Some assumptions are very offensive to Muslims
Every existing religion in the world has at one point been misjudged or misunderstood by people from other religions without checking out several facts first.
According to the author, it is believed that most religious crisis begin based on preconceived notions that are false as people from different religions have failed to find out the truth about other religions.
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Compiled by Beliefnet, here are 7 most common misconceptions concerning Islam and Muslims.
Muslims Worship the Moon and a Moon-God: There are some Christian groups that believe Allah is an idol for the moon god. Others mistake the Arabic word Allah as meaning a “moon god” because Islam uses the symbol of the crescent moon. This assumption is a very offensive to Muslims. Allah is the Arabic word for God and is very similar to the Hebrew word El and the Aramaic word Elah. The most fundamental belief in Islam is worshiping the one true God. Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews also use the Arabic word Allah for God, as do all Arabic translations of the Bible. There is no other word in Arabic for God. Muslims do not worship the moon. The use of the crescent moon comes from the Muslim practice of following a lunar calendar.
All Muslims are Either Sunni or Shi’a: Like Christianity, there are many sects of Islam. The two major branches are Sunni and Shi’a, but there are thousands of sub-groups, each having different doctrines, their own theology and different Islamic schools of thought and law.
Muslims Don't Value Education: Muslims place a high value on education. Many Muslims are highly educated with Master’s degrees and PhDs. Also, most Muslims speak multiple languages.
Worship the Founder Muhammad: Muslims believe that Muhammad was God’s last prophet and communicated God’s final revelation. Muslims consider Adam the first Muslim. Muhammad is seen as the best example of how to be a good Muslim. He is highly respected, but he is not worshiped. Only God is worshipped and it is strictly forbidden to worship anyone or anything else. Muslims may celebrate Muhammad’s birthday in the same way that we may celebrate Martin Luther King Day or Columbus Day.
Islam is Growing Faster Than Any Other Religion: Not true. Christianity is!
The terms "Muslim" and "Arab" are Synonymous: Only between 18 and 20 percent of Muslims worldwide are Arab and the largest Muslim population in the world is in Indonesia. Intrestingly, most American Arabs are Christian, not Muslim.
Nearly all American Arabs are Recent Immigrants: Many American Arabs immigrated to the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s and their families are now third- or fourth-generation American. More than a third of U.S. Muslims are born in the United States.