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Misconceptions About Islam And Muslims Essay

2071 words - 9 pages

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Introduction....................................................................................................................................3
Allah is Only the God of Islam.........................................................................................................3
The Holy War of Jihad.....................................................................................................................3
Slavery is Acceptable......................................................................................................................4
72 Virgins in Paradise for a ...view middle of the document...

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References......................................................................................................................................8

Introduction
Ever since September 11, 2001, Islam and Muslims have been placed under a microscope. Most aspects of this sacred religion, practiced by over a billion people worldwide, has been subject to criticism and skepticism. However, any true believer of this faith should be aware of the possible misconceptions in order to shed light to others who may have their doubts about Islam. This paper will clear up a few misconceptions to those who may be unfamiliar with Islam and Muslims, and even to those Muslims who may not have a strong religious foundation or background.
Allah is Only the God of Islam
It is commonly misunderstood that the term "Allah" is given exclusively to the God of Islam. However, Allah is actually an Arabic term which specifically means "God". Since this word is of Arabic origin, it is commonly used by Arabs of different religious faiths such as Christianity and Judaism. In fact, it is widely misunderstood by both Muslims and non-Muslims that the God of these three religions originated from the same source. Jewish and Christian ancestry falls under Prophet Isaac who is the brother of Prophet Ismail, the lineage for Muslims.
The Holy War of Jihad
Before explaining Jihad in terms of war, it is crucial to understand the meaning of Jihad itself. In fact, Jihad does not mean "holy war" as portrayed by the media and such. In Arabic, it means "to struggle and persevere". This correct meaning of Jihad is applied to both personal or community issues. The purpose of Jihad is to help the believer become closer to God in his/her overall lifestyle. For example, struggling to make ethical decisions in work while there is corruption all around is considered Jihad. The media tends to ignore the true definition of Jihad and instead they negatively portray it through terrorism and war. Islam is a religion of peace and the Quran, the holy book, condemns any and all forms of terrorism. It also has set out clear and specific rules required to follow in times of war such as prohibiting the killing of women and children as well as feeding the prisoners of war. Sadly, extremists and Islamophobes have altered the proper meaning behind the Quran to suit their own personal agenda.
Slavery is Acceptable
Many surahs in the Quran are designated toward the topic of slavery. In Surah Al-Balad; Verse 13: this verse states that in the eyes of God, those who free slaves whenever possible are blessed people. Furthermore, there are three more verses in three different surahs that insist on kindness to slaves; Surah Al-Nisa; Verse 36, Surah Al-Tauba; Verse 60 and Surah Al-Nur; Verse 58. Also the Quran elaborates on female slaves. In Surah Al-Nisa; Verse 24: God prohibits the marriage of currently married women who have been captured in war. He also...

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