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As we have been mingling with followers of many faiths and denominations, it has become clear to us that only a few know and understand the basic foundations for their beliefs. This is a heartbreaking reality!
On September 11, 2001 our world was changed forever! We realized that neither ocean nor land can be a deterrent against acts of terrorism, regardless of their origin or perpetrators. A new phobia evolved: “Islamophobia”, and with it many misconceptions of Islam. The result is a fear of anyone who looks like a Muslim (whatever is meant by that) and/or speaks Arabic. The main reason is profiling based on total ignorance. This stereotyping effects not only Muslims, but millions of Arabic speaking Christians and Jews.
So we made an attempt to separate true Islam from folk Islam. We will be looking at some misconceptions and what the Honored Qur´an has to say about them. All qur’anic quotations are from “The Meaning of The Holy Qur’an” by Abdullah Yusuf ’Ali.
May God's Peace and Mercy be upon us all.
Theological Misconception :
Muslim’s allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia
Spiritual Misconception :
When we declare ”one nation under God”, the Christian God is loving and kind,while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly Father, nor is He ever called love in the Qur’an's 99 excellent names
Social Misconception :
A Muslim’s allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews
Scriptural Misconception :
A Muslim’s allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Qur’an
Religious Misconception :
No other religion is accepted by the Muslim’s Allah except Islam
Political Misconception :
A Muslim must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach the annihilation of Israel and the destruction of America, the great Satan
Philosophic Misconception :
Islam, Muhammad, and the Qur’an do not allow freedom of religion and expression Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.
Intellectual Misconception :
A Muslim cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
Geographich Misconception :
A Muslim’s allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.
Domestic Misconception :
A Muslim is instructed to marry four women. He is to beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him
PRAISE BE TO GOD!
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