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  • I don't think Islam is bad, in fact, some people I know (who know what they are talking about -unlike me-) have the better comments about the religion. The problem is fanaticism and extremism, same thing happened to the Catholic Apostolic Church back on those days when they did things that later regret.
  • Islam itself is probably not bad. But there seems to be a lot of bad Muslims out there.
  • There are bad people in every religion, not just Islam. I was Muslim for 12 years, but I left officially last year (but wasn't really practicing so I probably unofficially left it a year or two earlier). One thing that is wrong with Islam that is no one thinks to question anything. Why should women only get 1/2 of the inheritance of men in this day and age where their family members don't automatically support them in case of divorce/death? Why is a woman's testimony worth 1/2 of a man's when women now are knowledgeable about the world as they weren't 1400 years ago? Yes Islam gave women rights 1400 years ago that they did not have then, but that was then, this is the 1st century now. The Islam that people have been following is outdated, and they will be outdated as long as they follow it. Just my 2 cents. MI Girl, in Michigan http://NotMuslimAnymore.blogspot.com/
  • You see in this generation that we live in many of us just watch TV rather than reading books. If we read books we do not read all of the book. If we read the entire book we only read it once. We do not travel for seeking knowledge of the people of knowledge, we only travel for pleasure. We do not contemplate the secrets of reality we only feed our desires. In this state that we are in it will be very hard to understand any religion and especially Islam since it demands that you go against your own nature (desires) in order to submit to GOD. Even if we study the eastern cultures like Buddhism we only skim the surface and take what we want and leave the rest so you see we will never truly understand Islam until we empty our cups and devote some genuine sincere time into studying it open mindedly acknowledging its beauty as well as it problems and with the sincere hope that we would be enlightened at somepoint whether it is our faith or not. A famous muslim scholar used to debate but always wished that his opponent would further enlighten him. Islam is not bad, Islam is very very very good and Islam is in the books (Quran and hadith and books of doctrine) while the muslims (best muslims) are in the tombs (of old) and as for modern muslims we are people just as all people in the world- we are not perfect we (majority) try to be/do good and still we (minority)have many terrible faults so may God Help us to better our selves in his service and increase our awe of him.
  • Islam has indeed been strongly criticized in the media & portrayed in quite a negative light. Those who have had a long exposure to the media and been influenced by it can end up being very islamophobic. Judging by the treatment meted out to the young lad in the video below by his own parents it is clear that they think Islam IS bad. What they probably don't realise is that their hatred of Islam has made them ill treat their own son at an age when parental love and understanding must have been quite important to him.
  • lIKE NOTED ABOVE, THE RELIGION ITSELF ISN'T BAD. BUT WHEN SOMEONE TAKES IT OUT OF CONTEXT AND SKEWS IT, SUCH AS THE CRAZED LUNATICS WISHING DEATH UPON THE U.S., THEN OF COURSE IT WILL BE PORTRAYED IN A NEGATIVE LIGHT. WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE MUTATE THEIR CHILDRENS MIND AND TELL THEM ITS OK TO KILL, MAME, AND MUTILIATE OTHERS? SURE THERE ARE BAD PEOPLE OUT THERE, BUT ITS NOT ONLY IN THE U.S. SO GIVE IT A REST RADICAL ISLAMISTS.
  • I don't think Islam is bad. Maybe this answer is my personal opinion plus I'm a Muslim. It is just the people who make other people around the world think Islam is bad. Blame most of the bad thing that made by them,even they are not. especially about the 9/11 tragedy. I would like to ask something,which Islam has been criticized in the media strongly & portrayed in a negative side. But why not the Jewish where live in the Israel?(the people who take over Palestinian land and make it like it's their own) Kills and confessed officially the cruel things that they done in media. Even killing the media!? Whats your opinion on that JEWISH?? Do you think it's Bad? I don't yhink it's bad, I think it's cruel and violent. Even worst than the evil. That's my opinion.
  • no i don't think any religion is wrong but what is wrong is people in this world... judging without thinking, changing rules they shouldn't change, torturing people.. we have done many things in our life that we should pay for. if a guy wanted to send a message without harm we would go all monkey on him and his country if we don't like his idea.. i don't think its bad at all in fact it is the most simplest and honorable religion iv ever studied about.
