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FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about Islam
Part 1. FAQs by Non-Muslims
Part 2. FAQs by knowledgeable Non-Muslims
Part 3. FAQs by Hindus
Part 4. FAQs by Christian Missionaries
Part 5. Queries on Islam
In conveying the message of Islam to a non-Muslim, it is usually not sufficient
to highlight only the positive nature of Islam. Most non-Muslims are not
convinced about the truth of Islam because there are a few questions about Islam
at the back of their minds that remain unanswered.
They may agree with your contentions about the positive nature of Islam. But, in
the same breath, they will say - "Ah! But you are the same Muslims who marry
more than one woman. You are the same people who subjugate women by keeping them
behind the veil. You are fundamentalists, etc."
I personally prefer asking the non-Muslim upfront, what he feels is wrong in
Islam. I prefer asking directly, what they feel is wrong in Islam with their
limited knowledge, whether right or wrong and from whichever source it may be. I
encourage them to be very frank and open and convince them that I can take
criticism about Islam.
In the past few years of my Da’wah experience, I have realized that there are
barely twenty most common questions that a common non-Muslim has regarding
Islam. Whenever you ask a non-Muslim, "what do you feel is wrong with Islam?",
he poses five or six questions, and these questions invariably fall among the
twenty most common questions.
Logical replies can convince the majority
The twenty most common questions about Islam can be answered with reason and
logic. A majority of non-Muslims can be convinced with these answers. If a
Muslim memorizes or simply remembers these answers, Inshallah he will be
successful, if not in convincing non-Muslims about the complete truth of Islam,
then at least in removing misconceptions about Islam and neutralizing the
negative thinking about Islam and Muslims that the non-Muslims have. A very few
non-Muslims may have counter arguments to these replies, for which further
information may be required.
Q1. Why is a man allowed to have more than one wife in Islam? i.e. why is polygamy allowed in Islam?
Q2. If a man is allowed to have more than one wife, then why does Islam prohibit a woman from having more than one husband?
Q3. Why does Islam degrade women by keeping them behind the veil?
Q4. How can Islam be called the religion of peace when it was spread by the sword?
Q5. Why are most of the Muslims fundamentalists and terrorists?
Q6. Killing an animal is a ruthless act. Why then do Muslims consume non-vegetarian food?
Q7. Why do Muslims slaughter the animal in a ruthless manner by torturing it and slowly and painfully killing it?
Q8. Science tell us that whatever one eats, it has an effect on one’s behaviour. Why then, does Islam allow Muslims to eat non-vegetarian food, since eating of animals could make a person violent and ferocious?
Q9. When Islam is against idol worship why do the Muslims worship, and bow down to the Kaaba in their prayer?
Q10. Why are non-Muslims not allowed in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah?
Q11. Why is the eating of pork forbidden in Islam?
Q12. Why is the consumption of alcohol prohibited in Islam?
Q13. Why are two witnesses who are women, equivalent to only one witness who is a man ?
Q14. Under Islamic law, why is a woman’s share of the inherited wealth only half that of a man?
Q16. How can you prove the existence of hereafter, i.e. life after death?
Q17. When all the Muslim follow one and the same Qur’an then why are there so many sects and different schools of thoughts among Muslims?
Q18. All religions basically teach followers to do good deeds. Why should a person only follow Islam? Can he not follow any of the religions?
Q19. If Islam is the best religion, why are many of the Muslims dishonest, unreliable, and involved in activities such as cheating, bribing, dealing in drugs, etc.?
Q20. Why do Muslims abuse non-Muslims by calling them ‘Kafirs’?