What do you think about Islam and about its prophet?please i want every one answer me because i need different points of views on this religous concept

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rlydon14617 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am going to try and respond to the original question. The question is an opinion question. I believe that the author intended it to be that way.

The countries that tout Islam as their main religion claim that it is a peaceful and loving religion. As with all religions, they are made up of human beings. And as we know, human beings are not perfect. There are always factions of people that go the extreme. Islam is no exception.

However, if you look at the Quran, there are scriptures that point to such violence.

Al-Baqara
And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah[] is worse than killing. And fight not with them at Al-Masjid-Al-Harâm (the sanctuary at Makkah),[] unless they (first) fight you there. But if they attack you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers. (191) According to this passage, if you do not believe in Islam, you are to be killed. While on a trip to Palestine, I met some wonderful Arabic/Islamic peoples. They were very kind and generous to our group. However, they spoke of such violent acts as killing a woman if she did not bleed on her wedding night and killing those in the family that converted to Christianity. How can a religion that touts itself as peaceful adhere to such practices?

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In reply to posts #5 and #6, I would like to humbly state that I am not in a position to either agree or disagree with their respective claims that Koran or Bible are record of words of god.

But I do hope that writers of these two post at least agree that there must have been some human beings who first converted these words of God in to the books like Koran and Bible. As per my understanding of the word writer, such people are still entitled to the credit of being writers of these books, even if the their contents were inspired or conveyed directly by God.

As I stated in my first post, I totally agree with your statement.  I said in that post that I believe that religions come from people who THOUGHT they were divinely inspired.

What I am saying in my post #6 is simply that many Christians who have more traditional views than mine do not agree my point of view.  I meant to stress that many Christians hold as strongly to the Bible as Muslims to the Koran.  Therefore, I would argue that you cannot say that Christianity is a more flexible and less dogmatic religion than Islam.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Also in response to Krishna's post, for a great many American Christians (especially on what we call the "Religious Right" which has great influence within the Republican Party) it is not and should be easy to change religious beliefs with changing times.

Krishna says that the New Testament is written by Jesus close disciples but many American Christians believe that the Bible is the literal word of God, not of people.  So they most definitely believe that its meaning should never change -- this can be seen in American debates over the rights of homosexuals.

You can also see this idea in the continuing refusal of the Catholic Church to allow female priests.

So I do not think Islam is different from Christianity in this sense.  There are moderate Christians and moderate Muslims who do not believe in the older ways, but there are traditionalists in both religions who still hold very much to the old ways.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, Islam and its prophet are like all other religions and their founders (if any).

Like many other religions, Islam claims that its founder was divinely inspired and that its doctrines are the ultimate truth.

All the religions can't be right because they disagree.  So my opinion is that religions are all just the attempts of people to comprehend something that is ultimately behond human comprehension.  And the founders of the religions are all just people who THOUGHT they knew what God wanted.

I could be wrong and one of the founders of a religion may have THE truth.  But I doubt it.

I imagine that many people in the West equate Islam with violence.  As I understand it, Islamic scholars disagree on the meaning of jihad and who may be subjected to it.  If Islamic scholars disagree on this, I certainly can't know who is right.

jseligmann eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since you said you "need different points of views" on the topic of Islam and its Prophet Mohammed, I will give you mine.

My view is the same for Christianity and Jesus, Judaism and Moses, and we could go on and on down the list of religious belief systems. My view is that people made it all up.

Religions spring from the minds of people, and the sacred books of any religion were written by people: inspired people, poetic people, fanatical people, wise people, angry people, whatever. But they were people, nonetheless, people like you and me.

OK, now you have my view.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This question needs to be on the discussion board. You are asking for a personal opinion, and those are often based on emotion rather than on objective fact.

Your question is also what is called a "hot-button topic." It is likely that commentators will begin to debate with one another rather than sticking to answering your question. Are you sure you want to open that Pandora's box?

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

See, I told you so!

IMHO, we are sticking to the topic regardless of the tone of your post.  We are talking about what Islam is like and comparing it to other religions.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

See, I told you so!

rashidgreat | Student

First of all i would like to say to all those who have written the word Koran. This is not Koran but "QURAN". I would also like to advice "Creativetahni" not to call our Prophet as "Illetrate". U can say that He was uneducated but the word illeterate is absouletly wrong for the Holy Prophet! (May Peace Be Upon Him.) Islam is a religion where there are no difficulties.

