I have intended to write about “Islam and Violence” for some time, something I should have addressed a long time ago; I only hope that it is not too late. Before asking you to carefully read all of this, I want to be sure that you do not conclude that I am making any moral judgment or that, even more importantly, I am holding myself above others. I see what I believe is an unacceptable situation and I refuse to sit silently anymore and endorse it with my silence. I am also not going to debate my values, making a career out of further defending my values or opinions, much less stoop to a position where I have to degrade Christianity with equivalent examples to prove my point. What is the issue?
From time to time, I find “anti-Muslim” conversation in discussions with friends, colleagues and even family, verbal, blogs, emails, etc.; I find what I hear inconsistent with both facts, as well as with Christianity as I understand it. There are clear differences between Islam and Christianity, but there are so many…too many…misconceptions and falsehoods that percolate and circulate even down to these discussions group levels, I feel compelled to address them at this time. My goal is to either eliminate these discussions completely or to correct any false statements with facts, as well as promote a little peace in our communities and the world. Daniel Patrick Moynihan eloquently put it: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Regular anti-Islamic statements come from the press, Liberals and Conservatives, Christian, Jewish and other religions, which are factually untrue and go unchallenged. I find that where there is ambiguity in the Qur’an (as there is in both the Old Testament and the New Testament too), I can even understand a misguided opinion when something is not read in balance or context; but, nonetheless, it is opinion and, no matter how intently believed or how often repeated, opinions are not facts. Does the Qur’an Preach violence?
Yes, in some situations; but it also preaches tolerance and forgiveness. Most modern "moderate" Moslems interpret the Qur’an "figuratively". However, the Moslem extremists interpret it literally; it appears that the early followers of Mohammad interpreted it literally also. The number of people in the world, who practice Islam, is most recently estimated between 1.6 billion – 1.8 billion people; Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, already representing approximately 23% of the global population. If the entire1.6 – 1.8 billion Muslims actually believed that all non-Muslims should be killed for the sole reason that all non Islam-believers should be killed, it is hard for me to conclude (my opinion) that the world would not be far more violent than it already, assuming that any meaningful percentage of that large number truly believed that the Qur’an calls for that extreme solution to conversion. Further, it is my opinion that no statistically relevant percentage of Muslims currently hold that belief or the numbers of non-Muslims killed would be orders of magnitude greater than they are. My logic suggests that there can only be two conclusions:
(a) The overwhelming (>99%) number of Muslims in the world do not appropriately practice their faith and beliefs or (b) That the number of Muslims responsible for waging artificial jihad (my characterization) is so small when compared to the total global Muslim population that it is statistically insignificant and erroneous to apply that to the whole population. Let’s do the math
Worldwide: If only 1/10 of 1% (an extremely small percentage and statistically insignificant number) of the Muslims in the world were to advocate violence against Christianity as our colleagues espouse, that would represent an army of 1,600,000 – 1,800,000 people, who were committed to jihad; I can find no estimate anywhere that validates a number anywhere near that size…not even from the most vocal and radical...
...Violence in Islam
(i) What are the mainstream teachings of your chosen religion on the use of violence (e.g. notions of Holy War, Just War, Wars of Self-defence, Jihad, etc.)?
The connection between violence and Islam has a incredibly incoherent and abstruse relationship in the ancient and contemporary mainstream teachings of the religion. In modern times, particularly after the September 11 attacks,Islam has been associated heavily with violence. This notion, however, can be seen to somewhat juxtapose the doctrine of modern Islamic law and theology taught by the majority of Muslim leaders. Conversely, there are mixed views within the community itself regarding the extent to which the Qur’an justifies violence, for example Ram Puniyani (2005) asserts that, "Islam does not condone violence but, like other religions, does believe in self-defense". Furthermore, Mark Juergensmeyer (2003) explains that the philosophies written in the Qur’an are ambivalent regarding violence. He affirms that, like most religions, Islam occasionally allows for force while stressing that the main spiritual goal is one of nonviolence and peace.