  • There are extremists in any religion. Islam just seems to have more than it’s share. And you don’t have to read just the media to see that. There are many organizations and institutions that express that. And I mean ones that aren’t based in the west either. RAWA is one that comes to mind.
  • Ask these people what they think of Islam. Eugene Armstrong, Kim Sun-il, Paul Johnson, Georgi Lazov, Enzo Baldoni, Shosei Koda, Margaret Hassan, Tom Fox, John Roy Young, Joshua Mark Munns, Paul Christopher Johnson-Reuben, Jonathon Michael Cote, Ronald Withrow, Gyanendra Shrestha, Manoj Kumar Thakur, Rajendra Kumar Shrestha, Jit Bahadur Thapa, Budha Kumar Shas, Ramesh Khadka, Mangal Bahadur Limbu, Sanjaya Kumar Thakur, Lalan Sing Koirala, Chhok Bahadur Thapa, Prakash Adhikari, and Bishnu Hari Thapa. . . Maybe they can tell you that Islam is a religion of peace.
  • islan is terrorist and we need to keep all of them out of America.
  • As bad as any other paternalistic religion wherein no one ever gets denounced for doing stupid shit.
  • Islam is ok. What I object to are religious extremists, whatever religion they subscribe to.
  • Personally I think its more the people than the religion Not all the people who follow Islam obviously But its the negative people who give islam the negative light
  • like most religions in the past and presant i suspect that the fanatical leaders of islam brain wash the young muslims into believing that terriost views are correct its happened in most of the major religions at one time or another and not just religions either its happened to nations e.g. germany nazism hitler youth ect
  • Islam been undoubtedly been strongly criticized by bloggers and message board posters, but by the regular media? I seriously doubt it. My opinion is it's a religion that its followers can interpret in a variety of ways. In some parts of the world it has gained a large percentage of followers of a rabid, hating variety.
  • Islam is a lot like other old religions: I think we're approaching a point in history where religions need to start justifying their existence with something more than "it makes people feel like they belong and have meaningful lives". That's not enough anymore. The world is getting smaller by the day, and religions are increasingly stepping on each others toes in ways that threaten the whole. I think the goal for mankind should be "awakening" -- i.e. waking up from the dream of history, from the illusions and superstitions we recycle and perpetuate generation after generation, from the delusions that divide us into warring camps, and from the illusions that we know more than we really do. An awake humanity is a humanity that knows its limitations as well as its power, and looks to the future with an understanding that we are on our own for making the world a better place. That sense of shared responsibility -- of knowing that we have to count on everyone as well as ourselves, and face forward instead of backward -- that is the religion of the future. The religions of the past are increasingly being a millstone rather than an asset.
  • No like anywhere and anyone there is a bad apple (element) other than that muslims just want to live like the rest of us
  • In and of itself of course not... it is just one more Religion that some people feel necessary. It is the extremists that adpot an ideal and take it for their own and destroy it by association. Smart people realize that.
  • When the tenets and principles of a religion become corrupted by radicals, espousing harsh, repressive laws for the unfortunate people living under those laws, it's bad. This link goes to the PBS documentary, "FRONTLINE: Return of the Taliban". You can watch it free online, if you're interested: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/taliban/view/
  • I think all religions are bad to a degree. What's worse are the leaders and the blind unquestioning followers.
