By QOSIM OLOLADE ABDULQUDUS
Who is Allah?
Say: In Arabic, Allah literally means ‘the one who deserves to be worshipped’, or more simply ‘God’. The same God that was worshipped by Prophet Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad peace be upon them all. Noteworthy is the fact that Arab and Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians do not have any other word for God other than Allah. Islam however rejects the notion of trinity and Muslims believes that Allah is one. Also, the word ‘Allah’ cannot be pluralized and this goes hand in hand with the Islamic conception of God. Additionally, Allah is sometimes falsely regarded as the moon god. This is a baseless assertion made widespread by evil-mongers whose only aim is to discredit Islam as there is no historical or any scriptural evidence to back-up their claim. Read Baqarah v255
What is the significance of the crescent moon and the star?
Say: These symbols are not symbols of Islam. Their emergence cannot be ascribed to the prophet or to any of his companions. It can be traced to the old Ottoman Empire based in Turkey that collapsed in 1923. The symbols were adopted in their flags and that of conquered territories. After the empire collapsed, it was continually used in the flags of former colonies and by the 1950s, the symbols came to be associated with Islam and incorporated into various Islamic societies, monuments and artifacts – It was used prominently by the Nation of Islam. Some countries such as Libya added the symbol to their national flag and even ascribed meaning to it: ‘’The Crescent is symbolic of the beginning of the Lunar month of the Islamic calendar.., the star represents our smiling hope, the beauty of aims … and the light of our belief in God’’. Thus, the symbol till date became widespread, featuring especially in Islamic Architecture. Nonetheless, that doesn’t make it a symbol of Islam, it is not.
Islam was spread by the sword?
Say: It is common talk among non-Muslims that Islam would not have been where it is today had it not been spread by the sword. This is far from from the truth. De Lacy O’Leary , a British historian wrote: “history makes it clear however that the legend of the fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fanatically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated”(Islam At Crossroads). If Islam were spread by the sword, then the over 5 million Coptic Christians and Jews living in overwhelmingly Muslim countries like Egypt would have either been killed or converted. Islam is at present the fastest growing religion and one may ask – which war took place in this century which converted millions to Islam? If Islam were spread by any sword, it’s the sword of dawah as the Quran says: “..Invite all to the way of thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching”An-Nahl :125.
Why are Muslims terrorists?
Say: No, Muslims aren’t terrorists at all. There are some groups and factions that perpetuate evil in the name of Islam but they do not represent Islam. It is quite unfair to judge a group of people by the actions of a small percentage of that group. A poll conducted by a non-Muslim organization and backed by an FBI report on terrorism showed that 94% of Muslims aren’t at all radical. There are various organizations that do not proclaim Islam at all yet make mischief but it is as though the media makes light of them. The Lord’s Resistance of Joseph Kony has committed mass killings, ritual killings, rape and other atrocities in the name of Christianity. Till now, Joseph Kony is still at large and they continue to wreak havoc on Ugandans. They aim to establish a theocratic state in Uganda based on Christian fundamentalism.
The ‘gunpowder plot’ was a failed attempt by English Catholic men to assassinate King James 1 in 1605 and blow up the Palace of Westminster because of the reformation and introduction of protestant state churches. This is said by many historians to mark the beginning of modern terrorism. The Ku Klux Klan is also a Christian terrorist organizations and their goal is to ‘’re-establish protestant Christians in America by ANY MEANS POSSIBLE’’ according to Wikipedia. They have continued to maim, kill and destroy in the name of Christianity. In Central African Republic, Christian Militias destroyed almost all the mosque in the region in their recent uprising. In 2014, Amnesty International reported several massacres committed by Christian anti-balaka forces against Muslims, there are even cases of Muslims being cannibalized.
The reality is that the vast majorities of Muslims are far from violent and suffer more from terrorism and violence than non-muslims. The media has sensationalized the views of a tiny percentage of violent extremists as the legitimate understanding of Islam as a community seeking global dominance by force. Terrorism is a global issue and not an Islamic monopoly and thus should be dealt with globally.