A lot of the suspicion surrounding Islam comes from a lack of knowledge or understanding of a religion that is still foreign to many people, despite its 1.6 billion followers. Often this lack of knowledge results in the public cooptation of important aspects of the faith.
Words like jihad and shariah have become synonymous with things like terrorism, violence and radicalism, resulting in Muslims being unable to freely use or express these important tenets of their faith.
To help clarify some common misconceptions about one of the world’s largest religions, here is a page from the Muslim dictionary which talks about the 6 Words You Should Know Before Talking About Islam. Click “Continue Reading” to see them