10 Things I BET You Did Not Know About ISLAM.

1. We can eat pork…… 
depending on the circumstances. By default, the meat of pigs is haram(unlawful) in Islam. However, there are exceptions where it can be consumed ie dire circumstances. A clear example would be a “do or die” situation. Literally.

2. We can pray in Hebrew

or in Cantonese. Or in Russian. Or in sign language or just about ANY language in the world! Yes, as Muslims, you are encouraged to learn Arabic as the Quraan(Sacred Book) is written in Arabic (here’s why).

BUT the word is encouraaggeeeee. If you have a language disability or you are just really comfortable in your native language -relax. God gets it. Baby steps.

3. WE DECLARE JIHAD!!!! (On ourselves)

Pay attention to the simplest breakdown of this word that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Jihad = Struggle

Struggle = to strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance

The Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him – says “The greatest Jihad is the Jihad against yourself.”

A highly respected scholar defines this best –

” Declare your Jihad against 13 enemies you cannot see. Egoism, Arrogance, Conceit, Selfishness, Greed. Lust, Intolerance, Anger, Lying. Cheating, Gossiping, Slandering. If you can master & destroy them, THEN you will be ready to fight the enemy you can see. ” – Imam Al Ghazali

 

4. We dont follow the Shariah ALL the time

The Shariah is the law by which Muslims abide by. BUT, as much as it is law – it is also a guideline. To be misUSED as and when in accordance to the situation and the context and background of the people. I suppose this is why we were created with brains?

Muslims are strongly encouraged to use their intellect, wisdom coupled with knowledge of the sacred texts and books to ascertain the right from wrong using the Shariah as guidelines.

 

5. Arabs are NOT Muslims.

Ok so maybe some are. But get this. Arab is an ethnic group. Not a religion.

There are different types of Arabs depending on where they are from – White arabs, Black Arabs, Lebanese, Moroccan, Sudanese – the works. And then, there are Christian Arabs, Jewish Arabs, Buddhist Arabs.

And wait, im not finished yet. There are Chinese Muslims, Indian Muslims, Scottish Muslims, African Muslims, White Muslims, Black Muslims, Brown Muslims, North Pole Muslims and did i mention Arab Muslims??

Islam does NOT belong to a particular ethnic group or language or country or race or type of people & it NEVER will.

ANYONE can enter its sphere.

 

6. We have 290786 different sects.

Relax. Keep Calm and Read on. Thing to remember before continuing from this point is –

NEVER confuse Islam(The Religion) with Muslims(the followers).

Moving on – Muslims are everrryyywherrreee. It is impossible to have 1 ring to rule them all.

Last night, over dinner – my friend gave a really wise analogy for this. Coffee!

It comes from..uhh.. the Coffee Plant. Cultivated in over 70 different countries. It is then processed and the seeds are roasted to varying degrees depending on the desired flavour. People drink it in a million different ways resulting in a million different taste that suits the individual. You may hate the coffee i drink and i may not fancy yours. But, its the same source! So. Compare this with the Muslims. You have people following Islam from all over the universe. 7 continents. 196 (recognized) countries. A million different races, cultures, background, history. It’s impossible to expect everyone to conform to being 1 type of Muslim.

So there are what we call Madhab(School of Thought) which has 4 different ..thoughts. Some Muslims (Not Islam) also have different sects. Shia and Sunni being the famous two.

What is amazing about this is the very fact that it is mentioned in the Quran. Diversity is to be celebrated and it is a Mercy from God 🙂

Ok wait, so how do you decide what or where to belong to?

In the last sermon of the Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him – he says

I am leaving you with the the QURAN and my SUNNAH, if you follow them you will never go astray

As long as the Quran and Sunnah(practices/teachings of Prophet Muhammad) are heavily relied upon as examples and the way of life, i reckon you’re in safe hands.

And please, BRING YOUR BRAINS WITH YOU. If some guy tells you to bomb yourself & kill others so you will earn yourself 50 women fanning you while you sip on halal wine in paradise -then…. USE. YOUR. BRAINS.

