Islam Today

Islam does not Teach People to be Close-Minded

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 15 Aug. 2006

There is a common belief about Islam that it teaches its adherents to be close-minded. In actual fact, Islam teaches the spirit of enquiry and asks its adherents to remove their ignorance by seeking answers to questions.

Islam does not Produce an Uneducated Society

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 21 Dec. 2006

Contrary to the misconception that Islam produces an uneducated society, Islam lays utmost importance to education and obtaining of knowledge.

The importance of education in Islam can be seen from the prayer given in the following verse of the Quran:

“My Lord! Increase me in Knowledge.” (20:114)

The mission of the Prophet of Islam has been introduced in the Quran at more than one place as an Instructor of the Book and giver of wisdom. Here is a verse from the Quran:

Islam does not Teach Fanaticism

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 10 Feb. 2007

Contrary to common belief Islam does not teach fanaticism.

What is fanaticism? It is defined by Webster as “excessive and unreasonable enthusiasm or zeal.” Used in the religious context, it connotes “religious extremism.” Zealots may act under the banner of religion, but it must be borne in mind that their actions, are the very negation of the true religious spirit.

Islam does not Teach Extremism

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 21 June 2007

Contrary to common belief, Islam does not teach extremism. It, actually teaches its adherents to follow the mean or the balanced path.

In the fourth chapter of the Quran the following injunction has been given:

“Do not go to excess in your religion.” (4:171)

The same point has been made in a hadith. The Prophet of Islam observed:

Islam does not teach Reaction to its Adherents

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 5 Sept. 2007

Contrary to common belief, Islam does not teach its adherents to react against issues such as that of Rushdie and the cartoon issue. Islam teaches patience in the fullest sense of the word.

Islam does not Promote War with Enemies

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 10 Dec. 2007

Contrary to common belief, Islam does not promote war with their enemies.

Under the scheme of the divine trial of human beings, God has granted man freedom. Due to this freedom, enmities may develop between people (20:123), which sometimes lead them to war. But Islam makes a clear difference between enmity and war.

Why is Islam Considered a Religion of Violence

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 7 Jan. 2008

Let us try to understand why Islam is considered a religion of violence.

Today is the age of media. Before the advent of the modern media there were a large number of people in the world who knew nothing of Islam. With the invention of the printing press and the advent of the electronic media it is difficult to find even a single person, today, who is unaware of it.

Islam does not Permit Suicide Bombings

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 12 March 2008

Contrary to common belief in the world that Islam sanctions suicide bombings, in actual fact, Islam holds suicide bombings to be totally Unislamic.

Islam is a not a Religion of Violence

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 20 Nov. 2008

Contrary to world belief, Islam in reality is a religion of peace. It is a religion of peace in the fullest sense of the word.