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Post Reply Your opinions on Islam and Muslims in General?
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What are your impressions on Muslims?
I feel that Muslims (or any faith that's based on Islamic principles) are no different than any other organised religion. It's one of the most practised religions in the world; which should just go to show that it's not exactly an (quote/unquote) "evil" religion (as most that flip out over it would try to say otherwise). There are practitioners of the Islamic faith all over the world; not just in the Middle East. It's simply a stereotype that people feel they should believe: that all Muslims/Islamic people are Arabs. This is completely untrue.

Did those impressions come through media or actual research?
Coincidentally, I've had a relationship with a woman from Saudi Arabia who practised and followed the Islamic belief. Due to me being on the search for some sort of spiritual resonance with something, I decided to study and involve myself with the religion myself. Eventually, I came to realise that it wasn't the religion (rather, no religion to date) that best suited me overall. So I would have to say that the majority of my knowledge of the Islamic/Muslim belief comes from personal research, experience, and understanding.

What do you know about Islam?
I'll just retort to stating the basics, to make this easier. The Qur'an is the holy scripture that practitioners follow, similar to the Catholics/Christian "Holy Bible". There are other scriptures to take in consideration as well. You have Abraham's Scrolls (The Scrolls of Abraham), Book of Yahya/Kitab, and Moses' Scrolls (Scrolls of Moses). More importantly than any of the aforementioned, the Sunnah, which is the book that expresses the "belief system" of the religion. The Sunnah basically illustrates what the "Holy Prophet Muhammad" believed and condoned throughout his travels as a prophet. Islam states that there is an "end of days" (judgement day) according to the Qur'an. There's a fair amount more about Islam to cover; yet, this is more of a basis of "do you understand, or are you simply misguided in what this religion is about?" question.

What do you know about the connection of Islam with Christianity and Judaism?
All three of these religions believe in the same, unified "God". Christianity believes that Jesus was/is the "Son of God". Judaism and Islam do not believe this to be the case. Each religion has many of the same people mentioned throughout their holy scriptures (Jesus, David, Adam, Moses, Abraham, so on and so on). Also, the core values remain the same throughout all three religions (stance on majority of topics are identical).
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Personally, as an Atheist myself, I feel that people are entitled to believe what they want to believe. Science isn't far off from being its own form of religion; it doesn't explain everything, it merely speculates on a lot of topics (see: quantum mechanics). Most religions have had a "dark past" in some fashion or another. The Catholic church took its toll on humanity throughout the Middle Ages, exploiting people for their lack of education on reading or otherwise. Nitpicking at specific versus of scripture is only asking for trouble. People, as usual, love to interpret statements made hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Since the beginning of religion, a lot of negative things have happened in the name of "God" - yet, it's still an essential part of people's lives. That's a fact that nobody can ever really deny.

As for Atheism, it's become more of a "fad" now to classify oneself as an Atheist. It's more so apathy, than an admittance of lack of belief in some type of a deity. If anything, it's much like how Wicca/Paganism was during the 90's - the "in thing" of that time. My mother raised me in a Wiccan household; yet, she started following that belief long before I was born. Apathy is something most of us have a problem with. The entire "Oh well, I don't care. It doesn't bother me, so who cares?" mentality is a third of the problem with what's wrong with the world we live in currently. Sadly, it's only growing as time progresses.

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I'd rather not pick sides, its more of a specific person than an entire religon, everyone has there own views on life.
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My opinion is that Islam is a religion.
...Like all other Religion out there, it is based on unfounded claims about the world.

The sooner we get rid of it the better it would be for mankind. Same applies to all other Religion.
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I think muslims are admirably loyal to their religion which turns to a dangerously threatening obsessiom.
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al-noral wrote:

I think muslims are admirably loyal to their religion which turns to a dangerously threatening obsessiom.


It's so interesting that you bring that up! Muslims are so devoted to their beliefs and teachings, it's remarkable! But I also feel like the entire Muslim population has been given a negative image because of what small groups of people have done! I mean, a large portion of "Christians" in America are also very bad people and do very evil things, we just overlook the fact that they're Christian :b Considering people that live within the Arab Spring are all predominantly Muslim, all of the "bad" people that do evil things are also Muslim.

Muslims are misunderstood and brought down by the people that do evil things in the "name of Allah" in order to make it seem "acceptable" when it may just be a cover to begin with.

Anyway, I've been a Christ follower for about two and a half years and often I've wondered if we all serve the same God (waaaat). One fact that really got me interested in is that the angel that came down from heaven to tell Mary she was pregnant was named "Gabriel" according to scripture. In that light, the angel that came down to speak to Muhammad was ALSO NAMED "GABRIEL"

Makes you think, doesn't it?
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It's so interesting that you bring that up! Muslims are so devoted to their beliefs and teachings, it's remarkable! But I also feel like the entire Muslim population has been given a negative image because of what small groups of people have done!


