Monday, October 18, 2010

20/20 What is Islam?

This is only part 1 of 5. The other parts are more directed towards the other topics that we've broken off into. This one gives a brief overview of Islam beliefs and what Islam is. If you don't have 9 minutes to watch this (which you really should) I've highlighted some brief facts that really stood out to me as the most intriguing and one's that I thought most people don't really know about Islam.
  • The Qu'ran has the story of Adam and Eve as well as the story of Jesus.
  • They believe that Jesus was the Messiah and they're waiting for him to come again at the end of the world. ("You can't be a Muslim if you don't believe Jesus is the Messiah")
  • The only real difference, according to this video, between Christianity and Islam is that in Islam, Jesus isn't the son of God, he's merely a divine prophet.
  • Similar to Judaism, Muslims don't believe that there should be any depictions or drawings of Muhammad.
  • Similar to the 10 Commandments, they have the 5 pilars of Islam (the 5 things that make you Muslim).
  • Muhammad said, "You should respect all other religions"
  • Like Christianity and Judaism, there are many different types of Muslims. Some who practice and go to mosque regularly and others who almost never do.
  • Muslims developed advanced algebra and the concept of contagious diseases
  • Muslims came over to America alongside Christopher Columbus on the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria
  • Thomas Jefferson specifically included "Muslim" when urging protecting of religious freedom

So, why do many Americans associate violence, terrorism, and anti-American as the symbol of Islam? Why are they so scared? I still struggle with how this came to be. I feel like a lot of it is picking and choosing what they want to believe and a lot of it is extreme stereotyping.

Here's part 3 that briefly explains the controversy of the veil, the clash of cultures and the stereotype of gender inequality that people throughout the world have issues with in regards to Islam

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