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The flaw is in us by Nayzak The flaw is in us by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],


Differentiation between Islam and Muslims:

If you want to know what is Islam you must look to its original sources: The Qur'an and the Sunnah. A distinction should be made between the religion of Islam as presented by the Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- and his companions and Islam as represented by later Muslim generations — both in theory and practice. This is what we call the scientific approach.


:bulletred: Today and previous time

We are living in the age of the media. But before the advent of the modern media there were large numbers of people in the world who knew nothing about Islam and Muslims. With the invention of the printing press and now the electronic media it is rare to find today a single person who is unaware of it.

But there is a clear-cut difference. In previous ages it happened that wherever Islam spread people were so impressed with it that most of them accepted it as their religion. That is why today we find more than one billion Muslims throughout the world. Strangely enough the present day publicity given to Islam has produced only a negative effect. People are now generally allergic to Islam rather than being interested in it.
In previous centuries when Islam was introduced, people used to say: "Yes, Mr. Islam welcome to you!” Now when Islam is presented to them they say: “No thank you.” Why is there this difference?
The answer is very simple. In previous centuries Islam was introduced to the people of the world through its scriptures, as it is — without the slightest change in its original message. Whereas in modern times, Islam is being introduced through the negative practices of certain Muslims as reported by the media.


There is a further and more severe problem that of selective reporting. According to their own criteria the media is interested only in ‘hot’ news, although so much ‘soft’ news is available about the Muslim people. Because of their ingrained professionalism, they do not allow this ‘soft’ news to find its way into their columns of their broadcasts.
Islam is the religion of nature. If it were to be presented in its original form, people would turn to it quite naturally. For example, when a converted by the name of Gary Miller was asked why he had converted to Islam, he replied: “I didn’t convert to Islam I have rather reverted to my original religion.”


:bulletred: Violence in the name of religion

Unfortunately, a section of Muslims is engaged in violent and aggressive activities, wrongfully indeed, in the name of Islam. It is such news as, through the media, has a great impact upon the general public and creates serious misunderstandings. People have come to take Islam as a militant religion. Since modern man is in search of peace, he finds no appeal in a religion which, as presented by the media, is one of hatred and violence.

We are living in an age of information. This is the age of the knowledge explosion. Today, everyone wants to know more and more about everything, including religion. About other religions, people generally know what is enshrined in their religious books. Whereas the case of Islam is the opposite. Their information about Islam is derived from unauthentic sources. The reason for this lies with the Muslims and not with anyone else. The Muslims of modern times are engaged in violence everywhere in the name of Islam. Violence, however, is not limited only to Muslims. It is found in every community and in every group. But there is a basic difference between the two. When the adherents of other religions engage in violence, they do not do so in the name of their religion. But the violence engaged in by the Muslims is being done in the name of Islam.

These violent activities of the Muslims reach the people through the media. As modern media is a “hot news”-based industry, these violent events are flashed in the media. For this reason, people come to regard Islam as a religion of violence. It is only among Muslims that all violent activities are carried out in the name of religion.


:bulletred: overcoming the shortcomings

In practice, only a very tiny minority of Muslims is engaged in such violent activities. However, since other peaceful Muslims do not talk loud, they neither seem to condemn these activities, nor disown them outright, it is but natural for non Muslims to attribute these violent propensities to the religion of Islam.

To remove misconceptions in Islam, Muslims must present Islam as it is enshrined in its sacred scriptures, so that it may be brought before the people in its true form. The authentic source of information about Islam is the Qur’an, the final testament. The Qur’an, according to Muslim belief, was revealed by the God to the Arabian Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-. The second source of knowledge about Islam is the sunnah or the hadith i.e., the words, deeds and sanctions of the Prophet -peace be upon him-. The lives of the companions of the Prophet provide another later source. Then, there is a full stop in this matter. No other person or historical record enjoys the status of source of Islam.


:bulletred: Conclusion

To understand what Islam is you must make a distinction between Islam and the practices of Muslims. Taking a scientific attitude, you have to see Islam in the light of the Islamic scriptures and not judge it by Muslim conduct.
For surely, if you want to know what democracy is, you will examine the ideology of democracy as established by its champions. You will not form an opinion about the democratic system merely on the basis of observing some self-styled democratic nation. Everyone who wants to know what Islam is, should follow this scientific method while trying to form his opinion on Islam.

from [link]


I hope this was beneficial



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If you want to learn about Islam, I recommend my list of Islamic websites: [link]


