In this three-part series we examine the common misconceptions about Islam amongst non-Muslims and more importantly, Muslims themselves.
1️⃣ Many Muslims consider Muhammad to be the leader of Islam.
However, did you know that God told Muhammad to follow the religion of Abraham, which suggests that Abraham was/is the leader of Islam? (16:123)
2️⃣ Many Muslims believe that Islam began with Muhammad.
However, did you know that Islam was founded at least as early as prophet Abraham? (22:78)
3️⃣ Many Muslims believe that they should follow Muhammad.
However, did you know that God said that the best person in religion is he who follows the religion of Abraham? (4:125)
4️⃣ Many Muslims think that God gave Muhammad a message that was different from what God gave previous messengers.
However, did you know that God gave the same message to all messengers including Moses and Jesus? (41:43)
5️⃣ Many Muslims believe that the religion enjoined upon prophet Moses (Judaism) and the religion enjoined upon prophet Jesus (Christianity) are different than the religion enjoined upon prophet Muhammad.
However, did you know that all prophets and messengers of God had the same religion enjoined up them? In other words, the original religion of Judaism and Christianity are the same as original Islam during Muhammad’s time. 42:13 21:92-93 Furthermore, present day Judaism and Christianity are no longer like original Judaism and Christianity. As a matter of fact, God revealed the Quran to Muhammad to show Jews, Christians and others how they departed from the original religion of Islam taught to Abraham. 5:15 Unfortunately, like present day Judaism and Christianity, present day Islam is no longer like Islam during the time of prophet Muhammad as many Muslims have modified the religion based on questionable hadeeth written ~200 years after Muhammad’s death.
6️⃣ Many Muslims believe that Jews and Christians are not Muslims.
However, did you know that Jews and Christians who believe in one God and submit to that one God are also Muslims? 29:46
7️⃣ Many Muslims think that it’s okay to blindly believe matters of religion without thinking and seeing proof to support their beliefs.
However, did you know that God considers that the worst people are those who don’t think and use reason before believing in something? 8:22 Furthermore, did you know that God considers these blind followers to be more astray than cattle? 7:179 25:44
8️⃣ Many Muslims think that it’s okay to read the Quran in Arabic without understanding the meaning.
However, did you know that God expects you to not only understand but to think deeply about (reflect upon) the Quran? 47:24
9️⃣ Many Muslims think that “Allah” is the universal name of God.
However, did you know that “Allah” is just the Arabic translation of the word “God” See translation? Did you also know that God’s name is all good names? 17:110
1️⃣0️⃣ Many Muslims think that “Islam” is the universal name of the religion described in the Quran?
However, did you know that “Islam” is just the Arabic translation of a pre-existing religion of all prophets which, in English, just means “submission”?
1️⃣1️⃣ Many Muslims think that the name “Muslim” is the universal name of any follower of the religion of the Quran?
However, did you know that the word “Muslim” is just the Arabic translation of the name of followers of a pre-existing religion of all prophets which, in English, just means “Submitter”? 22:78
1️⃣2️⃣ Many Muslims believe that you must believe in and follow the Quran in order be a Muslim.
However, did you know that anyone who submits to the one true God, e.g. followers of Abraham before the Quran was revealed and some Jews and Christians, are also Muslim?
1️⃣3️⃣ Many Muslims believe that Muhammad was the last prophet (nabi) and messenger (rasul).
However, the Quran only states that he is the last prophet. There is no proof that he is the last messenger (rasul). 33:40
1️⃣4️⃣ Many Muslims exalt prophet Muhammad above all other messengers.
However, did you know the Quran specifically states that all messengers including Moses and Jesus must be treated equally? 2:136
1️⃣5️⃣ Many Muslims seem to think that prophet Muhammad is more special than the other messengers or that he knows the future.
However, did you know that Muhammad himself stated that he is not original among the messengers and that he doesn’t know the future. 46:9
1️⃣6️⃣ Many Muslims call themselves Sunni Muslims and consider themselves to be part of a unique sect of Islam compared to Shiite and other sects of Islam.
However, did you know that God forbids Muslims from breaking up into and joining sects? 42:13 And did you know that if you join a sect of Islam, such as the Sunni sect, then Muhammad is not associated with you. 6:159
1️⃣7️⃣ Many Muslims believe that prophet Muhammad’s job was to deliver the Quran and come up with additional Islamic laws which are found in the hadith.
However, did you know that Muhammad’s sole duty was to deliver the message that is the Quran? 5:9942:48 13:40
1️⃣8️⃣ Many Muslims believe that the supposed hadith of the prophet Muhammad are necessary to supplement the Quran because the Quran is incomplete, not clear, and not detailed.
However, did you know that God Himself states in the Quran that the Quran is complete 6:115 6:38, clear 16:89, and detailed? 6:114 12:111 41:3 11:1
1️⃣9️⃣ Many Muslims believe that the supposed hadith of the prophet Muhammad are necessary in order to learn how to pray.
However, did you know that prophet Abraham 21:69-73, Moses and the Jews 2:40-43, and Jesus 19:31 prayed even though Muhammad wasn’t even born yet?
2️⃣0️⃣ Many Muslims believe that there is only one right way to pray.
However, did you know that the way people pray today has been modified from how Prophet Abraham originally prayed? When people pray today, they recite the prayer of the prophets Muhammad and Abraham (salawaat). Obviously, when Abraham was alive, Muhammad had not been born yet. Therefore, Abraham couldn’t have prayed for Muhammad. Therefore, after Muhammad died, people must have added Muhammad as someone to pray for during their prayers. And for some reason, they decided to exclude praying for other prophets in between Abraham and Muhammad such as Moses and Jesus.
2️⃣1️⃣ Many Muslims believe that Allah specifically taught prophet Muhammad how to pray.
However, did you know that Allah had already taught prophet Abraham how to pray (one of several rites in Islam) 2:128 and that many people already knew how to pray long before Muhammad was even born? 21:73