5 Islamic Misconceptions That Need To Die A Fiery Death

These Islamic Misconceptions Are Falsehood

There are several  Islamic misconceptions that need to die a fiery death. These are myths that have been repeated or acted upon by Muslims for several years. I’ve some of these misconceptions about Islam repeated my multiple generations of Muslims in the same family.

Islam is the religion of truth. As Muslims, we should always seek the truth even if it goes against what our culture and family state.

So let’s look at some of these ridiculous Islamic myths that many Muslims have repeated and torpedo them into oblivion.

Islamic Misconception #1: Neil Armstong Heard The Adhan On The Moon

This one is beyond ridiculous.

The worst part about this myth is that non-Muslims hear of it and use it against us.

I first heard this myth when I was studying Islam in West Africa. I was very young at the time and didn’t have any way of verifying if it was true or not. But since then, I’ve seen enough proof online that this story is just another Muslim myth.

Unfortunately, I first heard this myth debunked on the anti-Islamic site Answering Islam (I refuse to link to that site and I suggest you don’t go looking for it either).

There is no proof, whatsoever, that Neill Armstrong hear the Adhan on the moon. I’ve searched for his quotes and all I’ve found were multiple references debunking the idea.

Also, there’s no proof that he converted to Islam. He did become a recluse after his trip to the moon and he avoided the spotlight.

But that’s hardly enough evidence to suggest he became Muslim.

Islamic Misconception #2: Laylatul Qadr Is On The 27th

This is something you have to understand.

No one, absolutely no one, knows when the exact date of Laylatul Qadar falls. Misunderstanding this fact has led to so much confusion in the Muslim world.

There are a lot of Ramadan mistakes that many people make, including:

  • Becoming a Ramadan Muslim and doing a bunch of worship during this month while neglecting worship the rest of the year.
  • Putting a whole bunch of effort into making the nightly Taraaweeh prayers in congregation but never making Salaatul Fajr and Salaatul Isha in congregation regularly.
  • Really putting the petal to the medal in the last 10 days of Ramadan and hardly doing anything the rest of the year.

All of this ritual hypocrisy comes to a head with the Night of Power.

While there is some evidence that Laylatul Qadr might be on the 27th, there’s no conclusive proof that it is definitely on this night to the exclusion of the other 10 nights.

So every Ramadan, Muslims crowd the Masjid on the 27th (or the 25th, depending on what country you live in) with the idea that the Night of Power is on this night.

The proper method that Muslims should adopt is to pray and worship to the best of their ability on every night, and then do a little extra on the every night of the last ten nights of Ramadan in the hope of catching Laylatul Qadr.

Islamic Misconception #3: A Man Needs His Wife’s Permission to Marry A Second Wife

I know some of you do not like me going in this direction, but I have to do it. This is a big Islamic misconception that gets repeated often because there’s so much emotion behind it.

This is not a post to defend polygamy. I don’t have to defend it as Allah and His Messenger (pbuh) have already allowed it.

This post is to promote the truth and reject falsehood. And this idea, that a man needs his wife’s permission to take a second wife, is false.

It is a lie. It is not true.

There are also some Muslim countries that have taken this myth and turned it into law. They have made it illegal to marry a second wife without the written permission of the first wife.

Is it any wonder that so many Muslim countries are in such a terrible state when they flout the laws of Allah so carelessly?

There is no verse, no line of hadith, authentic scholarly statement, that states that a man needs his wife’s permission to marry a second wife. Whatever your feelings about polygamy, you should not repeat such falsehood.

After all, everytime you repeat this statement, you are stating a lie and maybe even attributing it to Allah and His messenger (pbuh). That is very dangerous territory.