If I am right, it is from the God. If I am wrong, it is from myself.
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Caranaar Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
You are the minority inside your religion. Because you don't kill. But I bet you are still as hateful as the others. Need proof? What would you do to a non-muslim if he were to draw a picture of your prophet? What would you say to a gay muslim, or to a muslim that became an atheist?
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Ashraf091 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
loved this one! :)
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RoseSakuraJo83 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It just hurts! I don't want Islam to be hated and misuderstood because of what some non-practising muslims do. But it's true.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
anyone who does not want Islam to be hated and misunderstood have to do contribute to help spread the true Image of Islam.
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hanciong Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When the adherents of other religions engage in violence, they do not do so in the name of their religion. But the violence engaged in by the Muslims is being done in the name of Islam. --> I respect you for acknowledging this problem
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
truth be told, even if against my people. this is what the Qur'an commands us.
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Amikazi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, buy what do you mean by the Qur'an commands us? :iconconfusedplz:
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
The Qur'an commands us to be just and tell the truth, even against our relatives and family.
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Amikazi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh okay I lol, I was reading your comment wrong, I thought you meant the Quran commanded us to engage in violence in the name of Islam. I am sorry.
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Pheenix42 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I feel bad for those people who abuse faith...they don't know that righteous judgement will fall upon them someday.
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mshtag21 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Brother ,,, may allah bless you ,,,
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mohamedfreezer Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
al slmao alykom wa rhatom ALLAHE wa braktoh

MASHALLAH

impressive sentence and truly

Y_Y

INSHALLAH

ALLAH protect us for all sins and bad things

^_^
thank you very much for the hardest work
^__^
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After--Life Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
BEAUTIFUL words, but I have to say that this deviation is too dark (is it just me?) and it is difficult to see the words on the bottom. =D

It would be awesome if you brighten it up slightly so the message can get across more easily.

Jazak'Allah for your efforts.

Salam.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I reduced the darkness of the background.
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After--Life Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Jazak'Allah. ^___^
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lamarce Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So obvious!

There is one thing less obvious to me, though. You may have plans to speak of this in the future at some point, but I don't understand the importance of the hadith. Why isn't putting Mohammed's action equal to God's word in importance against the principles of Islam? Does the Quran mention the hadith anywhere and say they should be followed? Is Mohammed considered a perfect man and thus a man that has never made any mistake in his life? I don't see the difference between Muslims saying the hadith are an official source and Christians saying Jesus is the son of God >.<. (ps I know there is something called Quranism, and I assume it addresses this question, but I would like to the the point of view of a person who is not a Quranist)
I'm sorry if this is a complicated question ^^;
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
but I don't understand the importance of the hadith.
the Hadith comes as additional explanation of Islamic teachings.
the qur'an answers all questions regarding Islamic doctrine. it gives many answers to all what man needs to know about the God, the purpose of life, life after death, some information of past nations, wisdom stories...
but the Qur'an does not go into deep details regarding certain aspects of Islam. this is because the almighty God -Glory be to him- commanded the Muslims to follow the example of the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-. and here comes the importance of Hadith. it is the narrations of the companions regarding the life of the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-.
Besides, the Qur'an does not tell us much of the biography of prophet Mohammed. you find Mohammed is among the prophets who are less mentioned in the Qur'an. were it not for Hadith, we would not know much of his life and character.


isn't putting Mohammed's action equal to God's word in importance against the principles of Islam?
You are mistaken here. There is no Muslim who puts Mohammed's actions or words equal to God's words.
In fact, what we believe is this:
The God sent different prophets and messengers -peace be upon them- in order to deliver his message. now, the prophets did not merely bring the divine message and leave people to interpret it. they also explained it and taught it. they practiced it. therefore, these prophets were a sample of the teachings of God's religion by being inspired in the different actions and decisions they made. these prophets also answered people's questions regarding the religion. they did many things that could be considered their own hadith. but with time, these information were lost...

Now returning to prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-. as the prophets before him, he did not only deliver the Qur'an. He explained it and practiced Islam during his life. people used to go to him and ask him explanation and details concerning different parts of the Qur'an, and he answered. they used to go to him asking advice and judgment in different matters, and he used the Qur'an and divine inspiration to answer them. that's why we Muslims consider him as a teacher and the perfect representation of Islam.
But we do not consider his words higher or the same level as God's words. here a distinction must be made. All Muslim scholars say that the first source of Islam is the Qur'an. the second being the Hadith. the third being the consensus of the Muslim scholars. we don't go down in this list unless we don't find the answer in the above source.

someone may say 'How come we do not find answer in the Qur'an?"
Well, it is true that the Qur'an offers answers to many important questions. but it is not a book of everything. the Qur'an is not an answer-every-question kind of books. it offers the big guidelines. the prophet's teachings came to complement by offering specific details to the big guidelines. the scholars' opinions come as an attempt to use the Qur'an and the hadith to reach new teachings regarding issues that were not covered by the Qur'an and the hadith (example, smoking, drugs...)

