Why We Shouldn't Fear Muslims or Islam!

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I’ve seen many a times where people seemed to be scared if they see a man dressed in white with a long beard walking down the street. Why is it that people are afraid of Muslims? Yes, it’s true that a lot of us don’t exactly “dig” Islam.

As per a recent Gallup Poll, more than 50% of Americans consider Islam a critical threat. The same numbers have been reported in France and Germany.

If you just turn on the TV or read the newspaper you’ll be confronted with lot of horrific stories about the honor killings, terrorist attacks and sharia law taking over Western Cities.

Pretty scary, huh—or is it? Turns out a lot of our fears may be ill-informed at best, completely made up at worst.

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Lets look at thing which shouldn’t bother us or bring fear inside us for Muslims or Islam in General! I’m talking about stuff like:

1. Sharia Law

Sharia, Islamic Sharia or Islamic Law is the religious legal system governing the members of islamic faith. Sharia deals with many topics. Adherence to sharia has served as one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Muslim faith historically. In its strictest definition, sharia is considered in Islam as the infallible law of God.

Yes, as a legal system this law is the very definition of ‘insanity’. Instead of things like fines or imprisonment, it advocates whipping, amputations, blinding and the death penalty for crimes as dumb as wearing pants. And, according to our TV pundits, it’s as Islamic as flowing beards and going to Mecca. But it isn’t!

Out of 50 or so Muslim-Majority countries, guess how many implement full Sharia? TEN!!!

You might think these 10 countries are probably the big ones, right? NOPE!

The only country that has both Sharia Law and a population of over 100 million is Pakistan.

India, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Egypt, four of the five most populous Muslim nations on Earth use a watered-down version or don’t follow this Law at all. Globally speaking, more than 50% of the Countries with Muslim Majority have no basis in Sharia whatsoever.

The media tells you about those rumors about Sharia being forced on Western Cities? A 2009 British poll found that 70% of Muslims preferred Christianity should dictate UK law. Thats a higher percentage than Christians themselves.


2. Honor Killings

There is no honor in killing. Yes, Honor Killings are a real major problem. This problem is because a few idiots have their sense of priority warped. Every year 5,000 to 20,000 women are killed by relatives.

Honor Killings are a real problem but its far from being an Islamic Problem.

In countries like Turkey and Pakistan, cases of Christian honor killings are being frequently reported. In India, there has been a stratospheric rise among the Hindu population.

According to some women’s rights groups, Jordan’s Christian community is even responsible for more killings per capita than the Muslim majority. People still perceive that honor killings is only done by Muslims despite there being nothing mentioned about honor killings in either the Koran or Hadith.


3. Population

Not everyone who is voicing concerns about Islam is expecting a violent takeover and Sharia Law. Some are simply worried about the level of immigration. Due to the historic links with Morocco and Algeria, France is likely the country with the biggest Muslim population in Western Europe.

Only 7% of French citizens identify as Muslims. That’s less than the number of American Citizens who think they have seen a UFO!

Even the most pessimistic estimate put the likely number of European Muslims by the year 2030 at 8% and this is after you include the Balkan states that have already have Islamic majorities.

Just for comparison, the population of traditionally Islamic Egypt, Syria and Indonesia are all over 10% Christian.


4. Intolerance

Because of its association with Sharia Law, Islam is seen by most as an intolerant religion. I mean, the Koran hates gay people and advocates persecuting Christians. Who’d want to be a minority in a Muslim country?

But this also depends on the country. Despite the record of homophobia, the Iranian government not only recognizes transsexuals, it facilitates more sex-change operations than any other country by far. After such operation, trans-people are given all the rights of their new gender and are even allowed to marry. This makes Iran more progressive with trans-rights than Illinois, Texas or Ohio.

Yes, its true that passages of the Koran are pretty anti-christian, just as other passages warn against forcibly converting people. Just like the Bible or The Bhagavad Gita, it’s all down to interpretation. This is the reason why you get stories like that of the militia-targeted Iraqi Christian who was saved by his Muslim neighbors.

Being on the subject of acceptance, Indonesia is the home to one of the world’s biggest gay pride events and Turkey is now taking steps towards legally recognizing gay couples.

Basically, assuming all Muslims are intolerant based on literal readings of the Koran is like claiming all Christians stone their neighbors for picking up sticks on Saturday.


5. Science

It has been repeatedly said about Islam that it is backward, intellectually-broken and is not open to the ideas of science. Never mind all the scientific, legal and mathematical advances made under the Islamic Golden Age—that was hundreds of years ago. Modern Islam and reason are incompatible, right?

Pakistan, despite being an absolute basket-case, India’s belligerent neighbor churns out some of the best minds in Physics, Mathematics and Engineering anywhere in the world. In December, the minister for science and technology even pledged to allocate two percent of GDP to research and development by 2020.

For comparison, the UK currently allocates around 1.7. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: Turkey and Malaysia both have active space programs, while Saudi Arabia and Qatar are pouring billions into research universities. Even backward Iran invests hard enough in computer science to launch crippling cyber-attacks on US companies, despite being incapable of using Photoshop.