Moreover, violence is evident, and even advocated, in the teachings of the Qur’an in over a hundred verses in the book (Richardson, 2003). Many of these verses,...
...World APH 205
Some people have described Islam as a religion of ‘hate and violence’. Using your study of this religion, assess this statement.
Name : Hazard
Lecturer: good one
Date : 19/10/2013
Islam is one of the most controversial and most misinterpreted religions in the world. For many years Islam has been termed a religion of hatred and violence. Islam is accused of promoting and advocating for violence. These misconceptions have come out as a result of misinterpretation of the Qur’an by those who sought to suppress the religion. Some of the misinterpretations comes from the name Islam itself, jihad, just wars and Islamic view of justice, the notion of Islam towards war, the assertion that Islam was spread by violence, the recent bombings in many countries by Islamic groups, the high rate of Islamic suicide bombs among others. This paper seeks to outline the aspects which are frequently referred to by many misinterpreters of Islam and try to illumine their peaceful aspects. However, one cannot deny the existence of some form of violence in Islam but that does not submerge the peaceful nature of the Islam religion.
The first misconception is mostly on the name of the Islamic religion. Many scholars agree that...
...REL1006S: COURSE ESSAY
Discuss how Islam is a quest to be faithful to the transcendent, both directly and through social engagement
Islam is a religion based on the belief in one God, His messenger and the four other pillars. These five pillars are central to Muslims, followers of Islam and mould their beings and are part of their everyday lives. This essay will look at the abovementioned pillars, what they are and how they form part of the quest to be faithful to the transcendent. Mention will also be made to how Islam ‘plays out’ in everyday life, thus how this quest is and can be done both directly and through social engagement.
Firstly, we need to establish who or what the Transcendent is. I would like to describe the transcendent, according to Islamic beliefs, as being both Allah (Arabic word for God) and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Allah, of course is the most important aspect of Islam but it is also relevant that great emphasis is placed on the Prophet. Muslims strive to be more like the Prophet, by following his ‘way of life’, the Sunnah and as a result, pleasing and becoming closer to God. The Five Pillars of Islam, based on work by Mark Sedgwick (2006) are important components of Muslim worship. The first of the five pillars is the “…recognition that there is no god other than God, and that Muhammad is the Prophet of God” (Sedgwick: 2006, 70). This may not seem like an ‘act of...
...Islam is a tradition of love and submission to God that ultimately strives for peace. The ancient religion emerged in the seventh century and was able to appeal to the public through its deeply entrenched attitudes to peace. Islam’s constant endeavour for peace can be presented through its ancient traditions and sacred texts, history and historical events and current practices and contemporary events of the religion.
The sacred texts of Islam are the Quran, which contains the revelations from Allah and the Hadith, which outlines the way of the prophet Muhammad. These sacred texts are fundamental to Islam and it is through these texts that Muslims formulate an understanding of peace. This is reflected through the Quranic statement:
“O ye who believe! Come, all of you, into complete peace and follow not the footsteps of evil. Surely he is your open enemy.” (2:208)
Despite the world of violence and belligerence that Muhammad was born into, his approach to the ethics of war and peace differed from the prevailing tribal culture of the time. Muhammad’s attitude with regards to the concept of peace was one of active non-violent resistance and open defiance of persecution by non-believers. The essence of this is represented in the Quranic verse:
“The recompense of evil is punishment like it, but whoever forgives and amends, he shall have his reward from Allah; surely he does not love the unjust.” (Sural al-Shura...
Is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God and by the teachings and normative example (called the Sunnah and composed of hadith) of considered by them to be the last prophet of God. An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim.
Concerns the religion of Islam and its adherents, Muslims. "Muslim" is an Arabic word meaning "one who submits to God". Muslims and their religion have greatly impacted the political, economic, and military history of the Old World, especially the Middle East, where its roots lie. Though it is believed by non-Muslims to have originated in Mecca and Medina, Muslims believe that the religion of Islam has been present since the time of the prophet Adam. Muslims believe that prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, among others, were all Islamic prophets, and they have equal veneration in the Qur'an. The Islamic world expanded to include people of the Islamic civilization, inclusive of non-Muslims living in that civilization.