And while we’re on it, another related myth is the idea that a man can only marry a second wife if:

  • His first wife is terminally ill or incapacitated (this is a good reason to allow polygmay, but it is not a criterion).
  • He marries a widow or orphan. There are many examples of the companions of the Messenger marrying multiple wives who were neither widowed or orphaned. Once again, you gotta be careful about attributing falsehood to Allah and His messenger (pbuh).
  • He cannot marry for lust. What does this mean anyway? If a man doesn’t marry for lust, what is he marrying for? Love? Money? Fame? Religion? Come on. Let’s be serious. No such limitations exist in Islam.

With all this being said, I do want to caution men that they should use wisdom and intelligence if they are thinking about taking another wife. This is not the post to really delve into this matter. But I intend to do so in a future post, Inshallah. Marriage in Islam and sex in Islam are serious issues and should be approached with care.

Islamic Misconception #4: Men And Women Cannot Greet Each Other

This one is not so much stated as it is implied.

Of course, there is a certain level of separation between men and women in Islam. But sometimes we take this separation a little too far.

I’ve passed by many Muslim women, gave them the Islamic greeting (As-Salaamu Alaikum) and received no response. This is based on some strange idea that men and women have to pretend the other gender doesn’t exist.

Once on Facebook, someone asked a question if it’s permissible to give the Salaams to people of the opposite gender. I was suprised to see so many Muslim women defending their preference not to return the greetings, even though Allah has mandated this on us in the Quran:

And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet with one better than it or return it in kind. Indeed, Allah is ever, over all things, taking account.

Chapter 4, verse 86.

Some of the women on this thread even denounced men who greeted them. These are people who are speaking with no knowledge. Here is proof, from the hadith, that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his companions used to greet women they were not related to:

Umm Hani reported: I went to the Prophet on the day of the conquest of Makkah. He was taking a bath and Fatimah was screening him with a cloth. I greeted him. And she mentioned the rest of the Hadith.
Related in Muslim.

Asma Bint Yazid reported: The Prophet passed by us when we were with a party of women, and he greeted us.
Related in Abu Dawud.

Sahl Bin Sa’d reported: There was a woman among us who would put beet root in a pot and add to it some ground barley. She used to cook them together. On returning from the Friday prayer, we would greet her and she would offer it to us.
Related in Bukhari.

We see more than enough evidence that not only is it permissible for men and women to greet each other, it is actually preferred to do so, and mandatory to return the greeting.

People who think like this need to get off their extremist high-horse and stick to the Sunnah.

Islamic Misconception #5: 2 Rakaats Before Salaatul Fajr Is Mandatory

Earlier this week, I went to my local Masjid to make Salaatul Fajr in congregation. Somewhere in the middle of the first Rakaat another man entered the Masjid.

Instead of joining us in prayer, he went into a corner and quickly made two rakaats of Sunnah. By the time he finished and joined the congregational prayer, he had missed an entire Rakaat of Salaatul Fajr.

A lot of Muslims hold the mistaken belief that it is mandatory to pray two rakaats before Salaatul Fajr. Some (like this brother I mentioned) even hold it to a higher standard than the obligatory Islamic prayers.

Let’s get one thing clear: Two rakaat before Salaatul Fajr is Sunnah. It is voluntary. That means if you make it, you get blessings, but if you miss it, there’s no sin.

Of course, these two rakaat are Sunnahtul Mu’akkadat, meaning it is a highly recommended action that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) rarel if ever skipped. So there are lots of rewards for making this prayer.

But it is not mandatory. Allah will not punish you for missing this prayer.

I do suggest you try to make them on a regular basis. As I mentioned in a previous article, neglecting the Sunnah is one of the Traps Of Shaytan.

And I’ve mentioned on previous posts some of the difficult Sunnahs and some of the easy Sunnahs you should be doing.

But it does not take a higher precedence over the five daily obligatory prayers.

So if this Islamic misconception is keeping people from doing the obligatory acts, you can see why it is important to speak out against it.

By the way, if you come to the Masjid for Salaatul Fajr and it’s too late to make the two rakaat, you can make them up afterward. You can either do it immediately after Salaatul Fajr if there’s still time before the sun rises. Or you can make it up at any other time during day up until Salaatul Asr.

