I always hear all these negative things about the religion, and it's not something i just want to "google" I'd like some insight from people who maybe have a solid background in it, or who who could actually teach me some more uncommon positive things about this religion.
Insistence on Universal Equality:
"O mankind, We have created you from a male and female, and made you
into races and tribes, so that you may identify one another. Surely
the noblest of you, in Allah’s sight, is the one who is most pious of
you. Surely Allah is All-Knowing. All-Aware." (Surah Hujrat, Verse 13)
Teachings concerning gender equality:
Prophet’s concern for female infanticide can be observed in one of his sayings: “Whoever has a daughter and he does not bury her alive, does not insult her and does not favor his son over her, Allah will enter him into paradise.”
Liberty of marriage-
"Ibn Abbas reported that a girl came to the Messenger of God, Muhammad, and she reported that her father had forced her to marry without her consent. The Messenger of God gave her the choice ... (between accepting the marriage or invalidating it)." (Ahmad, Hadeeth no. 2469). In another version, the girl said: "Actually I accept this marriage but I wanted to let women know that parents have no right to force a husband on them." [Ibn Majah]
Restraint and Justice
"O you who believe, be steadfast for Allah and witness for justice. Malice against a people should not prompt you to avoid doing justice. Do justice, and it(doing justice) is nearer to Godliness. Fear Allah. Surely Allah is All-Aware of what you do.” (Surah maidah, verse 8)
The servants of God are those who walk on earth humbly, and when ignorant people speak to them, they reply peacefully, and those who pass the night prostrating themselves and standing before their Lord. (Surah Furqan, Verse 63)
Allah's Apostle said, "The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger."
(Sahi Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 135 )
Advantages of The Namaz:
Namaz is a daily prayer that Muslims are supposed to offer five times. Every day Muslims stand, in a line, five times, irrespective of their age, status, race, color or economic condition and thus are supposed to develop a camaraderie with their community members, reduce the condescending of the rich,eliminate the envy among poor and take part in repeated display of equality.
Advantages of Fasting:
Staying away from food during day during one complete month is prescribed in Islam. It is said to have two major lessons for you
• Fasting will make you realize how it feels to be hungry. How it feels to be a starving poor.
• It will make you realize how weak you are, that when you skip a few meals, you lose your strength, energy and vigor. It reduces the arrogance in you.
Advantages of Zakaat (Alms):
Islam has encouraged quite a few methods of helping the poor. The most important form of giving away to poor is Zakaat i.e. giving away 2.5% of your savings to poor. Annually giving away a chunk of your savings searching the poorest of poor turns your duty. This helps in redistribution of wealth in a small way it is a gesture to poor that community is here for you.
The Haj :
If namaz is daily reminder of equality, Haj, the pilgrimage to Mecca is annual reminder of universal equality. When approximately 2 million people gather from every region of the world, from every race and conceivable background draped in an extremely modest uniform dress it reminds you at global scale that everyone is equal in eyes of God.
The Personality of Prophet Muhammad:
During initial stages of prophet hood, when he was worried, Khadeeja, the first wife of prophet Muhammed remarked, “Allah will never disgrace you. You unite uterine relations, you bear the burden of the weak, you help the poor and the needy, you entertain the guests and endure hardships in the path of truthfulness.”
At another occasion he was described as “He was the last one to get angry and the first one to be satisfied. His hospitality and generosity were matchless. His gifts and endowments manifest a man who does not fear poverty.”
Even his staunchest enemies used to trust him with their belongings.
He never expected, demanded or encouraged any privilege over others.