Extremism takes many forms, but in the Western world, such is dominated by concern over the followers of Muhammad and Islam, but is there really a problem for Non-Muslims or can Islam peacefully and equally co-exist with Non-Islam?
On one side there is fear, terrorism, mass murder of innocents, beheadings, the slaughter of critics and all opposed, jihadists and inequality even within its own membership. There’s also a general set of rules utterly at odds with everything considered fair and decent and held dear by modern Non-Muslims.
Counter to that are the devout advocates of Islam and its last Prophet, Muhammad, who say such fears are unfounded, that the extremists do not represent Islam. They say Islam is portrayed wrongly, misunderstood and actually, the one true faith, a religion of peace.
So which is correct? Where are the answers? How does one understand the complexities and distortions created by time and the agendas of many competing interests?
Determining whether or not Islam is a threat to your way of life and what you wish for your loved ones actually hinges on three simple interwoven and indisputable points. However, with all that is written and said on this issue, I’ve never seen or heard such explained.
I cannot over emphasise the need to put yourself in the shoes of a Muslim and consider what they believe, otherwise, what follows may seem improbable, or able to be ignored. To understand Muslims, one must see things as they do!
Point one: Muhammad is the perfect human.
Point two: Muhammad is not just perfect in his own time, but for all time.
Muslims believe Muhammad’s life is an example for all – to copy Muhammad in all things is to lead the most perfect of lives – to do as Muhammad did or said is the very best.
This explains style of dress, beards etc… but more importantly, it also explains things most Non-Muslims find disturbing, including, multiple wives and a propensity for very young brides.
Muhammad married many times and had numerous wives of varying ages at the same time, but the one who prompts the most questions is Aishah – it’s recorded she was six when betrothed and nine when Muhammad consummated the marriage. Modern people have a name for that, but Muhammad lived from 570 to 632 and such things are not accurately or fairly judged through the application of modern standards.
However, remember Point one, Muhammad is perfect, he’s never wrong and the passing of time and the standards of others cannot confer wrong-doing on anything he did, or anything his followers do in copying him. Through Islamic eyes, to do so, is Blasphemy and punishable by death.
Rather than a re-think over time of how humans interact causing certain practices to be outlawed, Muslims aspire to be as much like Muhammad as possible. Bottom line, live your life as closely as you can to Muhammad, a man born in the sixth century.
Remember, if Muhammad did it, or said it could be done, it is not just ok, but aspired to by good Muslims. Such actions are as relevant today as they were in the year 632 – to say otherwise is blasphemy and life risking.
Millions of people, males essentially, want to live as did their Prophet Muhammad. This explains much that Non-Muslims find unacceptable, so why not just change as times change, why not ‘develop’, why not an evolution of ideas, simple enlightenment – if only.
Again, understanding why not, means seeing things as Muslims are supposed to see things – there is no reason to change, it’s perfect and any deviation from what Muhammad said and did, is blasphemous – to even suggest any such thing is evil incarnate.
So what about another Prophet with a further message from Allah to up-date things, so to speak? Not possible and why brings us to the third and final point.
Point three: After Muhammad, no more Prophets and no changes.
Whilst there are many Prophets according to Islam, Muhammad is the most important and LAST – he is the Prophet with the marks of all previous Prophets – the most distinguished in every aspect – there’ll be no-one else, for he was granted a Shari’ah (Law) that’s perfect and final and requiring no revision in the days to come.
BTW, it was Muhammad who identified the previous Islamic Prophets, including Moses (red sea), Noah (ark), David (goliath), Adam (first man), John (the Baptist), Jesus (The Christ), being just a few of the names you’d be familiar with, except you maybe didn’t know they’re considered Muslims?
Muhammad, most significant and perfect of all humans, last of the Prophets, provides you with choices, Subscribe or Submit – you may choose to Resist, but just be aware the consequences will be severe, after all, it is still the year 632, remember?