September 22, 2001    





What do you know about Islam?

They're not our friends (..right?)

Dianne, 17
Ontario  CANADA

I know enough about Islam to be convinced that Osama bin Laden and the Taliban are committing blasphemy as well as other crimes.

Jill, 60

Not much other than the Muslims whom I know are very kind, generous people.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

Not a whole terribly lot.

Karen, 21

Nothing firsthand.

Alias Irrelevante

From comparative religion courses, I know the basic premises.  From various Muslim friends, and especially from two exchange student "sons," I know that most Muslims are decent people with a set of values shared with most Americans. Unfortunately, over the years, I have learned that fanatics on the outer fringes of many religions can perpetrate horrible crimes in the name of their faiths.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

My friend, Lori, is married to a Muslim. Through him, I know the following - Muslims believe in God (Allah) and that Muhammed is his greatest prophet. Their concept of God seems to that of an all encompassing great power that is the creator of all. They believe in Jesus as another prophet, but not the son of God (in fact they do not believe God can take human form). The Quran (or Koran) which was given to Muhammed straight from Allah (in Arabic) is the only true word and no translation is appropriate. They believe in Angels but not the Holy Trinity (like Catholics). The only requirement for becoming a Muslim is to say (and mean it) "There is no true god  but God (Allah), and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God.". These are the basics as I understand it.

As for practices, I know that Muslims pray 5 times a day, don't eat pork, observe a period like Lent call Ramadon, and are encouraged to make the Hag (a pilgrammage to Mekka) at least once during their life.

There obviously is lots more. There are surprisingly more things that Islam shares with Christianity and Judiasm than one might think. My friend Lori, sent me this website - you might find it of interest:

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

More than I ever needed to.

Fisch, 46
, CT   USA

I know that they do not preach killing people in the name of religion...what I find sickenining, is those fanatical terrorists using something good (religion) to justify something evil (the terrorists attacks).

age unknown, parts unknown

Not much.

Talia, 24
, CT   USA

Not much... I think it preaches peace and love. You have to pray 5 times a day, kneeling towards Mecca. You're supposed to make a pilgrimage somewhere...that's about it.

Jennifer, 19

Very little. But then again, I know very little about Christianity as well...

Johanna, 18

Not much and I know I should take the time to learn!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City

not too much. . .I read the biography of Malcolm X many years ago and was very impressed by how he presented the Nation of Islam and his personal development within the faith. . . . . .

mothmc, 37
Los Angeles

Not much now. I used to know a bit more about their religion when I was in high school (due to my world religion courses). It's too bad that an entire race of people are being blamed for this.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA



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