Islam seems to have gained a bad reputation in the thoughts of many because of what goes on around the World.
To start off, Islamic teachings strictly prohibit both individual suicide and suicide mass killing of innocent people. Suicide is 100% WRONG and NOT ALLOWED. So where does it go wrong? I will cover this further down the post and hopefully change your mind about what you think of Muslims/Islam.
Islam does NOT teach Muslims to go out and kill innocent civilians. Islam teaches Muslims to care for the poor, help the needy, look after their neighbours, be good with others, learn to forgive and much more. One of the Pillars of Islam is CHARITY, so Muslims donate to the poor and needy in the millions every year. I am sure that after you gain knowledge on Islam, any bad thoughts you may have about the religion will clear.
Have a read of the translated version of the Qur’an yourself and don’t rely on websites and those non-Muslims who claim that they have read the translated version 5 times, 10 times etc. You may even come across those who say they were ex-Muslims and decided to setup a website to prove Islam wrong. Have a read of the Qur’an and ask questions if you’re not sure.
Islam is the only religion which teaches, killing one innocent is like killing the whole of humanity and saving one innocent is like saving the whole of humanity. This is mentioned within the Qur’an. So where does it seem to go wrong? We will find out shortly.
Something else to think about, if Islam taught Muslims to go out and kill innocent people why are all Muslims not following their religion, and doing this? Why is it a very small minority? Where does it seem to go wrong with the minority religious groups including Islam?
Whilst carrying out my research, I found many websites attempting to prove the Qur’an wrong and branding Islam a religion of hatred. Such websites convinced their readers that Islam is wrong and Muslims are bad people. I wont mention the websites here but lets focus on the common Quranic verse these websites use to prove Islam wrong.
The verse was:
“And slay them wherever ye catch them..” (2:191)
From the above verse, it seems as if the Qur’an is teaching Muslims to go out and slay whoever they wish, and the website I found used such verses to prove Islam is not a good religion and teaches hatred. Now lets read the verse before and you judge for yourself.
The verse before is 2:190 and mentions:
“Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.”
Translation of transgress below:
The above verse sums it all up. There are people out there who manipulate verses and publish on the Internet, and there are some who think that Islam has given the go ahead for them to do whatever they want.
There are verses included within the Qur’an which were revealed by God (Allah) to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) at the time when Muslims of Makkah were attacked by the non-Muslims on a regular basis. These verses are not a permission for “terrorism” but they are a warning against the “terrorists.” But even in these warnings you can see how much restraint and care is emphasized.
When the verses are not read in their proper textual and historical contexts they are manipulated and distorted. It is true that some Muslims and Non-Muslims manipulate these verses for their own goals, which is WRONG, but this is not only with Islamic texts, it also happens within the texts of other religions. This does not mean the religious scriptures are wrong.
If the Qur’an taught Muslims to go out and kill innocent civilians, we would not be reading verses such as the one below. There are many more such verses within the Qur’an which forbid the killing of innocent people. Attempt to gain the knowledge and you will be surprised.
“Nor take life – which Allah has made sacred – except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, We have given his heir authority (to demand Qisas or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life; for he is helped (by the law)” (al-Isra’ 17:33)
I could quote many verses of other religious scriptures which seem very violent, if taken out from their historical context. Verses from the other religions have also been used by many violent religious groups against other religions.
Let me give you an example of a verse from the Christian scripture. I am not going against the religion here but just showing you an example of how one can be mislead by reading the verses without understanding properly.
“When the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you. And when the LORD your God delivers them before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them. (Deutronomy 7:1-2)
“When you approach a city to fight against it, you shall offer it terms of peace. If it agrees to make peace with you and opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall become your forced labor and shall serve you. However, if it does not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it. When the LORD your God gives it into your hand, you shall strike all the men in it with the edge of the sword. Only the women and the children and the animals and all that is in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as booty for yourself; and you shall use the spoil of your enemies which the LORD your God has given you… Only in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not leave alive anything that breathes (Deutronomy 20:10-17)
Now, I am not going to say Christianity teaches hatred as that would be wrong. But this is just to demonstrate what some without any knowledge are doing. Picking what they want and then stamping Islam as a religion of hatred. There are Christian groups out there which will misunderstand verses like the ones from the Bible above, but this does not mean all Christians are bad people.
This answers why religious groups go astray and commit such crimes and it’s WRONG. But all Muslims or other religions should not be blamed for someone who misunderstood a verse. Non-Muslim websites who advertise verses from the Qur’an such as the one I cleared above don’t really help as their advertising incorrect information and possibly advertising this to violent groups. So all those websites we come across that use verses from the Qur’an, Bible, Torah etc, without reading or purposely reading the entire verse are incorrect and are spreading false information.
When you come across such verses, please do a search, locate the entire verse, analyse and judge for yourself. The Qur’an can be found in many translated languages.
If you’re a Muslim, have a think about what you read. If in doubt speak to those who are more educated. If still in doubt remember if it doesn’t sound right, then ask questions as you may find that you have misunderstood the verse.
My journey gaining knowledge on the miracles of the Qur’an and creating this website has been amazing. If Islam taught hatred, killing innocents and all the other thoughts which people have about Islam, I would not be wasting my time researching and gaining knowledge on the miracles of the Qur’an. If I had come across a verse which preached the killing of innocent civilians, I would STOP and not waste my time creating this website. But no where did I find such a verse.
Think about this, there are over one billion Muslims around the world, why is it only a small minority are getting it wrong? If the Qur’an taught Muslims to go out and kill innocent civilians, why are the rest not doing this? If the Qur’an did teach this, why are over one billion Muslims not following the religion? If one thinks with an open mind, the answers are clear, Islam does not teach hatred.
I hope this article has changed your mind of what you think about Islam. If not, I hope it has got you thinking.
Islam is a religion of peace.
All the best