No matter what people say and believe, an unbiased study of history (let alone religion) reveals that Islam brought a revolution of its own kind that not only affected the people of a particular region, religion, or ethnicity, but it became a worldwide phenomenon soon just a few decades after its completion.
What Muslims believe is that Islam is the last religion offered by God Almighty to all humanity to come till The Day of Resurrection, believing in what God Almighty states in Holy Scripture of Muslims, i.e. in the following Quran words:
This day, I have perfected your religion for you and completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion…” (Holy Qur’an, 5:3)
Also stated is the fact that:
Al-Baqara [2:231] …..He sent down to you the book and Wisdom, for your instruction. And fear Allah and know that Allah is well acquainted with all things.
Islam has always been center of great debate for many reasons, mostly because people believe in all the gossips about it rather than actually studying it, knowing it and understanding it on individual level. As a matter of common sense and logic, the best way to pass a judgment and make an opinion about anything is to know it first, analyze it and then take the decision. In case of Quran, however, majority of people all through the course of history, have been biased. Instead of taking time out to learning Quran, they prefer believing and disseminating wrong information about it.
For instance, people consider Islam to be a code of conduct that restricts and confines the rights of female gender greatly as compared to male gender, which is totally untrue in accordance to Quranic teachings in this regard, some of which are discussed here. Just these few examples shall be more than enough to develop an initial idea what Quran teaches human beings about different issues.
“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty…” Surah 24:31
Before going any further, just imagine the number of instances where women report sexual harassment of various kinds in western nations. Ironically, the number of such instances is on constant rise in most of the western societies. One of the reasons why so many women have to bear these kinds of inconvenient experiences is their public appearance. The more a woman is dressed provocatively, higher are the chances that she be subjected to such an unfavorable situation.
At another occasion in Quran, Almighty Allah states:
“O prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad)…” Surah 33:59
Many converts themselves state that their level of confidence and sense of security has increased greatly ever since they started covering themselves with “hijab” (a piece of cloth mostly covering women’s hair as well as bosom, just leaving the face uncovered).
The fact of the matter is that to make your opinion about anything (let alone Quran), knowing and learning about it is required. That is why, in order to decide whether Islam and Quran are a cause of peace and tranquility or a cause of terror and unrest, make sure you read and learn Quran first. Today, translations of Quran are available in almost all major languages of the world, which makes doing so even more convenient.