World Opinion: Islam 2009

A 2005 poll called the Pew Global Attitudes Project asked about 18,000 people in 17 countries whether they regarded Christians, Jews and Muslims favorably or unfavorably. Except in Turkey, Pakistan, and China, Christians seem to enjoy a favorable rating almost worldwide. Jews seem to be more or less well regarded in Europe and North America, but not at all in the Middle East. Outside the Middle East and Indonesia, Muslims are viewed between 8 and 15 percent less favorably than Christians or Jews. According to the poll, Muslims are least favorably viewed in the Netherlands, China, and India, and most favorably viewed in Middle Eastern countries.

United States

Through immigration and conversion, Islam is growing in the United States. Some estimates say that the number of Muslims will exceed 2 percent of the population by the year 2010. In 2005, 57% of United States residents polled viewed Muslims favorably, 22% unfavorably.

In 2005, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) cited a 29.6 percent increase in harassment of Muslims and an 8 percent increase in hate crimes over 2004. In 2008, CAIR reported a decrease in hate crimes, but a significant increase in civil rights violations.

During the recent US presidential campaign, Americans' attitudes toward Islam became apparent when certain people tried to label presidential candidate Barack Obama a Muslim. Most of us remember the emails that circulated accusing Obama of being a closet Muslim. Reactions to this were telling.

Obama's opponent, Senator John McCain, said he would vote for a Muslim if the person was a qualified candidate, however, John McCain's pastor, Rod Parsley, claimed that Islam is a "conspiracy of spiritual evil." A patter of similar villifications created a negative background noise to the entire campaign.

Colin Powell, a former US Army general and Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, said during his endorsement of Barack Obama for president, as a response to the attempt to label Obama a Muslim, "Is there something wrong with being Muslim in this country? The answer is no." Reaction to Mr. Powell's endosement and remarks was predictably split along party and liberal vs. conservative lines, indicating that Americans are still divided in their views about Islam.

Europe

According to the BBC, because of immigration and a higher-than average birth rate, the Islamic population in Europe is growing rapidly, and Islam is Europe's fastest growing religion. In western Europe, the population averages less than 5 percent of the overall population whereas in some eastern European countries Muslims make up 40 percent or more of the population.

According to the Pew Global Attitudes Project, western Europeans regard Christians, Jews, and Muslims twice as unfavorably as Great Britain, the United States and Canada. All in all, the western European attitude toward Muslims is right around 50/50: half favorable and half unfavorable.

Because Islamic immigrants form a cohesive, separatist entity within the host country, Europeans are concerned that Muslims will not integrate into their society. In particularly secularist states such as France, Germany and the Netherlands, this can be a source of conflict, as illustrated by the fact that more than 50 percent of those polled in each of these three countries favor banning Muslim head scarves in public schools.

There is a feeling among some Europeans that immigrants are being given civil rights over and above that of the natives.

The Middle East

According to the Pew Global Attitudes Project, Middle Eastern countries overwhelmingly favor Islam and look unfavorably upon Christians and very unfavorably upon Jews.

In Israel, about one in six citizens is Muslim, comprising about 16 percent of the population - a higher percentage than most European countries. Israel was not polled by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, and a thorough search did not yield statistics on Israeli feelings toward Islam, pro or con. About 35 Israelies convert to Islam every year. A New York Times Magazine article bore witness that Jewish Israeli youngsters harrass Muslim youngsters in West Bank settlements.

China and Indonesia

About fifty percent of people polled in China expressed an unfavorable view of all religions. Ninety-nine percent of Indonesians polled expressed a favorable view of Islam, while 76 percent expressed an unfavorable view of Jews, and 38 percent were unfavorably disposed toward Christians.

As part of the pre-Olympics clean-up in the spring of 2008, China accused their tiny Muslim minority of conspiring to commit terrorist acts, but no evidence was presented to validate this claim.

Indonesia is like a Middle Eastern country in its disposition toward religions. Therefore it is decidedly pro-Islam.

Russia

Russia has the most favorable view of Christians among those nations polled, and a favorable outlook on Jews, but a split view of Islam that is echoed everywhere but in the Middle East. Fifty-five percent of those polled viewed Islam favorably whereas 36 percent view Islam unfavorably. Similar percentages appear across the globe.

Freed from Soviet repression, Islam is blossoming in Russia. But ethnic Russians view the growth of Islam with worry that they are losing their national identity. This feeling, too, is echoed across the globe.

