Arguably, religious issues in the world have developed debates on aspects of religion. In the global arena, politicians, religious leaders, and scholars have raised a lot of controversial issues that are associated with Islam religion. In this case, there is the need to promote religious understanding between religious denominations and groups. This sort of understanding will ensure that the entire world attains a sense of co-existence, empresses’ diversity, tolerance and peace. In most cases, Islam has been associated with war and terrorism in the world making it more complex. These calls for a deeper understanding since the Muslims claim that those who pursue terrorism attacks are not Muslims (Renard 4).
Perhaps, Muslims just like any other religion have its beliefs, norms and practices. Muslim community believes in the presence of God, angels, prophets, accountability and judgment, as well as jihad. Moreover, within the Islam religion, God is believed to have absolute authority over human beings in terms of destiny and life after death. Hence, just like other world religions Islam has its doctrines that govern day to day activities (Hasan 2). Other world religions have misinterpreted the meaning of Jihad and have tremendously changed the world view of Muslim. People assert that Islam advocates war, fight and terrorism. On the other hand, Muslims claim that Islam is a religion of peace. Hence, all this controversies call for religious tolerance and understanding.
Undeniably, it is exceedingly difficult in the current world to eliminate the issue of politics when trying to comprehend religious issues. Political powers in the world have criticized Islam, and associated them with terrorism. In fact, people perceive that fighting against terrorism is equally fighting the Muslims. The issue of suicide bombers ad terrorism in the name of God has made political groups view Islam has an avenue of war. As a matter of fact, no religion would want to be associated with such individuals (Hasan 4).
Religious issues have been associated with conflicts and war in some regions. Islam is a religion that advocates for peace. Due to variation of religious issues between Islam and other world religion tolerance and understanding must be the basis of various religious issues in Islam religion. Terrorism in the world does not demonstrate the real Islamic faith; this is because many leaders of Islam religion assert that Islam is a religion of peace (Renard 10). In fact, one of the main concepts in Islam religion is peace. Hence, Islam understands and respects other world religions since everyone has freedom of worship. Generally, global political and religious need to focus on understanding, tolerance, and peace, in order to avoid victimization of devoted Muslim community.
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Hasan, Samiul. The Muslim World in the 21st century: Space, Power, and Human Development.
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