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Your opinion of Islam and the Quran?

Asked by raven860 (2144 points ) March 19th, 2014

What do you know about it?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I think it’s a very interesting faith and it has a lot of positive qualities. It’s just a shame the extremist use it to justify their actions, but then you can find extremist in most all faiths.

bolwerk's avatar

Nothing positive. I have no cultural connection to it, so it’s less interesting to me than Christianity.

thorninmud's avatar

A few years ago, I was one of three teachers in a class at a local seminary. The class was about Christian, Buddhist and Muslim perspectives on various matters (I presented the Buddhist perspective). The Muslim teacher was the imam at an area mosque.

I didn’t know much about Islam prior to that, except that it has much in common with the other “Abrahamic” faiths. And, aside from some interesting deviations (e.g. no doctrine of “original sin”), hearing the imam lecture and hearing the Quran very much put me in mind of my Christian upbringing. It was so much like what I had rejected earlier in my life that I found it hard to engage with at all.

But when the lecture turned to Sufism, things really got interesting for me. The imam kept glancing at me with a smile, because he knew that Sufism resonates very closely with my own Zen tradition. The Sufi texts could, with just a little tweaking, have been Zen texts. It had such a different flavor from “mainstream” Islam that it’s hard to even see them as related.

KNOWITALL's avatar

From what I understand or have been told, the religion itself is all good.

Coloma's avatar

What @Adirondackwannabe said.
Nothin’ new here, more people have died at the hands of Christian and Catholic faith and religious extremism than all other causes of death and war in the history of mankind.
Muslim faith is just another flavor of religion subject to crazy interpretations.
Plenty of crazy faiths in this world, Mormons, 7th day Adventists, Jehovahs Witnesses, it’s time to stop blacklisting Muslims and toss the faulty believers into the same stew pot of insane religious cultism.

No one religion that advocates violence and killing in the name of “God” is any better or worse than than the other. “Christians” murdering abortion doctors, Jehovahs witnesses letting their children die because they refuse medical treatments. All equally crazy and delusional.

Darth_Algar's avatar

I’ve read the Quran and in many ways found it to be more liberal than the Bible. My opinion of Islam, however, is about the same as any other religion – fascinating up to a certain point, believe what you want and allow me the same then we’ll get along well. Try to force your beliefs onto me (or anyone) or demand that the law should reflect your faith then we’ve got a problem.

rojo's avatar

Karl Marx said ”.... Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.

Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.

Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower. The criticism of religion disillusions man, so that he will think, act, and fashion his reality like a man who has discarded his illusions and regained his senses, so that he will move around himself as his own true Sun. Religion is only the illusory Sun which revolves around man as long as he does not revolve around himself.”

My opinion of Islam and the Quran is the same as my opinion of Christianity and the Bible; if they make you happy, please enjoy them but keep them to yourself and others that enjoy the same. Don’t proselytize in my direction.

Blackberry's avatar

Uh, it’s some religion? That’s all I can really think at the moment lol.

ragingloli's avatar

A fan fiction of a Fan fiction of the original fanfiction of various original works.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

The handwriting and architecture found within each are stunning.

Cruiser's avatar

From what I have read and now about the Quran is it’s tenets are virtually indistinguishable from the Bible and the Torah and many other religious texts. My thoughts on Islam and religion mirror @Darth_Algar.‘s

1TubeGuru's avatar

I was never a big fan of any type of fiction books.

Blondesjon's avatar

The no pork and no alcohol rules are a deal breaker for me.

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RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Kudos to any clan that promotes the 70 horny angel virgins bit. With a promise like that, who needs pork and alcohol?

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Winter_Pariah's avatar

I really have no feelings for Islam as a whole. It’s a set of beliefs and I respect that.

The Quran however, is a beautiful antiquated text, and unlike the Bible, it generally doesn’t bore me.

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stanleybmanly's avatar

The book (at least the translation that I own) reads like poetry. That should not distract from the fact that just as with its cousins, the faith can readily be utilized to torment the world and the fools who inhabit it. The current show should serve as a primer regarding the potential of our own fundamentalists, but more importantly the dangers inherent in allowing superstitions to dominate our lives. As a practical matter, the conflicts between Islam and modernity are so severe, that it is no exaggeration to state that the faith is at the base of the insolubility of nearly every problem that plagues the places where it is dominates.

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syed_shaji's avatar

Assalamualaikum.

Islam – Is a misunderstood religion by many.Islam comes from the root word Salaam which means Peace. When you follow any of its commandments you feel peaceful. Don’t believe me?? Try it. Ask any of the Muslim around you about any of the commandments of Islam and try to follow it for some days and observe the result.

Quran – It’s the final revelation from God Almighty to Prophet Muhammad [pbuh] for entire Humankind. It is a book of Ayat meaning Signs. This would be the first book I would want any one to read.

For more watch What’s Islam? and

What is Quran?

bolwerk's avatar

I feel more peaceful ignoring its absurdity. At least Christians are kind enough to use a symbol of death to advertise their death cult.

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stanleybmanly's avatar

As with other religions, we are being treated to a lesson as to just who is god and the majesty of his wrath

thorninmud's avatar

[Mod says] Because this question is in General, please restrict your comments to opinions pertaining specifically to Islam and the Quran. The General section exists so that users can get more focused answers that don’t stray into related (or unrelated) topics. This Q isn’t about opinions on religion generally, as interesting as that discussion might be.

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SecondHandStoke's avatar

I can’t be for any “religion” that would have the children of spirits makers, brewers, vintners, bartenders, beverage route drivers and many others starve.

Not to mention wine once owned by Thomas fucking Jefferson being destroyed on 9/11.

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Misspegasister28's avatar

The religion is pretty much centered around generosity and donating to the poor. I think the religion has a very bad rep and people only pay attention to the extremists when there are much more good Muslims than bad.
I’ve been to a Muslim country in Africa, and the people were very nice and welcoming and grateful for us. Of course, you have to be careful when visiting any foreign country, but for the most part, I felt pretty safe there. The country I went to has one of the biggest mosques in Africa, and it was beautiful!

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