 

7. Women Rights & Islam is a SYNONYM.

Surprise!! Here’s a rhetorical trivia! Guess the FIRST University in the world? The University of Al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco. Founded by Fatima al-Fihri in 859. SHE founded it. SHE founded the FIRST UNIVERSITY.

It was lawful. It was encouraged and heck yeah it was celebrated! Women(Muslims or Non) Rights existed over 1400 years ago. Our Lady Khadijah, peace upon her – was a successful entrepreneur. SHE HIRED the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to work for her.

The best scholar of hadith(traditions) was our Lady Aisha, peace upon her. The men had to go to her and study FROM her. When all of civilizations demeaned women with ideas of them carrying original sin, burying of female infants, treated as sex slaves,not allowed to pursue education, Islam removed ALL of that and was the FIRST to introduce fair distribution of wealth and property to women. The Sacred Book itself declares numerous versus of how women are integrating, equal halves of the human race.

Guess how Islam decides who is BEST in character??

The best of you are those who treat your wife best.

 

All ma ladies in the halal club put your hands up!

 

8.Prophet Muhammad LOVES you & he loves Jesus too!!!

When people tell me “But..Jesus loves you!”  Im like..yeah, i know. I love him too. We ALL love Jesus, peace be upon him.

Thing is, do you know that Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him loves you too!? Unconditionally. Whether or not you hate him. or love him.  or dont even know him. Don’t ask me how. That’s just how it is and you can’t run away from this. He was the epitome of humanity just like his brothers- the prophets, peace be upon them, before him. He loved ALL of creation. About the animals of the earth, he said,

Fear God of your treatment of these animals who cannot speak

My favourite example of his mercy is the following story.

After praying at the Kaabah(Sacred House) (Also quite possibly THE most sacred symbol in Islam) –the prophet and his companions sat nearby to rest. A bedouin passing by the village,went right up to the Kaabah and started urinating. The companions who were with the Prophet, started to draw out their weapons but the Prophet stopped them and said “No, let him finish” After the bedouin released himself, the Prophet walked up to him and introduced himself. They then got into a conversation of where he was from etc…small talk basically. At the end, the Prophet then explained to him the significance of the Sacred House to the Muslims.

Mercy. Mercy. Mercy. Lovveee. There are infinite more examples where this came from. 🙂

 

9.We want world peace as much as you do

All of our people have died in wars and evil agendas of sick minded humans. Our sisters have been raped and abused and killed. Our men have died in wars and have their throats slit alive and beheaded.

Hold up. If you read the above – ‘our sisters’ and ‘our brothers’ as our muslim sister/brother, you’re wrong.

I meant our Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim brothers and sisters. All of humankind. Every one from every religion and even those without a religion. Too many people have died in vain. Too many children have become orphans.

The media is doing a fantastic job at dividing us. And it does not help when a stupid do stupid things in the name of a certain religion or group thereby portraying all of the group as such.

I dont know who you are and i dont care where you are from. If you’re up to fight for world peace and destroying oppression and establishing justice and peace for all in the world- then I  am with you. And i assure you, the lovers of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, are with you too.

10. WE ARE A HAPPY BUNCH!

Despite the crazy shiz going on in the world – one must persevere.

Prophet Muhammad, peace upon him, said

Which actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, feed the hungry, help the afflicted, lighten the sorrows of the sorrowful & to remove the sufferings of the injured.

So because i want you to get the right information, i’m going to leave you with some seriously amazing stuff and work from Muslims all over the world so you KNOW the REAL Islam. Here is a list of people, places, websites etc that you should follow, watch, visit, get information from and slowly learn that.. we are…pretty amazing. Heh.

People : Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Ahmed Saad, Karen Armstrong, Shaykh Nazim, Habib Umar al-Hafidz Habib Ali al-Jifri, Ingrid Mattson,  Habib Kadhim As-Segaf, Timothy J.Winter, Yasmin MogahedUsama Canon, Imam Faraz Rabbani, Sherman Jackson, Mustafa Davis, Hosai Mojaddidi, Sami Yusuf

Places : Zaytuna College, Ta’leef Collective, Seekers Circle, SimplyIslam,

Follow/ Websites : Radical Middle Way, The Honesty Policy, CelebrateMercy, SeekersGuidance

There is a LOT more where that came from.. but since this is off my head, im going to need a few more days to work on this. Oh and you should check out this video.

