Do you think Islam is a religion of peace?
I was a muslim, grew up and raised as muslim and my family is pretty liberal thus I have much more liberal-secular upbringing.. but Islam itself, the religion, the fundemental/orthodoxy is not peaceful.. I read the hadith and the sirah (stories, history) and the quran verses.. it isn't always peaceful, compassionate, nor humanistic.. some reformist would reinterpret those things differently but mainstream muslim takes thing as it is; Islam doesn't abolish slavery, didn't abolish marriage of girls, doesn't tolerate gay people (it is common thing among scholars to say that gays deserves either to be burned or thrown from the high building; it was what done by followers of Muhammad during his time, after his death - it was recorded in hadith and sirah). So no, Islam isn't a religion of peace.. it is an imperialist, misogynistic, homophobic and pretty violent religion.
I cannot answer yes or no on this, the reason is that any religion, technology, item, or political party can be used for good or evil. What keeps it good or evil is the moral and/or ethical standards of the individual and/or society, but it comes down to the individuals more than anything and the strive to always be a better person for themselves, each other, and the next generation.
When you hinder the open speech and rights of another, you are stepping into the domicile of evil.
No religion is peaceful in and of itself. Christian did a lot of murdering in the name of god back in the day, Buddhist are slaughtering Rohingya Muslims in southeast asia. Jews wiped out a couple of civilization after they stopped wondering the desert and are knocking a Falafel out of the hands of a starving Palestinian child right now. Attitude reflects leadership. Islam is particularly violent because of the duality of the Prophet Muhammad. He was a warlord and philosopher. And because he was the central figure of the religion, the religion developed this Duality as well. Muslim philosophers created a system of tolerance that was extremely Progressive for its time and introduced advanced mathematics and other things to the world. While the Warriors conquered and killed in the name of God. That was until Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes stormed through Baghdad. The heart of the Islamic philosophers was ripped out. They said that the Tigris River ran red with the blood of women and black with ink of philosophers. The Duality that Islam was stuck with what's going on now we was only the Warriors that would laugh to rebuild the religion. And they rebuilt it in there image. It was the Warriors that defined what it meant to be a Muslim. And that is why Islam is so violent today.
I don't think it is a religion of peace, from the research that I have done. I was raised in a Christian home and in college I decided I didn't want to be a "sheep" and researched a few of the main religions as well as atheism and agnostic. Islam was scary and dark. However, I have Muslim friends who are peaceful, but they don't attend the Mosque or follow their traditions closely. The do participate in the holidays.
Religion of Peace is difficult to determine. We are ONLY aware when Muslims are not peaceful. Religion of "Tolerance" I think is easier to determine, but like Christians, may depend on where you are; Saudi Arabia or USA. But, part of USA has some very intolerant Christians compared to Europe.
I did an anthropological project once, years ago, where I spent time in a mosque. I met people, attended the services and prayers, and attended a feast event. I'm not an expert and the details are lost to be now, with time, but I remember being deeply moved by my experiences.
Islam is a beautiful religion. In my mind, it's basically the same thing as Christianity, just with another culture's wrapper around it.
People do terrible things in the name of Islam. People do terrible things in the name of Christianity too. Those are not the people we should look to as representatives for these religions.
If you want to know more about the problems with/in Islam then Have a look at the "Apostate Prophet" channel on Youtube. He is is an ex Muslim scholar who uses texts from the Koran to crticize Islam.
From his videos it seems that very few muslims actually read the Koran because you are told to read it in the original Arabic..
My thought is that many muslims are peaceful, reasonable people but that the Koran and groups withing the muslim world are as bad as the radical left and would kill millions to get their way. Irrespective of whether those killed are muslim or not.
So it is not as simple as a yes/no answer.
I struggled. I wish there was another option for "sometimes." Turkey is an Islamic country and has some of the kindest people you will meet. Palestinians are also very kind and warm despite their reputation. Iraqi's are also genuinely peaceful. Their country got invaded by extremists per the US plan to draw them to Iraq to fight. Moroccans--also fairly fun and liberal.
But having also lived for a time in Egypt, Afghanistan, and a brief visit to KSA made me scared shitless of this religion of peace.
I realized that I actually get along quite well with those who practice Shi'a, a very poetic and intellectual branch, IMO, of Islam.
Not a Muslim myself, but I spend my time around many wonderful Muslims and have studied the religion.
I don’t think this is a simple “yes or no”.
Islam was established with many contradictions because it was passed down orally for many years before it was written down. There is many evidence to suggest it as not a religion of peace, but rather one of violence.
That being said, majority of Muslims practice it as a religion of peace. They dismiss hadiths that promote violence as fabricated and inauthentic. They don’t consider Jihadis real Muslims, just as most Christians don’t consider KKK members real Christians although it is a Christian organization.
As for the gay portion of the question, most Muslims say that they respect LGBT members as people, but don’t support homosexuality. This is pretty much “love the sinner hate the sin”. Even still, there are many gay Muslims just as there are gay christians.
So I can’t really vote on this poll because it’s not a clear cut yes or no.