1. Religion of Arabs
Many people have ignorantly claim that Islam is for the Arab. Islam is in reality not a new religion, it is a way of life that has been in existence since the time of our father, Adam (peace be upon him). Islam means total submission to the will of Allah as such anyone who submits to God is a Muslim. This indicates that anyone and everyone can be a Muslim whether he is black, white, Igbo, Hausa, Zulu, British, Canadian, etc
2. 72 Virgins In Paradise
This is one of the most popular lies heaped against Islam. The people who come up with this false claim often bring no proof to substantiate it.
The reward for the righteous in paradise are innumerable among which are spouses as stated in Surah Al-Baqarah Verse 25
“And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow. Whenever they are provided with a provision of fruit therefrom, they will say, “This is what we were provided with before.” And it is given to them in likeness. And they will have therein purified spouses, and they will abide therein eternally.”
God Almighty clearly doesn’t mention numbers and didn’t make mates or spouses as the only reward for the pious who obey His commands.
3. Killing is encouraged
In Islam, God Almighty has given the permission for anyone who has been attacked to defend him/herself without going beyond the limits.
However, the killing of innocents and noncombatants has been prohibited in stronger terms. God states:
“And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation – his reward is [due] from Allah . Indeed, He does not like wrongdoers.”
4. Muslims Hate Jesus Christ
One of the most revered, respected and honored prophets of God was Jesus Christ(peace be upon him). His story as mentioned by God in the Qur’an speaks for itself:
“And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.
And [I have come] confirming what was before me of the Torah and to make lawful for you some of what was forbidden to you. And I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey me.
Indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is the straight path.”
Surah Al ‘imran Verse 49 – 51
5. Muslim Women are Forced To Wear Hijab
Whenever this allegation is made, i merely ask the person, “Have you asked a Muslim woman if she wears it(hijab) out of compulsion?” and the answer has always been NO.
Many Muslim women, in reality, are fighting for their right to wear the Hijab in many parts of the World including Nigeria (remember the Lagos and Osun States Hijab ban?). Some have to struggle with the pressure of family members who ridicule or mock them for wearing it.
A Muslim Woman is obligated to cover herself up except for her face and hands, taking away the freedom to practice this fundamental part of her faith is outright oppression.