In the Face of Abuse and Hardship: You shall most certainly be tried in your possessions and in your persons; and you shall hear much hurting abuse from those who were given revelations before you and from those who set up partners with God. But if you persevere and continue to fear God -that is indeed a matter requiring strong resolve. (Quran 3:186)
In this QURANIC verse, Allah tells Muslim believers that they must experience tests and trials that affect them and their possessions in no uncertain terms. They must persevere and stand firm to prove themselves worthy of the trust of Allah and His great reward. It is the natural way of things that its advocates should be a tough test when it comes to establishing any faith in real life. There is no escape from the fact that they will have to show their patience in adversity, their determined suppression and strong resolve, as well as their willingness to sacrifice all their worldly possessions and their persons. This is the only way to paradise that cannot be reached without a sacrifice and hardships.
While many people speak of ” Islam and Muslims” in unitary terms, these terms have represented many pictures and perceptions throughout history. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the tale of Islam is one of rapid growth, dramatically increasing population, geographical and cultural diversity and increasing interdependencies. While Islam and Muslims are commonly understood to be geographical and culturally centered in the Arab world. (where less than a quarter of the world’s Muslims live), borders do not restrict Muslims. Islam is becoming an increasingly unrestrained religion that covers many nationalities, ethnic and tribal group, cultures, languages, and traditions. Today, apart from the reality that most Muslims in the world live in Asia and Africa, Islam is a huge and rapidly growing religion in Europe and America. 1.8 billion Muslims in the world live in some 57 countries and substantial population in Europe and North America. Major Muslim communities today are not only residing in Islamabad, Cairo, Khartoum, Damascus, Dakar, Riyadh, Tehran and Kuala Lumpur, but also in Washington, D.C. London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, New York, Chicago and Detroit. Geographic multiculturalism also reflects the diversity of languages; and they speak Turkish, Swahili, Chinese, French, English, Spanish and Dutch, not only Arabic and Persian.
Extremism against Muslim culture in the west.
Recent reports from Amnesty International and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation show that Muslims have been victims of prejudice in the West for a long time. However, Muslim women may face the biggest challenges for the Muslim population because of multiple levels of discrimination based on religion, gender equality and migration. Following the terrorist attack in Paris on 13 November 2015, news outlets such as Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, The BBC and The Guardian reported that there was an increase in the number of hate crimes against perceived Muslims, who are following their Islamic culture in many west countries.
This could be explained in part by the dual image of Muslim women, which is largely represented in the Western public today. Muslim women ‘s hijab are seen, on the one hand, as a controversial symbol in the West that emphasizes the differences and divisions between ” Western ” and ” Muslim ” values — a sign of backwardness that conflicts with the progressive West. On the other hand, the different forms of the hijab, ranging from jilbab to Niqab and Burqa, represent Islam –a perceived security threat to the West for a long time.
Similar men who are wearing Islamic clothes such as kandura or being on sunna, i.e keeping beard faces similar kind of extremism by the west.
In view of the rudimentary dictionary definition of veils such as a hijab — ” a head covered by some Muslim women in public ” — or kandura for men basically Muslim traditional clothing’s for Arabs men, the question is: why did this piece of cloth attract so much attention and reaction?
Islam… an extreme religion?
“Islamic terrorists!” “Muslim fundamentalists!” “Extremists!” “Radical Islamists!” These are just some labels that have been wrongly applied to Muslims and certain Muslim groups in recent years.
The image of Islam is media often misleads people with limited religious knowledge to make negative assumptions about this very peaceful and tolerant way of life.
Is it surprising that most people relate Islam to terrorism? the ignorance problem is illustrated by a survey that reveals that more than one in three Australians admits that they know nothing about Islam and its followers.
The prevalence of media favouritism and ignorance of Islam can be countered by the understanding of Islam through its own teachings. This means referring to the Quran (which Muslims believe is God’s word) and the prophet Muhammad’s authentic words(peace be upon him) Through the proper understanding of these teachings, one will discover Islam to be completely against any form of extremism
According to Islam and Muslims, the act of inciting terror in the heart of defenseless civilians, the destruction of public buildings and property, the bombing and massacring of innocent men, women, and children are all prohibited and detestable. This is regardless of any type of terrorism, including western state-sponsored terrorism which has killed, injured and displaced infinitely more people than all other types of terrorism. if a Muslim committed an act of terrorism, he would be guilty of breaking the laws of the very religion he claims to follow-Islam. Would it be fair to condemn all Muslims, if religion itself is opposed to these acts? The vast majority have nothing to do with the violent events some – notably the media – have associated with Muslims. Islam is not a religion of extremism.
“Allah does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. Allah loves those who are just.” Qur’an 60:8
Islam is a religion founded in the middle east that teaches about peace, brotherhood, care, purity and purity. Its not restricted to any culture or any country. Islam is one of the most important and largely religious beliefs. Islamic culture was very famous and powerful. Islam originated in middle east but spread through Spain, Turkey, Asia, Iran, Iraq and the rest of the world. And majority of regions adopted the Islamic culture.
Not only did the lives of Arabs shape Islamic culture in areas where Islam flourishes and strengthens, but they also helped to create a culture of its own that differs from the others. Islamic teaching is exhibited by Islamic culture. The basic Islamic culture is same where but a little bit differences if one move from one country to another. But fundamentals such 5 times obligatory prayer, marriage contract, zakat and etc remains the same. There Islamic culture is the source of wisdom for Islamic religion and its every Muslims responsibility to prevent it from facing the above extremisms.
our opinion is very simple but t0o complex to be one.
While attending this project we learned in order to prevent extremism or radicalism, one must be well educated and educate his or her younger so that they never drawn into extremist views. And one must try accepting and reassuring his or her self that you are accepted, and one must even accept other’s presence in the society. And one must stay unprejudiced and be ready to be surprised. There are many awesome projects one can get involved in to educate youth, for example when students of “college of Europe” got to know that around 71000 young people were ready to radicalize, THEY decided to start raising awareness and educating young people about the issue through YouTube videos, named “swipe left”
We conclude that the best weapon to fight extremism is having a good moral value and belong to well-balanced culture.