In the eyes of the people who only know what they've seen from the news, yes. But once you dig into it, you'll find that the religion itself is pretty despicable in its entirety.




amlegrice
I mean, a large portion of "Christians" in America are also very bad people and do very evil things, we just overlook the fact that they're Christian :b Considering people that live within the Arab Spring are all predominantly Muslim, all of the "bad" people that do evil things are also Muslim.


No. We mustn't ignore it. Because it's the religion that causes many of the christians to be bad people.
And it's the same thing with many muslims.
Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRaLcbxpIsw

Now let me ask you something... Do you think this is not the result of religion?
This scenario is quite common in muslim countries. And if you look at it, and many other examples, you'll see that it isn't just a couple people doing this. It's a mass of people. The entire village practicly coming together to do it.
Do you really believe that this is just a result of these people being genuinely evil? That so many people living in these areas are just naturally evil? I don't.

It's like with the nazis during the second world war. Do you think they were all genuinely evil psychopaths? Of course they weren't.
They had their families. They had their friends. They had their people and their pets that they cared about. They had feelings.


And yet, many of them either did, or contributed to horrible things. Inhuman things. To the point that it has in popular culture been deemed okay to murder them. "Nazis? Oh they were all subhuman scum. Kill them all!" (which in actuality is quite horrible when you think about it).
And why? Not because they were inhuman monsters to begin with, but because they were brainwashed by a dangerous ideology.
And it's the same with religion. Islam in particular.




amlegrice
Muslims are misunderstood and brought down by the people that do evil things in the "name of Allah" in order to make it seem "acceptable" when it may just be a cover to begin with.



If you've spoken to muslims (which I have, quite a few in fact), you'll eventually find that though many of the give off the fascade that they are freedom-loving people, they are actually islamists deep down who seek to make the entire world islamic, and to empose theocracy and sharia law upon everyone else. It may take a little digging, but most of them show their true colours fairly quickly.
Not all of them, but most of them.
You can even see this on the reaction that many muslims have when someone illustrates a picture of muhammed. Even when it's a non-muslim that does it, they still go berserk from it, even though it's only muslims that aren't supposed to illustrate him.

Which is not surprising seeing as how they believe in a religion that demands total, utter, blind devotion and obedience, without room for questioning.
Which is also a reason why it's such an effective tool for brainwashing as well.




amlegrice
Anyway, I've been a Christ follower for about two and a half years and often I've wondered if we all serve the same God (waaaat). One fact that really got me interested in is that the angel that came down from heaven to tell Mary she was pregnant was named "Gabriel" according to scripture. In that light, the angel that came down to speak to Muhammad was ALSO NAMED "GABRIEL"

Makes you think, doesn't it?


Islam is an offshoot of Christianity. Just like how Christianity is an offshoot (or continuation) of Judiasm.
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I only have one answer for all those questions and it is:

There are radical believers and there are non-radical believers.

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I think to judge a religion by any one adherant would be sheer foolishness. There is no way to deliniate your feelings for over a billion people and in the end this is a disgustingly reductive question.
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Gyava wrote:

I only have one answer for all those questions and it is:

There are radical believers and there are non-radical believers.



But all of them are non-radical beliefs...
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shuyi000 wrote:


Gyava wrote:

I only have one answer for all those questions and it is:

There are radical believers and there are non-radical believers.



But all of them are non-radical beliefs...


You call "kill all infidels" non-radical? So if one of the "non radical" believers killed you since you're an infidel, it's all good right?
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Hello, I am a new user here at Crunchyroll, and I really love this site :)



I am a muslim as well, I hope I can help people clear things up. I probably don't have to since there are 14 pages.. pretty late.
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It really doesn't matter about race and or religion. Each group of people has its individuals who are just disgusting pieces. I love everybody until I see your poor personality.
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I know know many Muslims and consider almost everyone of them as my friends . I never met a Muslim who's trying to enforce his religion, but i know there are people who try. I have no respect for those who want to enforce their religion. IMO the only true religion is to be a good human. Help, when you don't have to help and be friendly. the only thing bothering me is that the Qur'an hurts the human rights!

Sura 4 : Surah An-Nisa : Verse 34:


"Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women)"


However i don't oppose the Qur'an and as long as the Muslims don't oppose me and/or my family/friends i don't care wether muslims believe in Allah or not. :-)
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I find people who demand the death of a atheist blogger just because they did not like what he had to say is at the most sick. How many Muslims do you think went to the streets demanding the death of that atheist? I have no hate of peoples religions or ideals. UNLESS they think it gives them the right to force there ideals on others.. Muslims are ok till they pass that line, as millions have so far in those streets.
If your not one of them we can get along for I hate no person unless there personal actions are barbaric and sick, I judge people case by case, not as a hole.
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