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ten years of americans' views on islam and muslims

Explore Confront Fear: 2016 Islamophobia Report

Sharia  law  has  no  place  in western  society

Educate yourself on what Sharia IS.

Stoning and Hand Cutting: Understanding the Hudud and the Sharia in Islam

Click on the image below to read the journal by Georgetown University's Jonathan A.C. Brown.

Who Speaks for Islam? by John L. Esposito

if someone mocks the prophet, he/she should be killed


In the Qur'an 73:10:

"And endure with patience whatever people may say [against you] and avoid them with a comely avoidance."

The above verse is just an example of how Allah (swt) in the Qur'an instructs the Prophet (pbuh) to be patient in the face of oppression and slander.

Indeed, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) never lashed out in anger against those from whom he was receiving insults.

A Muslim has no right to react violently when someone insults any of the prophets.  A true Islamic response is to educate and strive for civil conversation.

Shaikh Al-Yaqoubi: Refuting ISIS

He is the author of the book Refuting ISIS

What's going on in Islamic schools in America?


Yes we are!  See News


This is just an example of how Muslim scholars from the US and the world are confronting and condemning the actions of IS.  Click on the image to read the full letter to IS leader.

jihad/right to fight

extremist/militant view

War is only allowed if someone is fighting you, so basically in self defense (Qur'an 22:39 - 22:40).
True, the first Muslim community during the time of the Prophet (pbuh) did engage in battle, but that was only when the pagan Makkans were trying to exterminate them.
Allah (swt) warns people to use patience, cease fighting when opposing force has ceased, and that refraining from war is always better.
…and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you?" [Qur'an,Surat al-Nur: 22]
Elsewhere in the Qur'an Allah (swt) says that the killing of an innocent life is the same as killing all of humanity.  And if one saves a life, it is as if he has saved all of humanity.

    Dr. Jonathan A.C. Brown "The Context of Shariah in a Democratic Government"

muslim women are oppressed


In pre-Islamic Arabia women were property.  They had no rights and little freedoms.  A woman was either the property of her father, husband, brother, or other male family member.  So basically women ranked along with animals.  It was custom for female infants to be buried alive after they were born since a female child was considered shameful.

When the Qur'an was revealed, it forbade female infanticide.  In the Qur'an Allah (swt) also gives women the rights to own property, inheritance, and the right to earn her own income.  Islam also gave women the right to divorce.  These women's rights were astounding considering the era in which they were revealed.

Women are the victims of sexual discrimination, harassment, and suppression in just about every society on earth.  This includes countries with a majority Muslim population.  Domestic violence is widespread throughout the West and it does of course occur in Muslim households as well.  But this is NOT the result of the religion of Islam.

Click HERE to learn more about an amazing women in Islamic history: Khadijah, the wife of the Prophet (pbuh).

All arabs are muslims


62% of the world's Muslims live in the Asian-Pacific region and only 20% live in the middle-east, north African region

​Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population followed by Pakistan.

Islam is the religion of the sword!


Uh . . .nope!  The Arabic word for sword is not found anywhere in the Qu'ran.  This also relates to the topic of forced conversions. (see box to the right).

stereotype and extremist view
ISIS has carried out forced conversions among Yazidis.
This is an utter violation against the teachings of Islam and humanity!
QUR'AN 2:256 "There is no compulsion in religion. . ."
The fleeing of non-Muslims in lands currently held by ISIS is a recent phenomenon.  These minority religious groups, for the most part, flourished and were protected throughout the history of Islamic rule.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) told his followers not to harm or destroy any place of worship.
Read More facts on ISIS and how they do NOT represent Islam.



confronting islamic extremist groups 


stereotypes of islam and muslims


what are muslum scholars doing about extremism?

A lot!  See News

Marrakesh Declaration

January 27th, 2016

Muslims leaders meet in Marakesh to address the rights on non-Muslims in majority Muslim countries.

Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection

The Fear of Islam:  An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West by Todd Green

More titles coming soon!

Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong

suggested reading

Muslims Accused of Plotting Violence Get Seven Times More Media Attention and Four Times Longer Sentences

American Muslims Facts vs Fiction

UMR Muslim Students Association invite speakers from IRG and CIDI to present Freedom of Speech in Islam on January 24, 2015

american values are not compatible with islam

misconception amongst non-Muslims and Muslims

The values and freedoms which we as Americans hold dear (freedom of religion, speech, elected officials, the right to vote for women, etc.,) are also Islamic.

In Sharia law (Islamic law) many principles are the same with American laws:

     Rights of Property

     Presumed innocent in court

     Consents to contracts

     Woman's right to inherit

     Woman's right to initiate divorce