World Opinion

We live in a diverse world where conflict is as common as consensus, and hatred as common as acceptance. In different places people regard Islam as a threat to their way of life, something of no concern, or the salvation of their life. Many distrust Islam and many accept Islam as their faith. We can only hope that someday Muslim, Jew and Christian can live in trust, harmony and lasting peace.

In the meantime, the world has no consensus on Islam. The world is divided in its view of Islam and is likely to remain so for a very long time.

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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Love they nieghbours as thyself, the head honcho of the religion I crew up in advocated. And Buddha, who I lean more to know for philosophy and spiritual guidance says it's all about love. And love is like water, it flows, it gets all over everything. Ain't that great!

Very interesting, and well-written hub, Tom. Much appreciated!


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Tom- I echo your statement "someday Muslim, Jew and Christian can live in trust, harmony and lasting peace". Besides these I would also like to add other eastern religions too would live in peace. If we don't have harmony than it will harm many. Good hub.


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fishskinfreak2008 7 years ago from Fremont CA

We should evaluate people on a case-by-case basis. NOT ALL MUSLIMS ARE EXTREMISTS AND NOT ALL EXTREMISTS ARE MUSLIMS. I have many Muslim friends and they are some of the nicest, caring and compassionate people that I've ever known. Great ideas. Thumbs up


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, my Hub friends, for your kind comments. Being Jewish, I had strong misgivings about answering this request. I have tried very hard to be impartial.

Personally I am religion blind in my personal dealings with people, but I enjoy interacting with people who are connected to the Greater Power, however one has chosen to name this being.


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SiddSingh 7 years ago

Very instructive hub.

What comes as a real surprise is the reaction in India. As per your hub, India is one of the places where Muslims are viewed the "least favourably". There are many reasons for my surprise over this report. I cite them as:

1) It is a very less known fact that India has the second highest number of Muslims(even in absolute numbers), second only to Indonesia. The total population of Muslims in India is estimated to be in excess of 200 million! That is more than 50% of the US population. As a percentage of total population, Muslims account for 20% of the Indian population. There is a growing view that now they cannot be termed a minority, not with these numbers.

2) Islam came to India almost immediately after its birth. It has been a part of the Indian society for more than last 1300 years! I don't think ANY other part of the world can claim that, not even some Islamic countries. When I say it has become a part of Indian society, I mean exactly that.

3) Muslims have been equal participants in the Indian politics since times immemorial. Of the last 1300 years, thay have been rulers and kings for at least 650 years! And that was before India got its independence from England in 1947. If you look at the last 60 years of Independence, India has had 14 Presidents (the current one is the 15th). Of these, 4 were Muslims. This was long before it became fashionable to talk of the so called "minority rights and participation". I don't think that any other country outside of the Islamic world can claim that. Not even the "developed" democracies.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for your most instructive comment, SiddSingh! I find India to be a fascinating place.

As stated in my hub, the poll queried 18.000 people worldwide. That is a very small sampling and one has to view it to some extent as, it depends on who they asked.

Nevertheless, I think you would have to agree that there have been and continue to be tensions between Muslims and Hindus, and that the very existence of Pakistan is a testament that not all relations between them have been always amicable.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Tom- To a certain extent you are right about the present scenario and I would just like to add that the relations were amicable till the British tried to continue their colonial rule by following a policy of Divide&Rule(First Lord Curzon in 1905 started it). Till then Freedom was everyone's objective where Hindus & Muslims fought shoulder to shoulder to free the country. But the seeds of distrust sown by British are taking years to heal: http://www.gatewayforindia.com/history/british_his...


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Countrywomen! I am learning so much!


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SiddSingh 7 years ago

Hi Tom,

I am glad that I could add value to your discussion.

As for the existence of Pakistan, you have raised a very, very interesting point. In the early twentieth century, the idea of a separate "Country for the Pure", i.e., Pakistan, was mooted. Later, this theory came to be (rather infamously) known as the "two-nation theory". This theory belived that Hinduism and Islam are not only separate religions, but they are separate nations altogether. Mohammad Ali Jinnah became its greatest proponent, and this led to the birth of Pakistan.

The "two-nation theory" was hotly debated, contested and opposed even within the Muslim community. And to this day, it is considered as an abysmal failure. Proof? A separate nation, Bangladesh, was born in 1971, from Pakistan. This proved that people have bigger, and different aspirations than religion itself. And look at Pakistan today. It is torn with internal strife. Punjabi Muslims dominate the polity, Pashtuns hate their guts, and the so called Mohajirs (Muslims who migrated to Pakistan from mainland India, in search of the promised homeland) are struggling for an equal footing and political recognition.


