A common misconception about Islam is that it is a violent religion. Due to the actions of Islamic extremists against innocent people many people in the West have developed the idea that these terrorists were acting according to the Islamic religion.
The truth is that these acts of terrorism were not based on the Qur’an but on anger and a desire for vengeance and violence. These actions have nothing in common with the teachings of the Qur’an or of the Prophet Muhammad. Compassion and mercy are a central tenet of Islam, and these two attributes are the first two attributed to God. In fact, they are mentioned at least 192 times in the Qur’an in reference to God’s mercy and compassion in comparison to only 15 mentions of God’s wrath. Terrorists and extremists can find very small portions of the Qur’an to justify their violent acts against people of other faiths all the while ignoring the vast majority of the Qur’an that preaches non-violence and tolerance for those of other religions. Many of those passages are then taken out of context and misused, giving the rest of the world a false view of Islam that has almost nothing in common with how actual Muslims conduct themselves. This is not specific or unique to Islam, Christianity has had this same problem for centuries. Particular passages of the Bible, taken out of context have been used to justify horrendous acts, such as slavery and the torture of those of other faiths.