3 Popular Myths & Facts about Muslims and Islam
Islam is one of the largest religions in the world, with over a billion Muslim people around the world. Although there is a huge population of Muslims across the globe, there are certain misunderstandings about Muslim people and Islamic Logic.
Additionally, the rise of terrorism by a section of Muslim people has also increased the conflation of such dastardly acts with Muslim people. Furthermore, it has reinforced stereotypes and contributed to biased behaviour, increasing Islamophobia – the fright, hostility, and discrimination of Muslim people.
Such fear is showing itself in various fields and forms like education, politics as well as personal biases, myths and preconceptions, and hate crimes.
In this article, we will try to dispel three major myths associated with Muslims and direct readers toward a source that can further clarify Islamic logic.
The first most common myth is that every Muslim is an Arab or from the Middle East. That is not true; despite serving as the origin of the religion and the location of its holiest sites, the Middle East only houses around twenty per cent of the world’s Muslims.
Although a majority of people may believe that most Muslims have a Middle Eastern descent, the present largest population of Muslims resides in Indonesia and South East Asia.
The second biggest myth is that this is a violent religion and Muslims empathize with terrorism. However, all religions contain a spectrum of mindsets and behaviour, including extremism. Extremists exist in Islam as well: people with a different interpretation of the miracles of Quran who have committed horrific acts in the name of Islam.
Such people exist in a minority. Moreover, their interpretation and subsequent violence is rejected by most Muslims and thought to be a distortion of Islamic logic.
In a recent study conducted across eleven countries with substantial Muslim populations, people voiced strongly negative views of extremist groups. It is essential to consider that Islam is similar to other Abrahamic religions in the sense that it includes a varied range of understandings and opinions of the miracles of Islam that were conveyed in a completely different age.
Terrorists selectively use radical interpretations of Islam from a few texts that were intended to regulate conflict and warfare in the initial period of Islam. They then implement these perceptions in modern times.
One more important thing to keep in mind is the following example, possibly the most well-known instance of terrorism: the terrorist attacks in the US. Those were carried out by extremists who were conforming to a broad range of ideological beliefs that also included theories from the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacy, anti-government, and other belief systems. In short, a single ideology wasn’t responsible for that particular act of terrorism in the United States.
The third myth that needs to be addressed is related to the oppression of women in Islam. Many people believe women not only hold a subservient position in an Islamic society but also face oppression and discrimination.
However, Islamic logic shows gender equality as the Quran clearly forbids female infanticide and declares men and women as equals in the eyes of God. Also, it instructs Muslims to provide education to children of both genders and stresses the right of women to reject a prospective husband. Women are also given the right to divorce in some situations.
As Islam spread through different countries and cultures around the world, its interpretation of gender roles changed accordingly. That’s the reason behind the existence of principles and practices that repress and persecute women by restricting their movement, depriving them of their right to education, and through acts like forced marriages and abductions.
Islam is connected to science, yet unfortunately, Islamic logic is not as widespread as the misconceptions surrounding the religion. To raise awareness of such knowledge, there are channels like Logic and Islam created by scholars to shed light on various miracle of Quran and the scientific reasons behind those occurrences.