"Allah intends every facility for you, He does not want to put you to difficulties".2: 185 Al Baqara

"Let there be no compulsion in religion." 2:256 Al Baqarah

"We showed him the Way: wether he be grateful or ungrateful (rests on his will) 76:3 Al Insan (Al Dahr)

and i would like to say that do not just start arguing on the religious matters if you do not have proper knowledge.

...... why dispute ye in matters of which ye have no knowledge? 3:66 ^Ali 'Imran.

Our Holy Prophet (MAY P.B.U.H) was sent by God to give guidance to the people towards the Religion that is Islam and which is in all ways best Religion. Words have been changed in all the three books sent by God with the passage of time but it is only our Holy book QURAN MAJEED in which not a single alphabet has been replaced because God himself said that I will Protect this Book!

"It is ALLAH who gives guidance towards Truth". 10:35 Yunus.

And lastly i would like to say we the Muslims don't get tangled in worldly wrongs and wrongs in the name of Religion.

 

suzy555 | Student

For the ones (who didn't believe in God) death was the end. They had no belief in hereafter, rewards or punishment, resurrection or eternity of life. They had no respect or faith for Prophet-hood or Messenger-ship. For them it was absolutely incomprehensible that a human being who appeared like them, and had lived amongst them could be a Divine Messenger.  Whereas Allah  says (in Quran):When those who disbelieved harbored in their hearts (feelings of) disdain, the disdain of (the days of) ignorance.

One reason for their wanting sons and not daughters might have been because they considered this world eternal. To display and preserve their power they needed sons, who could be warriors and fighters, who could defend their land and name!

Drinking and gambling were common practices. Revenge killing was order of the day. There was no respect for human life. Slavery was universally practiced, and slaves were ill-treated by their masters. From the start Islam worked against the institution of slavery, and encouraged its abolishment. 

If it is meant Islam faith rules, they are:

  1. faith in the oneness of Allah (God, the one and only one God).
  2. faith in God Angels.
  3. faith in all God holy books (including Torah, Psalm, Bible, and Quran)
  4. faith in all God prophets (including, among others, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Mohamed, peace upon them all)
  5. faith in in the Day of Judgment
  6. faith in destiny
suzy555 | Student

First of all , Islam : is an  arabic word and means submission, surrender, and obedience to our creator.

why did Islam come?

Before the advent of Islam Arabs were practicing many different beliefs. Most of them were polytheists, who believed in many different gods. There were those who had no belief in a creator or an afterlife, and considered this world as eternal. There were star worshippers and a very small minority who were Monotheist. This is why that period is remembered as ‘The Period of Ignorance’ .An era when Unity of Allah  was not accepted by majority of the population.

 

 

 

meshe | Student

in response to post 15.

look i am a muslim and no one has ever told me to kill a non muslim or even to criticize other's religion in a way that is disputable. neiter my prophet nor the Quran orders to do so.the way to hv taken dat verse  ,sory to say,is  wrong.our religion hv well defined rules to treat a non muslim . if u need further information u can cosult cd of prof.ZAKIR NAEK. hopefully this cd will help u out.

meshe | Student

mr krishna agravala i hv a request that without havin proper knowlege of some religion u can never criticize any religon as it is prohibited in any religion of world even in urs. prophet Muhammad SAW was unable 2 read and write so he could not write koran. secondly in islam a man can only hv 4 wives if he can equaly manages them and there any many  ristrictions even in this case.just lookin at wt muslims r doing today 1 should not critisize the religion itself . for further information i request u consult the cd of prof. ZAKIR NAEQ .

creativetahani | Student

Since you said you "need different points of views" on the topic of Islam and its Prophet Mohammed, I will give you mine.

My view is the same for Christianity and Jesus, Judaism and Moses, and we could go on and on down the list of religious belief systems. My view is that people made it all up.

Religions spring from the minds of people, and the sacred books of any religion were written by people: inspired people, poetic people, fanatical people, wise people, angry people, whatever. But they were people, nonetheless, people like you and me.

OK, now you have my view.



The holy Koran was not written by Prophet Muhammad, but it's the words of Allah (God). And, by the way, Prophet Muhammad NEVER read or write or write a poem! He's not a poet and doesn't know how to read or write any word! So, how you think that he wrote the Koran himself???

Arabs were at that time boasting of their eloquence in the Arabic language, and the poets were doing so in their poems. The arabic language, by the way, is a great language that its words are deep like the sea, and so wonderful in expressing, and many Arabs were so proud of their Arabic tongue. Therefore, the Koran, which is God's words, challenges them to write a book, chapter or even one verse that can be similar in the Koran's beauty, and in its deeper meanings! But NO ONE could do that till nowadays even the GREAT poets of Arabs whether in the past, present or even in the future!

