Today, many non-Muslims regard Islam as a religion that promotes violence, terrorism and war. Unfortunately, they rely
in their view of Islam on the general media, which is not always accurate in reporting the news. Many media outlets, such
as TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, are influenced by their investors or owners who have certain agendas and who want
to promote certain values and points of view. Other media outlets are simply after the "big story", in order to make more
money and more profits. Others are simply "followers", who only gather news from other sources, re-package it and try to
sell it again purely as a business.
In all these cases, the news reporting is not accurate, but is driven by ulterior motives or simply by profits. Only very few
media organizations are committed to providing accurate and true information, regardless of financial gain. Therefore, people
today should be very careful in what they take from the media.
Before blindly accepting what the TV, radio or newspaper is reporting,
one should think critically about what is being reported. Is this being reported accurately, or is it being
exaggerated or even
completely fabricated? Who are these people reporting the news, and do they have vested interests to report the story in a certain
way, or are they completely objective and fair? Critical thinking is very important in all aspects of life, especially when it comes
to accepting the media reports about important and controversial issues.
Islam is in fact a religion that promotes peace and understanding among people of all
faiths, and it strongly prohibits all forms of violence and aggression against all people regardless of their faith or race.