This post today is to shed some light on the Top 10 Most Common Misconceptions About Muslims. It won’t be wrong to say that people all around the globe look at Islam and Muslims as Terrorists and Extremists. But let me tell you, you are all wrong. There is Extremism and Terrorism in every single country irrespective of the religion. There is no religion in the world that teaches violence. Islam is no exception. But i don’t know why only Muslims and Islam are blamed for it. Why doesn’t anyone do or say anything about Christian Extremists, Hindu Extremists, Jewish Extremists and so on. What’s being done in India in the name of religion is right? I don’t think so! What’s being done with minorities in Christian dominant countries is right? oh hell no! So what’s this fuss about the Muslims. Why are only Muslim countries being bombarded in name of killing terrorists? Why does no one do anything about the Extremist elements in other countries. In my humble opinion, Islam is the most tolerant and love practicing religion and Muslims are the most tolerant and respectable people in the World. Without further ado, let’s have a look at Top 10 Most Common Misconceptions About Muslim.
Top 10 Most Common Misconceptions About Muslims
Misconception # 10: All Muslims Are Arabs.
No, not all Muslims are Arabs. Muslims are usually pictured as wearing those turbans and long cloaks which is wrong. This image represents the minority of Muslims. Arabs make only 15% of the world’s Muslim population. The Middle East comes in third with East Asia coming in at first (69%) and Africa (27%) coming in at second. Another common misconception is that all Arabs are Muslims. It is true that the vast majority of Arabs are Muslims (75%), there are many other religions that Arabs practice including Christianity and Judaism.
Misconception # 9: Muslims Don’t Regard Jesus.
Again, totally wrong. Any one who defies Jesus being a prophet is not a Muslim. Many people get shocked when they find out that according to Muslim belief, Jesus is one of the greatest messengers of God. No one can be a Muslim unless they believe in the virgin birth and the many miracles of Jesus Christ. Holy Quran also talks about Jesus Christ in many verses and Jesus is often used as an example of good virtue and character. However, the main difference between Islam and Christianity is that Muslims do not believe that Jesus was God’s son.
Misconception # 8: Women Have No Rights.
Wrong, women enjoy all kinds of rights in Islam as well. Even though we see news about several Muslim countries where Muslim women have been asked to veil completely and can’t drive etc. But these bans are not in Islam. They are locally imposed due to cultural issues and values. many Muslim countries allow women to work side by side with men and they are allowed to drive etc. Interesting thing as that in Pre-Islamic era, Women were considered nothing, they were used and abused. Daughters were buried alive because they were a symbol of shame of men. But Islam gave them the status and feel of freedom. They were protected and made respectable. They could and can find a suitable suitor for them, can ask for divorce if needed. Women are encouraged to seek as much knowledge as possible so that they can be successful alongside women.
Misconception # 7: Children Have No Rights.
Totally wrong. Children are adored in Islam. They enjoy many rights. One of the right is to be brought up, raised, and educated properly. Islam encourages children to be brought up well because it is the responsibility of an adult to raise his child to become a moral and ethical adult. Children must also be treated equally. When giving financial gifts they should all be the same amount and there should be no preference among them. Children are even permitted to take moderately from their parent’s wealth to sustain themselves if the parent declines to give them proper funds for living. A child is also not allowed to get hit in the face or hit by anything larger than a pencil and hitting should only be for moral improvement.
Misconception # 6: All Muslim men marry Four Wives.
Lol, no not ALL Muslim men marry four wives. The religion of Islam was revealed for all societies and all times and so accommodates widely differing social requirements. Circumstances may warrant the taking of another wife but the right is granted, according to the Quran, only on condition that the husband is scrupulously fair. No woman can be forced into this kind of marriage if they do not wish it, and they also have the right to exclude it in their marriage contract.
Polygamy is neither mandatory, nor encouraged, but merely permitted. Images of “sheikhs with harems” are not consistent with Islam, as a man is only allowed at most four wives only if he can fulfill the stringent conditions of treating each fairly and providing each with separate housing etc. Permission to practice polygamy is not associated with mere satisfaction of passion. It is rather associated with compassion toward widows and orphans. It was the Quran that limited and put conditions on the practice of polygamy among the Arabs, who had as many as ten or more wives and considered them “property”.
