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
What's going on in Islamic schools in America?
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).
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.
Yes we are! See News
CIDI CONDEMNS THE ATROCITIES CARRIED OUT BY ISIS AGAINST CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS, PLACES OF WORSHIP, AND ANCIENT ARTIFACTS
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.
American Hamza Yusuf sheds light on "Overcoming the Challenges of Extremism".
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.
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).
Shaikh Al-Yaqoubi: Refuting ISIS
He is the author of the book Refuting ISIS
Who Speaks for Islam? by John L. Esposito
Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong
The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West by Todd Green
A lot! See News
January 27th, 2016
Muslims leaders meet in Marakesh to address the rights on non-Muslims in majority Muslim countries.
American Muslims Facts vs Fiction
Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection
Explore Confront Fear: 2016 Islamophobia Report
UMR Muslim Students Association invite speakers from IRG and CIDI to present Freedom of Speech in Islam on January 24, 2015
ISLAM DOES NOT TEACH THIS!!!!
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.
Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI) @ 2013