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Brian Gosur 7 years ago from Michigan

Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but every terrorist is a Muslim.

Great Hub Tom. Very informative.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

You are lying Brian :)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Brian- In Northern Ireland (those fighters then were branded by the UK as "terrorists") and in India there are those people called as Naxalites who are branded as "terrorists". In Spain there are Basque separatists who are branded by their government as "terrorists" and I can go on. I just hope you don't draw such insensitive conclusions in the future.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Terrorism is low-rent warfare conducted by those who feel they are otherwise powerless.  The reasons are invariably political, not ideological or religious.  The term, "Fighting the infidel" as used by so-called Islamic terrorists is a poor attempt to justify amoral behavior by religious means.  Islam is not a root of terrorism; Islam is used as an excuse by terrorists. This hub is not about terrorism, it is about Islam.


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mdvaldosta 7 years ago from Valdosta, GA

Good point Tom, I agree completely.


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Tom - Living for the past few years in the Gulf States, my experience has been that most people just get on with their lives and keep their religious views to themselves. No Muslim has ever tried to convert me, for example, something I cannot say of Christians.


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Tom, thanks for this informative hub. One of the ironies here is that Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all three offshoots of the same religion. They are very similar to each other, even sharing part of the same scriptural sources, whereas the rest of world religion is quite different.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I think that I was only bothered once by a Muslim, whereas Christians have bothered me many times. Both Islam and Christianity have mandates to convert people. I am not sure why there is this discrepency in my experience.

I read that, for example, in India and Pakistan, Christians have been physically attacked by Muslims and Hindus because they proselytize, thereby undermining the dominant local religion. Around the world, Muslims seem to be attacked mainly because they are Muslim. For example, I am not sure why anyone would find a head scarf necessary to outlaw. To me this does not make sense.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all based on the same ancient texts.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Aya- There are two focal points from where most of the existing religions have arise from. One is in and around Jerusalem from where Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Then the other is India where Sikhism, Budhism, Jainism and Hinduism arose. Hence their will be similarities in their beliefs/religious texts. Btw Rgraf has written a good article: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Three-Grea...

Tom- I don't deny that there are incidents where the Hindus have attacked Christians but being from India let me inform you that Christians also aren't totally innocent. There are many villages where the Christians missionaries slowly incite the local Dalit/tribal people to destroy the local village temples which does incite backlash from orthodox Hindus(sometimes it becomes extremely politicized). Also in some of the North Eastern states where Christians are in a majority their Hindu temples are directly attacked by Christians. Hence it is not a case of black and white the blame does lie with both unfortunately except for BBC the other news agencies aren't so good(or maybe not interested) at informing the west of any christian attack/instigation for the fundamentalist Hindu response. I myself personally condemn the acts of some of these fundamentalists who say they are protecting Hinduism for their violent methods but have read the other side of the story too hence I prefer to have a balanced view in this regard.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks so much for such a thoughtful and valid contribution, Countrywomen. Hindu retaliation would be the ugly side of prosylitization, and an uglier response to it. One might expect the press from a predominantly Christian country to show bias.

I think any religion that regards itself as the only valid path is problematic.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

I have seen except for BBC no other news agency here in US covers those issues. BBC is one of the few news agency for which I have the highest respect for their impartial approach and journalistic integrity. I have seen news agencies like CNN or even FOX news (which calls itself fair&balanced) far from being a "balanced" presentation in many instances.

I don't know how BBC even manages to survive the pressures of reporting with such integrity where truth is told from all angles no matter what the political/religious leanings  or pressures from the powers to be.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Some reporting is biased and some is not. In our times, it is difficult always to consider the sources of our information.


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Tom - {{I think that I was only bothered once by a Muslim, whereas Christians have bothered me many times. Both Islam and Christianity have mandates to convert people. I am not sure why there is this discrepency in my experience.}}

In the UAE there is a state law against proselytising. Though the country is Islamic, I remember reading in the papers about a group being prosecuted for distributing Islamic (not Islamist) literature. In Qatar, though no such law exists, it is simply considered impolite to discuss religion or politics without first ensuring everyone wants the discussion. And that is more to do with Arab culture than Islam.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I am so glad I wrote this article. I am learning so much!


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nadim313 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur

This is agreat hub, i am a muslim and proud to be a muslim,

islam is the true religion

Allah Hu Akbar!!!

Allah Hu Akbar!!!

