Islam means peace. However, in today’s world there are many misconceptions about Islam. The only meaning of Islam is love for all mankind. So one can be said to be a good Muslim if he can apply the teachings of Islam that is full of peace.
Unfortunately today many people are afraid, especially in the Western world, if they see a Muslim man with a beard or a Muslim who wears a hijab. They disguise all those who have such attributes as terrorists.
Islam is the most misunderstood religion because most people do not know the basis of Islam. Here are some facts that non-Muslims need to know about the true teachings of Islam.
- 1 1. Not all Arab Muslims
- 2 2. Muslims do not worship The Prophet Muhammad or Mecca
- 3 3. Allahu Akbar is not a word to be afraid of
- 4 4. Prophet Jesus will be buried near the tomb of Prophet Muhammad
- 5 5. Not all Muslim women wear burqas or face coverings
- 6 6. Alcohol is forbidden in Islam
- 7 7. The second largest religion in the world
- 8 8. The prophet Jesus’ mother is also respected in Islam
- 9 9. Muslims also save the Jews
- 10 10. Islam strictly prohibits abortion
- 11 11. Muslims don’t like violence
- 12 12. Islam protects the safety and dignity of women
1. Not all Arab Muslims
Not all Arabs are Muslims and not all Muslims are Arabs. There are Arabs who embrace Christianity, Buddhism, Jews, atheists, and so on. They can be any religion. However, Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world.
2. Muslims do not worship The Prophet Muhammad or Mecca
Muhammad was the last prophet in Islam. He was highly respected but not worshipped. If anyone worships other than Allah, then it is considered a great sin that is referred to as idol. Both Mecca and Muhammad are highly elevated in Islam, but Muslims do not worship one.
3. Allahu Akbar is not a word to be afraid of
“Allahu Akbar” means “God is Great.” Muslims say this to free themselves from anxiety, when sick or in trouble. Anyone who is not a Muslim can say this because it means “Allah is Great”.
4. Prophet Jesus will be buried near the tomb of Prophet Muhammad
There is a separate place near the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad that is reserved for the Prophet Jesus. It is believed that The Prophet Jesus will come back to this world and when he dies will be buried there.
5. Not all Muslim women wear burqas or face coverings
The only purpose of wearing a burqa or hijab is to cover yourself. Muslim women are not obliged to wear the burqa because they can also wear anything as long as the clothing is loose and meets sharia principles. The main purpose is to cover the parts of the female body that men should not see.
6. Alcohol is forbidden in Islam
The reason is that alcohol is a poison that can gradually kill itself. That is why in Islam it is forbidden. Anything that would kill yourself or others is strictly forbidden. In addition alcohol triggers a person to commit a social crime.
7. The second largest religion in the world
Islam is the second largest and fastest growing religion in the world. Islam will equal the number of its adherents to Christianity by 2050.
8. The prophet Jesus’ mother is also respected in Islam
The name of Jesus’ mother, Mary or Mary, is mentioned in the Holy Book of the Qur’an more than in the Gospels.
9. Muslims also save the Jews
In World War II, many Muslims sacrificed themselves to save Jews from Nazi Germany.
10. Islam strictly prohibits abortion
Abortion or aborting a baby in the womb is the same as murder, therefore it is strictly forbidden in Islam. However, if pregnancy or birth poses a threat to the life of the mother then it is permissible.
11. Muslims don’t like violence
Violence is very contrary to the whole concept of Islam. In fact, Islam which means peace strongly believes that peace will prevail.
Islam is based on humanity and the Prophet Muhammad is even known as a figure who loves those who insult him. Anyone who claims to be a Muslim is not an anti-social figure.
12. Islam protects the safety and dignity of women
Muslim women are not recommended to travel alone. This is to protect the safety and dignity of women. They should be accompanied by a father, brother or husband only.
Ironically, many Muslim women do not follow this rule and choose to travel alone for long distances. However, in many Muslim countries there is a rule of law that does not allow women to travel alone.