Does the Quran mention the hadith anywhere and say they should be followed?
The Qur'an mentions that the prophet was an ideal example. it also commands the Muslims to follow the prophet and obey him. from these, Muslims concluded that what the prophet said is valuable information.

Is Mohammed considered a perfect man and thus a man that has never made any mistake in his life?
In fact, He is considered perfect only compared to the rest of humanity using human standards. but not perfect in the sense of someone who never errs. the only one who is perfect is the almighty God.
In Islam, we believe that prophets are divinely protected from big sins (lie, adultery, deliberate killing of the innocent, idol worship...) but they may err small sins (making a mistake, forgetting,...) and this is human nature.

I don't see the difference between Muslims saying the hadith are an official source and Christians saying Jesus is the son of God
No. there is a huge difference between the two.
first, let's consider these points:
1- Muslims say the hadith is an official source. but they do not mix between the sayings of the prophet and the sayings of the God. in Islam, if you want to read God's word, you go to the Qur'an. if you want to read Mohammed's word, you go to the hadith books. if you want to read scholars word, you go to scholars books (such as Ghazali, Abu-Hanifah...) if you want historians word, you go to historian books (such as Tabari...)
the difference between Muslims and Christians in this regard, is that we Muslims separate between God's word and Mohammed's hadith. the Christians mixed between God's words and Jesus' hadith (and other people's words. and called all God's word.
2- now regarding the alleged divinity of Jesus. this is another matter. we Muslims do not claim divinity to the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-. no divinity, no half-divinity, no quarter-divinity. we do not call upon Mohammed for blessings and answering our prayers. anyone who prays to Mohammed is automatically out of Islam. anyone who asks anything of Mohammed is automatically out of Islam.
therefore, we do not regard Mohammed like Christians regard Jesus -peace be upon them both-.

and the God knows best.

I hope this answers your question.

If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.
peace
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lamarce Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your long and detailed answer. It is still a bit confusing to me, so I will have to reflect and read more on the suject.
Thank you for your time!
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
you are welcome.
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Daqiq Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Salam Nayzak,

is the arabic text based on any hadith or verse in particular?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
In fact, it was inspired from a saying by a famous Muslim scholar called Imam Shafi'i who lived long ago.

the original is (In Arabic):
نَعيبُ زَمانَنا وَالعَيبُ فينا ------ وَما لِزَمانِنا عَيبٌ سِوانا
وَنَهجو ذا الزَمانِ بِغَيرِ ذَنبٍ ------ وَلَو نَطَقَ الزَمانُ لَنا هَجانا
وَلَيسَ الذِئبُ يَأكُلُ لَحمَ ذِئبٍ ------ وَيَأكُلُ بَعضُنا بَعضاً عَيانا
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SaveThePlanet22 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
I hate it when people blame a whole group or country, because certain individuals did the wrong actions. Many people blame Islam or Arabic countries just because a group of people in terrorrism did it. The innocent ones have nothing to do with them.
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AlexeybooWinters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad on seeing things like this about Islam. It is quite sad how in modern times most people just reject the religion based on the violence that some certain Muslims did. :(
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quiklain Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
I look forward to an enlightened age when people wake up and finally realize they do not need books written in the distant past and interpreted to them by greedy zealots to be happy, healthy and, compassionate. I can't wait for the day when Islam, Christianity, Judaism and other hateful practices are a footnote in history books under the label of "the dark times"
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
"In previous ages it happened that wherever Islam spread people were so impressed with it that most of them accepted it as their religion. "

That's dishonest. The Apostate Wars immediately following the prophet's death are an immediate example of your comment not being honest.

All three Abrahamic religions have been spread through example, diplomacy, and the sword at one time or another. None are exempt.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Peace be to you,

Well, you made a statement. but it looks more like a question to me. so I will reply it as a question.
You, my friend, seem to misunderstand Islamic history. and not just that. you also misinterpreted my statement.

first, regarding my statement:
"In previous ages it happened that wherever Islam spread people were so impressed with it that most of them accepted it as their religion. "
notice the underlined word. I never claimed that ALL people accept Islam. and I never claimed that ALL those who accept never leave. the above statement simply means that those who see the real Islam, most of them accept it. and this can be proven through history.

