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Misconceptions of Muslims

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A Khan

on 9 November 2016

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The Misconceptions about Muslims in a Post 9/11 West
By: Ali Khan
Misconception #1: "All Muslims are Arabs, All Arabs are Muslim"
Tony Shalhoub
Paula Abdul
Misconception #2: "God is Different from Allah"
“Terrorist” “Oppressive” “Osama”
Labels and Stereotypes
Understanding in order to Coexist

Muslims speak a variety of languages
The Arabic-language word for God is Allah
Same God as that of the Christians and Jews
Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews also use the word Allah for God

Misconception #3: Christianity and Islam are Completely Different
A person can’t be a Muslim without believing in the virgin birth and the many miracles of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is often used as an example of good virtue and character.
Muslims do not believe that Jesus is the son of God or God in any form.

The name Isa (Jesus in Arabic) is written in Islamic calligraphy followed by Peace Be Upon Him.
Misconception 4: Jihad Means to Death to America
Jihad in Arabic means struggle. In Islam, it is the striving in the way of God.
Jihad against one’s self
Jihad by the tongue
Jihad by the pen and book
Jihad by using action
Jihad by using the sword
Struggling against himself and his soul is more important than the jihad of going into war.
Misconception 5: Muslims are Savages and Islam was spread through the Sword
There is no record in history that shows people being forced by a sword point to convert to Islam.
Muslims would set up private churches and synagogues for the non-Muslims they were governing.
Misconception 6: Women are Oppressed and Have No Rights
Many of these oppressive countries have
cultural differences
that go
against the teachings
of Islam.
In pre-Islam Arabia women were used for fornication and had no independence
The Quran condemned these practices and gave back many human rights to woman
“women are the twin halves of men”
A woman is obligated to seek knowledge and get an education and it is considered a sin if she refuses.
Misconception 7: Muslims are Terrorists
Many politicians, officials, or extremist groups use the name of Islam as a strategy to get followers and attention while many of their practices go
the true basis of Islam.
The media has also portrayed Islam as a cult or a club where if you join you become a terrorist and that is now part of your job.
All over the world people practice Islam in the true form and use it as a way of life.
EDUCATION is the key to mutual understanding, acceptance and peaceful co-existence.
We Want To Be Like This....
Not Like This....
5 times a day
Eid, Funeral (Janazah), Jumu'ah (congregational every Friday), Alone time or something
Arabic: Salat

Urdu, Farsi, Turkish, Russian, Bosnian, Albanian, and Chinese: Namaz
Jumu'ah ("Friday" Cover):
FAJR (Sunrise): 2
Zuhr (noon until Asr): 4
Asr (Afternoon): 4
Maghrib (Sunset until dusk): 3
Isha (Dusk until dawn): 7
Aisha Abu Bakr, led an army
Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Pakistan, Senegal, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan
February 10, 2015
Linda Sarsour
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