Islam - one of the three major monotheistic religions on the planet along with Christianity and Judaism - has occupied a significant part of the current news, although a good analysis of the subject is not always possible.
Generally, the general perception of the Muslim faith as a source of violence and terror is, to say the least, erroneous.
Over the years, Islamists have tried to convince friends, relatives, and anyone who is willing to hear about the religion that 'not every Muslim is a terrorist, nor does he need to dress like an Arab'. Also because Arabs are only 17% of Muslims, the rest are Asians, Americans, Europeans, Africans….
But there is no doubt that, for the most part, these conversations were wasted time.
However, some of today's most eccentric figures in various countries have helped offset this stereotype around the world.
One such celebrity is Michael Gerald Tyson, better known as Mike Tyson.
Mike Tyson was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA, on 30 June 1966. His parents died when he was still a teenager. Poverty required his family to live in high-crime areas, and he was unable to get his life on track until his boxing skills were discovered by legendary coach Cus D'Amato. Tyson came to stardom in the 80 years and became the most victorious boxer of his time. Subsequently, personal problems from his past surfaced, culminating in a conviction for rape. After the prison sentence, Tyson tried to put his life on track and reverted to Islam.
His Muslim name is Malik Abdul Aziz.
In Islam there are some variations, but we would like to mention the three main ones, which are: Sunni, Shia (Shiite) and Sufi.
Tyson accepted the Sufi version of Islam. He also performed Hajj, which is one of the most important rituals of Islam, when he visited Mecca on a pilgrimage, as well as other trips to holy places in Saudi Arabia.
After his pilgrimage trip to Mecca on 2010, he posted on his social networks: "I just left the Holy City of Mecca, where I was blessed to have been able to do Umrah," wrote Tyson.
During an interview with Fox News on 2013, he spoke and praised Islam.
The interviewer asked: 'Are you still a Muslim? '
To which Mike Tyson replied: - “I am very grateful to be a Muslim. Allah doesn't need me, I need Allah. I could never be humble. There is not a humble bone in my body. If I was humble, I would never use the word humble, I would strive to be humble, I want to be humble, but it is a difficult thing. It is a very difficult thing. Being humble is not taking yourself seriously. I try to do that. I work at it. People think I'm humble, but I'm not. ”- Tyson said at the time.
Currently, Tyson continues to face (mainly financial) problems. But on the other hand, he has found more time to act in defense of his religion.
- “Listen, I'm Muslim. Some people are Christians, and do you know what some Muslims and some Christians say when they see these terrorists burning and killing? I do not think like that. When the guys are blowing people up, cutting off people's heads, I'm a Muslim and I think, 'I don't think so. I do not believe that. When we go to God, regardless of what religion we are, we will have to hear our own things. We cannot be responsible for all the Muslims in the world. ' Got it? ”Tyson said of the Muslim religion recently.
Tyson's stance - and most Muslims around the world - is yet another example that it is possible to make an assessment without the prejudices or passions that commonly cloud the view of many who dwell on religious issues and, above all, bring us It is even more certain that none of the Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) is the basis for the horror of terrorism.
* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 06 / 08 / 2019