True Islam Has Been Hijacked

1878 WordsApr 1, 20178 Pages
True Islam has been hijacked. The public image of the Muslim community, not only in America, but globally, has been tainted by small groups of extremists. The extremists’ ideas stem from conservative interpretations of the Quran, and are not as widely followed as most people assume. Some examples from the Quran that extremists interpret differently than most often have to do with the term disbelievers; Quran 48:29, “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves.” The “disbelievers” in this verse refers to those who persecuted and attacked Muslims, this is not a verse guiding Muslims to be unpleasant to non-Muslims; although it is interpreted that way. It only…show more content…
After the Golden Age, which is the age of the four rightfully guided caliphs, empires were established. If Islam is likely to gain ground globally, he states that they must separate faith and state. Mr. Hamid then goes on to state that this is unlikely to happen, because Sharia (Islam canonical law) is tied so closely with the religion and state. The solution therefore, is stated that Islam should follow Western pattern and separate faith and government. A partial reason that we continue to see Islam struggling with separating their faith and government is, because some see Islam as a political ideology and think it never was a religion since they never separated from the government. Another is more simply because many Islamic states have tried numerous political ideologies, such as: communism, secularism, democracy, tyranny, monarchy, and so on. Keeping Islam’s separation issues in mind, the first event to analyze is the Iranian Revolution, which led to the hostage crisis. The Iranian Revolution was the result of persecuted Iranians who were tired of the current dynastic governance. The Revolution was led by the Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and overthrew Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, who was friendly with the United States. The Revolution began in October, 1977 and lasted until January, 1979, when Iran became an Islamic Republic. This is an important event in Westerners’ perceptions of
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