Islam, one of the world’s largest religions might also be the most miscomprehended religion in the world. Islam, Muslims and the Holy Qur’an have been a major subject of world media, religious groups and people. Countless articles and books have been published about Islam, most of them spreading mistruths, misconceptions and frankly, lies. The reason for this constant is usually biased media, economic, fear of the ‘other/unknown’ or political. Here are 10 of the biggest lies being told about Islam.
#1. Muslims believe you must be a Muslim or you will go to hell
Some people think that Islam says you must be Muslim to go to heaven which is actually the exact opposite from the truth. You actually just need to believe in the existence of a supreme being (God) and be a righteous person. Christians and Jews do believe in the existence of one God and are thereby considered eligible to go heaven (if they’re righteous of course). Here’s a quote from the Holy Qur’an to prove this point.
“And if the followers of the Book had believed and guarded (against evil), We would certainly have covered their sins and We would certainly have made them enter gardens of bliss.
And if they had observed the taurat* and the injeel* and that which was revealed to them from their Lord, they would have enjoyed happiness from above and beneath them, there is a party of them keeping to the moderate course, and (as for) most of them, evil is that which they do.”
[5:65-66] People of the book referring to none other than the Christians and the Jews.
#2. Islam and The Quran promotes suicide bombing
Yes, it is true that it is ‘Muslims’ that carry out most (maybe all) of the horrific suicide bombings. However, it is NOT true that the Holy Qur’an or Islam, in general, promotes it or even stipulates it. It actually strongly condemns it, here’s my proof…
“And spend in God’s cause, and let not your own hands throw you into destruction; and persevere in doing good: behold, God loves the doers of good.”[2:195]
#3. Women must cover up completely
The female dresscode is indisputably one of the most focused upon topics concerning Islam. Some people think that women must cover their whole body, including their face when in public. Thing is Islam is a religion of modesty which condemns illicit sexual acts and so as a result sets rules and dress codes to help us guard ourselves against temptation from Satan. Women are, however, not forced to cover their whole body including their face but this is actually a stretch and a long one at that. It is clearly stipulated in the Qur’an that females should conceal their beauty except that which is apparent. Here’s proof.
“…And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their private parts, and that they should not reveal their beauty except what is apparent of it, and let them draw with their covers over their chests. And let them not reveal their beauty except to their husbands, or their fathers, or fathers of their husbands, or their sons, or the sons of their husbands, or their brothers, or the sons of their brothers, or the sons of their sisters, or their women, or those committed to them by oath, or the male servants who are without need, or the child who has not yet understood the composition of women. And let them not strike with their feet that reveals what they are keeping hidden of their beauty. And repent to God, all of you believers that you may succeed.” [24:30-31]
#4. The Quran promotes fighting, war and terrorism
Just because there’s a lot of conflict and terrorism going on in most of the Arabic countries does not mean that the holy Quran dictates or promotes it. Infact, it strongly warns against it. There’s not a single verse in the Qur’an that promotes terrorism, suicide bombings, war and like especially for reasons of differing faith in order to establish Muslim rule. All the instances of people fighting in the Qur’an are related to self-defense and defending people who are evidently oppressed.
Except for those who reach a people between whom you have a covenant, or if they come to you with a reluctance in their chests to fight you or to fight their own people. Had God willed He would have given them strength and they would have fought you. But if they retire from you, and did not fight you, and they offer you peace; then God does not make for you a way against them. [4:90]
And why should you not fight in the cause of God and the weak and oppressed among men, women and children who say, “Our Lord rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors. And give us from You, a protector. And give us from You, a helper” [4:75]
The Qur’an also clearly states fight those who fight you, not non-combatants or civilians:
Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loves not aggressors. [2:190]
Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loveth those who are just. [60:8]
O believers! Stand out firmly for God, as witnesses for the sake of justice, and let not the hatred of a people cause you to turn away from justice. Do justice, for that is akin to piety… [5:8]
#5. All Muslims are the same and hold the same views
A lot of people believe and spread this misconception that any individual called a Muslim has the same exact view as every other Muslim in the world. Anyone who believes that should also believe that all 1.7 billion Christians in the world have the same on everything regarding their faith which is absurd, isn’t it? Well, same goes for Muslims. Like all the major religions in the world, Islam has a large number of followers who belong to different sects as a result of their varying views. And like other major faiths in the world, some of the differences between the sects are major and some are minor.
The two main Muslim sects in the world are Sunni and Shi’a. The Sunni Muslims are the majority groups consisting of about 80 to 85 percent of Muslims worldwide and the Shi’as though are the minority, form a majority in few countries like Iran and Iraq. Other minor sects include the wahhabi, Ahmadiyya and Suffi. The only thing all Muslims around the world share is the acceptance of the Qur’an as the final and divine revelation to humanity from Allah.