Isalm to 10 graders

You might be asking yourself at this point, "Why should I care about the Islam religion and Muslims." The answer is that these are very important to the world and we need to be educated about the unknowns of our world.We ourselves are mainly ignorant to the rest of the world and that leads to misunderstanding and confused hatred.By simple learning about the basics of the religion and the culture we can come closer to peace and friendship.There are over 1.2 billion Muslims in the world.It is the fastest growing religion; one in five people in the world is now Muslim.Islam has been around for fourteen centuries so there must be something to it to stay around and attract new members.
Many Americans have distorted views of the teachings of the Qur'an.There are violent passages in the Qur'an as well as the bible.People tend to take the Qur'an out of context and make it sound malicious and looking for conflicts when in reality it is the exact opposite.Jihad translated means "effort, exertion, or struggle" but has been popularly known as "holy war" which is not true.The Qur'an means "surrender" and is related to the word salam which means "peace" in Arabic.The religious wars referred to in the Qur'an are almost identical to those talked about in the bible and both promise a spot in heaven if you should die for the cause.Another topic that most outsiders are confused about is the treatment of women in the Muslim world.In the teachings of Islam the woman is to be well respected and honored.In some countries though, women are treated unfairly but that has nothing to do with the Qur'an or its teachings.Women are encouraged to be educated and make money.
The world that Islam arose was one in need of structure.It was an ignorant world in complete chaos.The people at this time did not believe in an afterlife so they did not ca

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