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IslamThe Fastest Growing Religion in the World

Islam Stereotypes Put Down:"Muslims believe in a different God." -No, Muslims actually believe in the same god as Chiristians AND Jews. They just call him by a different name: Allah."All Muslims speak Arabic." -False, this is not a requirement in the Islam faith and all Muslims do NOT know Arabic."Women are not equal to men in the Islam faith." -Again, this is wrong. Women have the same rights as men (voting, owning land, having a job, etc.) In fact there are four Islamic countries who have had women leaders: Indonesia, Turkey, Pakistan, and Bangladesh."All Muslim women wear a scarf over their heads and can't show any skin besides there eyes." -This too, is wrong. Although some Muslim women do cover most of their bodies, this is not a requirement in the Muslim faith. However, modesty is very engouraged in the Qur'an (Hafiz 104-106).

In the years after the 9/11, Muslims living in America faced racism born out of ignorance. This man was a normal American until he was targeted for his ethnicity and religion. Now he speaks out against racism and fights to put down ignorance in America

According to the Qur'an, Muslims must pray 5 times a day (Qur'an).

Once in their lifetime, each Muslim must make a pilgrimage to Mecca, the holy city of Islam. Thousands of Muslims make their pilgrimage every year.

The Mosque

Mosques are a holy place in the Islam religion. Although Muslims do worship here, mosques are actually very different from a Christian church. Ceremonies affiliated with marriage and birth do not take place at a mosque. Some places have schools and some classes. Mosques are not only a place of worship, but also a community center for Muslims. They have no seating or chairs of any kind and Muslim men and women worship seperately. Most mosques have a minaret attached to it (see left picture) and a minbar, a place for the leader to stand while he gives a sermon (Encyclopedia Britannica).

Terry Jones, a pastor in Florida, is now a symbol of American anti-Muslim racists. In 2010 he publicly announced that he would burn a copy of the Qur'an on the anniversary of 9/11, calling for Americans to participate on "National Burn a Qur'an Day" (New York Times). Jones did go through with his promise. Now, this event has caused Americans an image of ignorance and racism.


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