About two years ago, I wrote my first article in MM entitled “Is Islam a Violent Religion?” Despite the fact that I have posted many articles afterward, I can say that this first post was by far the most successful. Up till today, if you were to Google “Islam violent”, that article is still the top hit. I’m not telling you this to brag. In fact, I don’t necessarily think I came anywhere near giving justice to this topic. But I think what made the article popular was the utter necessity to explaining this issue in an objective and calm manner. It’s no secret to anyone, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, that this issue is the number one misconception about Islam in this post-911 age. It’s also no secret that this is number one question that Muslims get anywhere they go.
Well no matter how good the article was, it certainly wasn’t comprehenensive. So, here I’m today presenting part 2. This second installment comes in the form of an interfaith dialogue about this very topic. This forum was not just focused on Islam, yes a little breather. But certainly the questions at the end were!! If the sound quality is not the best, I do apologize!
Finally I got to admit, this definitely is not my favorite topic. I tackle this issue purely out of necessity. I really feel that this is a discussion that was imposed on the majority of Muslims by a minority of extremists (both Muslims and non-Muslims). This reminds me of Omar , the second successor of the Prophet , who said, “Knowledge was a drop, but it was made into an ocean by the ignorants”. Really this issue should have been simple if it was not made complicated by the arguments and misunderstandings of the ignorants.