ALL Muslims?


“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!

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About Leila

I am a wife and mother. I am an Orthodox Christian. I am a Syrian American with family living in Syria. I am a also a yoga teacher and freelance writer. I recently described myself in a job pitch as "a person who's lived in Portland, Oregon for over 20 years with a passion for writing and a passion for all things Portland. I'm a foodie, knitter, wine and beer lover, bee-keeper (yep, I said it), mead and fruit-liqueur maker, organic gardener, home-canner, hiker, biker, runner, and occasional skinny-dipper. I’ve camped all over the state, I sail a sailboat that’s moored on the Columbia (o.k., I'm the first mate), and I spend a large percentage of my time at our beach house in Seaside." That about sums it up.
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2 Responses to ALL Muslims?

  1. Connie says:

    Is it denial, or what? Muslim Jhadists have carried out over 21,600 attacks on “infidels” since 9/11. They have murdered, tortured and raped thousands of innocent men, women and children. These devout individuals are only doing what they were commanded to do by their Prophet. Mohammad also murdered, tortured, and raped. Muslim Imans, tell the world that Mohammad was the perfect role model that all should emulate. When this is pointed out by others, the answers are always the same . “Look what Christians did in the past,” or how the KKK, or, that is just a few radical Muslims the rest of us are not like that.” Those that “aren’t like that still follow a leader who is: Muhammad. How can they do that? In addition, I’m concerned about what is happening in the world NOW. There isn’t any logical comparison to the murderous mayhem brought about by Islamic Jhadists in the last few years, nor what they will do in the next few years, and any other religious group. I am sure that there are many kind Muslims in the world that would like to live in peace. I would challenge them all to reexamine the history of Muhammad, Islam, and the Arabian conquests. Devout Muslims have returned to their roots. They want to resets lid the Calipjate and bring the rest of the world to the feet of Muhammad. They are doing exactly what he commanded them to do: Conquer the world giving humanity the choice of “Accepting Islam, or be subservient for the rest of their lives, or die.” As long as These murderous Islamist Jhadists continue the kind of attacks we have seen in the last few years, then To be wary of all Islamists is not Islamaphobia, it is a prudent and wise thing to do. Thank you for considering another voice.

    • Leila says:

      Thank you for your reply. I do want to consider all voices, and as I read what you wrote, I found that we do have some common ground, perhaps more than you realize. I tried to find your source for stating that Muslim jihadists have carried out 21,600 attacks on “infidels” since 9/11. I am guessing it comes from the website, thereligionofpeace.com. Here is an excerpt from their page – “statement on Muslims.”

      “By the same token, don’t draw conclusions about the Muslims in your life based on the true nature of Islam. Like any other group, not all Muslims think alike. Even if there is no such thing as moderate Islam it does not mean that there are no moderate Muslims.

      If our years of dialogue with literally hundreds of Muslims have taught us anything, it is that (irrespective of their confidence) most have only a superficial understanding of their religion. Some are secular and very few made the choice to even be Muslim. As with all religion, there are widely varying degrees of seriousness with which the teachings of Islam are taken.

      As Ayaan Hirsi Ali put it, “Muslims as individuals can choose how much of their religion they practice.” For example, many Muslims in the West do not advocate amputating limbs over theft, even though this is plainly mandated in the Quran. Most simply choose to disregard (or explain away) what is inconvenient to their moral preconceptions.”

      You may notice my post was about whether or not “ALL Muslims want to kill “infidels” or take over the United States. I do have problems with the ideology although many different Muslims have different interpretations of the Qur’an. For instance, the edict to beat your wife tells a man to use a miswak, or toothbrush, and to leave no mark. Some say this means the Prophet meant that physical harm should NOT be done to women.

      “If the problem relates to the wife’s behavior, the husband may exhort her and appeal for reason. In most cases, this measure is likely to be sufficient. In cases where the problem persists, the husband may express his displeasure in another peaceful manner, by sleeping in a separate bed from hers. There are cases, however, in which a wife persists in bad habits and showing contempt of her husband and disregard for her marital obligations. Instead of divorce, the husband may resort to another measure that may save the marriage, at least in some cases. Such a measure is more accurately described as a gentle tap on the body, but never on the face, making it more of a symbolic measure than a punitive one.”

      Of course, individual Muslims have different opinions of this and other edicts. Other religious texts also contain troubling verses. The Bible permits the keeping of slaves. Southern slave owners used this as justification for keeping and even abusing slaves. The KKK used this to promote their ideology as well. Women were to be stoned to death for committing adultery. Christians blamed Jews for the death of Christ and treated them horribly. You want to talk about NOW, but many people feel that Christendom started the whole thing with the Crusades. A VERY long time ago to be sure, but Muslims didn’t travel to Europe to attack Christians, rather, Christians travelled to the Holy Land. And SLAUGHTERED Muslims. The Muslims fought back, and many would say that Christians are just as interested in wiping out Muslims as vice versa.

      I think many people strive to understand and serve God, and we all do so imperfectly. And some claim to know and love God, but their acts are evil, by any standards. As I noted above, Muslim attacks have killed more Muslims than anyone else. Should we all be wary of jihadists, yes of course. But should we believe that ALL Muslims are jihadists, of course not. Regardless of what Western media says, MOST Sunni Muslims in Syria are MODERATE! The women do not wear hijab, they are able to work, travel alone and are educated the same as men. Syrian Muslims are for the most part, MODERATE Muslims. The religion DOES allow for moderate philosophy and practice. I’ve witnessed it myself. It’s one of the reasons I write this blog. Syrians should be free of the persecution they suffer by jihadists armed and funded by the US government. I think you are a US citizen. So am I. Don’t you think we should be focusing on WHY the US government is supporting radical Islamists in Syria? Why does the US government prefer that Syria become a Muslim state run by Shari’a law? Why is the US government against the existing government, a government that has increased personal freedom, protected Christians and run the country with secular law? Finally, why are Saudi Arabia and Qatar are allies in this war against Syria? They are radical Muslim countries run by strict Shari’a law with NO rights for women, NO freedom of speech, where a “cleric” can rape and murder his five year old daughter and serve 8 years in prison for his crime? If Islam were practiced the way it’s been practiced in Syria all these years, I guarantee that you wouldn’t object to it in the least. Shouldn’t we support moderate Islam and condemn radical Islam? Thank you for considering these things. I appreciate your thoughts.

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