Is Islam a Dangerous Religion?
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Islam is a monotheistic faith regarded as revealed through Muhammad as the Prophet of Allah. Islam comes from the Arabic word meaning, 'aslama, which means 'submit to God'.
In the current age, there are a population of 1.57 billion Muslims worldwide mostly found in North Africa, Middle East, as well as, Eastern and portions of South-Western Asia. The largest population of Muslims exists in Morocco with 99.9% of the population being Muslims. The smallest population counting a population of > 5,000 people is, Bhutan with 7,000 citizens being of the Muslim faith.
I argue that Islam is no different than any other religion because, Islam by itself, is as dangerous as Christianity is. If you take the scripture in the Qur'an (the holy book of Islam) literally of what it in-tales, then yes, Islam is a pernicious religion, however, the Bible (the holy book of Christianity) has just as many controversial verses as so does the Qur'an.
To find similarities in these books, I'll be showing Slavery, Women, and Punishment.
And [also prohibited to you are all] married women except those your right hands possess. [This is] the decree of Allah upon you. And lawful to you are [all others] beyond these, [provided] that you seek them [in marriage] with [gifts from] your property, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse. So for whatever you enjoy [of marriage] from them, give them their due compensation as an obligation. And there is no blame upon you for what you mutually agree to beyond the obligation. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.
Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.
If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as male servants do. 8 If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself,[a] he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.
But if the debtor is of poor understanding, or weak, or is unable himself to dictate, then let his guardian dictate in justice. And get two witnesses out of your own men. And if there are not two men (available), then a man and two women, such as you agree for witnesses, so that if one of them (two women) errs, the other can remind her.
Allah instructs you concerning your children: for the male, what is equal to the share of two females.
[1 Corinthians 14:34-35]
34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.
All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman: let the portion of a sinner fall upon her.
11 If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, 12 you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.
[As for] the thief, the male and the female, amputate their hands in recompense for what they committed as a deterrent [punishment] from Allah . And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.
Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.
They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah . But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.
And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that devolve it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry; But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the substance of his house.
My first statement is it is definitely not the religion of peace. My reasoning for this is if Islam was really the religion of peace, then their would not be ISIS, or Al-Qaeda, they would just be praying all day and not bothering anybody. The real religions of peace are Hinduism and Buddhism, not Islam. Does peace sound like killing 3000 people, and they do this just because their religions differ. And you said it is no more dangerous than christianity, but that is wrong, their are not a lot of Christian or Jewish terrorist. So they say it is the religion of peace, that is wrong. Also, some people say they are not muslims, then why do they always cheer god is great every time they kill someone, and why would the terrorist group ISIS have Islamic State in the name
My second statement is more terrorist are muslims. As i said in my last statement, their are more muslim terrorist groups, this is not an opinion, this is just pain fact, according to Christian Science Monitor, their are 125,000 radical muslims. Sure their are some hindu and buddhist terrorist groups, but they are not as much as that. And also, these muslim terrorist are the one who are causing all the wars, which is hurting troops on both sides, and also, they are hurting innocent citizens. And also, these wars started by these islamic terrorist groups are costing us trillions of dollars, like in Iraq, Afghanistan, and all over the middle east. Unlike small hindu and buddhist terrorist groups.
My third and final statement is their is proof in the Quran that Islam is violent, here is a few verses that I got from religionofpeace.com, Quran (2:216) - "Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."
Quran (2:191-193) - "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing...but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)" Quran (4:74) - "Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward." Quran (4:76) - "Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah"" And if you read it, you can clearly see that Islam is dangerous, and of course, this is in the Quran.
So in conclusion, this is why I think Islam is dangerous because one, It is definitely not the religion of peace, two, their are more islamic terrorist groups, and three, it says violent things in the Quran
The links to these websites- http://www.christianpost.com...
"Islam doesn't promote violence or peace. Islam is just a religion. And like every religion, it depends on what you bring to it."
-Rezza Aslan 2014
To examine your first statement, ISIS and Al Qaeda have both many different reasons of existing then just simply because of what Islam says in the Qur'an. Some of the biggest reasons we may see violence is Islam more commonly than Buddhism and Hinduism, is because of United States's involvement with terrorism. The key reason why Al Qaeda performed an attack on American soil and what motivated them to do it was because of, and with all confidence, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how the United States favored Israel. The Palestinians have and are being oppressed since 1947 when they defined the borders between the two nationalistic entities. They focused their anger on the U.S. because they were and are the biggest supporters for Israel. Simply putting it, if Israel gained no support from the United States, Palestine would've been a country.
