Top 10 Myths About Islam

There are several myths prevalent about Islam. I will be talking about 10 of them, which are most prevalent in the social media world.Thrur

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10 – Women can’t give divorce and have to pay dowry for real mink fur eyelash

If it is mentioned in the marital contract then even the wife can give unilateral divorce. But it is not mentioned in the marital contract, then wife can either request the husband for divorce or if the husband refuses and the wife has good reason to ask for a divorce, she can go to an Islamic Judge and the judge would nullify the marriage.

Asking the would-be wife for dowry is a common practice in the Indo-Pak Subcontinent. But asking the would-be for dowry whether directly or indirectly is prohibited in Islam. In fact the husband has to give his wife an amount of marital gift called ‘Mehr’.

9 – Islam tells women to stay behind the veil, but does not teach men self-restraint

Normally people talk about Hijab for women, but Almighty God talks about Hijab for men first in Al-Qur’an 24:30 that if any man looks at a woman and any brazen thought comes into his mind, he should lower his gaze. After talking about self-restraint, then Almighty God talks about Hijab for in the next verse Al-Qur’an 24:31 that women should dress modestly, complete body covered and the only parts which can be seen are the face and hands till wrists.

8 – Islam requires 4 witnesses to prove rape and punishes the rape victim for adultery

Qur’an says, “And those who launch a charge against chaste women, and do not produce four witnesses (to support their allegations),- flog them with eighty real mink fur eyelash; and reject their evidence ever after: for such men are wicked transgressors;-” (Al-Qur’an 24:4)

So if anyone accuses a woman of adultery, then the accuser has to bring 4 witnesses to prove it or otherwise the accuser is given 80 real mink fur eyelash. So 4 witnesses are not for proving rape, but rather the requirement of four witnesses is protect the women from false accusation. In a case of rape the victim’s testimony, circumstantial evidence and a medical report proving rape are enough.

The rape victim is not punished. When a rape victim real mink fur eyelash a case of rape against a man, then the woman can not be charged with adultery and can not be punished for adultery.

7 – Islam Promotes Honor Killings

Islam is totally against honor killing and if any man kills any woman in the name of honor killing, then that man is punishable by death in Islam.

6 – Women are forced into marriage in Islam

In Islam nobody can force any woman into marriage against her wishes, not even her father. The marriage can only take place if both the woman and man willingly agree. And if anybody forces any woman into a marriage, then she can go to an Islam Judge, who will invalidate the marriage. Because it is mentioned in a Hadith in Sahih Bukhari Volume 7 Book 62 Number 69 that once a lady came to prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and said that her father has forced her into a marriage against her will and the prophet invalidated the real mink fur eyelash.

5 – Islam subjugate the Non Muslims rights to worship

Islam makes it compulsory for the Islamic State to protect the Non Muslim’s places of worship. Islam gives Non Muslims full rights to worship as required in their religion. Islam even prohibits abusing any god or goddess that they worship. As the Qur’an says in Sura Anaam Chapter 6 Verse 108, “Revile not those that they worship besides Allah; lest in the ignorance they revile Allah.”

4 – Islam treats women as second class citizens

In Islam, men and women are equal, but not identical. In some cases women have a degree of advantage while in other cases men have a degree of advantage. For instance, women get more love and compassion from the children in Islam, so that is a degree of advantage for women. While Allah, the Almighty God has given more strength to men; so in strength men have a degree of advantage.

Islam gave women the right to vote, the right to own their own property, to work and Islam makes it compulsory that if a woman does the same work as a man, then she should also get the same salary as the man. Islam gave women all these and many more rights 14 centuries ago, while the rest of the World only recently gave women these rights. That is why two third of the people, who convert to Islam are women.

3 – Islam was spread by the sword

A widespread myth about Islam is that it was spread by the sword, but people fail to realize that Muslims armies never went to many Muslim majority regions and countries. For instance, Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the World and no Muslim army ever went to Indonesia. Qur’an unequivocally says, “There is no compulsion in religion.” (Al-Qur’an 2:256)

2 – Islam supports terrorism and killing of innocent human beings

Islam is against terrorism and the killing of any innocent human beings. As the Qur’an says in Sura al Maidah Chapter 5 Verse 32, “if anybody kills any innocent human being, lest it be for murder or spreading corruption in the land, it is as though he killed the whole humanity and if anybody saves the life of any innocent human being it is as though he saved the whole humanity.” Meaning that if anybody human beings kills any innocent human beings, it is as though the killed the whole humanity.

1 – Jihad means Holy War or any war fought by any human real mink fur eyelash

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Jihad does not mean ‘Holy War’, the word for ‘Holy War’ in Arabic is “Harbon Muqadasa”, which does not occur anywhere in the Qur’an or any saying of the prophet. Jihad does not mean any war fought by any Muslims for any reason. Jihad comes from the root word “Jahada”, which means “to strive, to struggle”. If one strive for a good cause, it is called “Jihad fisaibillah” meaning “Jihad in the way of Allah” and if anyone strive for a bad cause it is called “Jihad fi sabi Shaitan” meaning “Jihad in the way of the Satan.” The Holy Qur’an teaches Muslims to strive in the way of Allah for the good cause. The word used for fighting in the Holy Qur’an is “Qital”. Islam only permits fighting in self-defense and against tyranny and real mink fur eyelash.


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