Misconceptions Of Islam Essay

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Misconceptions of Islam Feisal Abdul Rauf, an activist and the author of Moving The Mountain, once stated, "Our enemy is not Islam. Islam is not the enemy of America; Americans are not the enemy of Islam. Our real enemy is extremism and radicalism." Throughout his speech, he addresses the religious discrimination against Islam and convinces the millions of Americans that they should not have animosity against Islam but bigotry and intolerance. Individual 's perspective on Islam and its believers has been pessimistic, especially after the 9/11 terrorism. Non-Muslims believe it is reasonable to identify Islam and its believers as enemy due to faulty thinking, or misconception. Misconceptions of Islam, such as the belief that they restrict women …show more content…
The terror attacks such as the bombing in Lebanon in 1983, attack at the World Trade Centre in 1993, 9/11 terror attacks in 2001, and continuing ISIS attacks are caused by Muslim terrorists. These events completely changed the image of Islam to the religion that spreads the idea of terrorism. However, it is preposterous that Islam, the religion that promotes peace, supports terrorism. The word "Islam" is derived from "Salaam", meaning peace and submitting to Allah 's will, the God. The face of terror is not the true face of Islam; however, Islam represents peace and does not condone aggressive warfare. The Qur 'an, Islam 's sacred scripture, declares, "Whoever kills an innocent human being, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind." The verse from the Qur 'an stresses that killing an innocent human being is not acceptable and this indicates that Qur 'an does not approve with terrorism, which often involves sacrificing numerous innocent people 's lives. Indeed, Muslim authorities advocate that certain terrorists deceive Islam as the reason of their terror attacks and these spurious statements are distortion of their religion and deeply offensive to them. It is not only Muslims who claim that Islam is the religion that encourages peace; for …show more content…
These misconceptions cause non-Muslims to observe Islam in a pessimistic point of view. Polygamy is the custom of having more than one wife or husband at the same time. This belief, which Muslims can have more than one spouse, is an inaccurate information. There are two types of polygamy; one is polygyny, in which a man can marry more than one woman, and another is polyandry, where a woman is able to marry more than a single man. In Islamic society, polygyny is allowed under certain conditions, whereas polyandry is completely prohibited. Polygyny is not a rule but an exception. While monogamy is the basis for normal relationships, polygamy is only allowed in cases involving marrying the mothers of orphans so that the orphans are taken care of. A maximum of four wives are allowed in such cases. In fact, the Qur 'an shows that monogamy is the ideal state of Islamic marriage. It contains the verse saying, "Marry woman of your choice in twos ' threes ' or fours ' but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly, (with them), then only one." As can be seen, Muslim men are discouraged from marrying more than one wife if they are unable to provide for them equally financially and emotionally. The right to polygamy is conditional, and if a man cannot fulfil those conditions of equal and just treatment, then Allah said to marry only one. Nowadays, in many Muslim

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