  • Well, before I answer your question, let me(I'm a muslim) first tell you something about Islam. History says that, ancient man had been worshiped of various power and thus comes the term 'religion'. It's the Islam that freed man from worshiping those powers and has lead them to only one superpower, Allah. In general, a religion is powered by some rules and restrictions which are good to all [living and non-living]. And these rules-restrictions are stored in the religious books and thus makes a religion stands still after centuries. But, if you study Islam properly, you'd probably know that, Islam doesn't depend on its Religious Grand book, Quraan only. There're four sources- 1. Quraan; the words from Allah 2. Sunnah; the sayings and life leading of prophet(Sm.) 3. Ijmah; the decisions from scholars 4. Kiyaas; the decisions that a muslims makes and which doesn't go against people. From a close look on it, we can realise Islam will never stand still. And now comes the answer to your question- A religion is never bad, for it shows the way how you lead your life pecefully, not hurting others and by no means. The above four sources of rules say that you can make your own decisions if they're not against humanity. Thus Islam never encourages terrorism. For example, once, it was acceptabe for muslims to marry their housemaids[slaves]. Cz in those days you could buy slaves for you. But this is no more valid now; and though it's acceptable in Quraan, you can't buy slaves for you, let alone marry them. There too many folk groups in Islam which is their own fault being not united and it's not the fault of Islam. So, it's obvious that they'll do something wrong as the other races do and will be criticized. So, I do strongly believe this no worth to criticize a religion and better do that to those definite folks. One last thing, I've read in one answer here, says:'...Islam gave women their rights 1400 years ago, why not now? Why women do inherit 1/2 of their brothers' shares?...' and something like '...we cannot questionise Islam...' My answer is Islam gave women rights 1400 years ago, which religion did else? What do you think how can a religion devise you rights? yes, by showing way of making laws; and Islam did it. It's totally up to you; and Islam can never be blamed for what wrongs are done by the muslims. Do you recall one thing? Some asked GBS- : What is the greatest religion amongst? GBS: The Islam. : And the worst nation? GBS: The muslims. ********************* I do agree with it, though I'm a muslim. I hope you have the answer by now. Thanks.
  • no, but they do seem to be an EXTREME peoples.. i am not talking of the ones here, but there....they did not seem to have and social common sense...they were not friendly , they seemed to exude their hate for americans...which thats not been a secret for many yrs...but i saw it first hand...they have a strong,negative attitude toward all not of Islam...and u darn well will not practice another faith in their country....very arrogant, and self assuming righteous...yeah, i think thats bad but at least it is of a one god nation..same book and so forth... it does not have all different denominations procaliming they are right from the same book... i don't care how they are portrayed as long as the extremeists idiots , keep it over there...:)
  • Islam is the best thing since sliced bread!!!
  • I think that all Muslims are really really bad people and should be ashamed to call themselves humans, killing innocent people!!! When judgement day comes around we will then see that He will take all the filth from the world!!!
  • I think islam is a good religion and I wish everyone could know that...
  • Fascinating premise. Most people would say the media, especially the news media, has bent over backwards trying to paint Islam in a positive light, with writers often engaging in self-censorship, typically refusing to mention that the perpetrator of some act of mass violence in the US or UK was Moslem, even when it was relevent. Heck, I just watched just the first installment in History Channel's program "The Science of Islam" - an hour long panegyric to Islamic contributions to Science. As far as I can tell It's Christianity and Christians that the Western mainstream media is consistently mocking, villifying, and libeling. Case in point, 19 Moslems kill 3000 Americans and the press and politicos - Bush included - blathered on endlessly about Islam being a religion of peace, how most Moslems are peaceful and law-abiding, and how the nation would not tolerate violence against Moslems for their religion. Compare that with 1 mad-man shooting a mass-murderer of infants and the press and politicos jump on a bandwagon proclaiming Christianity and all Christians responsible for the act an murderers just lying in wait for an opportunity. (FYI, since Roe-v.-Wade, all of 5 abortionists have been murdered by mad pro-lifers (yes only FIVE!) versus 50 million infants killed abortionists.)
  • There would seem to be a lot of bad Muslims out there is you look at the new and listen to the media. There are so many Muslims that are good that you do not even think about...Doctors, Politicians, Musicians, Even celebrities
  • In answer to Clarks, there are not "a lot" of bad muslims out there. Those known as muslim terrorists aren't even muslim. What they believe in is strictly prohibited in the quran (their holy book), especially killing innocent people and killing one's self i.e. sucide--doing this sends you directly to hell. They use islam as an excuse to make war and to terrorize others.
  • Not bad per se. It is more open for use in tyranny than most other religions, at least as practiced and interpreted today. It purports to operate as a system of law as opposed to a system of ethics (with punishment meted out posthumously). This makes it difficult for people living under a theocracy to make changes. . It has hatred of Jews built in. No good can come of that. . Finally, it has no system of accountability as modern churches do, whereby if you preach heresy and evil you will be denounced by, for example, the Pope.
