The Danger of Blaming Muslims

With the recent bombing at the Boston marathon and the revelation of the identity of those involved as Muslim, there is a danger.  I have already seen a number of Christians on social media claim that this shows that all Muslims are terrorists and want to kill Americans.  I see this as a problem for Christians.

First of all, I need to make clear that I believe Christianity and not Islam represents the true religion of God.  Secondly, I am not a proponent of Chrislam, a blending of Christianity and Islam.

Having said that, I think that many of the people who claim that all Muslims are evil terrorists have never 1) read the Qur’an or 2) taken the time to get to know a Muslim.  Many Christians believe that the Qur’an teaches Muslims to kill all non-Muslims when it says nothing of the sort.  Also, Muslims are like any other people (including Christians), there are good people and bad people.  Sure there are Muslims involved in terrorism.  But there have been people who claim to be Christian who have been involved in terrorism as well.  In fact just about everything Christians don’t like about Islam is something that Christianity has been guilty of as well.

When Christians paint Muslims with a broad brush, we look foolish.  It also makes us look like hypocrites.  We would hate it of outsiders judged us by the actions of Westboro Baptist Church, why should we judge Islam by a very small minority?

I understand that terrorism is a very emotional event and there is a human need to find blame.  But when we judge all people who belong to a religion based on a small minority, we look foolish.  If Christians really want to express the truth of Jesus to an unbelieving world, we need to realize that giving in to the easy path of false judgement creates obstacles to reach Muslims who are offended and other non-Christians who know we are wrong.

 

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12 thoughts on “The Danger of Blaming Muslims”

  1. Andrew – I have had a fellow Muslim in a few of my classes. As we talked about the pejorative nature most people launch at Muslims, and those who adhere to Islam, do not understand what Islam is or what Muslim’s actually do believe. He informed me that just like there are various different denominations within Christianity, there are different Islamic sects that all accept Muhammad as their Prophet. These various sects are led by various individuals and many base their interpretation upon the Quran. When asked about those Muslims who utilize terrorism in the name of Muhammad and Islam, he stated that they do so because they don’t have a grasp of what
    Islam is about and bring shame upon themselves, the prophet Muhammad and Islam.

  2. Reblogged this on Mormon Apologia and commented:
    Here is a wonderful and short article on why we as Christians need to reach out to our friends and neighbors who are Muslim. This is especially true given that there are some who utilized Islam to bring terror and fear in the hearts of men. Also, we ought not to ever forget the terror and fear some have taken to utilize the banner of Christianity to bring about oppression and violence to differing groups of individuals.

  3. What are you talking about? The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

  4. Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

    Bukhari (11:626) – [Muhammad said:] “I decided to order a man to lead the prayer and then take a flame to burn all those, who had not left their houses for the prayer, burning them alive inside their homes.”

    What is a Jihad?

  5. 8:12 is one part of a sura that deals with warfare. It is describing a state of war, inspired by a real battle that happened just before. The situation is a battle between the Muslims and a group of people who are not believers. What God will do is being described here. In context, it does not command Muslims to seek out unbelievers and kill them. As for Burkhari, I am no expert in hadith and I have made no claims about the hadith.

    Jihad is holy war. However, many Muslims see Jihad in a way similar to how Christians see spiritual warfare.

  6. But that is the point. Most Christians do not want to be seen as being aligned with the Westboro Baptist Church, but they follow the same holy book. I agree that the people (of any faith or not), by and large, are not the problem. The books are.

  7. Stephen, I appreciate your perspective here–it’s important and I think think you’ve done a fantastic job of communicating it.

    Bonnie–Have you ever read through the Qua’ran? Every time I see someone throw out the “109 verses” thing, I wonder about that question.

    James White has a book on the Quran coming out in May–“What Every Christian Needs to Know About The Qua’ran”. He studied Arabic quite a bit and studies Islamic sources. It’s at 300+ pages.. should be interesting!

    1. I have no interest in reading that book but I Googled Mr. Bedard’s claims which seemed to suggest that the Qua’ran was being misinterpreted and that was what I found. I do not understand why the followers of any religion cannot take responsibility for what is written in its holy books.

  8. Muslims read the Quran in context—this context is called the Tafsir—the 2 that I like are 1) Yusuf Ali (edited/printed in S. Arabia) and 2) Muhammed Asad (on the internet somewhere)

    Hadith—This is a science and it is best to follow the guidance of a scholar. The hadith are divided into various degrees of validity from authentic to false. They also have a context—sometimes hadiths can appear contradictory unless context is understood. (Dr Jonathan Brown gives some background on hadith on the net)

    @Berman
    Yes, there are sects that are led by individuals—however mainstream muslims follow the “Sharia”(law) there are 5 major schools of law
    1) Hanbali
    2) Shafi
    3) Maliki
    4) Hanafi
    5) Jafari
    Sharia has 2 parts—the moral code and rules of religious observance and the other part called Fiqh (Jurisprudence)
    Many Muslim-Majority countries do NOT use Fiqh or use it only in personal status law because Islamic jurisprudence was dismantled during the colonial period and instead French or British laws were installed and this legacy still remains somewhat………..(there are some Muslim-Majority countries that apply Sharia fully)

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