Islam, meaning peace in Arabic, is one of the most misunderstood religions in the world. Many people view it as a religion of hatred and crime, while others view it as peace. Islam is the world’s second largest religion and the youngest. There are approximately 1.57 billion Muslims in the world today. The origin of Islam, Prophet Muhammad, and beliefs of Islam affect how Islam is being taught and viewed today.
I believe that there have been many misconceptions of Islam that are portrayed and plastered all over the news, media and even billboard for years now. Millions of Muslims living in the western world have found themselves under a lot of inspection by their societies. Charles Peirce a philosopher who is known for his methods for fixing belief proves a good point and idea in order for people to be more considerable of their thoughts and beliefs to reason correctly before judging the Islamic religion to be promoting violence. People instead of judging all people in Islam and any religion, should be thinking more maturely as to who is the evil doer, instead of taking their anger out on innocent people and the wellbeing in society to keep a unity in the world. However, another famous philosopher whom I disagree with who argues Peirce’s methods of belief is David Hume. Hume believes that of which to avoid all problems, all religious belief should be rid of.
Since the early stages of Islam, the religion is been the victim of countless, baseless attacks from non-Muslims who feel they have the ability to criticize a religion they know very little about. The information being spread across the media in places outside of Muslim countries tend to perpetuate stereotypes and inaccuracies. Islam is a religion that holds numerous controversial topics that continue to grow and expand, and be looked at closely with microscopic lenses. Yes, Islam does have areas within the teachings that perhaps may not be the most progressive aspects and certain interpretations are deserving of criticism. Yet, to conflate certain controversial aspects of Islam into the definition of the entire religion as a whole, is an incredible
To Bakar 's point, public figures, such as President-elect Donald Trump, through fear inciting speech, has created a social "us" versus "them" social binary. His call to ban all Muslims is not only distasteful, but he makes an ignorant, un-presidential blanket statement that harms the global perception of Muslim Americans. Last year, it was recorded that 78 mosques had been attacked and 2016 is on track to reach these number of attacks. As a direct result of the recent election, there has inevitably been an increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric and one can only assume that the projection of hate crimes committed against Muslim Americans will continue to rise. People of color are regularly targeted victims of Islamophobic rhetoric—not by these "terrorists"—but instead by those who perpetuate and act on white supremacist misconceptions. These racist groups dehumanize Muslim-Americans for "looking like terrorist" (as if terrorism can be personified) and are wrongly scrutinized based on mere appearance. Even as participants of western democracy, Muslim-Americans often question their role as citizens in a society that has cast them as the "feared other."
One of the biggest issues in our world today is the issue and conflict that the West is having with Islam. For almost the past two decades, it seems that the West And Islam have been in constant conflicts with each other. This papers will discuss and compare the opinions of Bernard Lewis in The Roots of Muslim rage and Nicolaas van der Zee in The Roots of Muslim rage Revisited, and their respective opinions on this issues. Both authors in many ways fundamentally disagree with each other, when searching for a cause and solution to this problem. This essay will discuss the valid points made by both authors, and will attempt to show how both authors have valid and sensible arguments on the issue on hand.
In agreement, both psychological and physical acts of violence was committed against Tiffany, therefore, radical theory would be a good fit for this situation. Amazingly, in view of gender, as we live in a stratified gendered society, we witness Donald exhibit superior male power therefore Tiffany’s role is bound to dependency being coerced into assuming the role of unequal power (Robbins, Chatterjee, & Canda, 2012). Just as amazing, socialist feminism includes radical feminism while interlocking class and gender oppression Robbins, Chatterjee, & Canda, 2012. To further elaborate, the socialist feminism theory examines the behavior exhibited by capitalism and patriarchy towards women who is seen as subordinate, this ideology substantiate the
First of all, we are talking about what role did violence and warfare play in the origins and the rise of Islam. Since the 1950s, Western countries led by the committee to allow the establishment of Islamic mullahs called on the community of believers. Freed from the oppression of Islam out of the only parts of the land has old Yugoslavia and modern Israel.