Now onto ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). The Arab Spring began in 2010 as it quickly changed the Middle East and they were organized. During this time, multiple leaders were assassinated such as Muammar Gaddafi. Though one leader was especially unique, Bashar Al-Assad, the dictator of Syria, had no plan of resigning and began to conflict a bloody civil war against his own people. As on war went on, multiple rebel groups in Syria began to join the war (motivated by religion not because) and one of these was unique, or what we call, "The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria."
The spark point of the conflict can be traced back all the way to 2003 when the United States invaded Iraq due to the alleged accusations of Iraq holding weapons of mass destruction. During this time Saddam Hussein, another brutal dictator was in charge of the country. Another thing you need to understand is the conflict between Shia and Sunni Muslims. Their reasons for being conflicted has nothing to do with religion, but with power. You see, after the Prophet Muhammad died in 632 CE, Muslims split off into two separate groups, Sunnis and Shiites. The Sunnis wanted Muhammad's successor to be chosen by the community of his followers. The Shiites wanted the leadership to stay within the Prophet's family. It's as simple as that at least as easily I can explain it.
From 1993 to 2003, 20,451 terrorist attacks were recorded. From 2003-2013, 49,678 terrorist attacks were recorded. 66% of those attacks were committed by 4 terrorist groups: Taliban, ISIS, Boko Haram, and Al Qaeda. In a 2004 United States government study claimed and I quote,
"American direct intervention in the Muslim world has paradoxically elevated the stature of and support for radical Islamists."
In 2014, the United States was officially declared as the biggest danger to world peace, bigger than Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, and Iran combined. Here's a list of countries the United States has bombed since World War II:
- China 1945-46
- Korea 1950-53
- China 1950-53
- Guatemala 1954
- Indonesia 1958
- Cuba 1959-60
- Guatemala 1960
- Belgian Congo 1964
- Guatemala 1964
- Dominican Republic 1964-65
- Peru 1965
- Laos 1965-73
- Vietnam 1961-73
- Cambodia 1969-70
- Guatemala 1967-69
- Lebanon 1982-84
- Grenada 1983-84
- Libya 1986
- El Salvador 1981-92
- Nicaragua 1981-90
- Iran 1987-88
- Libya 1989
- Panama 1989-90
- Iraq 1991
- Kuwait 1991
- Somalia 1992-94
- Bosnia 1995
- Iran 1998
- Sudan 1998
- Afghanistan 1998
- Yugoslavia - Serbia 1999
- Afghanistan 2001
- Libya 2011
You would think that all these attacks on these countries would make them still like the United States? To even utter that question would be simply naive. In your argument, you mention how the Christian Science Monitor said that there is a population of 125,000 radical Muslims. Well, when I divide that number to the total population of Muslims, 0.008% of all Muslims are radical. ISIS's motto is "Death to America." The involvement the United States has had in the Middle East has played a crucial role on ongoing terrorism in the Middle East.
You also say that there are not as many violence in religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. Which is true, but incredibly misleading as you imply that Buddhists and Hindus are better than Muslims in every way shape and form. What about the large number of Buddhists violently oppressing over Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar? Kind of similar to how the Sunnis are currently oppressing over the Shiite minority. Some Buddhists groups in the past actually did terrorist attacks in Japan in the mid 90's SOLELY because of their cult beliefs and their leader Shoko Asahara called the Aum-Shinrikyo. They were responsible for a deadly chemical weapon attack releasing nerve gas into commuting trains killing 12 and injuring as much as 4000.
As for Hindus, they've had constant tensions between Muslims, especially between India and Pakistan. Ever since the British empire relieved the two countries of their colonialism, tensions have been at odds with one another due to messages in the Qur'an saying to kill polytheists unless they repent their beliefs.
Qur'an Verse 9:5
And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
Your third statement I do agree on. Although it's incredibly misleading, it's a valid argument that I'll pass on. The reason I say it's misleading is because in many other religions, they say just as much harmful stuff as the Qur'an does. The Bible includes harmful messages, the Torah include pernicious teachings, et cetera.
- List of Countries USA Attacked: http://bit.ly...
- Global Terrorism Index 2014: http://bit.ly...
- How Dangerous is the USA?: http://bit.ly...
- Can Buddhism be Violent?: http://bit.ly...
- Is Islam a Dangerous Religion?: http://bit.ly...
- Shiites vs. Sunnis: http://bit.ly...
- Hinduism - Muslim Violence: http://bit.ly...
- India vs. Pakistan: http://bit.ly...
- United States Influence Timeline: http://bit.ly...
- What motivated Al Qaeda?: http://bit.ly...
- Iraq Explained: http://bit.ly...
Since that you've forfeited, by law, I claim victory.
I have to claim victory. You can't just give it to me.
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