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Is Islam misunderstood?

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Many non-Muslims misunderstand Islam, in fact, some Muslims, also have a wrong notion about the religion.  Sentiment have crept in to the practice of Islam in some areas. Some Muslims who do not have a full knowledge of the religion often diffuse their culture into the religion and as such give a wrong impression about Islam.
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