Stay tuned for the Singapore version!!


 

The writer thanks you for reading and for thinking really carefully before you comment. She also wishes to clarify that this post is more for those with a truckload of horrible stereotypes on Islam. And the points given are based on her shock in her interactions with non muslims and how little they know or assume about Islam.

And (this goes ESP for my beloved Muslims) – if you have a thousand different opinions about how this should have been written or fatwas or anything really, i welcome you.

I also have a reply in advance. POINT 6. Over and Over again.

All my love, Noor.

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227 thoughts on “10 Things I BET You Did Not Know About ISLAM.

  1. lisadragon says:

    Mashallah great article sister. I hope more people would read it and learn the ways of Islam and not that is depicted on media.

  2. temaying says:

    Reblogged this on salah masuk? and commented:
    A very thoughtful write, an understanding to those who needs some 🙂

  3. bck1402 says:

    Great article,
    And i hope it does reach wide because there is so much misunderstanding where Islam is concerned.
    As with any religion, it is the fanatics that twist everything, and they’re often the most vocal, putting any religion in a bad light. They’re often the first to blame everyone else but themselves.

  4. Bilal Khan says:

    Very impressed. Thank you for this.

  5. fundivers says:

    People in general need to come to their sense, some needed to be knocked, bashed, bullied or the best one with wise and kind words such as yours. Thank you.

  6. mareno tene says:

    I love this!! I would like to spread this, with your permission of course 😉
    Thank you for this

  7. Gareth says:

    wonderful post, from a Christian Brother

  8. Edwin Siripala says:

    You need to speak to the Malaysians urgently before ego & stupidity of themselves in the name of religion takes over and destroys the nation

  9. Russ Roberts says:

    Excellent article for these troubling times. A religion, once commandeered by fanatics, can lead to untold misery and social disintegration. This has happened to Christianity numerous times. One need only cite the Crusades and the wars fought during the Reformation period in Europe. People killing themselves in the name of the same god. So senseless. In theory, most religions have admirable tenets, but in practice these humanitarian goals are often subverted to power and dominance. Religious differences have spawned many wars and, if current events hold true, the harvest of human lives in pursuit of the one universal truth will continue. It’s time for us to get past the Crusades and the “conquer by the sword” mentality that seems to trap many of us in an endless loop of violence and retribution. I sincerely hope that the remarks of this author take hold before it’s too late to save our planet and ourselves. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemy.

    • noormastura says:

      Word up Sir Russ Roberts. 🙂

      • Russ Roberts says:

        Thank you, Noormastura. You express yourself quite well. May you succeed in your quest. These are difficult, but rewarding times to be alive. Aloha from Hawaii, Russ.

    • fred shanks says:

      ALL WAR’S ARE STARTED BECAUSE OF RELIGION…DON’T THINK SO.
      After having an argument with an atheist who stated that religion has been the reason for all the wars in our history. I felt the need to prove him wrong. So while studying into this I found a recent comprehensive compilation of the history of human warfare ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WAR’S by Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod(2004) that documents !,763 wars, of which 123 have been classified to involve a religious conflict religious conflict. So what atheist have considered to be ”all” really amount to less than 7% of all wars. It is interesting to note that 66 of these wars (more than 5% of the 123) involved Islam, which did not even exist as a religion for the first 3,000 years of recorded human warfare.
      Since the United States of America is and has been one of the most religious countries over the last 200 + years, if the atheist are correct (not likely) then the U.S.A. should have been involved in the largest number of religious war than any other nation. In fact, the U.S> has been involved in 17 wars, only one of which ( the current war on terror) has any religious entanglement. The number of American who have died as a result of religious wars is 14.2 which is less than the number of people who die yearly from dog bites (2008-THE IRRATIONAL ATHEIST by Vox Day).
      The atheist claim that religion is the cause of most wars is shown to be false, the history of human warfare show that less than 7% of all wars have religious causes. If atheist are correct (I still don’t think so) the most religious industrial nations, the U.S.A. should be involved in the most religious war than any other country. However, only the war on terror, among all 17 American wars involved a religious component. So no ! religion is not the main cause for the start of wars.

