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
Islamophobia has affected Muslims since the 1980s, but increased upon the occurrence of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Islamophobia is defined as hostility against Islam or Muslims by excluding them from economic, social, and public life of a nation. The news media is full of information about Muslim terrorists and Muslim extremists and portray a picture of anger and hatred towards America.…
In their own communities Muslims are forced to defend themselves against their enemies. To be a Muslim is not just an individual activity it is a community identity and responsibility. Islam is considered a total way of life for the religious community.…
-Sources focus nearly 100% on Middle East, North Africa, but majority of Muslims live in Indonesia/India.
-Most Muslims not Arab.
-Uses of this knowledge:
1. Religious. Not about Islam. Used to prove strength of one religion (Protestantism) or create fear of different Christian sects.…
The Muslim community in America has had to endure and adapt to all of these bitter misjudgments. It is wrong to treat Islamic people the way most Americans do because Americans don’t know enough about Islam or it’s people, it’s not morally right-before you try and judge someone else you should look at yourself, and only 19 out of billions of Muslims were apart of the attack.
Americans. When they hear Muslim or Islam, what do they think?…
However, he is a faithful Muslim man and does attend a Mosque in Hayward from time to time and if not there he continues his practices in the comfort of his own home. By observing and interviewing these three participants, I gained a better understanding of what its like practicing Islam in today’s globalized and modernized America.
Islam is a religion and way of life, which one submits to follow a spiritual way of life.…
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.…
Islam itself can best be explained by this statement made by the Islamic Society of North America:
Islam is an Arabic word which means peace, purity, acceptance, and commitment. As a religion, Islam calls for complete acceptance of the teachings and guidance of GOD. A Muslim is one who freely and willingly accepts the supreme power of GOD and strives to organize his life in total accord with the teachings of GOD.…
He saw illegitimate children and divorce as degrading the importance of the family unit, a major aspect of Islam responsibility. In ‘Milestones’ he writes that by examining “the family and treatment of exes” in other countries he could gain the best understanding of the state of that society. In the case of America and the West this proved to be resoundingly negative.…
Medina for Muslims
is the site for the hajj, sacred mosque (Kaaba); black stone /
; “city of the
prophet”, mosque of the prophet; city where muhammed died; umma community; Islam began to spread from the Umma; Islam
became official in Medina
The significance of the Five Pillars;
SPEC of Muslim world; controlled way of life, standard of living for muslims and
eventually controlled how governments were ran;
The significance of the Quran ;
holy book based off of oral presentation…