The handful of Muslim radicals that exist in America has caused typical Americans to begin viewing Islam as the enemy of the West when nothing could be further from the truth. Through factual research, I am looking forward to dispelling the misconception that Islam is the enemy of the West. I will look into the reasons that these misconceptions came about and try to explain the reasons as to why Islam is most certainly not the enemy of the West. To begin with, Americans themselves chose to perpetuate the misconception about how the other Islam followers truly view the United States. People such as Lieutenant Colonel named Matthew A. Dooley have chosen to tell his military troops that; Islam has already declared war on the West” and that hundreds of millions of Muslims “[b]y their own stated doctrine…are motivated and unified under one ideology and one goal. They hate everything you stand for, and will never coexist unless you submit (Stoakes, Emanuel “Islam is Not “the Enemy” -- Irrational Hatred Is) It is quite difficult for me to understand how a representative of the United State military could choose to perpetuate such a stereotype of Muslims when the American military has always been viewed as one of the most tolerant armed forces on the planet whose sole mission in life is to bridge the misunderstandings between warring factions in order to bring peace to the region. Perhaps it is because Islam has always been the less understood religion among all the religions in the world that people tend to believe the worst things about its religious beliefs and practices that has caused the misconception about what the religion truly stands for. Things got even worse for the practitioners of the religion who live in America after the Twin Tower attacks because news media outlets heavily promoted the anti American sentiment that supposedly accompanies Islam. Those who insist that Islam is the enemy say that is so because Americans should not break bread with people whose beliefs have chosen to “violate the American values of pluralism and tolerance.” (Talbot, Matt “Islam is Not the Enemy”) This is not a topic that should be seen and argued by its practitioners as a clash of cultures and values. It was Wayne Palmer who tried to explain the reality behind the belief that Islam is the enemy of the best by saying that “American Muslims are our best allies in this war against Islamic terrorism.” (Pastore, Frank “Islam is Not the Enemy!) The main problem is that the United States, as a country has a problem differentiating between the true teachings of Islam and the distorted point of view that the radical Muslims choose to promote in the name of their version of Islam. Should the Americans only bother to truly understand the underlying basis of Islam, and accept the fact that Islam followers and those of Jewish and other religious faiths have peacefully lived side by side in the Middle East for more than a millenia, Americans will truly see that Islam -- the religion, is not the enemy of the west. Radical Muslims have become the face of Islam across the world, but just like other religions, their belief about Islam is not the only interpretation of the Quaran. Rather, theirs is only the one that has become largely viewed as the true Islam faith because of the way that these people choose to distort the words of Mohammed in their quest to
Islam is Not the Enemy of the West The recent Boston Marathon Bombings has reopened the wounds that were created by the terrorist bombings of September 11, 2001. Investigations into the case brought back into the spotlight the misconception that all Muslims are terrorists due to the Muslim ties that the Tsarnaev brothers had in their native country of Dagestan in Russia…
A very famous example is where Jesus was faced with a situation of adulterous woman. He saved the woman from the angry crowd that was about to stone her and told the woman to go and never sin again. Muhammad was faced with a similar situation; where he was approached by a pregnant adulterous woman who needed prayers.
Such influence becomes unfortunate when tainted with racial bias and Eurocentrism that unfortunately still permeates in the UK. The book, Islamic Peril: Media and Global Violence (2003) succinctly detailed how the growing number of Muslims in Western countries such as Britain is being subjected to hostility because they cannot conform to the dominant ideology.
Date of Submission:
The unfair portrayal of Islam in the West
Ever since the 9/11 attacks this world has been a completely different place for the Muslims. It is so ironical that after these events the concept of Islam has completely transformed in the minds of the western community.
This is the kind of subject which has not sunken into the depths of anonymity with changing times, but continues to attract considerable attention throughout the world. General consensus is that Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world and the number of Muslims continues to drastically increase every year with particularly high surge noticed in the Western world.
The increasing participation of Islam in global terrorism is what this paper is all about. It will unearth the true nature of Islam and its teaching and how it encourages its fanatics to perform a holy war against those who they believed are idolaters and unbelievers.
Prior to the eighth century, West Africa was a place of tribal, or pagan, religions practiced autonomously within regional boundaries and cultures. One way of describing these beliefs is the word “Animism” which “is the belief that objects of nature, sun, mountains, trees, rivers, and so on, are endowed with souls and so are spiritually alive” (Parrinder 97).
The Islamic education system has been used as a foundation for terror. Societal compliance is needed for true reciprocity between Muslims in the west and their non Muslim fellow citizens.
"The more educated immigrants quickly understood that there was a need to put structures of "Islamic education" in place for the young.
It is very important to know the role played by the western Media, which is responsible creating this impression in the minds of people at large. In this modern age of Information Technology, the power of Media has risen to multiple proportions.
In addition, the formulations in larger part determined what can and cannot be said about Muslims and their religion. This has disabled the western community from successfully and effectively engaging the Muslim world especially on those issues of global concern, in most situations their efforts reaching a dead end.