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Western hostility towards Islam springs from ignorance

A few quotations from westerners about Islam and the Prophet Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam:

‘Sabb ar-rasul, slandering of the Prophet, is one of the worst crimes.’ -Professor Annemarie Schimmel

‘Western hostility towards Islam springs from ignorance.’ -Karen Armstrong

‘There can be little doubt that the public’s perception of Islam has tended to be characterized by ignorance, confusion and misinformation.’ -Professor J.L. Esposito

‘The picture of the Muslim soldier advancing with a sword in one hand  and the Qur’an in the other, is quite false.’ -A.S. Tritton

‘Far too many Christians, brought up in a spirit of open hostility, are against any reflection about Islam. The Vatican documents note this with regret. It is on account of this that they remain totally ignorant of what Islam is in reality, and retain notions about the Islamic Revelation, which are entirely mistaken.’ Dr Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, The Qur’an & Science, 1976

‘Europe and other territories were not captured by the sword but rather, by sheer eloquence, appeal to reason, excellence & charm of the Qur’an.’ -Carnegie Research Publication (#376)

‘It has become clear that global peace, order and self determination of people’s cannot be achieved without intelligent respect for Islam and the inalienable rights of Muslims to live their religion. The second immediate benefit in reading the Qur’an therefore, is that it is a necessary step toward the understanding and tolerance without which world peace is in fact inconceivable. For non-Muslims, one special advantage in reading the Qur’an is that it provides an authentic point of reference from which to examine the biased stereotypes of Islam to which Westerners are habitually exposed. Primary information is essential to distinguish between opinion and fact in a reasonable manner.’ -Thomas Cleary (The Essential Qur’an (1993), page viii):

‘Centuries of ignorance and widely-spread but false ideas concerning Islam have indeed prevailed in the West, thus poisoning the atmosphere. The time has come for a change.’

-Dr Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, The Qur’an & Science, 1976

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