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ANSWER TO NON-MUSLIMSCOMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT ISLAM
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then at least in removing misconceptions about Islam and neutralizing thenegative thinking about Islam and Muslims that the non-Muslims have. A veryfew non-Muslims may have counter arguments to these replies, for whichfurther information may be required.
Misconceptions due to media
The common misconceptions about Islam arise in the minds of a majority ofnon-Muslims, because they are constantly being bombarded withmisinformation about Islam. International media is mainly controlled by thewestern world, whether it is international satellite channels, radio stations, newspapers, magazines or books. Recently the Internet has become a powerfulmedium of information. Though it is not controlled by anybody, one finds a largeamount of virulent propaganda about Islam on the Internet. Of course, Muslimstoo are utilizing this tool to portray the right image of Islam and Muslims, butthey are far behind as compared to the propaganda against Islam. I hope theefforts by the Muslims will increase and continue to be pursued.
Misconceptions change with time
The most common questions about Islam are different in different periods anderas. This set of twenty most common questions is based on present times.Decades earlier, the set of questions was different and decades later too, theset of questions may change depending upon how Islam is projected by themedia.
Misconceptions are the same throughout the world
I have interacted with people in different parts of the world and have found thesetwenty most common questions about Islam to be the same everywhere. Theremay be a couple of additional questions depending upon the locale, thesurrounding or culture. For instance in America, the additional commonquestion is - “Why does Islam prohibit taking and giving of interest?”I have included among these twenty most common questions, certain questionsmore common among the Indian non-Muslims. For instance, “why do Muslimshave non-vegetarian food?” The reason for including such questions is thatpeople of Indian origin are spread throughout the world and constitute about20% i.e. 1/5th of the world population. Thus, their questions become commonquestions asked by non-Muslims throughout the world.
Misconceptions of non-Muslims who have studied Islam
There are many non-Muslims who have studied Islam. Most of them have onlyread books on Islam written by biased critics of Islam. These non-Muslims havean additional set of twenty common misconceptions about Islam. For instance,they claim to have found contradictions in the Qur’an, they contend that theQur’an is unscientific, etc. There is another set of additional replies clearingthese twenty misconceptions among non-Muslims who have studied Islam fromdistorted sources. I have also given the replies to twenty additional lesscommon questions among the non-Muslims in my public talks and book on“Answers to Common Questions about Islam by Non-Muslims who have someknowledge about Islam”.