May 16, 2011
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A lot of the people I have met are clueless to what Islam truly is, for what they’ve heard comes from the media or ill-informed so called Muslims who confuse them with their lack of true knowledge. To make one thing clear; a Muslim believes that ‘no one and nothing deserves to be worshipped except Allah and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his Prophet and Messenger.’ If an individual believes the meaning of this statement without believing anything else that contradicts it is Muslim. There are people who think that “Allah” is another God but Allah is the name of God in Arabic. There are many people who believe in this statement but remain ignorant about many other teachings in Islam. The media focuses on “Islamic Terrorists”, “Al-Qaida”, and the “Taliban”, however these terrorists are not true pious Muslims. They are very ignorant; they recruit poor individuals promising money, food, and protection for their family if they join their “terrorist group”. Nowhere in the Quran does it state that those who kill, or bomb, innocent people will be rewarded and will go heaven. These people forget to acknowledge the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and that Suicide is one of the biggest sins an individual can commit. As much as I blame the media, I also blame the people who listen to them and don’t bother finding out the truth, and those who don’t bother defending Islam. There are many non-Muslim extremists but no-one seems to criticize their nationality or religion based on their actions. Hitler claimed to be Roman Catholic, The Ku Klux Klan claimed to be Christians, then there are those people who bomb abortion clinics; all these people are terrorists. Yet no matter how much they influence history somehow Muslims remain as the top definition of terrorism.
What I realized is that most people who hate Muslims have either never met a true Religious Sunni Muslim or are simply very close minded. Islam is like a Jewel which has a value that one treasures and cares for daily. It is not something cheap and it may not be compromised. Islam is a way of life, it teaches us good manners, it teaches us to respect our elders and be patient and gentle with the young, it teaches us to respect ourselves and not use what God gave us in an inappropriate way. These are few examples of what we learn and none of them include violence and evil. I, for one, am 100% proud to be an Arab. I am not an Alien. I was born in America and I lived here most of my life. I shop, go to the movies, I study, I occasionally eat fast food (not a fan), and I work. The only thing that divides me from the other people is what I believe in and the limits I set for myself.

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R.A.K said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm

The basic meaning is that if there is war going on, the Muslim man has to fight to protect the women,children,and elders, without hurting the women,children,and elders of the enemy.and if they die during the war they go to Heaven. Suicide is one of the biggest sins in Islam, so the people who DO commit suicide bombings and believe that they will go to heaven are dillusional and extremely ignorant.Also, if a Muslim is traveling, going towards or to, a place to learn Islam and dies on the way t... (more »)

Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm
That was quite an enlightening account of your opinion of the Islamic faith. I'm glad that you wrote this; it's so sad how American society criticizes all of Islam for the doings of a small group of extremists! Peace be with you.
contemplater said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm

But do not think of those that have been slain in G.od’s cause as dead. Nay, they are alive! With their sustainer have they their sustenance. They are very happy with the reward they received from A.llah [for d.ying as a s.hahid] and they rejoice for the sake of those who have not joined them [i.e., have not yet d.ied for A.llah]” (K.oran 3:169-70).

please explain.

HisPurePrincess This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm
This is like how it says in the Bible those those who die for Christ's sake are glorified.  It sounds like it means that whoever dies for their beliefs is given a reward.  hm?
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm
If one was to inspect the Bible closely, Contemplater, one would find things a lot more extreme and startling to the unwary reader. That is why religious texts are too complex to be taken literally.
Destinee This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm
'God's cause' means fighting tyranny and oppression. I think that such people are heroes, who sacrifice their lives for the sake of the well-being of their fellow human beings. :)
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm
Well said, Destinee. You're looking at the heart of the text. :)
furrydog replied...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm
Its the same in christianity... almost. Anyone who is prosecuted for being a christian, and dies because he is a christian, his reward is great in heaven.
R.A.K replied...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm
When there is a war going on and there are Muslims in danger, the Muslim man who fights back to protect his land, the children and women, and die fighting will go to heaven. Also, the Muslims who die BECAUSE they are Muslim go to heaven. (example: if someone threatened to kill a Muslim if he doesn't commit Blasphemy, but the Muslim didn't and dies, he will go to heaven. Also, if a Muslim is traveling to learn Islam (traveling/driving/walking/ heading to go somewhere to learn Islam) and die on th... (more »)
R.A.K said...
May 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I wrote this article to submit it to the local newspaper in my area. I know there are a few mistakes since this was only my first draft.If you have any questions feel free to ask!


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