messenger (peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed a mixed company of Muslims,
polytheists who worshipped idols and Jews and he gave them a salutation.
(Bukhari, Muslim). (Sayings of Muhammad. by Prof. Ghazi Ahmad).
Islam Is Spread By War
This is one of the things we are
led to believe by prejudiced and ignorant people. Islam is a derivative
of the Arabic word meaning "peace"! Islam commands that Muslims keep and
enforce peace. Our own Prophet said,
"The Pen is mightier than the Sword."
and Islam is a religion whereby there is no compulsion.
Islam Supports Holy War
Prejudiced people would have you
believe that Jihad and Holy War are the same things. Jihad is self defense,
while Holy War is most often offensive. As Muslims, we are required to
defend ourselves, but not to hurt others offensively.
Muslims Are Terrorists
Some Muslims are distorted in their
thinking, but so are some Christians. What about the terrorists who rape,
and molest? What about the terrorists who are gang members, or in the KKK?
Are they not terrorists? Why isn't their religious affiliation brought
into the light? Islam teaches peace!
All Muslims Are Arabs
The truth is, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world! Arabs only account for 18% of the
Smoking Is Allowed In Islam
Islam insists that a person not bring
harm upon him or herself or anyone else. Smoking does just that!! Smoking
is no more allowed in Islam than it is in Christianity. Yet we still see
a both faiths doing it.
Islam Encourages Polygamy
Polygamy is only allowed under strict
conditions that must be met. He must treat all wives exactly the same.
(This means giving each wife the exact amount of time, money, love to each
wife. Since this is nearly impossible to do, most men do not practice this
ancient custom.) To find out more, visit: Women
Islam Oppresses Women
If that were true I would not have
converted!! I came to Islam because I see it as a refuge and liberation!!
Islam gave women special rights 1400 years ago that American women still
don't have today!! Alimony and voting rights
were secured by women only AFTER Islam came along 1400 years ago! It is
probably the ONLY religion which gives so much status to women. To find
out more, visit: Women & Islam
Muslims Don't Believe In Jesus
Whoops, here is another big one.
We do accept Jesus, in fact, we believe in ALL of the biblical prophets.
We believe that he performed miracles. We believe in the virgin birth.
We accept him as a prophet of Allah. We just don't accept him as "the son
of God". To find out more, visit: What
do Muslims Feel about Jesus (pbuh)?
Muslims Don't Eat Meat
Wow!! That's news to me!! We are
only allowed to eat meat that is slaughtered a different way. That is why
we only buy from our butchers. The meat we eat must be slaughtered in God's
name. To find out more, visit: Animals
Muslims Don't Like Pets
Huh?? A companion of the Prophet
was given the name Abu Hurairah (pardon the spelling). This name means
'father of the baby cat'. He was given this name because he always had a kitten
Our Prophet was very kind to
animals and pets. One incident: A cat fell asleep on the long shirt Prophet
Muhammad was wearing. In order to not wake the sleeping cat, he cut away
the portion of his shirt upon which the cat lay and freed himself to leave
the room. To find out more, visit: Animals
Muslims Don't Contribute To Society
If you happen to be in a major city in the USA, check out the major mosques in the area. You will find free
clinics, run by specialists in most specialties, for everyone. You will also find major food banks for poor
people regardless of their religions. Food banks also exist in most Islamic schools.
Muslims Keep Their Wives In The Home
I know of no woman that is confined
to the house. Some choose to spend most of the time inside due to the immoral
society that waits for them outside their homes. Others just stay at home
to study or be house wives. Many have jobs and go to religious functions
several times a week.
Most of my aunts hold high positions
in society such as University Professors and teachers and principals of
schools. Every single girl in our family has either graduated from university,
in the process of getting a degree or working toward university.