Misconception # 5: Muslims are Religiously Intolerant.
Muslims are the most tolerant people on this Earth. “Kill the infidel” is the phrase many people believe is the ideology that Muslims have towards the non Muslims. This, though, is not a correct portrayal of Islamic law. Islam has always given respect and freedom of religion to all faiths. In the Quran it says
“God does not forbid you, with regards to those who fight you not for religion nor drive you away out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them, for god loves those who are just.”
One example of Muslim tolerance is when the caliph Umar was ruler of Jerusalem from 634 to 644 AD. He granted freedom to all religious communities and said that the inhabitants of his city were safe and that their places of worship would never be taken away from them. He also set up courts that were designated to the non Muslim minorities. Whenever he would visit holy areas he would ask for the Christian patriarch Sophronius to accompany him.
Misconception # 4: Muslims Are backwards and Barbaric.
Muslims are neither backwards nor barbaric. We can’t judge every single Muslim on account of a handful of Islamic extremists. Remember, there are extremists in every religion. Let me tell you that it was Muslim scientists that put the basis of modern sciences. In every single field, Muslim scientists have done pioneer work and research till their libraries were burnt and they were kicked out of their empire.
The synthesis of Eastern and Western ideas and of new thought with old, brought about great advances in medicine, mathematics, physics, astronomy, geography, architecture, art, literature, and history. Many crucial systems such as algebra, the Arabic numerals, and also the concept of the zero (vital to the advancement of mathematics), were transmitted to medieval Europe from Islam. Sophisticated instruments which were to make possible the European voyages of discovery were developed, including the astrolabe, the quadrant and good navigational maps.
Misconception # 3: Islam Jihad and Martyr-ism.
The true Arabic meaning of the word jihad is struggle. In Islam it is often used to describe the striving in the way of God. There are different forms of jihad but the most important ones are:
- Jihad al-nafs (jihad against ones self),
- jihad bil-lisan (jihad by being vocal),
- jihad bil yad (jihad by using action),
- and Jihad bis saif (jihad by using the sword).
Each jihad has a different rank and it was reported that Muhammad (P.B.U.H) returned from a battle and said “We have returned from the lesser jihad (going into battle) to the greater jihad (the struggle of the soul).” This means that a Muslim struggling against himself and his soul is more important than the jihad of going into war. Another misconception is that only when a person dies in war does that person becomes a martyr. This is, however, false and it is believed that anyone doing anything for the sake of god and is killed becomes a martyr. A person who dies while performing pilgrimage in Mecca, a woman who dies while giving birth, or even someone who dies in a car crash while he was on his way to the mosque are all considered martyrs.
Misconception # 2: Spread of Islam Through Sword
It is commonly believed that Islam was spread through the use of Sword and force. It is just another big misconception. In the beginning, it was just a small number of people who started spreading Islam out from Spain and Morocco and into east from India and China one would realize that such a small group of people could not force others to be members of a religion against their will. It is also interesting to note that when the Mongols invaded and conquered large portions of the Islamic empire, instead of destroying the religion they adopted it.
Misconception # 1: All Muslims Are Terrorists.
Biggest misconception about Muslims is that they ALL are terrorists. It is funny to see that when a gunman attacks a mosque in the name of Judaism, a Catholic IR guerrilla sets off a bomb in an urban area, or Serbian Orthodox militiamen rape and kill innocent Muslim civilians, these acts are not used to stereotype an entire faith. Never are these acts attributed to the religion of the perpetrators. Yet how many times have we heard the words ‘Islamic, Muslim fundamentalist. etc.’ linked with violence.
It is sad to see how some politicians use Islam just to fulfill their wrong wishes and in the process they portray the wrong image of the religion. It is essential to see and know the original religion instead of jumping the guns and out right call all Muslims as terrorists.
The Quran says: “Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not transgress limits. God does not love transgressors.” (Quran 2:190) “If they seek peace, then seek you peace. And trust in God for He is the One that heareth and knoweth all things.” (Quran 8:61) War, therefore, is the last resort, and is subject to the rigorous conditions laid down by the sacred law.