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Have you ever wondered why a nun can be covered from head to toe and she’s respected for devoting herself to God, but when a Muslim woman covers, she’s viewed as “oppressed”? Or why a Jew can grow a beard and he’s just practicing his faith, and when a Muslim does that, he’s an “extremist”?

People in the west seem to have many misconceptions about Muslims and Islam. Many believe that the western world is advanced, enlightened and liberated, while Islam is just the opposite: primitive, ignorant and oppressed. One reason for this belief is that the media has time and again portrayed the Muslims in a way contrary to Islamic teachings. The key to understanding Islam and Muslims is to resist stereotypes and examine each situation according to Islamic teachings, and NOT some Muslims’ actions. For this reason, we have felt it our duty to address the most common misconceptions.




So what exactly is hijab? To observe the hijab, Muslim women are required to cover their body with modest clothes that don’t reveal their figure in front of male strangers. However, hijab is not just about outer appearances; it is also about noble speech, modesty, dignified and righteous conduct. It goes without saying that these manners are also required of men. There is nothing in hijab that restricts a Muslim woman’s freedom to express her views and opinion, to own property, to have an education and a career, or to choose a husband. The

hijab is an act of honour and dignity, an empowerment, and a guarantee that a woman will be judged according to her inner spiritual beauty rather than her outer superficial appearance. The hijab liberates and raises a woman’s status, and demands that she be judged according to her intellect rather than her sexuality. The reason Muslim women observe hijab is simply because Allah

(God) made it a compulsory act of worship for them, and Allah knows what is best for His creation. The hijab gives women the freedom to be active members of society, while maintaining their modesty. The hijab is meant for the public, as women do not have to observe hijab when they are at home with their family!

The hijab does not symbolize suppression, oppression or silence. Rather, it is a shield guarding against degrading remarks, unwanted advances and unfair

discrimination. Of all converts to Islam, 75% are women! Would you enter a religion that oppresses you? So the next time you see a Muslim woman, know that she covers her physical appearance, not her mind or intellect!

“Oh Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women to draw their outer garments around them (when they go out or are among men). That is better in order that they may be known (to be Muslims) and not abused” Quran 33:59



One of the most disturbing misconceptions is the negative portrayal of women in Islam – namely that Islam degrades and oppresses women. According to the teachings of Islam, the only thing that distinguishes people in the sight of God is their level of piety.

“Verily the most honourable of you in the sight of God is the most God conscious” Qur’an 49:13

This verse proves that real honour and status is not attained because a person is rich or poor, black or white, male or female but attained through piety and devoutness. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to learn that for every male convert to Islam, four females convert. Some reasons for this overwhelming female conversion rate are due to the following rights enshrined in Islam:

• total control of their wealth;

• choose their spouse;

• keep their own surname when married;

• own property, operate a business, study, and receive equal pay for equal work;

• inherit property, and to have their marriage dissolved in the case of neglect or mistreatment;

• participate in all forms of worship that men participate in.

Islam guaranteed these rights, among many others, to women over 1400 years ago – rights that women in the West are still lacking.

“Whoever works righteousness whether male or female, while he (or she) is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward (in the Hereafter) according to the best of what they used to do.”  Quran 16:97

Without doubt, there are Muslim women who are oppressed and not given their rights. However, this is not the fault of Islam. The problem is that in many places in the world, culture and traditions have come to overshadow the teachings of Islam, either through ignorance or harmful cultural practices.

While Islam enshrines the rights of women, it also acknowledges the fact that men and women are not identical. Allah says: “And the male is not like the female…” (Qur’an: 3:36)

Islam has therefore ordained different roles for men and women to reflect this undisputable fact. Women have been granted the honour and tremendous responsibility of caring for the family and the household. While men have been given the responsibility of providing financial support, security and maintenance for the family and the household.

In conclusion, the noble position of women in Islam can be summarised by the following saying of the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him):

”The world and all things in the world are precious, but the most precious thing in the world is a virtuous woman.”




Some non-Muslims incorrectly believe that Muslims worship a different God than Jews and Christians. This might be due to the fact that Muslims sometimes refer to God as “Allah”. In actuality, Muslims worship the God of Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. The word “Allah” is simply the Arabic word for Almighty God – an Arabic word of rich meaning, denoting the One and only God. Allah is also the same word that Arabic speaking Christians and Jews use to refer to God. If you pick up an Arabic translation of the Christian Bible, you will see the word “Allah” where “God” is used in English.

However, although Muslims, Jews and Christians believe in the same God (the Creator), their concepts regarding Him differ significantly. For example, Muslims reject the idea of God having any partners or being part of a ‘trinity’, and ascribe perfection only to The Almighty.