Allah Hu Akbar!!!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you. I am glad you like my article.


amir 7 years ago

allah hu akbar


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

"Tom- To a certain extent you are right about the present scenario and I would just like to add that the relations were amicable till the British tried to continue their colonial rule by following a policy of Divide&Rule(First Lord Curzon in 1905 started it). Till then Freedom was everyone's objective where Hindus & Muslims fought shoulder to shoulder to free the country. But the seeds of distrust sown by British are taking years to heal:"

How can the seeds have been sown by the British in 1905? What about everything that happened before that, between Hindus and Muslims?

During the Delhi Sultinate, Hindus had to pay large extra taxes to exempt them from being Muslims. And there is, in Delhi, the Qutab Minar, which has an insscrption saying that the Muslim moment had been built "from the remains of 27 idolotrous temples".

Then Jahangir murdered the founder of Sikhism, for refusing to convert to Islam, and his grandson did the same to the ninth guru.

Aurangzeb tried forcefully and very violently to convert all Hindus to Islam, and knocked down a lot of temples, in the 16th and 17th centuries. He also banned Hindu festivals, such as Diwali.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

The history of religious persecution is long and sad, and no religion owns the exclusive rights. It happens because some of us approach another's way of viewing the Eternal with a closed mind.


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SiddSingh 7 years ago

LondonGirl: {"How can the seeds have been sown by the British in 1905? What about everything that happened before that, between Hindus and Muslims?"}

LG, Islam came to India almost imediately after its inception (as did Christianity, when St Thomas, one of the original 12 apostles of Jesus Christ landed in Kerala, India), and they managed to live in peace with the original, Hindu population here till the early 20th century. The Muslims slowly integrated into the Indian society to eventually become part of it.

What you have said about attrocities on Non-Muslim subjects is true to a great extent. There were taxes (called Zakat and Zazia) imposed on the "infidels" by various Muslim rulers. But the same was abolished in the reign of Akbar, the great Mughal ruler. It was re-imposed by Aurangzeb, the great grandson of Akbar. The facts about Qutab Minar and large number of other mosques and structures are also true.

The founder of Sikhism (Guru Nanak) was briefly imprisoned by Babar in 1520. Guru Nanak Dev died in 1539, long before Jehangir was born to Akbar in 1569. Jehangir's grandson, Aurangzeb was indeed a bigot. He imprisoned, tortured and murdered the ninth Guru, the Guru Tegh Bahadur for refusing to accede to his demands. He also came down heavily on all the religions except Islam. He also killed his own brothers and imprisoned his father Shahjahan (who is credited with constructing the Taj Mahal).

Yet the fact remains that Hindus and Muslims co-existed almost peacefully till the early 20th century. They even fought the First War of Indian Independence in 1857 shoulder to shoulder, being led by a Mughal (Muslim) emperor. Perhaps the British saw a chance which they exploited under their policy of "divide and rule". In 1905, they partitioned Bengal along religious line, into West Bengal and East Bengal (East Bengal later became East Pakistan, and in 1971, gained freedom and separate nationality as Bangladesh). It is noteworthy that there were absolutely no incidents of religious riots till that date (1905).


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, SiddSingh, for your perspective. If I am to gain understanding from your and LondonGirl's comments, can we say that Muslims and Hindus in India have lived in peace for long periods of time, but there have been also times of violent conflict here and there?


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SiddSingh 7 years ago

Yes Tom, you are absolutely right!


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Thanks Sidd for giving a detailed explanation. I guess in every country they learn about history in a different way. In UK they may not show their own colonial rule in the same way that we learn about it in our history books. My father once said that even if someone is smart enough to think of ways and means to extend their power at the same time it also indicates our own weakness not to be united against it. If we were so strong to begin with then nobody would have been able to drive the wedge between us. Anyway we all have to move on and hopefully in the future we may have peace amongst us.

P.S: My response earlier was to reply to Tom's statement on the existence of Pakistan(which till a century back wasn't even imagined by anyone).


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SiddSingh 7 years ago

You are welcome, CW.

I guess I understand what you are trying to say. And I agree.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

And thanks to both of you for adding so much to this discussion.


Aftab muhamad 7 years ago

islam is a so ggggggggggggggggggggggoooooooooooooooooooooooooooddddddddddddddddddddddd i love Islam


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Welcome, Aftab. Thank you for visiting.


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someonewhoknows 7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

The comments here remind me of the story of three blind men ,who gave different descriptions about the same thing.Remember the story of three blind men who when asked to describe what it is they felt with their hands.One felt what seemed to him to be a tree trunk,the second felt what seemed to be a branch,the third felt what seemed to be rope.Turned out they were describing the same thing. (An Elephant ),one felt the leg,the second felt the trunk,and the third felt the tail. I love that tail ! ( PUN INTENDED ) LOL !


