Islam is the most popular religion in the world, yet it is the most misunderstood religion too! Not only non-Muslims, but Muslims too misunderstand the teachings of the Quran. It is regarded as a religion that promotes violence and gender discrimination, but in reality Islam is the only religion that supports peace, justice and equality among all the human beings, despite their caste, creed, gender, culture, language, color and religion.
The most misunderstood verse of Quran, among the Non-Muslims, is;
“And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]… but if desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”
(Surah Al-Baqarah 191-193)
Now what people don’t understand is that Quran is a collection of events that happened during the time of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) and this verse is from the second Surah of the Quran, which means it is something that was said earlier than a lot of later verses that actually allow us to have friendships with Non-Muslims that mean no harm to the Muslims. As Allah says in the Quran;
‘‘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.’’
(Surah Al-Mumtahana, 8)
This verse is from the sixtieth Surah of the Quran. Just like a law made in year 2015 could be changed in year 2016, Allah changed his law for us in the later part of the Quran. A religion that actually teaches peace and harmony, is the one blamed for worldwide destruction, but is Islam really to blame? I seriously doubt it!
It is indeed true that punishments for crimes are very strict in Islam, but it is also true that these punishments actually cause people to stop and think for over ten times before they commit a crime! This decreases crime rate miraculously in countries like Saudi Arabia, but as we look into the United States of America, the crime rate is quite high even though they have a good law and order system. What they don’t have are strict punishments and that’s why people aren’t afraid to commit crimes! With strict punishments, we can easily dispense justice.
Comparing the crime rates in Saudi Arabia and the United States, we have;
Now let’s talk about the 4 wife thing that is considered as ‘injustice’ to women. Muslim men are allowed to marry 4 women, but what they don’t know is that there are certain conditions too. A man may only marry one woman if he won’t be able to provide equal love and necessities of life to another woman as his second wife and same goes for the third and fourth wife.
This verse from the Quran must be enough to prove my point here;
‘‘If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice.’’
(Surah An-NisaÂ’, 3)
In other religions, people actually judge others from their caste, creed, color and everything else but their character! People think that Islam teaches us racism, but
Islam forces us to only judge people by their characters and their deeds, that’s why Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W) said;
“O people, your Lord is one and your father Adam is one. There is no virtue of an Arab over a foreigner nor a foreigner over an Arab, and neither white over black nor black over white, except through righteousness. Have I not delivered the message?”
Islam was, is and will always be a religion of peace! May Allah (SWT) guide us to the right path and protect us from misguidance and evil temptations.