6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Being Muslim

In Episode 21 of the #AskSteveAustin Podcast, Steve Austin talks with Mohamed Ghilan and Sakinah Kaiser about life as a Muslim. The media, politicians, and even fear-based religious leaders would have us believe that Islam is the enemy, but it just isn’t true.

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Muslims aren’t the enemies of white Christian Americans. Islam isn’t the enemy of Christianity. The enemy is fear and hatred and ignorance. And the only way to combat fear and hatred and ignorance is to move past rhetoric, get past our labels and boxes and actually look our neighbors in the eyes and see the human being across from us.

We’ve got to start listening to each other if we ever want to stop killing each other. Stay tuned. This episode is going to rock your whole freakin world.

Show notes:

  1. Evangelical Christians talk about a “personal relationship with God” – do Muslims think of faith in the same way?

  2. What do you need or want to see from Christians in the U.S. or abroad to squash Islamophobia?

  3. Judaism and Christianity have conservative and liberal interpretations of their religions. Does Islam have something similar? If so, how do conservative and liberal interpretations of Islam differ?

  4. There are Christians in the U.S. who believe they are being persecuted – I wonder how Muslims feel? What does religious persecution REALLY feel like?

  5. I am always hearing that Islam is a “violent” religion, according to some who have read (and likely misinterpreted) the Quran. Where does that stereotype come from?

  6. On the topic of Sharia Law – the Quran states that Muslims are instructed to tax Christians and Jews if they will not convert to Islam – or face the death penalty. This has happened in Syria and Iraq recently – how is this an attitude of Love? How can this be justified? Where is is Grace? 

Sakinah Kaiser is a mental health advocate and blogger from the D.C. area. She writes about bipolar, anxiety, OCD and ADHD issues. Her goal is to help educate the Muslim community and people of color about general mental health. She wants to help people live well with mental illness and to have accurate info to help erase stigma. Learn more about Sakinah’s story by clicking right here. Follow Sakinah on Twitter @themuslimhippie and on her Patheos blog.

Mohamed Ghilan received his PhD in neuroscience in 2015 and is currently pursuing a medical degree at the University of Queensland. He’s been studying Islam with traditional scholars since 2007 and his interests lie in the intersection of theology, philosophy and science, as well as the role modernity plays in shaping cosmological values and beliefs. Follow Mohamed on Twitter @MohamedGhilan and at AndalusOnline.org.

Steve Austin is a life coach, speaker, and author of Self-Care for the Wounded Soul. Steve’s goal is to help you create a lifestyle of focused emotional health and clarity. Looking for more ways to create space? Subscribe to Steve Austin’s free weekly newsletter by clicking right here.

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