Widespread Myths About Islam

Widespread Myths About Islam

There are several myths widespread about Islam. I will be talking about 10 of them, which are most widespread in the social media world.

Women can’t give divorce and have to pay dowry for marriage

Then even the wife can give unilateral divorce, if it is mentioned in the marital contract. It is not mentioned in the marital contract, then wife can either request the husband for divorce or if the husband refuses and the wife has good reason to ask for a divorce, she can go to an Islamic Judge and the judge would nullify the marriage.

Asking the would-be wife for dowry is a common practice in the Indo-Pak Subcontinent. Asking the would-be for dowry whether directly or indirectly is prohibited in Islam. The husband has to give his wife an amount of marital gift called ‘Mehr’.

Islam tells women to stay behind the veil, but does not teach men self-restraint

Usually people talk about Hijab for women, but Almighty God talks about Hijab for men first in Al-Qur’ an 24:30 that if any man looks at a woman and any brazen thought comes into his mind, he should lower his gaze. After talking about self-restraint, then Almighty God talks about Hijab for in the next verse Al-Qur’an 24:31 that women should dress modestly, complete body covered and the only parts which can be seen are the face and hands till wrists.

Islam requires 4 witnesses to prove rape and punishes the rape victim for adultery

If anyone accuses a woman of adultery, then the accuser has to bring 4 witnesses to prove it or otherwise the accuser is given 80 lashes. 4 witnesses are not for proving rape, but rather the requirement of four witnesses is protect the women from false accusation. In a case of rape the victim’s testimony, circumstantial evidence and a medical report proving rape are sufficient.

The rape victim is not punished. When a rape victim launches a case of rape against a man, then the woman cannot be charged with adultery and cannot be punished for adultery.

Qur’an says, “And those who launch a charge against chaste women, and do not produce four witnesses (to support their allegations) – flog them with eighty stripes; and reject their evidence ever after: for such men are wicked transgressors;-” (Al-Qur’an 24:4).

Islam Promotes Honor Killings.

Islam is completely against honor killing and if any man kills any woman in the name of honor killing, then that man is punishable by death in Islam.

Women are forced into marriage in Islam.

In Islam nobody can force any woman into marriage against her wishes, not even her father. And if anybody forces any woman into a marriage, then she can go to an Islam Judge, who will invalidate the marriage.

Islam subjugate the Non-Muslims rights to worship.

Islam makes it compulsory for the Islamic State to protect the Non Muslim’s places of worship. Islam gives Non-Muslims full rights to worship as required in their religion.

Islam treats women as second class citizens.

In Islam, women and men are equal, but not identical. Women get more love and compassion from the children in Islam, so that is a degree of advantage for women.

Islam gave women the right to vote, the right to own their own property, to work and Islam makes it compulsory that if a woman does the same work as a man, then she should also get the same salary as the man. Islam gave women all these and many more rights 14 centuries ago, while the rest of the World only recently gave women these rights. That is why two third of the people, who convert to Islam are women.

Islam was spread by the sword.

A widespread myth about Islam is that it was spread by the sword, but people fail to realize that Muslims armies never went to many Muslim majority regions and countries. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the World and no Muslim army ever went to Indonesia.

Islam supports terrorism and killing of innocent human beings.

Islam is against terrorism and the killing of any innocent human beings. As the Qur’ an says in Sura al Maidah Chapter 5 Verse 32, “if anybody kills any innocent human being, lest it be for murder or spreading corruption in the land, it is as though he killed the whole humanity and if anybody saves the life of any innocent human being it is as though he saved the whole humanity.” Meaning that if anybody human beings kills any innocent human beings, it is as though the killed the whole humanity.

Jihad means Holy War or any war fought by any human being.

And if anybody forces any woman into a marriage, then she can go to an Islam Judge, who will invalidate the marriage. In Islam, women and men are equal, but not identical. Women get more love and compassion from the children in Islam, so that is a degree of advantage for women. Islam gave women the right to vote, the right to own their own property, to work and Islam makes it compulsory that if a woman does the same work as a man, then she should also get the same salary as the man. Islam gave women all these and many more rights 14 centuries ago, while the rest of the World only recently gave women these rights.

Jihad does not mean ‘Holy War’, the word for ‘Holy War’ in Arabic is “Harbon Muqadasa”, which does not occur anywhere in the Qur’ an or any saying of the prophet. Jihad does not mean any war fought by any Muslims for any reason. Islam only permits fighting in self-defense and against tyranny and oppression.

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