Nathan 7 years ago

nice


Nathan 7 years ago

My view about Islam is very positive. It is a very logical relegion. It says there is only one God, he created you and he listens to you. You don't need to pay some priest or pastor to get to paradise.

I disagree the response made by:

Brian Gosur says:4 months ago

Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but every terrorist is a Muslim.

Did you know the first American president George Washington was a terrorist to the british? He was not muslim but he was labeled as one. There are many terroist in the world like the greedy financial leaders who got the country in a mess. See how many people are terrorized because they are loosing their homes.

I am trying to take a nap and I get annoying Christians knocking on my door trying to convert me. I call that terrorism too b/c they have no right interupting my God given sleep.

Slavery and what was done to African Americans was terrorism. So are you still saying all terrorist are muslims. I expect some wisdom, not ignorant comments because you lived long enough to be a grandfather. Wise up grandpa.


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Zeta Sfico 7 years ago from Underground Kingdom

good hub. before, i thought muslims were bad. but, since i made a research about islam deeper and deeper, i began to understand islam. it's really time consuming. maybe my next hub will talk about this. islam is like another religion. based on my understanding from researched, islam never taught their believer to differentiate themselves with another believer, mean they should be nice with non-muslim too. and all muslim terrorist can't be considered as real muslim bcz they betrayed what have been taught by Ka'ran and their prophet. this is the important point. even, they're not allowed to kill children, women and older peoples in war. they're only allowed to kill peoples that threaten their life in war, if there is no another option except self-defense, mean they can't start a war. if opposite sides surrendered, they can't kill them and should give them their routines need as best as they can like normal person in life (in case they’re prisoner). so, my conclusion, real muslims are good. islam terrorist produced from non-understanding of their religion itself. all religion are good if u understand their philosophy. btw, if u want to judge islam, i think it's better to look at malaysia. u can't look at indonesia since there is only one race there. i have many malaysian muslim's friends (old friends in university) and they are different in attitudes, opinions, mentality and lifestyle than those in arab. even they said, 'muslim terrorist can't be declared islam. that's not islam way'. my research on islam started since i know them.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Zeta, for your most thoughtful and complete comment. It adds so much to my article.


samatar 7 years ago

iam so glad undertand the world what is muslim muslim is peace and love


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Samatar.


Muhammad 7 years ago

Hi and salaam every1. The point that i would like to make is that most people in the western world are so easily brainwashed against Islam through the media that i begin to feel sorry for such individuals. There are many words or shud i say verses from the holy Quran the have been put in the papers as headline news which have totally been mis-quoted or taken out of context. so for the average joe on the streets is made to believe such nonsense.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I agree that some if not most western media sources do not provide balanced views on Islam. Thank you for your comment, Muhammad. Shalom / salaam.


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Tom, great hub, very very balanced and informative, but I too was surprised by the assertion that Islam was not viewed favorably in India since Islam is one of the major religions.

I have to answer what you described as being bothered by Christians and Muslims. I would say that is because Muslims have a less caring view about infidels, while Christians want to help save sinners. There is a difference.

That said, I have to agree with you that most Muslims I have met are very nice people, and I think that as far as each party is willing, there is no reason for these 3 religions not to get along with one another. I don't know for sure, but I have heard often that in the Koran, Muslims are urged to kill Jews and Christians - (people of the book), but I admit I don't know the details.

American Muslims seem to be more liberal, while my family and acquaintances from Europe are always talking about the hostile attitudes that Muslims have towards natural citizens, even to the point of verbalizing that they will someday take over the country, (Holland specifically). In Germany, if one is married to a Muslim, Islamic law takes precedence over German laws even if the non-believing parent's will states how the inheritance is distributed. Sharia law is becoming more popular in Europe, as parts of it are being integrated into the laws of the land. It is no wonder Islam is less popular there.

I think we have the chance here in America to keep everything equal. I have no problem letting people of other faiths live in peace, as I want to live in peace. I have no problem with Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims, Buddhists or even Pagans trying to convert me. If I did I would be a hypocrite. There is nothing wrong with peaceful attempts to convert others. I'm sure there are lots of stories of over-zealous Christians over stepping the bounds of decency and civility, but for the most part, this has to be better than the trash we see on TV, workplace politics, rock stars biting off the heads of bats and eco-terrorism.