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  11. Karthigeya says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I am not a Muslim but I appreciate and follow anything that teaches us peace, tolerance and overall, how to be better human beings. God bless you 🙂

  12. noor zehan says:

    A truly good one. I am one of the lucky ones to be reading n digesting this.Tq.

  13. wniza says:

    Reblogged this on Life. As. I. Know. It and commented:
    Love this article.. this girl is awesome!

  14. ningrum says:

    enlightening! thank you for sharing this good information

  15. abdul latiff salleh says:

    Good article , would love to share with family and friends.

  16. Husein says:

    Reblogged this on Learn to think, think to learn and commented:
    You better read this~

  17. Reblogged this on Nulis Hujan and commented:
    Pastinya perlu untuk dibaca banyak sekali Muslim, dan orang-orang lainnya, di seluruh dunia. 🙂

  18. Ista says:

    Dear sister, this is a wonderful article that hopefully could enlighten our Non-Muslim brothers and sisters about our peaceful religion. Although i need you to clarify at least one point in it.

    The Holy Quraan is spoken and finally written in Arabic, as original as what the Angel Gabriel has delivered from Allah Ta’ala. It is holy words Allah Himself said in a very poetic, delicate, miraculous structures and manners. I have learned that these qualities cannot be replaced by transliteration or translation of other language. Doing so will affect the greatness of this texts. So please confirm that what you refer to “Pray” is the occasional “Du’aa” outside of “Shalaah”. This distinction is very important.

    May Allah Ta’ala values our intention and efforts toward His Deen. Salam.

  19. Excellently written, wonderful article. Religion is never the problem, it’s those who abuse religion for their own gain.

    Thanks for this, I’ll be sharing it on.

    Love and respect.

  20. mohamad fadzil bin hitam says:

    Thank you for the very right to the point manner you describe what many including Muslims themselves what Islam is.The anology in “Cofee” was really very good to make every one understand the concept that “we are the same but different” in the context of our ways of practicing Islam.The root is still “Asha du allah illaha illahlah wa ashadu anna Muhamadurasullulah” .Said allover by Muslims throughout the globe.Why not we build and nurture our similarities and ignore whatever we differ or our differences ?
    Thank you.

    Mohamad Fadzil bin Hitam
    13/5/2014
    Thank you

  21. soewardoen emon says:

    Very good Information.

  22. Adam Arizal says:

    Reblogged this on Adam Arizal and commented:
    For those who want to now more about Moslem. Saya reblog karena tau dari si jeng Tifa http://wp.me/pzeAu-eT. Nuhun ah..

  23. […] 10 Things I BET You Did Not Know About ISLAM by Noor Mastura: A really awesome article on the stereotypes of Islam (and Muslims); I love the […]

  24. Wow…..it is greats article, sister. Jazakillah khaira.

  25. Rezuan says:

    I’m in love with your writings. Keep it up the good work!!! May Allah bless you.

  26. Fred Liew says:

    Thank you for enlightening us on islam… it is beautiful…

      • jumai says:

        your blog is great…. and i agree with you: That’s SO true!!!!! You know one of the most annoying things I feel as a Muslim is – WHY ARENT THE ‘GOOD’ MUSLIMS SPEAKING OUT AND STANDING FIRM AGAINST THESE ATROCITIES?!??????? HOW THE HECK WILL THE WORLD KNOW WHAT WE ARE IF WE LET THE EXTREMISTS TAKE OVER AND BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF EVERY COVER??? Then again, the media loves a bad muslim story as compared to a good muslim story. ……. here in Indonesia, unfortunatele the good muslims who tried to speak up, many times are branded as “kafir lover”, even got phisically attack…. eventhough they are the voices of reasons that people need to hear *sigh

  27. Leo says:

    I really hope that you could get this message out for more people not only to those who have now idea or little knowledge about Islam but also and more importantly to so called radical muslims around the globe particularly those in predominately muslim countries. Those points are really great. Regards

  28. Leo says:

    I mean “no idea” not “now idea”. Sometimes my smartphone is acting like stupid phone…hahahah

  29. Ryam Abd Qadr says:

    Beautiful writings. Keep up the good work, sister! May Allah SWT bless you with peaceful and healthy life so that you will be able to write and inspire more in many years to come, insha Allah SWT.