This is perhaps the biggest misconception about Islam, especially given the constant stereotyping by the media. The media portrays as a terrorist any Muslim who fights regardless of whether they fight justly or unjustly, or whether they are oppressing others or being oppressed. So the question that comes to mind is: Does Islam encourage terrorism? Certainly not! Islam totally forbids and condemns the misguided acts of vigilantes that target innocent civilians.

Of course, Islam does not remain silent in the face of oppression, injustice and humiliation. Any religion or civilisation that does, would never survive — but it certainly does not condone attacks against defenseless men, women and children.

Allah says: “Fight in thecause of Allah against those who fight you, but do not transgress limits. Allah does not love transgressors:’ Quran 2:190

Even during times of war, Islam lays down strict rules. For example, a Muslim is not allowed to harm or kill those in a peace treaty with Muslims, non-combatants, women, minors, servants, the blind, monks, the elderly, those physically incapable of fighting, and the mentally ill. In fact, Muslims are not even allowed to damage crops and vegetation during times of war! These noble ethics were, and still remain, unheard of in any army.

The Qur’an clearly demonstrates the seriousness of killing an innocent person, and emphasises the value of human life. At the same time it a/so instructs Muslims to treat people of other faiths with kindness.

“If anyone murders an (innocent) person, it will be as if he has murdered the whole of humanity. And if anyone saves a person it will be as if he has saved the whole of humanity.” Qur’an 5:32

“Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion, nor drove you out of your homes. Indeed, Allah loves those who deal with equity.” Quran 60:8

How, after reading these clear verses of the Qur’an, can Islam be blamed for what is done by terrorists?




So many attempts have been made to portray Islam as a religion that is both strange and foreign to people’s normal instincts and values. In deciding upon what to make of Islam, remember this:

• Who stands to gain from perpetuating such misconceptions and untruths?

• Have you researched about Islam yourself, as opposed to what you have heard from others and the media?

• Would millions of people all over the world embrace Islam if it was a harsh and inhumane way of life?


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  • Mariam

    continue with what you are doing because it’s amayzing and also for the other people to know about islam.

  • Raihan Khan Momand

    For non-Muslims and Muslims please read about Islam so you will get to know that Islam gives the perfect rights to women

    • Di Debrentley

      define perfect rights .

      • 1234567890

        Respect, of a human

  • Eric from Kafiristan

    Misconcenption “If anyone murders an (innocent) person, it will be as if he has murdered the whole of humanity. And if anyone saves a person it will be as if he has saved the whole of humanity.” Qur’an 5:32
    and why stop there is the Quran doesn’t teach terrorism? What does the very next verse say?
    “Sahih International
    Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. ” Quran 5:33
    The Tasfir confirms that “corruption in the land” means ANYTHING not Islamic – i.e. being a Christian and praying to Jesus.

    • mark amer

      ” “corruption in the land” means ANYTHING not Islamic – i.e. being a Christian and praying to Jesus.”
      NO that’s not true
      the true is that Islam recognizes Christianity and the messenger Jesus and they’r mentioned in Quran with full of love and appreciation and respect, but the issue is the Bible has been tampered since antiquity and become “New World Order” and that’s The religion of the devil that’s the real corruption and Depraving and the only community that fight the New World Order now is the Islamic State #IS Caliphate State yeah this is the Truth but unfortunately, the media the new world order had misled all humans :)

      • Eric from Kafiristan

        Lets not confuse the issue here:
        1. When I pray to Jesus as the Son of God – that is corruption according to Islam.
        2. The Quran commands the Muslim to fight those who do not believe. (9:29)
        3. Outside of the single sourced, self serving, internally contradictory, historically inaccurate, 600 years and 800 miles from the event Quran there is NO (NONE – ZERO-NADA) evidence that the Gospel ever claimed that Jesus did NOT die on the cross. This is an invention of Mohammed. If there is evidence of this I really would appreciate at least one Muslim to cite it so we can all read it for ourselves. For you to assert otherwise is not being honest.

    • Ibrahim from Redneck Republic

      Misconception 5: ”Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. ” Quran 5:33
      Why stop there if quran teaches terrorism . What does the next verse say?
      ”Sahih International
      Except for those who return [repenting] before you apprehend them. And know that Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”’ Quran 5:34

      Funny how you cherry pick verses from the quran and take them out of context. Islam offers all transgressors peace as a choice and resolution. Because God is the most merciful and forgiving.