I did ask a friend for more information about Islam and she gave me a booklet to read and that is where I learned that Islam has the same roots as Christianity and a desire to see people converted. I am open minded and would love to learn more. If anyone can enlighten me about the truth or the lies about what I know, I would gladly read it, (official info from an Islam source). In the mean time, we can live in peace. We all have the same rights to believe what we want.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks very much for your substantial response, Alexander. It is true that Judaism, Christianity and Islam all spring from the same roots. I agree, too, that in America we have the best chance of overcoming differences to create a true environment where one's non-destructive beliefs are a non-issue.


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Amen to that.


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BP9 7 years ago from Cleveland Heights, Ohio

The truly sad fact about all these misconceptions is that a relative minority has helped to influence collective, public opinion about each grouping discussed.  I think it is misguided to use the actions of extremist (minority) groupings who claim a particular faith to vilify all adherents to said faith. Just as Islamic extremists pervert Islam to their own ends, Christian extremists and Christian identity groups (KKK is one) do the same, as well as Zionist extremists do also(Kahane Chai).  

Most extremist groups are akin to politicized street gangs, in my opinion.  They simply claim validity due to what they cite as a loftier agenda, be it religion, political influence or social change.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I believe that what you say is true. World opinion is influenced by the media, which reports on the outrageous actions of the few while largely ingoring the beneficial, or at worst benign actions of the many.


Nasheed 7 years ago

i live in Pakistan and here Christians live freely. but what about india where 116 attack are done in 2008 on churches by hindu extremists.


Aftab Masood 7 years ago

I am Surprised why all talking about islam being good or bad.

IN USA in each Minite more then 5 women get Raped. and has 2.3 million Criminal in Prisons. We need to think Whether those who call them self a Champion of peace have peace in there country or they haram each other life and hide from media and do not want to express.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Nasheed.

Aftab Masood, your points are well taken, but this is a hub about Islam, not about the United States.


Zainab Naseem 7 years ago

Islam is a religion of peace angd gave equal chance to every one weather Jew, christian or any one


mondal m i 7 years ago

if islam is a religion of peace why a good number of muslims are seen violent?


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Zainab Naseem.

Many people say that it is because the news media tends to focus on the bad rather than the good, Mondal m i


usman 7 years ago

Hi Fellows,

I am gona give a simple message on behalf of muslims and Islamic point of view.

LOVE EVERY ONE , TREAT EVERY ONE JUST LIKE YOU TREAT YOUR BROTHER/ SISTER, LIVE HAPPILY AND JOINTLY AND SUSTAIN PEACE AMONG YOURSELF. TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEIGHBORS. LOVE YOUR LIFE PARTNER (WIFE/ HUSBAND) WITH RADICAL KINDNESS AND LOVE. YOU HAVE RIGHTS ON YOUR WIFE AND YOUR WIFE HAS RIGHTS ON YOU. FOR MEN: FULFILL THE RIGHTS OF YOUR WIFE ON YOU. FOR WOMEN : FULFILL THE RIGHTS OF YOUR HUSBAND ON YOU.

"ALLAH HO AKBAR" WHICH MEANS

"ALLAH IS GREAT"


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Hi Tom, I have a very good muslim friend who married an English (christian) girl. I hope that eventually all discord and conflict based on religious and cultural differences will breed out, and we will just become people. That's how it should be.


Melika Shafiee Nyestanak (MSN) 7 years ago

Hello/Salam/Shalom Tom,

I am very impressed to hear all this new info about islam. The comments were (mostly) logical and understadible.(Being a muslim myself) I just have a couple of comments to make to different people.

Alexander Mark: Alexander i should say if u want any info on islam that are authentic, i suggest that u search were islams base and foundations lie, the Koran. Alsou noe how u said that u have heard that muslims are urged to kill jews and christians? Well to tell u the truth we consider jews and christians the closest thing to brothers of islam. but thats not saying that maybe some crazy man or women who is said to be a muslim wont pick up a gun and go kill the innocent christian or jews! u've got to admit there are also some cristians and jews who may do that do crazy unthinkable and dispicable acts like that but, u can't judge a religion by the actions of its folowers.

Zeta: I am glad to noe that u have actually researched about islam rather than blindedly put us into catigorize (not saying that some muslims dont do that).

Amanda Severn: I entirely agree with u. I too am sick and tired of this muslim tug-o-war. there are people of on one side pulling trying to prove islams the best religion and then on the otherside there are others who are pulling to prove islam is a terrorist religion. Ill tell u wat, if islam was a religion of terrorism then why do we say peace be upon u(salam)every time we greet someone??? I would like to see us let go of the rope and live in harmony. Honestly it doesn't benefit us and im sure it doesn't benefit them either.

