“What would you say to someone who is a Christian who lumps all Muslims into the same group=meaning they ALL want to wipe out infidels and ALL Muslims want to take over the US.”
ALL Muslims? ALL Muslims want to wipe out infidels? ALL Muslims want to take over the US?
What would I say?
Well, first of all, I would say, “I’m glad you asked.” I have known many Muslims. My family in Syria have many Muslim friends. I have Muslim friends here in the United States. I’ve known Muslims from Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the US. I know Muslims who are Sunni, Shiite and Alawite. I don’t understand all the theological differences between them, but I know that Sunni and Shiite are divided by their belief of who rightly succeeded the Prophet (PBUH), much like the Catholics and Orthodox Christians say that Peter and Paul established their faiths. So are all Muslims the same? And do they all want to wipe out infidels and take over the US?
Here’s what I think:
1. Neither Sunni nor Shiite are completely ultra-religious.
There are moderate Sunni and moderate Shiite. The US has suggested that the Sunni in Syria are ultra-religious. This isn’t true. There ARE ultra-religious Muslims in Syria. I’ve seen them for myself. I’ve seen women in Syria wearing the Burqa. I’ve also seen them wearing the abaya, and the hijab. Many women in Syria wear the hijab with jeans and a t-shirt or another modern outfit. I know many Muslim women who don’t wear anything that distinguished them as Muslim. I know Muslims who were raised Muslim, but just like “recovering” Catholics, they don’t believe, or believe but don’t practice their religion. I have even known Muslims who drink alcohol. Just like Christians, some believe, some are devout, some practice and others don’t. Because Syria maintains freedom of religion, people are able to practice their faith, or not, as they choose.
2. NOT ALL Muslims want to wipe out infidels.
In fact, I’m pretty sure most of them don’t. There’s 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and if they all felt that way, I’m sure we’d notice. Also, not all Muslims have beards. Or ride camels. Or carry their prayer rugs wherever they go. Also, not all Muslims like chocolate ice cream. Sorry, that was flip. But now we’re talking pure stereotyping. Not all blacks…. Not all Japanese…. Not all blonds….. Not all Americans….. You get the point. But do most? Well, I don’t know most Muslims, but I don’t think so. As it turns out, these radical jihadists are a TEENY, TEENY, TINY minority of all Muslims everywhere. And, in case you were wondering, they’ve killed far more Muslims than they have all other religious groups combined. Of the Muslims I know, I would say that none of them want to wipe out infidels. In fact, they don’t even think that way. As it happens, there is a lot of disagreement about the meaning of various parts of the Qur’an, hey, just like the Bible! Also, most of the Muslims in Syria are TERRIFIED of the radical jihadists that want to take over the country and kill Christians. Those same jihadists are also killing lots and lots of Sunni Muslims along with Christians, Alawites and Shia Muslims. As is often the case with true radicals, almost no one is good enough for them.
3. NOT ALL Muslims want to take over the US.
Or the rest of the world for that matter. Just like most Christians focus on being kind and loving and worshipping God, but don’t pay much attention to condemning sinners, or Revelations or End Times, most Muslims focus on being kind and loving and worshipping God, but don’t pay much attention to condemning sinners, or jihad or 27 virgins in Paradise. You know, I hear a lot about how radical Muslims are, while Christians aren’t. Yet most of us don’t think about the KKK or white supremacist groups when we think of Christians. But I think they have a lot in common with radical Islamists. Rather than think of it as Christians vs Muslims, I think it’s more along the lines of moderate Christians and Muslims vs radical Christians and Muslims. Or any moderates vs any radicals.
I hope this helps!