Islamic Scholars

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Islamic scholars have been around since the dawn of the religion in 570 C.E., when the prophet Mohammed was entrusted with the sacred word of God (Allah). Since then, Islam has flourished in just about every part of the world, though its spread has been gradual. Even in a traditionally Judeo-Christian country like the U.S., Islam enjoys a strong foothold, though not always for the better.

Even in a free and open society that preaches universal acceptance of all religions and creeds, Islam remains much maligned. This is a direct product of ignorance more than anything. All those who believe that Islam is a faith based on terror, violence, and divisiveness fail to realize that Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, and every other religion has its radical fringes as well. They are certainly not an indication of what mainstream practitioners believe.

The Work of Islamic Scholars Today

Nowadays, Islamic scholars are not only looked to as bastions of piety, but evangelists for the religion too. Such a vicious PR campaign has been waged against Islam since 9/11 that it's now up to these scholars to do the leg work needed to restore its tarnished image. When these scholars effectively communicate Islamic beliefs to those of differing faiths, everyone benefits, not just Muslims.

Thanks to the Internet, it's easier than ever for Islamic scholars to spread the truth, insofar as they understand it, about their religion. Islam is, for example, a religion of peace and acceptance, at least in its mainstream conception. Through books, TV, the Web, and movies, scholars are able to translate the Koran and other sacred texts into more popular vehicles of public consumption.


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