After the traumatic events that took place September 11, 2001, the American people have changed their views towards Middle Eastern religions. Thinking that all Muslims are violent and live a violent life towards others. To think that all Muslims are just like ISIS and Al-Qaeda is like trying to say that all Christians are like the KKK or the Westboro Baptist Church. The Qur’an can have some violent chapters just as well as the Bible does as well. It’s all about how one interprets the text and if they choose to follow word by word or just use it as guidelines. Some people don’t realize that these books were written thousands of years ago and things were very different.
Pope Francis said just a few weeks ago that equating Islam with violence is wrong. So if the Christian leader can recognize what Islam is truly about then it can’t be too hard for others to not just judge by what’s on the news. The Pope also stated that “You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups” (HuffingtonPost). But one can’t blame for the majority of America to not know what their religions are honestly about when all that someone ever sees on TV about it is how Islamic extremists killed 15 people to make a point. Nobody ever sees Islamic traditions on social medias for the good things, everything revolves around the bad.
In a video of Reza Aslan talking about Islam promoting violence, he is asked if that’s what it does.His response was “Islam doesn’t promote violence or peace. Islam is a religion and like every religion in the world, it depends on what you bring to it”. You can watch the video here:
Having the same religious beliefs as those who are extremists doesn’t make you an extremist too. As for Islamic traditions being violent towards women, people act like there isn’t any domestic violence here in America. Just because it was written in the Qur’an in 4:34 that men can beat women (lightly) when they aren’t behaving, doesn’t mean that every man does it. Muhammad who is seen as the perfect man spoke the word of God with the exact passage, yet he never laid a hand on any woman.
Some believe that the Jewish and Christian history is just as violent as Islamic history. The bible is still a fairly violent book with lots of death and murder, while the Qur’an has a lot of calling to war in its texts. All monotheistic religions and not just Islam, have bloody histories and violent and intolerant scriptures. But having violent histories doesn’t mean that they are violent religions. Being written in a place in time that is much different than how people view the world today, the Bible and Qur’an both call upon war against non-believers because that’s what was happening in that era. If the Bible was written 70 years ago during civil rights, then most of the book would condone the beating and killing of colored people assuming it would be written by a white man in America. The place and time have big influences on when the scriptures are written.
It’s easy to just believe what everyone sees on the news about how violent their religion is, but taking the time to dig deep and find the real meaning of what Islam is about will open the eyes of many people to realize they were wrong.
World Religions 1010
World Religions 1010: Instructor Kristian Petersen