Tom: Im very glad that u posted this hub. Many people after the occuring of 9/ll started wondering wat the hell islam was that it allowed its followers to do such things. and many of them went and researched about islam. And if there weren't people like u (or the commentors) to put this kind of info on the web then many people would be misguided and that would make our lives already harder than it already is.

THANKYOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS

I NOE MANY PEOPLE HAVE QUESTIONS TO ASK SO I AM OPEN TO ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS U HAVE AT:

EMAIL: lol_88_lol@live.com

OR JUST POST A QUESTION/COMMENT ON THIS HUB!!


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myownworld 7 years ago from uk

great hub! I'm a muslim by birth, of Pakistani origin, and I just want u to know that there are many moderate muslims out there, who are as sick of these fanatics who give us all a bad name, as of the wars fought in Islam's name! (Jihaad or otherwise). I myself write hubs about how in betw the politics and the extremists, the common man, who wants nothing to do with war or hatred, is suffering! Peace to all...! keep writing....


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Myownworld. Keep writing, too :)


Vincent Bordini 7 years ago

The Stalking of Rifqa Bary is exactly what it says. I am amazed Tom, that you would put the article under a link that says "Hate groups use teen to defame Islamic center - Arab News"

A few lines down, is my article. I was not trying the Rifqa Bary case. I was taking to task and pointing out that a bunch of grown men have decided this girl is a liar and gone after her.

They talk about her appearance in an inflammatory way.

They say she is "easy to locate." How is that acceptable?

What about the "We need to kill her" face book page? The Pakistan Daily calling her pregnant and other disgraceful things, fanning the flames of their radical audience?

Also, I point out the crazy men who have come out of that Mosque and that how is that defamation?

Look at what you are doing:

"Her heinous allegations have tried to give Islam a bad name and taint the reputation of Noor Islamic Cultural Center"

Who cares about the reputation of a mega-mosque in comparison to a young woman's fears for her life? Only if you have already decided she is a liar, would you care about the reputation of this center.

How can real adults say that grown men should defame a runaway as a pregnant floozy, try to find her location on Google(!?!) and stand up for a multi-million dollar mosque that housed a Hamas Cleric?

The courts have decided in favor of her so far, that should tell you plenty.

This girl stated she is afraid of her father and half of the world is offended that she can Google Aqsa Parvez, Amina Said, Sarah Said, Aasiya Z. Hassan the list goes on.

Instead of looking at the periphery of the case, all of you have gone in and decided she is a liar.

She is a 17 year-old girl and she says she is afraid.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Hi there. I did not post the link that you speak of and this is the first I have heard of Rifqa Bary. I cannot really control where people post links to my articles. Is the person posing as me? Anyway, it is not my doing. If you read my article, you will see it is not directed against any group but is simply a deconstruction of polling figures.


Vincent Bordini 7 years ago

I see. Well I apologize then. I was under the impression you control that part, but I see now you do not. I didn't understand the process for links appearing in that section.

Sorry about laying into you, I was a bit defensive about being put under the heading of a hate group.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Quite understandable. It's amazing how people will use neutral data to prove their hostile points. Thanks so much for stopping back. You are obviously a person of great integrity.


Naveed  6 years ago

siddsingh has put the fact nicely. As an Indian Muslim I can say whatever discrimination we see In india is because of narrow minded politician who are busy putting their arithmatic for balancing their vote share. In Modern age the problem is only because of 3 factors 1)Politician for want a government 2) Capatilist for want of money 3)Media for covering the sin of the earlier two. Media has made the world more difficult to understand by bias reporting for want of a favour from the two. This has led the common people in beliving right things wrong and visa-versa. This disease is incurable.


GeniusMuslim 6 years ago

Nice article...

Middle Eastners look favorably to Islam because they are Muslim and because any propaganda that defames Islam is readily understood. They disfavor Christians..well for the exact same reason Christians may disfavor Muslims. But they still do have rights that must be preserved.

They disfavor Jews strongly mainly because they are neighbors of Palestine and they can really see what's going on there without seeing the world in the eyes of CNN or Fox news.

In general, I have read of several religions and I think its about time that people in the west start reading about Islam..Its interesting to know what 1.5 billion people on planet earth believe in or lest maybe join them!

Thank you once again.


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment!