  30. Nowshin says:

    I Love This! Beautifully written! Thank you!

  31. zarid says:

    MashAllah. Very well said sister! It is just perfect 🙂

  32. bees says:

    Nice to read. But too bad there many extremist that hijacked Islam in doing evil things but very rare we see good muslims openly condemn those killing, bombing, oppressing, bullying conducted by bad muslims.

    • noormastura says:

      That’s SO true!!!!! You know one of the most annoying things I feel as a Muslim is – WHY ARENT THE ‘GOOD’ MUSLIMS SPEAKING OUT AND STANDING FIRM AGAINST THESE ATROCITIES?!??????? HOW THE HECK WILL THE WORLD KNOW WHAT WE ARE IF WE LET THE EXTREMISTS TAKE OVER AND BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF EVERY COVER??? Then again, the media loves a bad muslim story as compared to a good muslim story. 😦

  33. minnimonmon says:

    I love the coffee analogy! This is a really nice list. Great way to dispel the rumors.:)

  34. tika says:

    Reblogged this on ..Just The Way I Am.. and commented:
    well said..

  35. Vik says:

    Not to take anything away from the article. I have always respected the author. But University of Karueein isn’t the ‘FIRST UNIVERSITY’ as she boldly states. In fact, it’s nowhere near being the first. It is however the oldest functioning university (but this is also about to change in the next few weeks). The Nalanda University is the oldest known, which predates the Moroccan university by 350 years. It is in the ass-end of India – in a state called Bihar, where even Indians don’t dare to venture into. It will open its doors to new students again in the next few weeks.

    I just like to get my facts straight. Nice article though. Sadly its not going to be read by the people who actually need to read it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalanda_University

    • noormastura says:

      Hey Vik Hows it going…? I actually replied to a similar comment. You’re not the first person to claim a different university was actually the first university.. – but there are reasons which I have stated clearly wayyy below somewhere in the commentary on why THIS particular university holds that title. And the reasons aren’t my own but rather, a world title given by history experts and analysts. So.. thanks again!

  36. Nur Farhanah says:

    Mashallah! Fantastic Article. May Allah bless U for writing such a fine article sister!

  37. bees says:

    ISIL in Iraq is hanging the men, beheading the children and rapping the women of Christian faith horribly in the name of Allah. If I am the leader of the muslim world, I will send troops to seek justice for the slaughtered and defend Islam from being eroded by the demons. But the fact is the Muslim world is almost completely silence about it. Is this an approval in silence for this horrible demonic crimes???

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  39. Mike says:

    give me the address of this islam on planet Mars, so I can go and meet muslims there

  40. Mike says:

    On which planet are you living Miss ???

  41. mac mitt says:

    islam is best, but the followers are worst

  42. GS says:

    all said and done..just putting a blog is waste..go to madrasas and preach them

  43. Liadan says:

    Guess what? I did know these things! I am a Christian who loves Islam. I came this close to converting. I am an ardent feminist and was attracted to Islam because of its attitude towards women. (Muslim men have never done a thing against me).

    I love the way you wrote this and will be resharing.

  44. Lindea says:

    I love your writing. Though I was aware of most of your points already I thin you wrote them all beautifully.

  45. Lindea says:

    Reblogged this on Lindea and commented:
    I came across a blog the other day, and I found this post that I felt like i had to share. “10 Things I bet you did not know about Islam” is a beautiful written piece and I believe it could help open the mind of closed minded. Just because the malpractice is all we hear about in the media it doesn’t mean that is what’s done universally.

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