Is it true that Islam is against the idea of liberty, democracy, and human rights? How does Islam as a religion see the concept of free trade and free market? Can we really blame anyone for thinking Islam as an intolerant and aggressive religion? These are the questions that many people, including non-Muslims who live in North America and European countries, ponder.
There are many events in our contemporary society, such as the terrorists attack of 9/11, the Afghanistan crisis, the Iraq War, the Arab Spring, and the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), that draw the world’s attention to the Arab people and Islam in particular. Many people are interested in the question whether the religion initiated by Muhammad more than a thousand years ago really encourages terrorism. Is it true that Islam is extremely intolerant that the followers of the religion want to kill those of the other faith whom they call ‘kafir’ (infidel)?