HUM/130-World Religions Dawn Tawwater University of Phoenix The Islamic religion is probably the most controversial form of religion in the world today. The recent world events related to terrorism and the conflicting viewpoints about what is true Islam are at the heart of the debate. The misinformation and negative perception of Muslims is global, but even more so in America. It is important to have an educated understanding about Islam and Muslims before forming an opinion about its true meaning. I interviewed a Muslim from my community named Camara Ahmed Jamal Fakir. He is a member of the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit, or IAGD for short. This is where I conducted my interview. Ahmed (as he preferred to be called) has been a practicing Muslim his entire life. Both of his parents are Muslims born in this country and have faced discrimination and prejudice because of their religious beliefs for most of their lives. They raised Ahmed according the rules and teachings of Islam, with an understanding that he would face those who were ignorant to the true beliefs of their religion and not have a favorable opinion of him as a result. The basic principles of Islam are the polar opposite of what most people believe about Muslims and their faith. The fundamentals of Islam are the five pillars of Islam. The first pillar shahada, is an affirmation that there is no God except Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet and messenger. The second pillar is prayer or salat. Muslims pray to Allah five times per day. The third pillar is fasting, which is called sawm and includes fasting during Ramadan, a time of spirituality, humility and patience. The fourth pillar is the payment of a sort of social tax called zakat or charity. Muslims are required to give two and a half percent of ones financial gains or wealth accumulated for a period of one year. The fifth pillar is the pilgrimage, or the hajj to Mecca. Any Muslim who is physically and financially able is expected to complete the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime by going to the Kabah in Mecca. These are the five pillars that are fundamental to Islam. There is nothing about these principles that foster or aid the negativity surrounding Muslims and Islam. The core of the animosity and hatred towards Islam and Muslims is a little complicated in the sense that people believe what they hear or see and their minds are closed. And, if they believe the first thing they hear about something and form an opinion based on just that, it makes matters worse. In the case of Islam, it isnt likely to be favorable or unbiased information. The primary reasons for this are twofold. First, it can be blamed on those who commit acts of violence and evil falsely in the name of Islam. Secondly, the various forms of media shoulder the blame. The media has played a major role in the misinformation that is out there. It is no secret that the news is sensationalized. The problem is that there is no accountability in media circles, the bottom line is getting ratings and staying on top of the media mountain, even at the expense of the truth. The media stories about Muslims are very slanted. Instead of speaking with true Muslims that adhere to the beliefs and practices of Islam to gain a true understanding of Islam, they choose to cover stories that help perpetuate the anti-Muslim sentiment in America. This is true of the Arab and Muslim world too. Different Arabs pick different media sources that propagate a certain agenda, in the same manner that different Americans do as well. The media wouldnt have a story if it werent for the fanatical extremists that claim Islam as their religion and their heinous acts against humanity, as the will of the Muslim world. Those individuals are Muslims that have lost their way. They have chosen a path that goes against the very basic principle of Islam, which is peace. They feel that their way of life is threatened by…
The Way of Life
The years following the attack of the September 11th, 2001 brought the harsh stereotyping to the Muslim community. People across the nation make the automatic assumption that all Muslims are terrorists just because of the over generalized event that was committed by those of Islamic faith. Americans judge without having any knowledge about Muslims or their religious beliefs and morals. The Muslim community in America has had to endure and adapt to all of these bitter misjudgments…
help my understand the Muslim religion. Islam is defined as:
1 : the religious faith of Muslims including belief in Allah as the sole deity and in Muhammad as his prophet
2 a : the civilization erected upon Islamic faith
b : the group of modern nations in which Islam is the dominant religion
Origin: Arabic islām submission (to the will of God)
First use: 1817
(Merriam Dictionary* need the other info here*)
1 : the Muslims of the branch of Islam that adheres to the orthodox…
Reports of such harassment and discrimination against Muslims are rising, advocacy groups say. 1,007 Americans shows strong anti-Muslim feeling. The main causes for our cultural bias towards Islam is because of 9/11, ignorance of Americans and the lack of trust for Muslims toward the Americans. When these factors are in the picture its hard to get rid the fear that strikes the hearts of Americans.
The dislike towards muslims has increased considerably…
1. Muslims live in the Middle East.
Most Muslims (one billion) live in Asia, predominately in south and southeast Asia. More than 300 million Muslims live in Sub-Saharan Africa as well.
The four largest Muslim populations are in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, each home to more than 100 million Muslims.
The Middle East is a vague and often negative term which does not accurately reflect where Muslims live.
The majority of people who live in north Africa, the Arabian peninsula…
all Muslims in a negative way?
4. Do you believe that the media’s perception on Islam has changed due to the 2001 attacks in New York?
5. Are you socially associated with Islamic people?
The Impact of Media Representations on the Understanding of Islam and Attitudes toward Muslims
Muslims comprise only a small proportion of the Australian population. Thus, rather than knowing Islam and Muslims through…
of Allah. It is through this that an individual may achieve Akhira (paradise) once they have lived a life full of good deeds. The significance of beliefs and practices to an adherent are shown through the pilgrimage of Hajj, sexual ethics of Islam and the preaching and teachings of Sayyid Qutb. These outline the significance of beliefs and practices on the life of an adherent.
Throughout the life of an adherent, everything they do, they have to do for Allah in order to display Tawhid and to achieve…
Islam, Arab and Middle Eastern Americans: A view from the outside
Lee S. Snider
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Islam, Arab and Middle Eastern Americans: A view from the outside
A. Jamal & N. Naber (2008) wrote not all Arabs are Muslims and not all Muslims are Arabs, when in fact, the United States often conflates the categories of Arab and Muslims. The top six countries with the largest Muslim populations are Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Turkey and Iran. None of these countries…
is islam Anti Semitic or anti Israel?
Three year old child thinks muslims are apes and pigs, whilst merely only reciting the word of the koran.
some of their media says jews are behind 9-11, the jews started the holocaust rumor to gain sympathy, the jews are worse than hitler.
There was a man who solicited murder of jews based on the koran.
He and his wife say that the jews took palestine using the bible, he also says that islam is the fastest growing religion in the world.
ago, on the 11th of September 2001 will never be forgotten and have brought the religion of Islam to the forefront of the stage. Who could do such a thing? And why? Sentiments of confusion, outrage, and hate from all over the globe have been directed at anyone associated to this “religion of hate” that “hates our freedom.” And the Muslim’s dare not add fuel to the already growing fire, indeed to be Muslim was to be an enemy to freedom and prosperity. I still remember the reaction my grandmother…