Now, freedom of religion remains a fundamental right in the United States. But, religious persecution and discrimination are increasing at an alarming rate with Islamophobia taking a substantial toll on the Muslim community.
Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are commonly referred to as the Abrahamic religions given that these religions all worship the god of Abraham. Given language differences, God is called by several names, yet they are the same. Followers of the three faiths believe that there are prophets that God has sent to teach the people. It might surprise some people to learn that Muslims believe Jesus will return. Islamic texts state that Jesus will return on the Day of Judgment when he will destroy the anti-Christ.
Muslims Projected to be Second-Largest U.S. Religion
In 2016, there were 3.3 million Muslims residing in the United States, or approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population. Moreover, Muslims are projected to become the second-largest religious group in the U.S. by 2040. What’s more, by 2050, Muslims are estimated to include 2.1 percent of the total U.S. population – about 8.1 million people.
10 Myths About Muslims
Myth #1: Muslims Do Not Believe in Jesus
Myth #2: Many Muslims Are Arabs
Myth #3: Muslims Worship a Moon-God
Hint #4: Islam Oppresses Women
Myth #5: Islam Is Intolerant of Other Faiths
Myth #6: Islam Promotes”Jihad” to Spread Islam by the Sword and Kill All Unbelievers
Myth #7: Islamic Prayer Is Merely a Ritualized Performance With No Meaning
What a lot of folks don’t understand is that Jesus has a central and an inimitable role to play in the Muslim faith. Muslims faithfully believe that Jesus was a prophet who was given an outstanding message – the gospel (injil) to share with people. This message both supported what was instructed in the Torah and foreseen at the coming of Prophet Muhammad. But while Muslims adopt the belief that Jesus was a servant, teacher, and devotee of God’s Word, they do not accept as true that he was divine or the son of God.
The Quran references Jesus, or Isa, twenty-five times. The Quran says that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and is”high honored in this and the next world.” Islamic thoughts concerning Jesus contrasts from Christian lessons, notwithstanding, however, we additionally share numerous basic convictions: the virgin birth of Jesus to Mary, deep regard for the key of God, love for Jesus, and an ability to profit from his life since we search for joy with God.
Muslims do revere Jesus as an important prophet, although Muslims don’t believe that Jesus is the son of God. This represents a significant gap between Muslim and Christian views of Jesus, yet Jesus remains an important figure in the Muslim religion.
There have been lots of issues and conflicts that have sadly existed between Christians and Muslims over the centuries and will continue to exist, as the close relationship and theological bonds were abandoned under the pressures and priorities of modern politics.
In response to this dramatic increase in religious intolerance and, religious discrimination, organizations such as the National Alliance for Religious Tolerance have been established to attract people from various faith communities together to combat this alarming trend.
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