Islam : A Religion Of Peace?

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Danielle Novak Abby Ruby, Ph.D. Sociology 1 November 24, 2014 Islam - A Religion of Peace? The headlines out of the Middle East in recent months have been horrifying. American and British hostages beheaded, captured prisoners executed in the thousands, and children brutally murdered. There have been entire communities starved to death and murdered in cold blood for refusing to change their religious viewpoint. Much of the modern world is shocked by such depraved brutality. It appears incomprehensible to the Western mentality. What is driving such cruelty and barbarism that has been unfortunately witnessed in recent memory? In reality, the answer is simple. The individuals or groups who are behind these horrors share a single, common denominator. They are unapologetic in stating they are doing what they are instructed to do by Allah, the Qur’an, their Muslim religion. The religion is Islam. Is Islam a religion of peace? In the United States media, Muslims are portrayed as fervently dedicated to the worship of Allah, but non-violent. The media tries to separate Muslims from Islam by reporting the latter as radical extremists that do not reflect the fundamental beliefs of Islam. It is true that many Muslims are peaceful, and are equally horrified by these events. Ever since the horrific hijacked-airliner terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Western leaders have gone out of their way to describe Islam as a religion of peace. The following are quotes from American leaders since that time, outlining how Islam is peaceful: • Six days after September 11, 2001, that killed almost 3,000 Americans, former President George W. Bush, speaking at the Islamic Center of Washington D.C., said: “These acts of... ... middle of paper ... ... Huntington, Samuel P. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. Print. Kerry, John. "U.S. - Muslim Relations." C-SPAN.org. C-Span, 3 Sept. 2014. Web. 1 Nov. 2014. "Muslim Opinion Polls - Challenging the 'Tiny Minority of Extremists ' Myth." The Religion of Peace. Thereligionofpeace.com, 2014. Web. 10 Dec. 2014. Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. "Muhammad (prophet of Islam)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, 31 Oct. 2014. Web. 1 Nov. 2014. "The Noble Qur 'an - القرآن الكريم." The Noble Qur 'an - القرآن الكريم. Quran.com, n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2014. Obama, Barack. "Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly." Whitehouse.gov. Office of the Press Secretary, 24 Sept. 2014. Web. 1 Nov. 2014. "Profile: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi." BBC News. BBC.com, 5 July 2014. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.

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