Common Misconceptions about Islam
Misconceptions about Islam
Religion in general and Islam particularly is under the constant pressure of many misconceptions as a result people are getting away from religion. It is necessary to study and research the base of these mis-guided misconceptions.
Misconception # 1: Islam does not give equal rights to women as to men.
Islam is the only religion in the world that does not subjugate women. Islam allows women to go out for study and for performing other tasks. But when women is out of home she should protect her modesty by keeping herself veiled. A veil is never a hindrance in performing tasks, rather it adds to the confidence of women.
Islam is the only religion which states the rights of women: their legal, religious and social rights in such detail. These are mentioned in the Holy book of Quran on several places. In the fourth chapter of Al-Quran - Nisa - means women there is every detail regarding marriage, divorce,modesty and other aspects of women's life. There is also full detail of the inheritance law in this sura or chapter of Al-Quran. No other religion provides such details about women's inheritance.
On the day of judgement there will be no difference between men and women and they will be equally asked about how they spend their lives. The only difference will be between virtuous and guilty.
Misconception # 2: Muslims are terrorists and Islam was spread by sword.
In the history of Islam there is no such evidence that any real Muslim emperor or Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) used sword on innocent people to make them willing to convert to Islam. We all know that no one can truly convert a person from one belief to other by sword because may be a person will get converted as a protection from the danger but deep with in his heart he can never change by sword.
on the other hand Islamic history is full of such incidences where non-Muslims converted to Islam just because of the love, peace, justice and equality of the Muslim leaders.
Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) never used sword for her own sake or for the purpose of converting people without their will. He was the most humble, down-to-earth and peaceful man on the earth. In many incidences he asked from Allah forgiveness for those people who hurt him or caused inconveniences in his way. It is a fact that he never cursed the deadliest enemy. Even the angels asked him why not you curse that man who is constantly teasing you but he replied calmly that in doing so there will be no difference between me and him.
Misconception # 3: Muslims do not believe on other religions.
Islam and Muslims believe on other religions and there existence much more than others. Facts about Christianity, Jews and Hebrews are mentioned on several places in Al-Quran. Quran accepts there existence but in the end the best religion in the world is Islam and with the introduction of Islam according to Quran every man and woman should convert to Islam. Muslims study the stories of Jesus, David, Moses and many other Prophets in the Quran and to become Muslim a person have to believe on all the prophets including Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) otherwise he is not a Muslim.
Misconception # 4: Terrorism is spreading in the world due to Islam and Muslims.
I think that this misconception is the worst one and this has spoiled Islam greatly. The reasons why it got spread in the world are many: partly media is responsible for projecting negative image of Islam; but the main part played by America and its allies. For several years Americans and Israelis barbarically treated Muslims of different countries but nobody said a word about them. Nobody said that America and Israel are terrorist countries but when on 9/11 the twin towers exploded America started the propaganda that Muslims are terrorists and they are responsible for this attack. They are still not able to prove that Muslims did that but as a result they started their attacks and invasion in Afghanistan and than in many other Muslim countries. Muslims are not responsible for the terrorism and bloodshed going on today but they are being used by America.
Misconception # 5: Muslims worship Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h).
The major difference between Islam and many other religion is that Muslims believe in one God only and they do not worship any human being. They never bow in front of a human being because this is only for Allah. Muslims believe on Pophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) as a virtuous man and messenger of Allah; the best man on the earth but they never think of him as a God. On the contrary Christians believe that Jesus is there god and he surely is not.
Misconception # 6: Muslim men marry more than once but there is no liberty for women to marry more than one men.
In Islam a man can have more than one wife and less than four at a time. Matrimony is one of the most beautiful relationship on earth it is million billion trillion times better than adultery or other illegal relationships. In Islam four marriages are allowed to men only because in this way he can have a legal and noble relationship and he will not look at other girls. Women can marry twice, thrice or even more than that but in the presence of one husband she cannot marry another man. If she marries twice or thrice there will be no identity for the kids and it is very insensible too.
Islam does not restrict man to marry four times it depends on his circumstances and his needs otherwise most of the Muslims marry once. If he has to marry another girl he has to take permission from the first wife otherwise he cannot do so. He has to maintain equality between wives too if he is not able to maintain equality he should not marry again.
Misconception # 7: Muslims are barbaric and they have no respect for life.
In current years due to the terrorism, suicide attacks and killing people think that Muslims are barbaric and they have no respect for their own or other peoples life. This is most unjust because Islam does not allow Muslims to fight unless it is in defense. Islam tells Muslims to respect not only human beings but animals, livestock, plants and crops of the enemy. Islam never allows taking out sword on an enemy who does not have one in his hands too, it is not allowed in Islam to kill children and women during war. War is only a condition when non-Muslims try to harm Muslims and Islam. Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) changed his way once because he saw some ants in his way and he did not want to step on them. so how can Islam does not respect so precious lives of human beings.
Misconception # 8: Muslims does not respect women.
Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) had a daughter named Fatima whenever Fatima came into his rest room he got up from his bed and keep standing until she was sitting this was the respect he paid to his daughter.
Islam is the only religion where there is so much respect for mother, wife, daughter and sister. In western society women is medium to sell products- we cannot call it respect- women is on the billboard; women is in the shop; women is on the T.V.; women is in the newspaper; women is in the bar and everywhere else this cannot be respect.
Islam allows women to go out but in veil to protect herself from lustful eyes this is the respect which she really deserves.
Misconception # 9: Muslims believe on myths.
Before the introduction of Islam people believed on different myths and they were superstitious too. When a girl was born they thought that luck was not in their favor so they killed her and when a boy was born they accepted him as a gift of God. After Islam came Allah revealed in Quran that a girl is a blessing to the whole family. Whatever is written in Quran has already been proved by science too while other scriptures have so much been changed by the human beings that they are full of mythical stories which have no resemblance to the real sacred revelations of Allah the almighty.
Misconception # 10: Jihad means killing people.
The literal meaning of jihad is to struggle or to strive or to make an effort. So jihad has nothing to do with killing people but it is a mean of spreading the knowledge: a teacher who is teaching in an institute is doing jihad; a person helping poor is doing jihad; parents helping kids in learning good virtues are doing jihad; a person involved in charity is also doing jihad as well Muslim army fighting to rescue innocent people of Palestine from Israeli barbarism is also doing jihad. Jihad is not killing but a positive struggle.
Misconception # 11: Muslims wrongly don't eat pork.
Eating pork is not only prohibited in Islam but in other scriptures like in Bible too. Pig eats human excreta and it is scientifically proven that eating meat of pig can cause hundreds of diseases. Pig is the filthiest animal so eating its meat is dangerous and filthy act too.