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    Common Myths of Islam

    The world is a place of diversity. The variety of personalities and personal views on planet Earth is therefore bound to bring about misconceptions and cultural misunderstandings. As for Islam, society often accepts false myths about the religion that creates an impressions of Muslims that are not true. Here is a list of common myths about Islam, and the explanations.

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    MYTH: Muslims don’t believe in Jesus

    Interestingly, most Muslims have nothing personal against Jesus. In fact, he appears in the Quran like many of the other popular, biblically old testament stories. These stories and names include Noah and Moses. What differs with Islam and Christianity regarding Jesus is his supreme divinity. Nevertheless, Muslims accept Jesus as a great prophet, just not “the” prophet.

    MYTH: Muslims only care about Jihad

    What many don’t understand about jihad is that it differs very little from the Christian perspective of persecution. The major difference? Islam has always used a different language of course. When persecution happens due to religious belief, that believer is living his own jihad: an external hostility against his or her beliefs.

    MYTH: Islam is about violence and terrorism

    Understanding that Islam is not about violence will require a look in the Muslim’s holy book: the Tajwidi Qur'An. In it, believers are promised a sincere life of peace and tranquility with who is established as the creator of all things. Popular media may not expound on these theories, but many Islamic leaders do speak out against terrorism of all kinds.

    MYTH: Islam is archaic with no pioneering ventures

    There are a number of contradictions that occur when looking at Islam from the perspective of what can be called popular view. Among them are that Islam is stuck in the past. The irony is that Christians also recite passages from a book that uses very old language. A modern Muslim would tell you that speaking the Arabic of the Quran is like speaking Shakespeare or a King James version of text.

    MYTH: The Prophet Mohammed wrote the Quran

    Though the Prophet Mohammed is highly exalted in Islam, he was actually illiterate. Though the Quran was a work of his, it is said that he recited each passage while a scribe wrote it down. In this case, there is no way that he could have written the pages and verses himself. Tradition has it that his counsel and words were simply from God.

    MYTH: Islam is for Arab persons

    This is probably a myth best debunked by the story of American activist, Malcolm X. Malcolm once had the perception that Islam was a religion reserved for certain races—those with darker skin for example. During a trip or pilgrimage he took and made to Mecca, he witnessed a variety of believers of all races and demographics. Islam, like most popular religions, is not reserved for Arabs, Middle Eastern people or Africans.

    MYTH: That all Muslims treat women unfairly

    A number of Muslim women have written books about their daily, devoted lives. In such collections as “Woman in Islam,” by Aisha Lemu and Fatima Heeren, what Western media portrays as an inequality or persecution of Islamic women is largley false according to these many female authors.

    MYTH: The crescent Moon is a symbol of Muslims

    The crescent moon dates beyond Islamic history. Islam itself has no common symbol associated with it. The symbol instead comes from the Ottaman Empire and their rule over the Muslim world for over four hundred years. The moon and star are suggested to be from Central Asia and Siberia.