14. Islam puts little/no emphasis on education & development.
Heard of algebra? algorithms?alchemy?chemistry? catgut suture? The canon of medicine? geodesy?
While Europe was still in the Dark Ages, Muslim societies were making advancements in medicine, mathematics, physics, astronomy, geography, architecture, art, and literature. In fact, the renaissance happened as a result of the ancient and new knowledge reacquired from Muslims universities.
Muslim intellectual giants came to be known by their anglicised names: Albatenius, Alpharabius, Algazel, Avicenna, Kuhi, Alhazen, Averroes , Arzachel, Avempace, Algoritmi or Algaurizin, Thebit, Rhazes, Geber, Alkindus, Avenzoar, and Albumasr, for example.
13. Women have to stay in the house or wear Purda/Burqa.
The practice of purdah(persian for curtain) is said to have originated in the Persian culture and to have been acquired by the Muslims during the Arab conquest of what is now Iraq in the 7th century AD.
The Quran has no requirement that women cover their faces/hands with a veil, or cover their bodies with the full-body burqua or chador. Islam only requires both men and women to dress and behave modestly (e.g. lowering their gaze) in public. However, this requirement has been interpreted in many different ways by Islamic scholars (ulema) and Muslim communities (Wikipedia).
Simply put, the Purdah/Burqa/Niqab are all just traditions. When a tradition does not contradict Islam, a muslim/muslim group may adopt it.
It does not however mean it becomes compulsory on all muslims or even on the muslims of that particular group/region.
12. Woman/Eve created from the rib of Man/adam
This view is biblical. Quran does not say so. I don't know if the hadeeth says so.. still researching on the matter. Shouldn't be a big issue, but Muslims these days love talking about this when talking about women so I need to find out..it's never good to spread what's not true.
11.Stoning to death allowed (e.g. for adultery)
There are many 'hoos and haas' about this so-called missing Quranic verse..
All I say is Allahu a'lam.
Since it is more damaging to carry out a punishment so big, that was not placed in the Quran (the one book promised by God to never be corrupted, the one book which is mathematically miraculous), I'd not carry it out if such a day may come, for fear of illegally killing a life on purpose, whereas murder is a big sin- even if it is manslaughter.
Besides, a punishment for adultery is already prescribed in the Qur'an.
10. Muslims are savage/barbaric at war
Quite the contrary, when it comes to the conduct of war there are ten rules that every Muslim army must obey:
1. Do not commit treachery
2. Do not deviate from the right path
3. Do not mutilate dead bodies
4. Do not kill children
5. Do not kill women
6. Do not kill aged men
7. Do not harm or burn trees
8. Do not destroy buildings
9. Do not destroy an enemy’s flock, unless you use it for your food
10. When you pass people who have devoted their lives to monastic services leave them alone.
"God forbids you not, with regards to those who fight you not for [your] faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them; for God loveth those who are just.
-- Qur’an, al-Mumtahina 60:8
Freedom of religion is laid down in the Qur’an itself:
"There is no compulsion (or coercion) in the religion (Islam). The right direction is distinctly clear from error".
-- Qur’an, al-Baqara 2:256
8. Child marriage is rape/pedophilia by the then standards.
Was God supposed to tell him to marry a 30 year old woman, instead of Aisha, just because in future people like you and me might exist to hate him when he did what was acceptable at that place, in those times?
Think, man, think!
7. Islam oppresses women
During pre-Islam Arabia women were used for fornication only and had no independence. The birth of a daughter in a family was considered humiliating and the practice of female infanticide was uncontrolled. With the advent of Islam to Arabia, women were freed. Firstly, verses in the Quran condemned the practice of female infanticide. Furthermore, Islam gave back many human rights to the woman and Muhammad(s) was even reported saying that “women are the twin halves of men.” A Muslim woman is allowed to reject and accept any suitor for marriage and has the right to seek divorce and has the right to inheritance.There is nothing in Islam that forbids a Muslim woman from exiting her house and is allowed to drive/ride horses, etc. Also in regards to education, a woman is obligated to seek knowledge and it is considered a sin if she refuses.
"Muslim advocacy groups point out that four out of the five countries with the largest Muslim populations — Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Turkey — have had female heads of state, something the United States cannot claim."-abcNews
3. The crescent moon is a universal symbol of Islam
The early Muslim community did not really have a symbol. During the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Islamic armies and caravans flew simple solid-colored flags (generally black, green, or white) for identification purposes. In later generations, the Muslim leaders continued to use a simple black, white, or green flag with no markings, writing, or symbolism on it.
It wasn't until the Ottoman Empire that the crescent moon and star became affiliated with the Muslim world. When the Turks conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) in 1453, they adopted the city's existing flag and symbol.
2. Muhammad is the founder of Islam.
Islam is an Abrahamic religion, and Muslims believe it was adopted as a way of life and taught by the prophets of Islam from Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohamed, and many others in between those names we mentioned.
Mohamed is only but one of these prophets- the last one of them and thus with the complete message of God, with its permanent rulings for the whole of Mankind.
1. Muslims worship a moon-God/pagan Arabian idol/diety
Islam is a call to the one true god, not an existing pagan diety.
Allah is the Arabic word for God (al ilāh, literally "the God").The word has cognates in other Semitic languages, including Alah in Aramaic, ʾĒl in Canaaniteand Elohim in Hebrew.
It is used mainly by Muslims to refer to God in Islam,but it has also been used by Arab Christians since pre-Islamic times.The name was previously used by pagan Meccans as a reference to a creator deity, possibly the supreme deity in pre-Islamic Arabia.The concepts associated with the term Allah (as a deity) differ among religious traditions. In pre-Islamic Arabia amongst pagan Arabs, Allah was not considered the sole divinity, having associates and companions, sons and daughters–a concept that was deleted under the process of Islamization. In Islam, the name Allah is the supreme and all-comprehensive divine name, and all other divine names are believed to refer back to Allah.Allah is unique, the only Deity, creator of the universe and the omnipotent.Meccans worshipped him and Al-lāt, Al-‘Uzzá, Manāt as his daughters. This is clearly mentioned in the Quran.
Islam denounce pagan rites and idol worship and the concept of intercession (priests, prayer in some places only, holy people/saints, babtism, etc)
We do not worship the kaabah, we pray towards the direction that was mentioned on the Quran as the House of Allah (the God, not the one who was made into an idol and has sons and daughters,).
It pisses people off to leave what is easy (worshipping idols, polytheism, and rituals to appease their gods), and what they found their parents (and society) already worshipping.. However, isn't it so much more rational to worship one God? Nobody admits it, but just look at Hindus for example, they choose a diety for their house rather than worship all forms/avatars of their God the whole time. Some have laxmi, some durga, some ganesha, some ambe, some krishna, some shiva and some worship kali.
The truth is out there!