Second, regarding what you call the apostate wars. let me explain how you are misunderstanding them. but before that, let's see some historical background:
When the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- started his mission, he received bitter persecution from the Pagans of Mekkah. The Muslims were a weak minority, so they emigrated to Madinah and settled there. after several years, many Arabs heard of Islam and more and more people followed it until the Muslims became strong enough to triumph over the pagans and return to Mekkah their hometown where they cleansed it from the corruption that befell it and removed all the idols and restored the worship of the one God: Allah.
now, many more people from different tribes joined Islam. some joined because they realized it is the truth. some joined because they wished to get a share of what Muslims may gain. some joined just to be safe and to avoid fighting the Muslims... in other words, different people had different motives to join Islam.
some whole tribes joined Islam. and in such cases, many leaders of these tribes remained leaders even after joining Islam. you must remember this point. it is very important.

Now, after the death of the prophet of the God -peace and blessings be upon him-, Some leaders of the tribes that joined Islam recently launched wars against the Muslim government. these wars became known as Ridda wars. translated Apostasy wars. Many people, after seeing the success of prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-, liked the idea of prophethood. they saw it a good way to gain power, wealth and domination over the Arab land. so several liars emerged and claimed prophethood. they used deception and fraud to prove their claims. in most cases, their tribes joined them out of tribal pride and not because they are truthful or that Islam is false. and they did persecute the Muslims of their tribes who did not fall for their deception and lies.
Some people who did not claim prophethood simply revolted against the Muslim government thinking that they have no obligations since the prophet died. Some leaders of these tribes wanted to get back their pre-islamic power that was limited by accepting Islam. and they also persecuted the Muslims of their tribes who did not wanted to follow them. Again, these people did not revolt because Islam is false. they simply wanted power. it is interesting to note that none of these tribes returned to idol worship. their motives were political and not religious.

Therefore, it is wrong to think that Islam was forced on these people, so they rejected it once the prophet died.
But the strongest argument I can put forward to what I just said is this:
Could we find any other occurrence of any Ridda wars happening in any Muslim land after the first Ridda wars until now? if these wars were rebellions against religion, we would certainly find more of such wars in the long history of Islam.
as a matter of fact, we don't find ANYTHING like that. this proves my point that these wars were political in nature. It is only the misunderstanding of history that leads someone to assume they are religious wars.

From all the above, I do not think my earlier statement is dishonest. it does not say ALL people follow Islam, and it does not deny that some may leave.


As for the sword of Islam, I made a whole series to deal with that: [link]

I hope this clears your misunderstanding.

peace
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missyuna Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
do u have proof = )?
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Yes. It's called history.:stupid:
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missyuna Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well thats being naive now dont you think? I asked for proof, not insult man =_=
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svannie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
uhm, pretty good argument. Mohammed too was a 'muslim'. Enough said ;)
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
He -peace be upon him- was the best Muslim and the best representation of the true Islam.
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svannie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Dear Nayzak, peace be upon us too.
Before getting upset in any way, let me clearify that it is not my intention here to criticize your Prophet in any way, neither good, nor bad. Second, i follow your work on Deviantart not only for your artistic merits but also for being positively impressed by the clearness of your thoughts.
Also this time you proved i am not wrong: you have used a 'far from being ordinary' expression when you said "the best REPRESENTATION OF". Paying all the respect for your Prophet, you set a clear division between THE TRUTH (Islam) and the behavior of a man (even the best of all).
The truth in itself vs. the behavior inspired by the truth, the truth in itself vs. the human idea of the truth is a very important matter, while we are searching to establish the possibility of an interreligion dialogue.

I think that your goal here is to underline the difference between a bad behavior and a good (inspired by the truth) behavior, considering that the first one is the origin of suspects, misunderstanding and hate against Islam.
Searching the point of start from which generate distance (and reciprocal disapproval) between men, we can find two levels: on one side, the behavior inspired by the truth (the Prophets), on the other side the truth in itself (God).
Maybe, we can be far on the level of the behavior, we can speak different (religious) languages, we can pray (meditate) in a different way, we can also feel (...represent) the spirituality in a very different way. But we are talking about HUMAN things, about the REPRESENTATION OF the religion.
However, we can be very near in the mutual research of the TRUTH in itself, maybe we can believe in the real same thing, in the same truth.

The way the truth is REPRESENTED, or (better said) the claim of a better way to REPRESENT the truth against others, seems to generate divisions and wars more than the mutual research of the REAL TRUTH IN ITSELF seems to create brotherhood between us.
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PeterHat Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is quite interesting. You can say that about any person and any real idea. May it be Christianity, Buddhism or any other religion, humans have a tendency to use good ideas as a motto for doing bad things.

As a deist, I can safely say that there is no bad ideas, only bad people.
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MoGaHeDa Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice Design & idea
Thanks or That
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