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Shvoong Home>Social Sciences>The Image of Islam in the Western( Countries) Summary

The Image of Islam in the Western( Countries)

Article Summary   by:vandeSar     Original Author: Rahman Hadiyanto
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This abstract was translated from CITRA ISLAM DI MATA BARAT
 
The existence of Islam in the world, the western world in particular, is often times seen in a negative as well as positive ways. Some may see Islam identical with violence or terrorism acts against other religions through their Jihad belief. If only we would see it from a different point of view, Allah (the God Almighty) has in fact, wanted Islam, through Mohammad the prophet, be a gifting religion that gives shades and peace to the others religion adherents, that Islam can relate and mingle with the other (religions) and be a good example so that the other religion adherents would not feel intimidated, or worse, be treated as enemies of Islam. God willing, if Islam could make elegant and ethical approaches without seeing the fact that racially, religiously, ethnically, human are differen from each other, as it is written in the QS Mumtahinah:8-9 and QS Attaubah:6, QS Attaubah:4. It is clearly said that Islam does not forbid its adherents helping the non Islams. Even Islam instructs its adherents to be the examples of others and to help the others to find wisdom. Not like the western community has accused, Islam will not spread their influence with their swords. Islam will not break promises, unless the other party initiates breaking it. Based on the above, we can conclude that Islam will never, for whatever reasons and to whoever it might be, start hostility, unless, the other party has gone to too far and forced them to react or fight back.

Published: May 27, 2010   
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