Misconceptions about Islam

Islam does not Teach Violence

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 8 July 2005

Contrary to the common belief, Islam does not teach violence. It is a religion of peace in the fullest sense of the word.

The first verse of the Qur’an breathes the spirit of peace. It reads:

In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.

Islam does not degrade Women

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 4 Nov. 2005

Contrary to the common misconception, Islam does not degrade women. It gives the utmost respect to women.

The following traditions of the Prophet indicate the elevated function of woman in Islam:

“Women are half of men.

Fear God in respect of women.

“Heaven lies beneath the feet of mothers.” (That is, those who serve their mothers well are deserving of Paradise.)

Islam does not hold Women to be Inferior to Men

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan I Islam Today I 1 Feb. 2006

There is a common belief that Islam gives a higher status to men in comparison to women. This is misconception in the truest sense of the word.

Contrary to the common misconception that Islam holds men superior to women, Islam actually gives equal status to women as that of men. The Quran says:

“You are members, one of another.” (3:195)

This means that there is no difference between the two as regards status, rights and blessings both in this world and in the Hereafter.