  • no i don't think it's bad. the media is full of shit how they portrayed islam.
  • The Proof That Islam Is The Truth - Abdur-Raheem Green http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=... Twelve Proofs that Muhammad is a True Prophet http://www.freewebs.com/katab/7th.htm Is the Quran God's word? 1/4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zg8RnHs... Beliefs of Islam http://www.islamreligion.com/category/48... Islam, the Religion of Ease http://www.freewebs.com/katab/4th.htm ISLAM and the AIM of LIFE http://www.freewebs.com/katab/3rd.htm Merits Of Islam http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/219/muslim... Quran Miracles encyclopdia http://www.55a.net/firas/en1/
  • well , i am a muslim and i been through alot of religions among jesus religion,judaism, buddeh, and hundsim. i have found that jesus religion is very interesting in nowdays. islam it self just a religion like others and it's hitting up in the sky. everyone have the freedom to practice what ever they want,HOWEVER there are some pplz under the taple who produces an agenda and bad news among the muslim world,but that really didn't have any impact on the growth. alot of pplz hate islam AND THEY DON'KNOW ABOUT IT. AS A MUSLIM I REALY THINK ALLHA THAT I WAS BORN INTO MUSLIM FAMILY.UNLIKE OTHERS WHO JESUS TAUGHT THEM NOT TO LEAVE OTHER FOLK RELIGIONS ALONE. I LIKE ISLAM ,CUZZ THE ARE NO DIFFERENT BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ETC, HOWEVER WHEN IT COMES TO THE WESTERN WORLD. I REALLY DON'T LIKE IT.MOSTLY AMONG US. ISLAM NEVER CRTIZIED JEWISH NOR JESUS RELIGION, NOR ANYONE. BUT I SEE ALOT OF PPLZ LEAVING JESUS BATH AND AND COMING TO ISLAM. I HAVE PROOFS OF ANYTHINGS NEEDED. SALAAAAAAAAAM
  • Islam is certainly a peace religion. It aims to provide people with a happy life. It is not a terrorism religion as media tells. In contrast it bans killing people. You can have detailed information about islam from this website: http://www.hakikatkitabevi.com/English/english.htm
  • look at this website: http://www.hakikatkitabevi.com/English/english.htm
  • Although it has been criticized in the media, the media does not try to tell you what Islam really teaches; not even the basic beliefs of Islam. Therefore, if people will not be curious enough to look into Islam to see what it is, it is their fault as to how they view it. As for the growth of Islam all over the world. You can tell that people are looking into it, liking what they see, and becoming Muslims themselves.
  • I'm going to jump right to your second and third questions. I don't want to get into media portrayal. I've read the Koran (and the Hadiths). I think that many of the beliefs are immoral, and even more of them untrue. It does not teach that women are equal or must enjoy THE SAME rights as men. It has horrific teachings about homosexuals. It is coercive. The punishment for rejecting it is death. The punishments are barbaricly inhumane. So, I'd call the actual teachings and philosophy of Islam bad. I'm not even going to get into the horrific evil of extremism. To give you context, I also think the same of Judaism and Christianity.
  • Let me put it this way: In the past 10 years everything I've seen, heard or read concerning Islam was not what I would call endearing.
  • it should only be used in the countries it originates from and the bastards should not be going round bombing innocent people.to cut to the quick.....they should all live in the wastelands of the desert in saudi arabia.......what kind of religeon treats the female as nothing but a servant and a breeding machine for for the male......in this religion they want all women to be sub serviant.....and there is no place for that in the modern world
  • Islam is not bad. But we all know media is prejudiced and bad. They are more into buisiness. Especially Western media can make anybody look bad if they want to. Today world media follow them or they will make them foollow. Majority of medias in the thrid world countries were owned by tycoons in America and Europe. Islam is controlled by mullahs and Jehadis who are illiterates and power hungry. That is a problem. But there are several good muslims are there in the world like any otehr human beings.

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