Muslims worldwide are under attack for their faith.
- Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.
- It is seen as separate and "other." It does not have values in common with other cultures, is not affected by them and does not influence them.
- It is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive, and sexist.
- It is seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of terrorism, and engaged in a clash of civilizations.
- It is seen as a political ideology, used for political or military advantage.
- Criticisms made of "the West" by Muslims are rejected out of hand.
- Hostility towards Islam is used to justify discriminatory practices towards Muslims and exclusion of Muslims from mainstream society.
- Anti-Muslim hostility is seen as natural and normal.
The animosity between western Christian civilization and islam have a long history,
2:256 There is no compulsion in religion, for the right way is clearly from the wrong way. Whoever therefore rejects the forces of evil and believes in God, he has taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall never give way, for God is All Hearing and Knowing.
The church, however, had other ideas about that..................
A complete revelation, accompanied by a prophet by whose example can be emulated by all of mankind.
In the prophet Muhammad's last sermon he addressed mankind's most fundamental issues
As if he were leaving us that one last warning.
It was there that he, while sitting on his camel, delivered his sermon in a loud voice to his people. He began by praising God and thanking Him, and then turning to the people, he said:
"O Men, listen well to my words, for I do not know whether I shall meet you again on such an occasion in the future.
O Men, your lives and your property shall be inviolate until you meet your Lord.
The safety of your lives and of your property shall be as inviolate as this holy day and holy month.
Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Thus do I warn you.
Whoever of you is keeping a trust of someone else shall return that trust to its rightful owner. All interest obligation shall henceforth be waived.
Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer inequity. God has judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to `Abbas ibn `Abd al Muttalib shall henceforth be waived.
Every right arising out of homicide in pre-Islamic days is henceforth waived. And the first such right that I waive is that arising from the murder of Rabi'ah ibn al Harith ibn `Abd al Muttalib.
O Men, the devil has lost all hope of ever being worshipped in this land of yours. Nevertheless, he still is anxious to determine the lesser of your deeds.
Beware of him, therefore, for the safety of your religion.
O Men, intercalation or tampering with the calendar is evidence of great unbelief and confirms the unbelievers in their misguidance.
They indulge in it one year and forbid it the next in order to make permissible that which God forbade, and to forbid that which God has made permissible.
The pattern according to which the time is reckoned is always the same. With God, the months are twelve in number.
Four of them are holy. Three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumada and Sha'ban.
O Men, to you a right belongs with respect to your women and to your women a right with respect to you.
It is your right that they not fraternize with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to commit adultery. But if they do, then God has permitted you to isolate them within their homes and to chastise them without cruelty.
But if they abide by your right, then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers.
Remember that you have taken them as your wives and enjoyed their flesh only under God's trust and with His permission.
Reason well, therefore, O Men, and ponder my words which I now convey to you. I am leaving you with the Book of God and the Sunnah of His Prophet.
If you follow them, you will never go astray. O Men, harken well to my words. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood.
Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to your own selves.
O God, have I conveyed Your message?"
When the Prophet finished his sermon, he dismounted and waited until noon, at which time he performed both the noon and the midafternoon prayers. He then mounted his camel and proceeded to al Sakharat where he recited to the people the concluding divine revelation:
"Today I have completed for you your religion, and granted you the last of my blessings. Today I have accepted for you Islam as the religion." [Qur'an, 5:4]