Muslims Against Terrorism Case Study

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Another organization that has been formed is the Muslims Against Terrorism, or MAT, which was founded in 1998. One of the objectives of MAT is focused on providing Western media outlets with accurate sources of Muslim perspective (Muslims, 2015). MAT states that Islam is intended to be a religion of peace, and those that say otherwise are misrepresenting the Qur’an. To support this view, MAT uses passages from the Qur 'an such as, “And the believers, men and women, are friends one of another. They enjoy what is right and forbid what is wrong,” (Muslims, 2015). This organization has also made it their mission to connect with non-Muslim communities in a peaceful manner. By doing this, their intention is to assist others in understanding their …show more content…
There is a common point being made that since the actions of extremist are not condoned by Islam, it is their responsibility to correct those who have misinterpreted and distorted the intent of Islam. One of the commonly misinterpreted parts of Islam in the concept of jihad. This term is often translated as “holy war”, however the concept of jihad was not intended to be a violent act (Kabbani, 2015). According to Muhamnad Hassan, the issue that commonly causes jihad to be misinterpreted happens when it is defined outside of the context of the teachings of Islam (Hassan, 2006, p. 65). This is not to say that the Qur’an does not allow for any violent acts, but that those acts must have a righteous and just cause in order for them to be acceptable (Hassan, 2006, p. 68). Even when the use of force does become necessary there are specific rules that must be followed. These rules include the protection of children, women, and those who do not share the Muslim faith (Kabbani, 2015). Muslim leaders such as Mohamed Magid states that is the responsibility of Muslim leaders to correct misinterpretations with regards to the concept of jihad and to protect the community if they feel that Islam is being misconstrued and used to support violent acts (Gjelten, …show more content…
In contrast to the stereotypes about the violent nature of Islam, the stereotypes about Muslim women do hold some truth. Muslim women tend to be portrayed as a group that is suppressed without any outlet defend their rights. While this is an issue that Muslim women face, they have taken an approach this issue using methods that are similar to those being used to combat the stereotypes about the violent nature of Islam. Rabia Mirza, an advocate for the rights of Muslim women, states that she believes that Muslim women need to be the ones leading the fight for their rights because it would not be appropriate for an outsider to do so (Siddieque, 2011). Women are granted rights under Islam in certain aspects of their life, such as their social status, political and economic status, and their rights to receiving an education (Shorish-Shamely, 2015). The rights of Muslim women one of the things being targeted by Western media, as well as radicalized Muslims and terrorists who claim to be Muslims. Muslim women are actively campaigning to challenge the misinterpretations about their rights under the laws of Islam. The social status of women in Islam has been significantly influenced by negative stereotypes that have developed. According to Dr. Shorish-Shamley, women had no basic human rights in the pre-Islamic era. It was not until Islam was founded that the social

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