Is Islam a cult or religion?

A lot of people who are ignorant about Islam or just have a lot of hate and an axe to grind about this beautiful religion of Islam often accuse Islam of being a “cult”. The intention is to disparage Islam and at the same time instill “Islamophobia” in the listener and decrease interest in Islam as a world religion. It also aims to denigrate and reduce Islam’s status as a world religion of 2 billion followers to that of a mere “fad”. This may be something that may cause it to be not tenable as a reasonable choice of faith for those who are considering Islam as their religion. Here, we aim to show how this accusation is very much false and it simply reflects the ignorance of the accuser concerning what is Islam and what Islam stands for.

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Muslims gather at the largest Islamic convention in North America

If Muslims want to improve their image America, they have to get involved in their communities and proactively talk Islam before controversies arise, leading Muslim figures told 40,000 people gathered at the continent’s largest Islamic convention this weekend.

The message, echoed among dozens of panels and discussion groups at the Islamic Society of North America’s annual meeting in suburban Chicago comes after a difficult year for American Muslims. Several states have passed or proposed bans of Islamic law, mosque construction projects have met ferocious opposition and polls have shown that many Americans have a negative perception of the religion.

Panels carried titles such as “Muslims Under a Microscope,” “Anti-Sharia Initiatives: How to Respond” and “Not in My Backyard,” regarding to anti-mosque construction campaigns. The sessions at ISNA, which were based upon the requests of members, indicated that Muslims are also concerned about the state of their religion as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches.

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Are the Muslim salaah “wasted”?

This is a silly polemic that made its rounds recently, which we feel should be refuted. According to this polemic:

It is stupid to claim or assume that when a Muslim when facing the city of Makkah their prayers is “wasted”, on several factors and just plain common sense. Among them are:

1. The polemic assumes that when someone faces a particular direction to a city, they are facing “upwards” to space. While it is true that the planet Earth is spherical, in reality the interior structure of the earth itself is layered and the top layer (called the “crust) is flat. If we assume that this polemic is correct, then when one travels to a destination anywhere on earth, he/she would be travelling in circles instead of arriving at the said destination.

2. It assumes that there is no such thing as “gravity” or that our feet are not firmly planted on the ground when performing the Muslim prayers facing towards Makkah.

3. Furthermore, when a Muslim faces Makkah, one does not expect for “prayers” to be a physical object shooting in a straight line towards the city, or that “prayers” are anything tangible or intangible. It is just an act in obedience to God, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. Since “prayers” are not an object, how can it be said that a Muslim is “aiming for anything”?

Hence, we can say that the creator of this image or anyone who spreads it around do not know what they are talking about. Most likely they have never taken any science subjects or have a limited understanding of astronomy to make up the rather fallacious lie about the so-called “wastage” of Muslim prayers.

And only God knows best!