As many people doubt and question the meaning of Islam these days, the truth is Islam was entirely meant to be a religion of peace. Although many will spread bad ideologies and lies-that stem only from their ignorance and selfishness- please do not blame Islam.There is much proof with the prophets behavior and proof that some practices within Islam are not necessarily derived from the religion but are ancient practices that were mistakenly contributed to Islam.
The prophet Mohammad (pbuh) questioned all the fitnah (corruption) that surrounded him and wanted to bring solutions and peace to his people. He also saw so many women around him ravaged, manipulated, exploited and even infanticide was a norm. He was at odds with the turmoils he encountered and wanted to change these things in society desperately. He meditated on several occasions to find solace within himself and bring about solutions to these social issues. He did his mediated far from others and eventually the angel Jabril (Gabriel) appeared to him and that’s when the revelations for peace and solving social fitnah began. Over a course several of years God revealed the beautiful Quranic verses to him which were mostly for resolving corruption and violence in those days, which the prophet put to good use. Islam even established rights for women when they had none nearly 1,400 years ago.
Fast forward to today, sadly and especially in the last 3-4 decades certain false ideologies have been embedded in Islam which in no way are attributes of the religion. Many of these falsehoods are possibly cultural beliefs that some misinformed individuals felt they could carry into Islam. For instance FGM (female genital mutilation) it was a fatwa (Islamic law) that first came from a cultural belief or practice before Islam was even practiced in muslim dominate cultures that use this practice. However it is rarely practiced today and even banned in countries where it used to be a norm. FGM is rare and many Muslims have understood this to be a very cruel practice that went against revelations in the Quran. It was a practice equal to robbing something from a woman and also causing her harm or even death, which all goes against the very rules Allah has given us in the Quran. This Fatwa of FGM it did not come from Quran in other words which is then considered innovation. Innovation or something made up from outside Quran is forbidden in Isam. FGM was a brutal and ancient practice possibly with it’s origins possibly being Medina. Sadly it is still a recognized practice in some books by “scholars” from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. This fact I came to out find while exploring Islamic book when living there ( I have to be honest). At one time men thought it would be ideal for this to be done to women in order to detour them from have pleasure during intercourse and also from committing adultery. Scholars still preach in many places against this (women experiencing sexual pleasure) mostly among Salafi ( fundamentalist sunni) branches of Islam . This idea that women are not deserving of intimate pleasure is very wrong it is not acceptable in Quran and various hadith of even their own faith if they bother to explore deeply. Relevant hadith suggest if you damage an individual by mutilating them, you should be punished, so this should go for those who damage females. In shi’a books there are hadith that encourage men to please their wives as this is viewed as an important objective for both males and females in keeping their marriage strong and blossoming. Imam Sadegh (as) is known for his brilliant hadith on loving your spouse and often puts women on a very high pedestal in his hadith narrations. Quran itself orders that men especially treat their wives fairly and even if you find later you may not love her, love for the sake of Allah and you will be rewarded. It is also said Mohammad (pbuh) was very patient with his wives if he did not like something of them he just smiled because maybe Allah see’s good in that thing you dislike about your wife.
Men are also judged in the after life upon how they treat their wives and others. Taking care of women and not harming them is an order in Islam, patience with your wife is one as well. True Muslims believe women should be cared for in the best ways and protected. As long as I have been Muslim I have yet to see a man disrespect his wife or children, accept for on T.V. Here is some proof within Islam that harming others is not allowed, there is much more on this subject I can go on. These things about Islam I am sure Islam haters will not harp on.
“The Prophet (saw) forbade robbery (taking away what belongs to others without their permission), and also forbade mutilation (or maiming) of bodies. (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Oppressions, Volume 3, Book 43, Number 654)
It is important to know that Allah revealed he created the men and women to marry and to love each other and be intimate with one another.
“And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): Verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. (The Noble Quran, 30:21)”
“It is He Who created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her (in love). When they are united, she bears a light burden and carries it about (unnoticed). When she grows heavy, they both pray to Allah their Lord, (saying): ‘If Thou givest us a goodly child, we vow we shall (ever) be grateful.’ (The Noble Quran, 7:189)”
“Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments. Allah knoweth what ye used to do secretly among yourselves;(The Noble Quran, 2:187)”
So with such revelations on loving and treating your wife greatly how is it possible for Allah to accept anything less? This was all just an example of how so many people are misinformed on Islam and the truth of this peaceful religion that preaches much love and forgiveness.
Finally, Muslims must be careful not to accept any shady narrations about our Prophet (pbuh) that is often what leads to these faulty beliefs that contradict Quran. So before you think this fatwa or hadith you have just heard is correct please reevaluate before unintentionally doing harm to Islam or someone you love.
Allah Almighty warned us that the enemies of Islam will spread lies to weaken the Muslims’ faith, this in fact has happened with specific ideology that has been invented by non-muslims that have attached it to our beautiful faith: “A section of the People of the Book say: Believe in the morning what is revealed to the believers , but reject it at the end of the day; perchance they may (themselves) turn back (from Islam). ( Quran, 3:72)”