I think these 5 Myths need to be addressed once and for all, regarding Islam, because it seems some are continuously using them here in ATS and expect
others to answer it every time.
: 72 virgins in Heaven
: Kill all the infidels
: Take over the world through forceful conversions
: Death Sentence to apostates
: Extra Tax on Non-Muslims
So here it is.
Myth Number1 (72 Virgins)
This line, "72 virgins", has been used many times to explain suicide bombings. The idea is that if you die in "Jihad" you will go to heaven and
receive "72 Virgins".
This is false.
When you die, you don't go straight to heaven, you will wait until the judgement day, and you will be judged just like everyone else (Muslim and
No where in the Quran does it say that you will receive 72 Virgins when you enter paradise.
How ever, it does say you can have what ever you please, that means anything you want. When you are in Paradise, you can wish for what ever you
please, hence you still have "free will".
So where does the idea of 72 virgins comes from?
It is from Hadith, here is the specific Hadith:
"It was mentioned by Daraj Ibn Abi Hatim, that Abu al-Haytham 'Adullah Ibn Wahb narrated from Abu Sa'id al-Khudhri, who heard Muhammad saying, 'The
smallest reward for the people of Heaven is an abode where there are eighty thousand servants and seventy-two houri, over which stands a dome
decorated with pearls, aquamarine and ruby, as wide as the distance from al-Jabiyyah to San'a.
The truth is, that in Paradise you can have what ever you wish, 72 virgin is just one option, which is not even from the Quran, so it is uncertain.
What does Quran say about heaven?
“There will be for them therein all that they wish,- and more besides in Our Presence” (Quran 50: 35 Translated meaning )
Myth number2 (kill all the infidels)
This Myth has been used to explain the murder of innocent non-Muslims.
This is not supported anywhere in Quran.
Infact contrary to the claim, Islam opposes the murder of innocent, whether they are Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Atheist...
Usually critics use this verse to explain how Islam supports the murder of infidels:
Noble Verses 9:28-29 "O ye believe! Truly the pagans are unclear; so let them not, after this year of theirs, approach the Sacred Mosque. And if ye
fear povery, soon will Allah enrich you, if He wills, out of His bounty, For Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge
the religion of truth, from among the people of the book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."
Let us look at Noble Verse 9:5 "Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and
besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is
What are the above verses talking about?
The above verses are talking about those idolaters who broke the treaty with Muslims. If you read the whole chapter, you would see what this means in
Now read the same chapter, from start:
9:4 (Asad) But excepted shall be  -from among those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God - [people] with whom you [O believers] have made a
covenant and who thereafter have in no wise failed to fulfil their obligations towards you, and neither have aided anyone against you: observe, then,
your covenant with them until the end of the term agreed with them.  Verily, God loves those who are conscious of Him. -
This is from the same chapter, setting the context. The above verse is clear, that the later verses are talking about those non-Muslims who have
broken their treaties with Muslims and those who are openly supporting others to attack Muslims.
The command to kill infidels in verse 9:28-29 has conditions, the condition is war. Wars also has conditions, the condition of war is when treaties
are broken, or you are attacked, and removed from your land, or if they are supporting others to attack you.
If you read the chapter 9 from verse 1 on, the context will be develop on its own.
Here are some Verses which completely opposes the murder of non-Muslims:
"On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in
the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole
people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the
land. (The Noble Quran, 5:32)"
This verse is talking about Muslims and non-Muslims.
"God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of
your homes. God loves just dealers. (The Noble Quran, 60:8)"
This verse is talking about non-Muslims. It is evident that non-Muslims are not the enemy, non-Muslims have good and bad amongst them. Just like
Muslims, who have good and bad amongst them.
To say that Islam calls for the murder of infidels is absurd, as evidence suggests.
Myth Number3 (take over the world through forceful conversions)
This is a Myth, Islam does not allow forceful conversion. This should be easily proven false by one verse.
"Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most
trustworthy handhold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. (The Noble Quran, 2:256)"
You can't force the world to convert to Islam, the only option Islam gives to Muslims is through education.
Myth Number4 (death sentence to apostates)
They claim that Islam supports the death sentence of apostates.
This is false, because Quran teaches us to leave those who believe then disbelief. No where in Quran does it say to kill apostates.
What do they use to support their myth? They use the actions of certain Muslims. What do those Muslims use to support their actions? They use what
their forefathers did in the past. It has nothing to do with Quran.
Noble Verse 3:90 "But those who reject faith after they accepted it, and then go on adding to their defiance of faith never will their repentance be
accepted; for they are those who have (of set purpose) gone astray."
It is evident, in the above verse which talks about apostates, but nowhere does it say to kill them, the faith of apostates are in the hands of GOD,
not in the hands of men.
Noble Verses 15:2-3 "Again and again will those who disbelieve, wish that they had bowed (to God's will) in Islam. Leave them alone, to enjoy
(the good things of this life) and to please themselves: let (false) hope amuse them: soon will knowledge (undeceive them)."
As I said previous, that the faith of apostates are in the hands of GOD, not men. The above verse states that we should leave those who disbelieve
alone, let them "enjoy the good things of this life".
It is evident that death sentence to apostasy is not supported by Islam and Quran.
Myth Number5 (extra tax on non-Muslims)
This is a myth which claims that Islam orders its followers to impose extra tax on non-Muslims.
This is False.
Yes Islam orders its followers to impose different tax on non-Muslims, but that doesn't mean extra tax.
Muslims who are the citizens of Islam pay their TAX according to their faith, but non-Muslims who live amongst Muslims do not have to pay those taxes,
therefore they must pay a different TAX, hence Jizya.
If Muslims pay tax, but non-Muslims don't, then it would be unfair.
To make it easier to understand I will relate this to US.
US citizens pay TAXES, if non-US citizens (who live in US) don't pay TAXES and still get protection under US military, and gain the advantages of US
infrastructure, and US as a whole, that wouldn't be fair at all to American citizens.
In the above sense, Jizya is not an extra TAX imposed on non-Muslims. It is rather a different TAX imposed on non Islamic citizens.
Thanks for your patience.
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