5 Myths You Probably Believe About Islam


abu-dhabi-1415230_640In discussing the myths that people have about Islam, it is more than likely that there are more than five. In addition to this, the myths people believe about this religion are both from the adherents to the faith and also those who are not followers of Islam. To make matters even more complicated, the ideologies of Western thinking and Middle Eastern thinking have muddied the waters. Last but not least, the current acts of terror in the name of Allah do not serve well in understanding this religion.
So we will discuss five of the top myths that are most likely on the minds of most Westerners, if not Americans in general. These myths are discussed below.

Islam is Tolerant of other Faiths

A lot of media presentations has attempted to portray Islam as a religion that is extremely tolerant of other faiths. Much has been discussed the afflictions of the crusades purporting Islam as the victim in this struggle. However, a deeper look will show Islam as not only intolerant but also aggressive in its mission.

However, the understanding of the word “tolerant” is important. As long as people submit to Allah, sharia, settlement or jihad, then yes, they are tolerant. The basic tenants of tolerance for Islam would be to convert, pay a tax or be eliminated. The crusades were in many ways a response against this after more than 300 years of Islamic “tolerance”.

There are two mantras on the Islamic faith:
1. There is no god but Allah
2. Mohammed is his messenger

This means that worshiping any other god besides Allah and accepting any message that did not come from Mohammed is well, somewhat intolerable.

Islam is a Religion of Peace

Islam, under the prophet Mohammed, was started partially as a religion of military aggression. Apparently, Mohammed himself organized 65 military campaigns and was the leader of 27 of them. Even after the death of Mohammed, there was internal fighting among his closest followers and even among his own family. The result was more than one was murdered. To assume that a Muslim would not turn against another Muslim denies the history of what happened at the very genesis of this religion.

The battle for the heart and soul of Islam was to wage war against Christians, Persians, Jews and any other polytheists such as Hindus. These were Mohammed’s parting instructions. Basically, to eliminate any competition! Over the next few centuries after the death of Mohammed, more than half of the Christian world had been conquered by Muslims. This included parts of Africa. The crusades were a response to this tyrannical invasion!

Islam is not compatible with Terrorism

The truth of the matter is that Islam does not encourage the killing of innocent people. Of course, this gets complicated when one then has to define what is meant by an innocent person. The best way to look at this is you are innocent if you convert to Islam and submit to its teachings.

Well, since there are approximately 1.2 billion Muslims in the world that would stand to reason that the other 6 billion or so of people on the planet are not “innocent”. Now a way around this is to be a person of the book- a Christian or a Jew, who is willing to submit to Islamic rule and pay a tax. Other than that, well you are not innocent.

What most people will see as “terrorism” in our world today, with mass killings and bombings, is not considered “terrorism” to a serious follower of Islam. It is just the elimination of all “non-innocent” people.

Jihad means Inner Struggle

Well, yes, it does mean inner struggle. That is about as far as the agreement goes. Even among Islamic scholars, there is no agreement. It can mean to strive, or to have a determined effort. It can mean inner struggle with oneself, or it can mean in a greater context the outer struggle against all who oppose Allah.

Jihad has had such a varied meaning over the last millennia that it appears to not be easily defined. However, the Islamic Supreme Council of America has given us a more clear definition.v According to them, Jihad has the internal and external components to be a good Muslim. If it is a military jihad used to protect the faith against others, it can be performed using anything. However, we do refer you to this reference as they explain in more detail what jihad is and is not.

Islam respects the equality of Men and Women

Although efforts have been made to demonstrate that men and women are equal under Islam, the evidence does not support this. Mohammed himself would take captured women and give them out to men as bounties of war. They were made into sex slaves. The Quran allows for a Muslim master to have full sexual access to these slaves. Basically, a thorough reading of the Quran would show that women just do not have the same rights as men under the Islamic faith. Any display to the contrary, as is done in America is mainly due to Western laws that prohibit such practices.

Author: betty norris

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  1. Andleeb kimmy

    October 9, 2016 9:51 pm

    Absolutely Wrong,i can prove it in brief easily.
    1.Yes Mohd is his messenger but not only as in quran Jesus,mosses,david is mention as messengers.2.Yes islam is a religion of peace in this context YES IT IS at the time of mohd there was absolute non sense in arab and when Mohd start teaching and showing righteous path they people tell them and their supporters to exile,oppress,bullying there families and start a war then at last they(Muslim prophet) draw there swords.

    2.if islam is compatible with terrorism then every muslim become a suicide bomber and this world will be end as there are 1.2 billion muslims(1 suicide bomber take 10 people) your figure is of 6 billion????means there is no way for terrorism.

    3.jihad means fighting against your ill deeds fighting against wrong things etc,so if people are creating non sense in a name of Islam,as per my view those people are Wrong,.

    4.In Quran its clearly mentioned if a “one kills an innocent person on a same day kills whole innocence,one help a one on a same day save saves humanity” compatible with terrorism then every muslim become a suicide bomber and this world will be end as there are 1.2 billion muslims means there is no way for terrorism.

    5.women are having an equal right as the wife of there prophet itself command entire army in battle of camel.That is a myth that there prophet Mohd make a slave and all.

    So better learn more from google and then portray appropriate image as i was atheist earlier now am learning Islam as it shows and its obligatory to every muslim to respect all religion like Jesus in Quran its mention that jesus,moses etc are also the messenger of Muslims as if we raise finger against them we raise it over us.if islam is not a true religion than there is no God in this world.

    • R.L. Blanco

      December 4, 2016 10:53 am

      Apparently, your comprehension of the English language is minimal at best, and you have done what most of you do; misinterpret what the author has written. Accept the truth for what it is and the truth shall set you free.


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