Nia L 6 years ago

This is a really informative hub. I love muslims. Although I might be biased because I AM a muslim.lol


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TMMason 6 years ago from FL.

GeniusMuslim says:

4 weeks ago

"They disfavor Jews strongly mainly because they are neighbors of Palestine and they can really see what's going on there without seeing the world in the eyes of CNN or Fox news.

In general, I have read of several religions and I think its about time that people in the west start reading about Islam..Its interesting to know what 1.5 billion people on planet earth believe in or lest maybe join them!

Thank you once again."

I have have studied Islam for a very long time. I have read the history of, and everything from Ibn Ishaq to you name it, or the Scholar.

And I can tell you right now. It is no religion of peace and tolerance. the Qu'ran and Hadith make that very clear.

So maybe Muslims should think about their religion and what lessons they may want to take from it, and what lessons they may want to leave in the 7th century. Oh but you cannot change the intent of your religion.

Which is that the whole world proclaim that allah is the one true god and mohhammud is his prophet. Through conversion or the sword, it does not matter to allah.

Can you?...

The verse of the sword was mohhammud's last declaration to you through the lips of your prophet. Wow?... that sort of boxes you into the violence thing doesn't it?

Since that verse abbrogates all other previous conciliatory verses. You do know what abbrogation is, right?

OH. And all about love eh?

Allah has 99 names, and not one cannotes "love".

Just some food for thought.

And as far as Islam not liking the Jews because of Palistine.

Islams hatred of the Jews is alot older than that.

Mohhammud hated the Jews in life, and it reflects heavily in his confabulation. ie;the Qu'ran.


rabidwithrage 6 years ago

for gods sake tom, wake up!! the problem with islam is not religion;the problem with islam is political-- and demographic.islam is growing exponentionally!do you want your country to be ruled by islamic power?like libia,iran,syria,irak pakistan,..et all!when can we start talking honestly about islam the conqourer!


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Chris EastMan 6 years ago

You have done very nice job at yours hub Wrold Oinion and Islam.


juned 6 years ago

people should have through knowledge about islam before making any comment one thing i can say that islam is a religion of peace and prophet mohammed is the leader of all prophets including prophet jesus moses abraham and all others these all prophets will stand for prayer in the lane next to prophet mohammed


shan 6 years ago

Aslam o alikum to all ,

Allah The Great May guide u all to the right path, that at the end is Islam. i have read comments on this hub , a lot of problem to people all over the world in understanding the right religion. That is only possible when that peson's heart and mind is open to the right(Haq),favours the right,help the right, fight for the right, justice and truth either for himself or for a poor innocent . That is the lesson of islam.An intresting fact that i tell u all is that "every human being when comes in this world is a Muslim" later his parents decides what is his/her religion..Islam is a natural religion. Islam is a complete life's constitution.And a true follower of islam is successsful in this world and also the world after death; that is endless.

At last i clarify u all that i dont want to compel u ,its upto you either u beleive or not.Because islam dont like compulsion .

Allah Hafiz( Allah potect u )


amr 6 years ago

i want to tell you all something. All religion are complementary to each others begins with Jewish & then Christians & ends with Muslims Jewish only believe in prophet of god Mousa no other prophet & Christians believes in Jesus & Mousa as prophet of god but Muslims believes in all of them and their books and loves them as prophet Mohamed sala ala alayh wa salam read in islam to know


TONY 6 years ago

Brian Gosur 16 months ago

Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but every terrorist is a Muslim.

Great Hub Tom. Very informative.

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Misha 16 months ago

You are lying Brian :)

Not Misha is true , read more ,


Mohammad Ali 6 years ago

Of each country identifies their. And especially the Muslim countries of Islam because Allah has bestowed the honor.European media against Muslims in the world is working.Which Jews and Christians against Muslims conspiracies busy.Muslims tolerate much more. That's why security is still Jewish and Christian. But I've had enough, now they are sorry will not. Disorder and destruction in Islamic countries are working if Jews and Christians wherever we meet, we will kill them.Jews and Christians had their murder is too many Muslims. Now their turn.They agree on a peace-loving Muslims have been fighting, very bad result will come out, which proved dangerous for Israel and European countries will be.


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

Excuse me, um... what?


Shweta  6 years ago

Great hub!

I have a paper to submit on Islamophobia and that is what brings me here and I have gained much from this. Thanks.


HABBI 6 years ago

IF ONE KNOWS THE TEACHING OF ISLAM

THE NEXT DAY THE WHOLE WORLD CONVERTS INTO ISLAM

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