Fewer Americans see Islam as violent-Pew poll

September 9, 2009

The percentage of Americans who believe Islam encourages violence has declined and very basic knowledge about the faith has shown modest increases, according to a new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Thirty-eight percent of those polled believed Islam was more likely than other faiths to encourage violence, down from the 45 percent who held this view two years earlier.OBAMA/

Most Americans — 58 percent — also believe Muslims are discriminated against. In fact, they see them as a group second only to gays and lesbians in terms of the discrimination they face. These findings suggest unexpected empathy for a community whose leaders often claim they are regarded with suspicion and hostility.

The survey also reports that Americans are generally learning more about Islam and that increasing familiarity with the religion correlates with a decline in belief that Islam promotes violence.

The poll’s findings, released ahead of the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, come against the backdrop of President Barack Obama’s attempts to reach out to the Islamic world and eroding public support for the war in Muslim Afghanistan as U.S. combat deaths there rise to record levels.

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Some of the misinformation is falling away. Within and outside Muslim and other congregations, people are learning that the primary purpose of the word of God to the Prophet Muhammad was to say to follow the whole Bible. Jesus (Isa) had said to live by EVERY word of God and that is what Muhammad was told. He was a prophet to the Christians and Jews who were both following only part of the Bible; that error continues, only now the Muslims also do not follow either part of the Bible. This is a time for great correction that can lead to peace.

Greater unity can be found if our president and leaders of nations will acknowledge “Unified Days Of No Work” using the standard in Leviticus 23. This is not for religious purposes, but for secular Days Of No Work ONLY. This way we will have the same day off and be able to help our families and neighbors for all of the six other days. It will unify families and communities and break down walls of divisions that cause suspicion and conflicts. See the proposal sent to the United Nations and President Obama and send your request to show support. http://www.divine-way.com

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What Does “Islam” Mean?

The word “Islam” itself means “Submission to Allah.” The religion of Islam is not named after a person as in the case of “Christianity” which was named after Jesus Christ, “Buddhism” after Gutama Buddha , “Marxism” after Karl Marx, and “Confucianism” after Confucius.

Similarly, Islam is not named after a tribe like “Judaism” after the tribe of Judah and “Hinduism” after the Hindus. The Arabic word “Islam” means the submission or surrender of one’s will to the will of the only true god worthy of worship, “Allah” (known as God “the Father” in Christianity).

Anyone who does indeed submit to the will of Allah as required by Islam is termed a “Muslim,” which means one who has submitted to the will of Allah. Many people in the West have developed the sad misinformed trend of calling Islam “Muhammadenism” and it’s followers “Muhammadins.” This is a totally foreign word to Muslims and unrecognized by them. No Muslim has ever called his religion “Muhammadenism” or called himself a “Muhammadin.”

What Is The Basic Concept of Islam?

Islam teaches us that this life is a life of worship. We are placed on this earth in order to worship Allah and obey His command. During this earthly life we are subjected to a series of trials. We have the option of enduring these trials and conforming to certain laws, and our reward will be great in the next life, or we may decline to endure these trials and choose to not conform to the law, then we will be made to regret it in the next life.

Each person will be solely and completely responsible for their own final reward. We are also told that God has designed these laws to make this life a better, safer, and more tolerable one for us. If we elect to conform to them then we will see the result in this life even before moving on to the next.
We are told that the earthly life is a life of faith and work, and the next life is one of reward and no work. We have been placed on this earth to worship God, fast, pray, be industrious, good, kind, respectful, and a source of uprightness and morality. We are told that God has no need of our worship. Our worship can not increase the kingdom of God nor add to His power, however, it is in our best interests both in this life and the next that we do.

Unlike some other religions which claim that God entered in a covenant with a certain group of people and that this group is genetically better than all other human beings, or closer to God, Islam on the other hand teaches that no color, race, tribe, or lineage is better than any other. Islam teaches that all humans are equal in the sight of Allah and that the only thing that can distinguish them in His sight is their piety and worship.

“O humankind! Verily! We have created you from a male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Verily! the noblest among you in the sight of Allah is the most God-fearing. Verily! Allah is The Knower, The Aware.” The noble Qur’an, Al-Hujrat(49):13.

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Islam means the submission to allah. Islam can also mean that the power structure of islamic countries uses their merged state-mosque structure to manipulate the lower class muslims and use them essentially as cannon fodder in their wars holy or otherwise.
What happens after islam becomes predominant in a region? Look at what happened to Lebannon.

Why do most islamic countries appear to be strife with massive social unrest and essentially dysfunctional societies (with the exception of Turkey as the army continues to be loyal to Ataturk’s ideals)?

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brother its not because of that they were Muslim its because they were not ruling according to the teachings of Islam and why is it that other countries have to interfere in the matter of other countries . will they like the same thing for them i be leave no so most of the tings will be sorted out if they do not and secondly it depend of the people of the country tat when they want change they have to opt for it not just say it like the revolution in United states and like the french revolution and many more its the people that they have to decide that how they have to live there life and all Islam tells is peace and justice. that is the part where we all are lacking and we have to improve. i hope that all countries whether they are Islamic or not come to common terms and bring harmony and peace in world its not the religion that bad its the people who are following and if one makes mistake it should be 1 person that should be accused not the whole country or Religion http://quranforkids.org

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