The Media and Mass Misinterpretation of Islam Essays

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The Media and Mass Misinterpretation of Islam As the cross is the symbol of Christianity, the Star of David the symbol of Judaism, the Crescent Moon and Star are supposedly the symbols of Islam. Islam at its core is a peaceful religion, which like many other religions over the ages has at times been misunderstood not only as to the values it preaches, but also in relation to its core beliefs. Although in today’s post September 11th world Islam and its followers, who are also known as Muslims, tend to be associated with acts of terrorism, the Middle East and anti-American beliefs, Islam at its core is radically different than what most people perceive it to be. Being the fastest-growing religion in the world, Islam’s 1.2 billion…show more content…
"Even if you stretch out your hand against me to kill me, I shall not stretch out my hand against you to kill you." “If anyone murders an [innocent] person, it will be as if he has murdered the whole of humanity. And if anyone saves a person it will be as if he has saved the whole of humanity." Though these two quotes are just a sample of the hundreds which can be found within the Quran, where it plainly states that violence is contradictory to the Muslim religion, there are some excerpts where it appears that the Quran does actually condone acts of aggression against others. In an effort to resolve these contradictions the Muslim scholars at the renowned Institute for the Secularization of Islamic Society (ISIS) have stated in MSN reporter Seth Stevenson’s article, Islam? A Peaceful Religion, that these “sword verses” came into the Muslim religion after the Muslim prophet Mohammed gained considerable military strength and still lacked converts amongst the Jews and Christians. Another one of the major problems, which effectively highlights the fact that Islam is gravely misunderstood in today’s Western world, is the symbol most non-Muslims associate with Islam. The mere suggestion that the Crescent Moon and Star aren’t the true symbols of Islam would seem almost comic to most educated Westerners seeing as these two items, with the help of our media and news outlets, have become almost synonymous with the
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