Islam is such a simple and beautiful religion yet there are people who feel intimidated by this religion, perhaps they feel they may have to change so much of their own or their society’s beliefs and habbits, just in order to accept that such a religion and such a community is happily thriving in this world, The western media has depicted this religion with a torn image, one where little children are taught to fight with guns, women degraded and suffocating within heavy veils, cruel looking men who are constantly plotting against the western world.
In all truth, In all my life I have never come across “ANYONE” who actually experienced anything like that.
I have a British friend who spends more time of the year in Yemen with her “adopted” extended Muslim family than she does with her own family back in England. She is comfortable amongst simple minded, educated Muslim folks who are just minding their own business and practising their own religion. They love her for who she is and accept her as family. Ofcourse she is a special human being all together but there are several people like her all over the world who really like the “True” muslims.
Every muslim follows the teaching of the Quran and the sayings and practises of the Prophet Muhammed (Pbuh) which is called Sunnah. It pains me to see how the western Media has distorted the image of Islam. Please read on and think, I MEAN REALLY THINK, DO YOU THINK, A RELIGION THAT PREACHES THE BELOW, COULD IN ANY WAY BE An “E v i l“ Religion.
Dubai is an example of how tolerant Muslims really are. Here is a rare balance between the islamic culture and the western expats following their own ways of life. A muslim girl cannot wear a hijab to school in france but a western women can wear just about anything (and most of the time they do take advantage of that “anything”) in Dubai !! I mean, talk about Freedom !!! Why do they find a clause around my religion just to show that it supresses women. We wear Hijab because we like it… we are not forced into it ! It is MY FREEDOM to wear or not to wear ! HIJAB is MY IDENTITY, how dare anybody refuse me my right ! But are the authorities in France reasonable ? Hardly ! and it shows !!!
A sardar is allowed to wear his turban no matter which part of the world he goes to but if a Muslim woman wears a hijab, she is looked up as being supressed and backward, or if a Muslim man wears a beard and cap, he is looked up with suspicion and hate.
When a foreigner ( any country any religion ) does an act of crime, he is called by his nationality not his religion. When was the last time anyone heard that a christian boy went on a killing spree in xyz school ??? But it is so often that we hear of “Islamic Terrorist” nabbed in xyz area of London. Why do they target Islam ???
Like Dr Zakir Nair said, if an insane man drove a reputed branded car into the wall and had an accident, whom do you blame the car or the driver ?? Islam is the car and a Muslim is the driver. If one or a bunch of them goof up, why blame the religion ??
I thought, I’d share with you some of the Words of wisdom from the Qur’an for some of my net friends and visitors.
Hear are the Words or Wisdom from the Quran :
1. Respect and honour all human beings irrespective of their religion, color, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job and so on
2. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception
3. Choose best words to speak and say them in the best possible way
4. Do not shout. Speak politely keeping your voice low.
5. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful and ostentatious
6. Do not confound truth with falsehood
7. Say with your mouth what is in your heart
8. Speak in a civilized manner in a language that is recognised by the society and is commonly used
9. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a relative
10. Do not be a bragging boaster
11. Do not talk, listen or do anything vain
12. Do not participate in any paltry. If you pass near a futile play, then pass by with dignity
13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitious or overt
14. If, unintentionally, any misconduct occurs by you, then correct yourself expeditiously
15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people
16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit
17. Be moderate in thy pace
18. Walk with humility and sedateness
19. Keep your gazes lowered devoid of any lecherous leers and salacious stares
20. If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, better keep your mouth shut. You might think that speaking about something without full knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have grave consequences
21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favorable view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter. Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and truthful evidence
22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone in ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did
23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct knowledge.
(Using your faculties of perception and conception) you must verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be held accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning
24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledge and nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowed with knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [12/76].
Even the Prophet [p.b.u.h] was asked to keep praying, “O My sustainer! Advance me in knowledge.”
25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members of one family, brothers and sisters unto one another
26. Do not make mockery of others or ridicule others
27. Do not defame others
28. Do not insult others by nicknames
29. Avoid suspicion and guesswork. Suspicion and guesswork might deplete
your communal energy
30. Spy not upon one another
31. Do not backbite one another
32. When you meet each other, offer good wishes and blessings for safety.
One who conveys to you a message of safety and security and also when a courteous greeting is offered to you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous or (at least) of equal courtesy
33. When you enter your own home or the home of somebody else, compliment the inmates
34. Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought permission; and then greet the inmates and wish them a life of blessing, purity and pleasure
35. Treat kindly ” Your parents ” Relatives ” The orphans ” And those who have been left alone in the society
36. Take care of ” The needy, ” The disabled ” Those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs ” And those whose businesses have stalled ” And those who have lost their jobs.
37. Treat kindly ” Your related neighbours, and unrelated neighbours ” Companions by your side in public gatherings, or public transportation..
38. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of the street, and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition
39. Be nice to people who work under your care.
40. Do not follow up what you have given to others to afflict them with reminders of your generosity
41. Do not expect a return for your good behaviour, not even thanks
42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperate with others in evil and bad matters
43. Do not try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues
44. You should enjoin right conduct on others but mend your own ways first. Actions speak louder than words. You must first practice good deeds yourself, then preach
45. Correct yourself and your families first [before trying to correct others]
46. Pardon gracefully if anyone among you who commits a bad deed out of ignorance, and then repents and amends
47. Divert and sublimate your anger and potentially virulent emotions to creative energy, and become a source of tranquility and comfort to people
48. Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful exhortation. Reason with them most decently
49. Leave to themselves those who do not give any importance to the Divine code and have adopted and consider it as mere play and amusement
50. Sit not in the company of those who ridicule Divine Law unless they engage in some other conversation
52. In your collective life, make rooms for others
53. When invited to dine, Go at the appointed time. Do not arrive too early to wait for the preparation of meal or linger after eating to engage in bootless babble.
Such things may cause inconvenience to the host
54. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation
55. Do not squander your wealth senselessly
56. Fulfil your promises and commitments
57. Keep yourself clean, pure
[9/108, 4/43, 5/6].
58. Dress-up in agreeable attire and adorn yourself with exquisite character from inside out
59. Seek your provision only by fair endeavour
60. Do not devour the wealth and property of others unjustly, nor bribe the officials or the judges to deprive others of their possessions
51. Do not be jealous of those who are blessed [4/54]