The Problem is not Islam.
While reading latest comments to the Queen Rania’s award winning Youtube Video one of them made me think, is he/she right or wrong?
“zeppelinsteen In Malaysia where I come from, there is approx. 60% Muslims. We have a lot of Christians as well. But the Muslims here are totally different from the Middle East. For example we don’t have any problem with women rights or whatsoever. Yet, other religions are going well with Islam. I think it’s not about challenging stereotypes, it is changing attitudes of the ARABS! “
Yes, he or she is right: the Problem is not Islam.
The problem is, that some Muslims do not realize that what they believe to be Islamic teaching is in fact tradition. The Hadith’s (traditions) sometimes clearly contradict the Holy Quran. The best example is the stoning of adulterous women as it still happens in some areas in the Middle East. It was common practice before Christianity, which Jesus abolished (pls. read the article below “Stoning of a child” ).
In the Quran there is NO mentioning of it but a sura, that cannot be misinterpreted:
“And as for those who are guilty of an indecency from among your women, call to witnesses against them four (witnesses) from among you; then if they bear witness confine them to the houses until death comes close to them or God opens some way for them.” (Quran 4:15)
They somehow manage to distort the Original Message of Righteousness, Tolerance and Humanity. It was Islam, that introduced 1400 years ago all these virtues to then pagan Bedouins, who were warring each other in bloody tribal conflicts. And it is not solely the problem of the Arabs, who count only around 15 % of the Muslims worldwide.
The reason is that many preachers still prefer the Hadith’s, even if there are clear instructions of tolerance, forgiveness, human rights, even animal rights and “do not kill” in the Quran.
Please read the passages of the Quran on the right panel, No. 7 “What the Quran has to say..”
Traditions change last, unfortunately.