Islam: 10 Common Myths That Critics Believe
By Christopher Doherty
Today, freedom of religion remains a fundamental right in the United States. However, religious persecution and discrimination are increasing at an alarming rate with Islamophobia taking a significant toll on the Muslim community.
Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are commonly referred to as the Abrahamic religions given that these religions all worship the god of Abraham. Given language differences, God is called by various names, yet they are the same. Followers of the three faiths believe that there are prophets that God has sent to teach the people. It may surprise some people to learn that Muslims believe Jesus will return. Islamic texts say that Jesus will come back on the Day of Judgment when he will destroy the anti-Christ.
Muslims Projected to be Second-Largest U.S. Religion
In 2016, there were 3.3 million Muslims residing in the United States, or approximately 1% of the U.S. population. Moreover, Muslims are projected to become the second-largest religious group in the U.S. by 2040. Furthermore, by 2050, Muslims are estimated to comprise 2.1 percent of the total U.S. population – about 8.1 million people.
10 Myths About Muslims
Myth #1: Muslims Don’t Believe in Jesus
Myth #2: Most Muslims Are Arabs
Myth #3: Islam Is Intolerant of Other Faiths
Myth #4: Muslims Worship a Moon-God
Myth #5: Islam Oppresses Women
Myth #6: Muslims Are Violent, Terrorist Extremists
Myth #7: Islam Is Intolerant of Other Faiths
Myth #8: Islam Promotes “Jihad” to Spread Islam by the Sword and Kill All Unbelievers
Myth #9: The Qur’an Was Written by Muhammad and Copied From Christian and Jewish Sources..
Myth #10: Islamic Prayer Is Just a Ritualized Performance With No Meaning
What many people don’t know is that Jesus has a central and an inimitable role to play in the Muslim faith. Muslims faithfully believe that Jesus was a prophet who was given an extraordinary message – the gospel (injil) to share with all people. This message both supported what was instructed in the Torah and foreseen in the coming of Prophet Muhammad. However, while Muslims embrace the belief that Jesus was a servant, teacher, and devotee of God’s Word, they do not accept as true that he was divine or the son of God.
The Quran references Jesus, or Isa, twenty-five times. The Quran states that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and is “high honored in this and the next world.” Islamic ideas concerning Jesus contrasts from Christian lessons, notwithstanding, however, we additionally share numerous basic convictions: the virgin birth of Jesus to Mary, profound regard for the secret of God, love for Jesus, and an ability to gain from his life as we look for joy with God.
Muslims do revere Jesus as an important prophet, although Muslims do not believe that Jesus is the son of God. This represents a significant difference between Muslim and Christian views of Jesus, yet Jesus remains to be an important figure in the Muslim faith.
There have been many problems and conflicts that have unfortunately existed between Christians and Muslims over the centuries and will continue to exist, as the close relationship and theological bonds were forgotten under the pressures and priorities of contemporary politics. But these political conflicts do not negate this rich history and theology.
In response to the dramatic rise in religious intolerance and, religious discrimination, organizations such as the National Alliance for Religious Tolerance have been established to bring people from different faith communities together to combat this alarming trend.
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