- Religion and Philosophy
Islamophobia is Justifiable
This hub may be perceived to contain content related to racial intolerance or advocacy against a group or organization, which is a violation of HubPages rules. However, this is an objective analysis of reasons as to why people are afraid of Islam, and why the term Islamophobia is so common. I'm not against Muslims, and I do not condone hatred towards them, but I am firmly against the ideology of Islam.
Definition of Islamophobia
Islamophobia is the dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.
Islam is a Religion of Peace
Have you heard this phrase before? Sure you have. It's a common prejudice that does nothing other than showcase the ignorance or blatant deceit of the person who says it. The phrase is particularly useful for keeping people in the dark; people who aren't going to approach such a claim with a healthy amount of skepticism. I'll begin tearing apart this statement not with examples of Islamic extremism but rather with Islamic teachings.
The words and actions of the prophet Muhammad clearly show us that Islam is surely not a religion of peace. Take for example these verses directly from the Quran and other sources:
- Quran (4:89) - "They wish that you should reject faith as they reject faith, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, until they emigrate in the way of God; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as friend or helper."
- Sahih Bukhari (52:260) - "...The Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.' "
- Sahih Bukhari (89:271) - A man who embraces Islam, then reverts to Judaism is to be killed according to "the verdict of Allah and his apostle."
- Sahih Bukhari (60:40) - "...:And fight them till there is no more affliction (i.e. no more worshiping of others along with Allah)." 'Affliction' of Muslims is defined here as a condition in which others worship a different god other than Allah. Muslims are commanded to use violence to 'rectify' the situation.
Feminism and Islam
Feminists Should See This!
Islam is a religion which extremely blatantly degrades women and defines them as worth less than men. I'm sure you have heard of this. Images of black veils pop into your mind, but there is much more to it than head and face covers.
Here are some examples of Islam condoning the degradation and mistreatment of women:
- Quran (4:11) - (Inheritance) "The male shall have the equal of the portion of two females"
- Quran (2:282) - (Court testimony) "And call to witness, from among your men, two witnesses. And if two men be not found then a man and two women."
- Quran (2:228) - "and the men are a degree above them [women]"
- Quran (5:6) - "And if ye are unclean, purify yourselves. And if ye are sick or on a journey, or one of you cometh from the closet, or ye have had contact with women, and ye find not water, then go to clean, high ground and rub your faces and your hands with some of it
- Quran (4:34) - "Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great."
- Abu Dawud (2142) - "The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife."
Hitchens on Sharia
Sharia is Islamic law. It is the religious legal system that governs the political, social and moral duties of faithful Muslims. It is what is meant by "God's Law."
References are to the classic manual, Reliance of the Traveller, considered one of the soundest translations of Islamic law. I would link to a full PDF but it is a violation for some reason, my apologies for the inconvenience.
Below are some examples of Sharia law:
- (o8.1) - When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.
- (o9.1) - Jihad [against non-Muslims in their own countries ] is a communal obligation... "He who provides the equipment for a soldier in Jihad has himself performed Jihad"
- (o9.9) - The caliph fights all other people until they become Muslim
- (p17.3) - The Prophet (Allah Bless him and give him peace) said: "Kill the one who sodomizes and the one who lets it be done to him."
- (m3.4 - 3.7) say that a woman may not "conduct her own marriage", meaning that she is not free to marry by choice. A male guardian is required to validate the marriage agreement.
- (m13.4) - A woman has no right to custody of her children from a previous marriage when she remarries.
- (m5.1) - It is obligatory for a woman to let her husband have sex with her immediately when he asks her... and she can physically endure it.
- (m10.11-2) - It is not lawful for a wife to leave the house except by the permission of her husband.
- (m2.3) - It is unlawful for women to leave the house with faces unveiled
- (o14.1) - [Theft] A person's right hand is amputated, whether he is a Muslim, non-Muslim subject of the Islamic state
- (p44.1) - [Art] Every maker of pictures will go to the fire, where a being will be set upon him for each picture he made, to torment him in hell.
Personally I think the idea that Islamophobia is somehow racist is entirely absurd. Islam isn't a race, it's an ideology, and all popular ideologies should be heavily scrutinized. The idea that it's offensive to be critical of Islam is pure propaganda and deserves no respect whatsoever. Sharia law is horrific and true Muslims carry that law with them, and it is their religious duty to impose it on others. I have the right to be terrified of a religion which allows the beating of wives, and murder of atheists, polytheists, apostates, and those who jokingly make reference to Allah. Thanks for reading and informing yourself!