Islam: Peaceful or Corrupt?

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How many suicide bombings take place every day in the world? Keeping in mind the war on terrorism, as people have named it, which has been going on for more then a decade now, is still at the top of many countries’ agenda. This issue, however, is affiliated with the religion of Islam that was once viewed by many as a peaceful religion. Islamic fundamentalism is the term used to describe religious beliefs seen as counseling a return to the “fundamentals” of Islam: the Quran and the Sunnah. Even though people think it is a waste of time to deal with the problem, the issue of Islamic fundamentalism should be approached with a strategic plan because these fundamentalists are causing the world to think that Islam is a corrupt religion and innocent people are dying everyday because of bombings. “Islam has two meanings: Peace and submission to Allah (God). Muslims believe that Islam is the only true religion and that it was revealed by the Prophet Muhammad in Arabia in the seventh century. Pious Muslims attach themselves to the five pillars of Islam: 1) Acknowledging that there is no true god except God and that Muhammad is the Prophet of God. 2) Praying five times a day facing toward Mecca. 3) Giving alms to the poor. 4) Fasting in the month of Ramadan (the ninth month of the lunar year). 5) For those who are financially and physically able, making an annual pilgrimage to Mecca” (Ojeda). There are many other guidelines of Islam. Those are apprehensive with regulations of diet, clothing, personal hygiene, business ethics, responsibilities toward parents, spouses, and children marriage divorce, inheritance, civil and criminal law fighting in defense of Islam, relations with non-Muslims, and much more. Muslims reside in areas all over... ... middle of paper ... ...38715 “9/11: Did the U.S. Overreact?” Wall Street Journal. 09 Sep 2011: A.19. SIRS Issue Researcher. Web. 30 Nov 2011. Young, Cathy. “Fear of a Muslim America.” Reason. Aug/Sep 2011: 20. SIRS Issue Researcher. Web. 04 Dec 2011. Islamic Society of North America. “Against Terrorism and Religious Extremism.” Islamic Horizons: vol. 35. No. 3. May/June 2006. Pp. 31-32. 06 Dec 2011. Musk, Bill. “Islamic Jihad Requires Killing the Enemy.” Willis, Laurie, Ed. “Extremism.” Opposing Viewpoints Series. Green haven Press. 2011. Musk, Bill. “The Certainty Trap: Can Christians and Muslims Afford the Luxury of Fundamentalism?” 04 Dec 2011. Mehdi, Hasan. “Terrorism is Practiced by Non-Muslims.” Extremism. Willis, Laurie Ed. Opposing Viewpoints Series. Green haven Press. 2011. “Know Your Enemy.” New Statesman. Vol. 138. July 13 2009. P.15. 04 Dec 2011.

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