It’s not Islam itself that hates science, just a handful of idiots who happen to be Islamic.

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6. Women’s Rights

To be blunt; it sucks to grow up poor and female in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Its just a bad situation to be in. Still, things are no better in Christian in D.R. Congo and only slightly secular in India.

As per the the report that was commission in 2011, only 3 of the top 5 worst countries in the world for women were Islamic. 2 of those 3 countries are open war zones. Such polls also lists non-Islamic countries like Chad, Nepal , Guatemala and Russia right at the bottom, alongside places like Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan may have little respect for women’s rights, but the people of the country still elected a female leader – just like Indonesia, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey.

Now you might ask about the Burka – The symbol of female oppression!

Only a few crappy countries have a law that requires women to wear the Burka . But such countries are being vastly outnumbered by those that don’t. Turkey, Bangladesh, Tunisia and Syria even banned it from public places.


7. Integration

While on the subject of the Burkha, many would have heard about Europe’s infatuation with banning it. Given that people are so riled up about the issue, it stands to reason there must be a problem with Muslim integration, right? Not really!

How many people in the Netherlands were affected by the burka ban? Less than 100.

In France, the number was 367 – percentage being so small you can simply write ‘zero’!

Half of those who wore the burka were found to be young white converts – suggesting its less a failure of integration than the latest phase of adolescent rebellion. And as for the Muslim immigrants who were refusing to adopt their new home’s values and traditions; a British study found that about 80% of Muslims were proud to be British, compared to the 79% of the general public.

What is even crazier is that while 82% of Muslims wanted to live in a diverse, integrated neighborhoods only 60% of the Britisher’s did.

It turns out that the myth of Muslim non-integration is exactly that: A MYTH!


8. Media Image

You cannot trust the media. We all know that by now. When the media isn’t hounding innocent people to suicide, they’re making up stories or just generally being dicks! Their reports have yet to have at least some basis in fact. So it may come as a shock to discover they objectively don’t.

According to a report commissioned for a UK government inquiry into press ethics, stories on British Muslims were “unsatisfactory… sloppy and sometimes stereotypical” and often “false and racist”.

This study found out that 9 out of 10 stories that mentioned Muslims were negative, while an overview of 8 years worth of papers concluded only two-thirds of them reported Islam as a threat, with references to ‘radical Muslims’ outnumbering any other kind by 17 to 1.

A further study from the University of Ottawa showed that the British new outlets have regularly gone out of their way to associate Islam with terrorism. While America fared a little better, by bad stereotypical presentation of terrorism being largely blamed for a rise on race attacks against Sikhs.


9. Anti-Semitism

Antisemitism (also spelled anti-Semitism or anti-semitism) is hostility, prejudice or discrimination against Jews. A person who holds such positions is called an antisemite. Antisemitism is widely considered to be a form of racism.

One of the most damaging beliefs about Islam is that it’s inherently anti-Semitic. Do a random sample of a group of Iranians or Palestinians and you’ll almost certainly find an undercurrent of racism so thick it has to be measured in Mel Gibsons. But, equally, guess what you’ll find if you do a survey of the Israeli army? That’s right: Muslims.

According to this BBC report, there are thousands of Muslims who serve in the IDF—literally giving their lives for the Jewish State. And it’s not something forced on them either: Israeli Muslims aren’t required to do military service. Some do it to get access to benefits, some to improve their employment prospects, and some—simply do it for a love of Israel.

Because the Koran includes the story of Moses, Islamic scholars since the ninth century have argued that God gave Israel to the Jewish people, a bit of history we missed here in the West. Even in the present a minority of Muslims still identify as Zionists. Since this includes the former president of Indonesia, whose voting public consists of around 200 million Muslims, anti-Semitism is apparently nowhere near as rife as we think.


10. Terrorism

Terrorism Has No Religion!

A study conducted in 2006 found that people in Nigeria were more supportive of terrorism than anywhere else in the world.

Who do you think ranked second? Iraqis or Saudis? Or Maybe Pakistanis?

None of them. It was the Americans.

When Americans were asked whether “bombings and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians” were ever justifiable, only 40% of US residents said no. To put that in perspective, eighty six percent of Pakistanis responded that hurting civilians was “never justifiable”.

What even weirder, of the remaining Pakistani’s who did support terrorism; about 70% of them also supported American humanitarian intervention. While it seems counter-intuitive at first, you gotta remember that most terrorist attacks take place in Muslim countries and kill mostly Muslims.

When researchers crunched the figures for 2006-08, they found non-Westerners were thirty eight times more likely to be killed in a terrorist attack than Westerners. When active combat zones were removed from the statistics, the share of non-Westerns killed by Al-Qaida was 99%.

That’s not a typo—all but a handful of people blown up by Bin Laden’s goons last decade were Muslims themselves. So while, yes, there are Muslims who think being a terrorist is a noble goal, they’re vastly outnumbered by those who think being a terrorist is kind of a dickish thing to do.

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