There are those in the world that maintain that Islam is a religion born of violence, but many scholars, including Timothy Rowe and William T. Cavanaugh, maintain that Islam was not a religion born of violence but a religion that was born into a violent culture (Rowe 2015, Cavanaugh 2013). This thesis by both scholars allows for an interpretation of Islam that looks not only at the actions of today, but also at the historical foundations of Islam from its birth in 610 CE, when Mohammad received his first revelation in a cave on Mount Hira, near the city of Mecca, in what is now Saudi Arabia (Omar 2003). There is evidence to support this view in many of the Holy Scriptures and texts of
So now, under the guise of tolerance and sensitivity for Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and of course atheists and agnostics, we must attempt to qualify years past, present and future with a non-offensive terminology. Time references like BC or AD are too close to a religious intention. That’s where CE(Common Era), comes in, it shows no preference against or for any group
The modern view of Islam in the United States is often influenced by the stereotype created by westerners based on the history of military conflict between the United States and Islamic countries. In turn, the view of Americans has shifted in Islamic countries due to the religious generalization that has been developed. It is widely known that the United States and Islamic countries have had military conflict in the past, with examples such as the September 11th attacks or the location and assassination of Osama Bin Laden, however the negative social interaction between these two communities is seldom addressed within western society. It is the misconception of the Muslim religion and Islamic culture that is to blame for these social biases which have placed Muslims in America into a social subjugation predominantly by people of non-Muslim religious affiliation in western society. In parallel and due to this subjugation, a negative opinion of Americans in Islamic countries has been adhered. To address this issue in a two-hour briefing with the President of the United States, the topic of religious generalization and the physical and social harm it has caused to the Muslim community will be addressed. Likewise, it is to the concern of the President of the United States that the American reputation has been harmed – as it is his job to uphold the American reputation within the international realm.
Further within his article, Ayman Ibrahim stated, “To claim that all Muslims are terrorists is far from correct, but to deny or underestimate the significant power and influence of some Islamic texts and specific interpretations of them is not prudent, either” (Ibrahim). The way devout believers of the Islamic faith interpret the Quran is significantly different from the way the extremist members of ISIS do. Verse 2:257 in the Quran states “There shall be no compulsion in religion.” ISIS’s actions are a complete contradiction to the verse. The way ISIS interprets the Quran is an incorrect representation of Islam and the peaceful religion of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and is not affiliated with the extremist actions of ISIS, contradicting the way Western media portrays the association between Islam and ISIS.
The concept of Jihad was not widely known in the western world before the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Since then, the word has been woven into what our media and government feed us along with notions of Terrorism, Suicide Bombings, Hamas, Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, and now, Jihad. Our society hears exhortations resounding from the Middle East calling the people to rise up in Jihad and beat back the imperialist Americans. Yet, if we try to peel back all of these complex layers of information we can we attempt to find out what Jihad really means. Webster’s Dictionary defines Jihad as “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty or a crusade for a principle or belief” (1). Often, media depicts
Jihad by sword is only permissible when you are attacked. It is unfortunate that Islam is being branded as the religion of extremists, fascists, fundamentalists and terrorists. A few days ago some non-Muslim emailed me. He wrote; "Islam is the religion of terrorism and Muhammad was a terrorist." Why he wrote this? How he came to such a conclusion? First; he has neither studied Islam nor the life of the Prophet of Islam. Second he has read or seen the terrorist activities of some Muslim hard liners and extremists. Partly he is correct and partly he is incorrect. The Quran about mischief mongers and the enemies of peace candidly in Sura "The Cow"; "when it is said to them; make not mischief on the earth'. They say; we are only ones that put things right'. Of a surety, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realize it not" (2:11-12). The serious, objective and rational study of the Quran testifies this verity that Islam strongly condemns bloodshed and aggression. It is a religion of peace. The Meccans attacked Muhammad thrice. The battle of Badr; the battle of Uhad and the battle of Trench are solid proofs of the fact that the Muslims of Medina
There is a lot of talk in the news today about Radical Islamic terrorism. But just what is all the controversy about? Are the terrorist’s being extreme or are they actually following what their holy book, the Quran, teaches? Also, we will look at is there a better way to combat the problem than just dropping bombs in the middle east and hoping the problem will go away.