      Now lets look at what your precious bible says:

      ”When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you may nations…then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them and show them no mercy”’ — Deuteronomy 7:1-2”’

      Shall i follow your twisted logic and conclude from this verse that Christianity is a warmongering , extremist religion that preaches violence on foreign nations? I’m sure christian terrorist Anders Breivik heavily identifies with this

  • https://www.facebook.com/info.truefaceofislam Isa Ali

    please remove all misconceptions! #Apostasy in #Islam
    watch! Amazing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJNrHv9RCD0

    dont forget to follow & share https://www.facebook.com/info.truefaceofislam

    • Eric from Kafiristan

      Apostasy in Islam, according to sharia, is punishable by death. From the Reliance of the Traveller o8.1 “When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostasizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed”. There is no other religion in the wound that entraps people like this! Sharia makes it permissible for any Muslim to kill the apostate — period. Regardless of what this video has to say – the law (sharia) as set by Quran – is practiced in the Islamic world.

  • David Sandbeck

    Muhammad began the Muslim Empire, conquering all of Arabia, with self-defense? I know Muhammad is a revered prophet among Muslims but, at some point, even Muslims have to admit that he didn’t conquer Arabia — converting all pagans to Islam — with peace and tolerance.

    ‘People of the Book’ — mostly Jews and Christians — were not forced to convert to Islam. Instead, Muhammad subjugated them with dhimma contracts that forced them to pay the ‘jizya’ tribute tax and limited their religious activity and interaction with Muslims (they were not allowed to hold any position superior to a Muslim, nor could they work in government). Many Muslims inexplicably point to dhimma as ‘religious tolerance’ but, of course, it’s actually subjugation.

    • 1234567890

      The taxes were only done after death Muhammad’s(pbuh) by different people.
      Also, the Byzantines and the Persians were hostile to Muslims in the first place, so yes, self defence.

    • 1234567890

      Simply, if you read the Quran (You don’t have to convert), rather than villifying a religon, youu will e forgiven by any good Muslim.

  • David Sandbeck
    • 1234567890

      I don’t get why you have to be so obsessed with hatred, exactly what benefit would you reap, if you actually read the Quran, you may stop hating. 😉

    • 1234567890

      I believe the word you were looking for was pacifist, Islam is a peaceful religon but, you have a right to defend, after being stoned and harassed, these incidents were provoked, if you were a man of knowledge (not ignorance), you would know that.

  • James Carr

    Great initiative and very relevant discussion. What do you think of the fact that Muslims want the Sharia Law and create Caliphates in the Western countries where they live? The reason why many western countries have split religion from government is because we should all be equal in front of the law regardless of religion, background, etc.

  • Di Debrentley

    How can I tell a muslim from an islamist? thanks

    • 1234567890

      Common sense.

  • Herman47 .

    With regards to Islam and terrorism, let us turn our attention to Quran 9:29: “Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.” The common argument that people apologizing for Islam make is that Quran 9:29 refers to mere “tax collection.” Let us look at a hadith (Sahih Bukhari, 4:386) from the early days of Islam, and you decide whether this Quranic verse merely refers to tax collection:
    “…So, ‘Umar sent us (to Khosrau) appointing An-Numan bin Muqrin AS OUR COMMANDER. When we reached THE LAND OF THE ENEMY [NOTE: not the Muslim’s land], the representative of Khosrau came out with forty-thousand warriors, and an interpreter got up saying, “Let one of you talk to me!” Al-Mughira replied, “Ask whatever you wish.” The other asked, “Who are you?” [THEY DO *NOT* KNOW THE MUSLIMS; THE MUSLIMS ARE NOT FELLOW COUNTRYMEN] Al-Mughira replied, “We are some people from the Arabs; we led a hard, miserable, disastrous life: we used to suck the hides and the date stones from hunger; we used to wear clothes made up of fur of camels and hair of goats, and to worship trees and stones. While we were in this state, the Lord of the Heavens and the Earths, Elevated is His Remembrance and Majestic is His Highness, sent to us from among ourselves a Prophet whose father and mother are known to us. Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya [THE MUSLIMS DO NOT SAY WE WISH TO BECOME FRIENDS WITH YOU, BUT INSTEAD THREATEN VIOLENCE UNLESS THEY GET PAID MONEY OR THE OTHERS CONVERT]
    No one elected the Muslims, their threat of violence to obtain money for themselves certainly lacks legitimacy. It is not surprising then, that the Islamic State seeks jizya from disbelievers in areas that it currently controls. So our question to the Muslims is “WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF ANOTHER RELIGION HAD AS ONE OF ITS TENETS ‘FIGHT THE MUSLIMS UNTIL THEY PAY US MONEY’?”

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