Did a little search for the hashtag just now and wow, is there a lot of prejudice and misunderstanding (both willful and accidental?) out there.

I mean, sure, Islam has been co-opted by plenty of bad actors and has been in crisis for the past century or more, but wow folks, in and of itself, it ain't the devil. If you consider the context in which Islam arose and the effect that it had on the society of the day, it's much easier to understand its place in the world.

It's worth pointing out that most of the major religions have had plenty of beneficial, civilization-building effects. From a viewpoint, this is because all these religions come from the same Divine source, brought by Manifestations of God to educate and uplift humanity. That their messages seem to differ is not due to a change in , but to changes in humanity as it evolved over thousands of years.

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Of course, the major religions have all had plenty of terrible things attached to them, too, like intolerance, fanaticism, willful ignorance, tribalism, prejudice, and a list of atrocities miles long.

Again from a viewpoint, this happens when followers lose sight of the message revealed by their religion's Founder; their religion becomes just a name on their tongues. When this happens, must be—and is—renewed with the arrival of a new Manifestation of God.

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"The All-Knowing Physician hath His finger on the pulse of mankind. He perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdom, the remedy. Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require. Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and center your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements." bahai.org/r/096510150

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The remedies of the past were useful in their day. But the world is different now: Deeply interdependent, with a world-embracing vision, very unlike the isolated nation- and city-states that reigned thousands of years ago. This quote from Bahá'u'lláh—Who Bahá'ís believe is the Manifestation of God for this day—declares that humanity must embrace the remedy suited to its condition. That remedy is recognition of the oneness of humanity, and the establishment of , that may appear.

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