This is one of the keys to many problems in the world. Islam and what we don’t know about it. As any religion in the world, it’s complicated. A crash course won’t do it and I don’t claim to be an expert.
However, I have come to know bits of Islam mainly through studies at the University of Uppsala and work at a refugee camps. I have shared meals with Arabs, Kurd, Afghanis, Yemenite and most of the countries that probably will be banned entry in the U.S. They have walked rocky fields for months. Slept under freezing stars. They have been hungry, thirsty, received injuries and still, worked their way towards a life where there will be no harm to them.
The harm comes from people who have lost their touch with humanity. Similar to crusades and the Spanish inquisition. “Think like us or die”. No success then and it will be no success now. However, these people can hide under the cover of any religion or ideology and it’s the cover that will be feared. And that has to be addressed.
Even though I have a scientific view of religion I do have a thing for quotes:
“There is no compulsion where the religion is concerned.” / Quran: 2: 256
It’s convenient to label a fear. Give it a name, a color, a face a something that makes the fear intelligible. But it also causes a great deal of danger when the phobia includes a world religion. Distinctively pronounced by leaders that many people listen to.
I wonder what the American Muslims thinks of all this?
I was googling for a picture from the Washington demonstration against Trump. The picture of a women in hijab. The hijab was the American flag. That’s how I stumbled on the blog Joojoo Azad that actually had a post on it. Check it out to see the picture and read a Muslim take on the things reflected here.