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    Abdulateeph

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    People misconception about Islam

    Post by Abdulateeph on Fri Jul 25, 2014 1:52 pm


    Muhammad Muhsin Ibrahim
    www.muhsin.in
    muhsin234 (Twitter)
    “What is your name?” Muhammad. And all eyes would turn
    around.
    It often starts just like that, for to them, every Muslim is a
    potential threat, a terrorist. It is extremely awkward, if not
    annoying, to someone like me who was born and reared in
    an almost 99% Muslims community. Hitherto I didn’t know
    that being Muslim means that much and weighs that loads;
    some feel even reluctant to disclose their belief. Muslims
    living in multi-religious and non-Muslims majority societies
    today have a lot of stories to tell. The story is sometimes
    nasty in conservative, religiously touchy and volatile places
    like India, where I presently reside. Although home to about
    200 million Muslims, it was discovered in a recent survey
    that some of them have to masquerade as Hindus to sustain
    their businesses. This happens due to the schism, and
    sometimes animosity, between them and other faithful,
    particularly the majority Hindus.
    But why all the fuss and the buzz, you may ask. Generally
    identity, especially religious one, is highly polemical and
    extremely abstract. For instance, my ‘Muslimness’ is neither
    determinable based on my appearance and gait, nor
    proportional to my humanity and humane. Despite the
    whopping population of more than 1.5 billions worldwide,
    hundreds of millions of Muslims live in shambles due to the
    raging religious stereotype, which results to marginalisation
    and sometimes worse, as aforesaid. Needless to say, the
    reports of suicide bombs and other terror acts allegedly
    perpetuated by some miscreants calling themselves Muslims
    is a commonplace today. Al Qaeda, IS/ISIS, Boko Haram, etc
    are household names around the world. But this can’t and
    shouldn’t, nonetheless, justify the unjust treatment of others
    who can equally be victims of those murderers.
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    Wait and ask yourself: how many Muslims are engaged in
    such dastardly activities? The aforementioned figure is just
    tentative, for the population of Muslims is, against many
    odds, rapidly growing. So, obviously, had the larger
    population of them been involved in “terrorism”, no part of
    the world might have been in peace, for nearly 1 in 4 people
    worldwide is Muslim. There is no denying that the threat
    poses by the ‘bad guys’ among them is alarming, but not as
    the media would want us to believe. Muslims do not have
    monopoly on fanaticism. We have Christians in C.A.R,
    Buddhists in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, Hindus in India, Jews
    in Israel, etc. but Muslims remain virtually the only culpable
    faithful. One cannot be a Muslim, a practicing one, until
    somewhere, someone overtly or covertly degrades him, or
    calls him an extremist or terrorist. What is wrong with the
    choice of being? I am Muslim, so let me be. Don’t infringe
    my individual rights. I will not do yours, either.
    Do you know that extremism has no place in true Islam?
    Ironically however, the few who subscribed to it always
    make the news headlines, while others who are paragons of
    moderation and peace loving lots are barely heard of on the
    mostly western and western-influenced media. This modern
    world owes much to Muslims as they have a very long
    history in developing it. Malise Ruthven in his “excellent little
    book”, Islam: A Very Short Introduction published by Oxford
    University Press explains that:
    “No one need doubt that, at the level of civilization, an
    unprecedented degree of knowledge, excellence, and
    sophistication was achieved in Islam several centuries
    before the Renaissance occurred in Europe, or that, as
    many scholars have noted, much of the groundwork for
    the scientific and philosophical thought that would flourish
    in the West was laid in Muslim lands” (Ruthven 2012:17).
    He further notes that Muslims have excelled in virtually all
    other fields the world today boasts having—medicine,
    mathematics, astronomy, optics, architecture, poetry and
    philosophical thoughts, among others. Going by this alone
    should have made being Muslim something to be so much
    proud of, but the exact opposite is often obtained. Of
    course, one is allowed to do certain things to protect oneself
    under threat, but it’s no more than paranoia many a times.
    Be it as it may, I, for once, wouldn’t subscribe to what I
    couldn’t perform or display before others. You are still "the"
    Muslim unless you renounce your belief and join them,
    which equates to preferring the terrestrial over the Celestial,
    the temporary over the permanent.
    A few days ago, somebody called me a Boko Haram (BH)
    member on Facebook for my being a Nigeria and Muslim in
    response to my criticism of the Egyptian president, Abdul-
    Fatah Al-Sisi. Saying a word against Sisi is tantamount to
    siding with the ousted “Islamist” president, Morsi and his
    outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. There’s nothing more wrong
    than that. Unbeknown to him, there’s a world apart from
    their ideology and mine. In fact, BH fights everyone, and
    anybody like me, for I study and teach what they try, with all
    their force and efforts, to prohibit—Western Education. Yet
    somebody is here calling me their member. How ignorant of
    him? How senselessly stereotypical are people nowadays?
    I have got two calls: First to my fellow Muslims. Don’t forget
    who you are. Your undue moderation or apologia cannot
    purge you away from your identity. Don’t join the
    bandwagon of hundreds of thousands of ‘cultural’ or
    ‘nominal’ Muslims, to whom the religion is only an identity
    to distinguish them from others. These people are
    practically non-observant of Islamic tenets, which is
    primarily to submit to the One God alone and what He
    revealed to Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). You can, however,
    choose to do what you want. Allah says: “There’s no
    compulsion in religion, for the right way is clearly from
    the wrong way…” (Qur’an, 2:256).
    The second call is to my non-Muslims readers. Allah says:
    “Oh humankind! We created you from a single pair of
    male and female and made you into nations and tribes
    that you may know each other…” Qur’an (49:13).
    Therefore, any informed Muslim understands this wisdom of
    our being created differently; however the difference is not
    to divide us but that we may know each other. Let us
    embrace peace, mutual understanding and respect. Let us
    not forget that we are individuals with dissimilar, sometimes
    opposing, views, taste, impulse, desire, etc. Psychologists
    irrefutably say that no two individuals are exactly the same,
    not even identical twins. Thus, if some ignorant Muslims do
    something wrong, blame them, not the entire Muslims
    population, nor their religion.
    No doubt Islam is nowadays a subject of mockery,
    misinterpretations, and the like. Three things caused that: 1)
    misconduct of a few of its followers, 2) sheer ignorance of its
    content and the earlier context and background, and 3) the
    exaggerating effect of media, especially those owned by anti
    (not “non-“) Muslims. BUT don’t let yourself be carried away
    by any of these. Don’t just believe in a single story, for that is
    dangerous.
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