The purpose of this article is to promote the truth. It is not to promote my own ideas or any specific idealogy. We are Muslims and our goal in this life is to please Allah in order to get reward in the next life.

Let’s all be very careful about the things we attribute to Allah and His messenger and strive to live the truth at all times. All of these Islamic misconceptions only serve to misguide us and take us further away from the truth.

And Allah knows best.






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6 Responses to 5 Islamic Misconceptions That Need To Die A Fiery Death

  1. I have been your articles for sometime now and clearly you put effort into researching and writing these.
    Keep up the excellent work.

  2. Al-Salamu `Alaykum Wa Rahmatu ‘Llahi Wa BarakaTuhu bro,

    Very well done, and may Allah (swt) reward you for your effort.

    However I would disagree with number 4 (regarding men and women greeting each other).

    The position which you hold, is no doubt, one which has been part of the Scholarly discourse and held by those in the Salaf – however it is wrong to discount the other opinion (which states the act is disliked – and returning it is either impermissible, disliked, or allowed – according to the various opinions).

    Many Scholars held it to be something disliked to greet a young woman with Salam :

    Begin Quote

    (From IslamQA article – and again, this is just another opinion. You don’t have to agree with it, just don’t discount it completely either.)

    Imam Maalik was asked: Can a woman be greeted with salaam? He said: With regard to the elderly woman, I do not regard that as makrooh, but with regard to the young woman, I do not like that.

    Saalih (the son of Imam Ahmad) said: I asked my father about greeting women with salaam. He said: With regard to old women, there is nothing wrong with it, but with regard to young women, they should not be prompted to speak by being made to return the salaam.

    Al-Nawawi said in his book al-Adhkaar (p. 407):

    Our companions said: Women greeting women is like men greeting to men. But when it comes to women greeting men, if the woman is the man’s wife, or his concubine, or one of his mahrams, then it is like him speaking to another man; it is mustahabb for either of them to initiate the greeting of salaam and the other is obliged to return the greeting. But if the woman is a stranger (non-mahram), if she is beautiful and there is the fear that he may be tempted by her, then the man should not greet her with salaam, and if he does then it is not permissible for her to reply; she should not initiate the greeting of salaam either, and if she does, she does not deserve a response. If he responds then this is makrooh.

    If she is an old woman and he will not be tempted by her, then it is permissible for her to greet the man with salaam and for the man to return her salaams.

    If there is a group of women then a man may greet them with salaam, or if there is a group of men, they may greet a woman with salaam, so long as there there is no fear that any of the parties may be tempted.

    End Quote.

    http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/39258

    Also, one of the hadeeth you narrated in your post was describing an old woman, and many of the Scholars have held there to be a difference between the Old and the Young woman, and not in just this – but many other instances.

    Now, in my personal opinion, the Maqasid al-Shariah in this case would suggest that we do whatever it is suited to that situation – so if it is a young woman, then I think we should refrain from greeting her – just to be safe from Fitnah…but if she initiates the greeting, then I think it should be permissible (as many Scholars hold this opinion) to reply because this is the mannerisms on which people were raised up (at least in the West) and going against it would seem rude, and mean – and that would not be helpful in the longer run.

    Wallahu A3lam

    In the end – once again, Allah (swt) knows best, but I think this is less a ‘misconception’ and more a ‘difference of opinion’ that should be at least respected (if not followed), as many from our Salaf held said position.

    Wal-Salamu `Alaykum Wa Rahmatu ‘Llahi Wa BarakaTuhu

    • Wa Alaikum Salaam Br. Ahmad,

      Thank you for providing this beneficial information. You definitely have a valid point about only greeting older women. Inshallah, this added info will help Muslims see not only how intricate and detailed Fiqh is, but also how careful we must be in our daily actions.

      Even the slightest thing we do (i.e. greeting someone) has to be done with Taqwa and always seeking to do the most righteous act.

      Jazakallah Khair.

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