Sunday, June 22, 2014

Islam, Muslim, Arab Difference Explained.

Symbol of Islam

There are many reasons to be confused about the Middle East and its terminology, sects (Yeah I spelled it right), tribes, countries, beliefs, languages, regional wars, relationships with the world, and history. This confusion can leave a void waiting to be filled with ignorance. Bad news bears! Let's not add to the surplus of hate in the world. With Trump's new proposals having this mentality could be devastating to the American idea of equality. Let's go over a few points. I'll make it quick I promise.

Breath deep. One at a time. 



Islam


Religion. 


Muslims


Followers of Islam. 

Arab


Ethnicity originating, or inhabiting, an Arab-speaking country (Typically in Middle East or North Africa).

Islamic


Inanimate objects referenced with Islam are "Islamic" (Examples are Islamic architecture, Islamic beliefs, and Islamic art).

What Does Islam Teach?


Peace and surrendering yourself to God. This has to happen within the realm of God's commandments. No murdering, no stealing, no suicide vests. You know. The basics.

How many people are considered Muslim?


According to the Pew Research Center, an estimated 1.6 billion. Almost a quarter of the estimated world population. This still puts it in second place to Christianity according to the Pew. 

Where do most Muslims live? 


The map below shows a breakdown of Muslim Population Distribution.

Map Attribution

Summary

Islam is a religion, like Christianity, and Buddhism. 

Muslims practice Islam. Like Christians practice Christianity and Buddhists practice Buddhism.

Arab is an ethnicity. Like I'm Puerto Rican and my wife is Pacific Islander.

Islam is submission to God and His commandments.

Last word

Whether it is safer for the Country to utilize broad spectrum security measures or not I cannot say. In the event that becomes the choice do not believe it is because Muslims are bad. It is because it is more efficient and cost effective to employ broad spectrum tactics. This is just the opinion of one man.