Timeline of Muhammad's Life (A.D)
570 - Born in Mecca
576 - Orphaned upon death of mother
595 - Marries Kadijah - older, wealthy widow
610 - Reports first revelations from angel at age of 40
619 - Protector uncle dies
622 - Emigrates from Mecca to Medina (the Hijra)
623 - Orders raids on Meccan caravans
624 - Battle of Badr (victory)
624 - Evicts Qaynuqa Jews from...
...Islam: Field Study Research
Professor Jonathan Pedrone
REL212: World Religions-Summer
September 4, 2011
Islam: Field Study Research
After interviewing a member of the Islamic faith, I came to the realization that there are very many misconceptions about the religion of Islam and that these misconceptions are very hurtful, disrespectful, and inhumane. In this paper, I will first discuss several misconceptions that I had about the Islamic faith. I will then analyze how my prior understanding about the religion was altered through interviewing a member of the Islamic faith. Next, I will discuss my beliefs on misconceptions about other people’s religion being common or not. Lastly, I will recommend steps that can be taken to minimize misconceptions people have about religions that are not their own.
I had many misconceptions about Islam before speaking with a member of the religion. The first was that Islam oppresses women. When I thought about women in Islam, I thought of the image of a woman wearing a veil, and other heavy, dark clothing, where no skin would be visible, even in the hot summer months. I thought about how women were forced to stay home, and were not allowed to drive vehicles. I also believed that the Muslim’s God, Allah, was not the same as the God in Christianity, and was a false god. I...
...IslamIslam is not only considered to be a spiritual connection to God, but it is a way of life; how one remembers God on day to day basis by not only praying five times a day but also by abiding to the rules and regulations that he has bestowed upon adherents for prevention of sin. The quote “If you want to be free of all affliction and suffering, hold fast to god, and turn wholly to him” is accredited to Abū Ḥāmid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazālī (c. 1058–1111), a highly significant Islamic Scholar during the “Islamic Golden Era”.
Abū Ḥāmid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazālī is recognised as a significant scholar throughout the Islamic faith, particularly to both Sunni and Sufi members. Firstly, his ability as a Fiqh scholar (Islamic jurisprudence) was great; through his study of Islamic Fiqh sciences, he was able to come up with various approaches, which significantly impacted upon Islam. From his ability as a Fiqh scholar, he was able to form judgements objectively.
Al Ghazali’s impact on the development of Islam can be seen in his accomplished synthesis of the areas of; theology, philosophy, law and mysticism. He has made significant contributions to each of these disciplines yet what is often referred to as his most significant contribution was his ability to bring out the best from all these disciplines and strands of Islam in a way that provided strength and maturity to Islamic thought....
Islamic Near East Gallery
The Arabic word 'Islam' means submission, and derives from a word meaning peace. In a religious context it means complete submission to the will of God. Islam is not only a religion, but the same truth that God has revealed through all his prophets to all his people. Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of forgiveness, peace, mercy, and faith. About one billion people from many from a vast rang of ethnicities, cultures, and nationalities are united by their common Islamic Faith, and I happen to be one of them. About 18% live in the Arabian world, the worlds largest Islamic population happen to be in Indonesia, parts of Asia, and most of Africa. The smaller minorities are to be found in North American, South America, China, and Europe. We believe in many interesting things including our one, incomparable god whom we refer to as Allah.
I have been Muslim for years now and I've learned many interesting things about my religion. I learn something new everyday. Ive learned that helps humble a person, and make people realize a lot of important things about life. There are many things that come with being a Muslim and there is so much to learn. Islam places a great deal of emphasis on 'self-development' where an person takes the responsibility for understanding the purpose of human life, and shaping that life in the best...