Today, freedom of religion remains a fundamental right in the United States. But, religious persecution and discrimination are increasing at an alarming rate with Islamophobia taking a substantial toll on the Muslim community.
Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are commonly referred to as the Abrahamic religions given that these religions all worship the god of Abraham. Given language differences, God is called by various names, yet they’re the same. Followers of the three faiths believe that there are prophets that God has sent to teach the people. It may surprise some people to learn that Muslims believe Jesus will return. Islamic texts say that Jesus will return on the Day of Judgment when he’ll destroy the anti-Christ.
In 2016, there were 3.3 million Muslims residing in the USA, or approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population. Moreover, Muslims are projected to become the second-largest religious group in the U.S. by 2040. Furthermore, by 2050, Muslims are estimated to include 2.1 percent of the total U.S. population – about 8.1 million people.
Myth #1: Muslims Don’t Believe in Jesus
Myth #2: Most Muslims Are Arabs
Myth #3: Islam Is Intolerant of Other Faiths
Myth #4: Muslims Worship a Moon-God
Myth #5: Islam Oppresses Women
Myth #7: Islam Is Intolerant of Other Faiths
Myth #8: Islam Promotes”Jihad” to Spread Islam by the Sword and Kill All Unbelievers
Myth #9: The Qur’an Was Written by Muhammad and Copied From Christian and Jewish Sources. .
Myth #10: Islamic Prayer Is Just a Ritualized Performance With No Meaning
What a lot of people don’t understand is that Jesus has a central and an inimitable role to play in the Muslim religion. Muslims faithfully believe that Jesus was a prophet who had been given an outstanding message – the gospel (injil) to share with people. This message supported what was instructed in the Torah and foreseen at the coming of Prophet Muhammad. However, while Muslims adopt the belief that Jesus was a servant, teacher, and devotee of God’s Word, they do not accept as true that he was divine or the son of God.
The Quran references Jesus, or Isa, twenty-five times. The Quran states that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and is”high honored in this and the next world.” Islamic thoughts concerning Jesus contrasts from Christian classes, notwithstanding, but we additionally share numerous basic convictions: the virgin birth of Jesus to Mary, deep regard for the secret of God, love for Jesus, and an ability to gain from his lifetime since we look for joy with God.
Muslims do revere Jesus as an important prophet, although Muslims don’t believe that Jesus is the son of God. This represents a significant gap between Christian and Muslim views of Jesus, yet Jesus remains an important figure in the Muslim religion.
There have been lots of problems and conflicts which have unfortunately existed between Christians and Muslims over the centuries and will continue to exist, as the close relationship and theological bonds were forgotten under the pressures and priorities of contemporary politics. However, these political conflicts do not negate this rich history and theology.
In response to this dramatic increase in religious intolerance and, religious discrimination, organizations like the National Alliance for Religious Tolerance have been established to bring people from different faith communities together to combat this alarming trend.
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