I am not that knowledgeable but I would like to know what are the aspects of Islam that they are scared of so we Muslims can work towards correcting them in understanding and make them calm. It would be nice if every aspect is addressed with detailed explanation.[/quote]
This fear of Islam amongst the hearts of non-Muslims is ages old my sister.
Jewish people do not fear Muslims despite whatever public posture they might take.
They think of themselves as the chosen people and that belief simply dissolves all the fear.
If you happen to be a chosen one of God whom will you fear?
Christians on the other hand is the most Muslim fearing community. On one hand they have no mental divine protection like chosenness while on the other hand they have the bloody history with Muslims where we defeated their crusades, perhaps the most systematic and long drawn war process in the history of man kind. Large part of today's Muslim territory once belonged to Christians. On worldly arguments it will be difficult to refute their grudge. The strange thing is that the Christian world colonized nearly all of the Muslim world, completely destroyed half a dozen of our mighty empires and the last century has been spent by us in their economic colonialist dispensation but their heartache has not subsided. Another strange thing is that after Hitler ruthlessly and mercilessly killed six million Jewish people the Christian world has simply stopped asserting her Christianity before the rest of the world. Their hatred, on the other hand, for Islam and Muslims has remained intact.
Some Hindus, the ones of RSS variety, hate us for the same reasons as Christians do. We ruled erstwhile Hindu lands for various durations beginning from few hundred years upto a thousand years. Moreover we also carved out two Muslim countries from the lands traditionally held by them - Pakistan and Bangladesh. Thus there are enough of them who hate us Muslims very intensely.
Communists hate us purely on ideological basis having no historical reason to be so petrified. In fact our grudges against them far outweigh what they might hild against us, if at all.
I hope these comments clarify your questions.
For knowledge, I would like to know what is the maximum percentage of jizya that Muslim rulers collected from the non-Muslims so far. I feel the tax imposed on people in general these days is really too much. I wonder if Muslim rulers ever collected this much tax from the non-Muslims in the history.
Good question my sister.
This is where our statistics brothers and sisters should chip in and fill in the data for all of us. I am in a Muslim university with all sorts of departments including statictics yet these brothers and sisters are doing precious little to fill in the gaps. Availability of data is like a golden shield against many attacks on academic and intellecual kind against Islam and Muslims. I wish my friends in the discipline of statistics will take care of this angle, ASAP.
Whatever be the level of Jiziya it can not be held against Islam and Muslims. In non-Muslim lands we Muslims give all the taxes plus our own Islamic dues. Islam does not levy unfair taxes on anybody. Her glory, on the other hand, is that she accepts the responsibility of those who do not even acknowledge her, that is, who do not accept Islam.
[quote]Why are they so afraid of Islamic shariah? I can understand the fear of the ruling elites but it would be helpful inshaaAllah if a layman can be educated about the misunderstanding of Islam.