It may sound strange to many people, what I am saying here: Don’t let Muslims drive you away from Islam!
But it is true.
What I am saying is: Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Muslims are basically people, like everyone else, whereas Islam is divine guidance for all.
As people, Muslims can often be flawed and imperfect. As a gift from God, Islam is perfect in every respect, as it must be.
Islam is what God gave the world to run the world by. It is, as it were, the world’s Operating System at all levels.
Muslims are human beings just like all other human beings in this world.
As humans, Muslims have pretty much the same mix of characteristics and qualities as all others: good, bad and indifferent.
As a gift from God, Islam is humanity’s common heritage. Everyone has equal claim to its bounties and blessings.
As people, Muslims are contenders for God’s affections and for all the goodies this world has to offer.
Many of the special things the Muslims were taught by Islam fell by the wayside, even though many remain intact. Fourteen hundred years is a long time for anyone to wade through.
Many of the things Islam taught Muslims were so amazing and revolutionary that at least some of those things the rest of the world can’t even imagine or dream about.
But many of the other things are gone. And many others have atrophied and become attenuated – weak – with the passage of time.
So, for anyone, to judge Islam by looking at the present state of Muslims may be highly problematic, even though, for most people, it may be a perfectly natural thing to do.