So, it's a miracle that is given to the ILLITERATE Prophet to prove that he's sent by God =)

a-b | Student

If you are a follower of one religion or another, other religions can look like vast departures for your faith. For example to Jews, Jesus was a false prophet who claimed to be the son of God, but to Christians he was the son of God. Medieval Christians believed that Islam was a perversion of Christianity also led by a false prophet.

When you are not a follower of any one religion, they all start to look fairly similar. Like Judaism, Christianity, Mormonism, Scientology, Buddhism, etc. Islam had a transformative figure who revealed ultimate truths about the universe to his followers.

What is vastly different about Mohammad and Islam, Christ and Christianity, and Buddha and Buddhism is that hundreds of millions of people follow these faiths. Historically, that is the most interesting thing and the greatest legacy of Mohammad and Islam.

cemiltarhan | Student

All religions are borne for a reason and so did Islam. All religions need a prophet with a strong message so people will internalize the message and follow the steps of the prophet.

Do religions help? They certainly do particularly in the realms of life where no law will be able to govern.

Any good religions or poor religions? Well it all depends on the scholars of that religion. If the scholars are the true believers of the message of the prophet then that religion will serve the followers. If not, then the religion will turn into a selfserving apparatus not helping anyone but the very clergy who have been instrumental in building that apparatus in the first place.

Islam is a religion that cherishes (almost) the same values any other divine cause will. But as in all other religions, Islam too  has many different practices stemming from different interpretations of its scripture and cultural ties.

All prophets are highly revered and almost invariably idolized by the followers and Islam's prophet is hardly an exception.

krishna-agrawala | Student

In reply to posts #5 and #6, I would like to humbly state that I am not in a position to either agree or disagree with their respective claims that Koran or Bible are record of words of god.

But I do hope that writers of these two post at least agree that there must have been some human beings who first converted these words of God in to the books like Koran and Bible. As per my understanding of the word writer, such people are still entitled to the credit of being writers of these books, even if the their contents were inspired or conveyed directly by God.

semeng | Student

I believe, that Islam differs from other major religion of the world in that it was deliberately started as a separate religion by its founder, while many other religions such as Christianity and Hinduism evolved out of ideas propagated by its early leaders, rather than started deliberately as a new religion. Though such religions may project one single person as its originator, the ideas and books of that religion are result of  contributions of many people who carry forward the ideas of the originator, much after he is no more. For Example, the new testament of Bible, considered the primary source of guidance for Christianity, is compilation of teachings of Jesus Christ by his close disciples, written after he ceased to exist in bodily form.

In contrast the the holy book of Islam, the Koran, was written by Prophet Muhammad in his lifetime and presented as the final and the ultimate truth. While this has the advantage of being more in line with the ideas of the originator of the religion, it also makes it difficult to make changes in the religious beliefs of people with the need of changing times. I think it is because of this that many leaders of Islam continue to support archaic practices like right of men to have four wives, The right of men to divorce their wives by by just saying so three times, and in insistence on women covering their complete body including face in front of men.

In correction to the post written by Krishna-agrawala, I would kindly like to respond to your written statement(s). The Koran was NOT written by Prophet Muhammad. These words are Allah's (Islamic name for God) words. Of course the koran was sent one chapter/section at a time and it took twenty three years to have it completely sent. And of course it was compiled into a book and held sacredly back then til today and will continue to do so.

krishna-agrawala | Student

I believe, that Islam differs from other major religion of the world in that it was deliberately started as a separate religion by its founder, while many other religions such as Christianity and Hinduism evolved out of ideas propagated by its early leaders, rather than started deliberately as a new religion. Though such religions may project one single person as its originator, the ideas and books of that religion are result of  contributions of many people who carry forward the ideas of the originator, much after he is no more. For Example, the new testament of Bible, considered the primary source of guidance for Christianity, is compilation of teachings of Jesus Christ by his close disciples, written after he ceased to exist in bodily form.

In contrast the the holy book of Islam, the Koran, was written by Prophet Muhammad in his lifetime and presented as the final and the ultimate truth. While this has the advantage of being more in line with the ideas of the originator of the religion, it also makes it difficult to make changes in the religious beliefs of people with the need of changing times. I think it is because of this that many leaders of Islam continue to support archaic practices like right of men to have four wives, The right of men to divorce their wives by by just saying so three times, and in insistence on women covering their complete body including face in front of men.

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