Islam, Muslims and The Quran have
become a subject of major concern to the world media, religious
groups and people, especially after the events of September 11th
2001 in the USA. Many articles and books have been written about
a religion followed by over one billion people worldwide, some of which saw
in Islam a separate civilization that will inevitably clash
with the current dominant western civilization, but some were
more optimistic, showing interest in a constructive debate,
seeking understanding. However, many of these writings continued to
perpetuate misinformation and repeat the same common
misconceptions, thus giving a distorted picture of what islam is
about, and what The Quran actually says.
For those interested in sincerely seeking the truth, we have prepared an easy to read and verify list using the book that Muslims regard as a divine guidance and final revelation to humanity: The Quran (sometimes referred to as 'The Koran'). We chose this approach because it is the only undisputed source amongst muslims and it is important for the reader to be able to research and verify what is written and The Quran is widely available in many countries and in many different languages. Unfortunately, there is often a difference between what Muslims believe/practice and what The Quran actually says.
To read the response to the most common misconceptions, simply click on the misconception in the list shown below. If a number reference is given, e.g. 17:36, this refers to Chapter 17, Verse 36 of The Quran, which can be looked up here for example.
The list of misconceptions:
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Stoning to death allowed
Must be "Muslim" or you will go to Hell
No freedom of religion
Women confined to houses
Music and singing forbidden
A man and woman cannot be
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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is correct to the best of the contributors knowledge only and thus should not be taken as a fact. One should always verify information and seek knowledge when possible. The language translation service offered by Google (top left box) is not 100% accurate and should be used as a guideline only.