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September 16th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

Our Take: How to reclaim Islam from the radicals

Editor's Note: Khalil Nouri was born in an Afghan political family. He is the co-founder of New World Strategies Coalition Inc., a native think tank for nonmilitary solutions for Afghanistan. Michael Hughes is a journalist for The Huffington Post and Examiner.com and is a strategist for the New World Strategies Coalition.

By Khalil Nouri and Michael Hughes, Special to CNN

Contrary to popular belief, most of the Islamic faithful were severely disturbed by the 9/11 attacks. According to Gallup, 93 percent of Muslims across the globe condemn the heinous acts, and many found it appalling that deranged jihadists hijacked two planes and killed over 3,000 innocents in the name of Islam.

These extremists also hijacked Islam itself. Muslims can rescue their religion only through a solution that is spiritual in nature.

Although a relatively diminutive percentage of the total, Muslims who adhere to Islamic radicalism have done significant damage. Take Afghanistan, where U.S.-led forces are struggling against the Taliban and al Qaeda, movements described as “fascism with an Islamic face”.

Sadly, these Islamofascists are winning the war of ideas, peddling their perversion of Islam quite effectively, beating the coalition on the battlefield and, more importantly, in the minds of the local populace.

The U.S. cannot kill militants fast enough, as a seemingly endless stream of young jihadists pours in from thousands of Wahabbi and Deobondi madrassas, where the seeds of radical ideology are planted in minds of future suicide bombers.

Today, poor socioeconomic conditions combined with a lack of strong political leadership have created a perfect storm in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan, causing young Muslims to feel hopeless and desperate.

Meanwhile, an impressive extremist media infrastructure tells them their individual religious duty is to take up arms in defense of Islam against the West. Poverty-stricken and neglected by their governments, the average young Muslim on the street becomes susceptible to these messages, his subconscious mind open to reactionary ideas that oppose the status quo, including jihadism.

Jihadists vow to establish a caliphate and implement Islamic law by any means, including overthrowing apostate regimes. They believe jihadists are the only true believers and that the rest of the world consists of hostile nonbelievers whose sole purpose is the destruction of Islam. The extremists’ main enemies are other Muslims who oppose jihad or support nonbelievers.

In contrast, traditional Islam allows for many forms of governance but holds that laws in a Muslim country should be inspired by Islam. This can be loosely interpreted to mean that laws must be moral. Most Muslims do not want to see another caliphate. Followers of modern Islam even see private life and government as separate matters.

Military force alone will never beat jihadist concepts and, in most cases, will simply make the problem worse. Going on the offensive against terrorists requires attacking their center of gravity – which is their narrative.

The extremists’ source of strength must be appropriated by forcefully contesting their ideas with undeniable truths based on historical facts. One of the best ways to do this is via fatwas, formal Islamic legal opinions issued by recognized religious authorities.

Fatwas issued by authorized scholars based on the true interpretation of Islamic Shariah will be given prominence over the opinions of unqualified Muslims.

A council of senior ulema (great imams) can be congregated in some secular and secure Islamic state where the most respected Islamic leaders in the world can collectively issue fatwas that publicly rebuke terrorism and anti-Islamic acts such as beheading, school blazing, suicide and martyr operations carried out in the name of Islam. They can also prohibit youth worldwide from traveling into terrorist hubs to engage in jihad.

The next step is to establish rehabilitation centers through Islamic seminary branches in the vicinities of militant operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan to divert recruits from entering terror camps. Young Muslims and even some hardcore terrorists, given the opportunity, would rather receive an Islamic awakening from preeminent scholars than suffer through the curriculum of barely-literate Mullahs.

Full caution must be taken that the endeavor is free from influence by non-Islamic states and that only Muslims are seen leading and financing it.

Islam is suffering because the ulema, prominent imams and the Muslim intellectuals, are failing to publicly renounce the societal disease of radicalism. They have an opportunity to reintroduce the true Islam of peace and love over the distorted version that preaches holy war and hate.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of  Khalil Nouri and Michael Hughes.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Islam • Muslim • Opinion

soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. NoWayDude

    Seen on another post: If "radical" Muslims are shooting at us... "moderate" Muslims are calling in the coordinates.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
    • 1RingyDingy

      I thought "moderate Muslims were reloading and "peaceful" Muslims were calling in coordinates...

      September 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Compare Texts And Teachings For Yourself
    Similarities in White Differences In Yellow

    TEACHINGS OF QURAN TEACHINGS OF BIBLE

    God Almighty (Allah) is the only Creator of all that exists.God Almighty (Yahweh also pronounced Jahovah) is the only Creator of all that exists. (Gen. 1:1)
     
    There is only One God (Allah). Prophets are Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus Christ (born without father as miracle birth, preformed miracles) and Muhammad is the last prophet. All prophets said, "God is One and you have to serve Him, alone without partners". And Jesus us coming back in the Last Days. There is only One God. But (according to Christians) He exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son (Jesus is God's son and also a Holy Spirit) and all of them together are a One-God-Trinity. (But there is no "Trinity" in the Bible) And Jesus is coming back in the Last Days.
     
    Almighty God reveals Himself as "One God" with 99 Divine Attributes – But never compares Himself with anything in His creation.Almighty God has revealed Himself as "One God" and "One Lord" (Deuteronomy 6:3; Mark 12:29)
     
    ORIGIN OF MAN – Allah created man from dirt and "in His image" and of "His spirit," yet God has no likeness of anything in creation.ORIGIN OF MAN – God created man from dirt and the image of God and of His spirit. But the Lord has to go looking for Adam (Genesis 1 & 2)
     
    SIN – Adam sinned and Eve sinned, but they repented and were forgiven, with no continuing effects on their children. SIN – Eve made Adam sin and thus brought sin into the world, so Eve is cursed and their sins are passed on to their children. (Genesis 3:1-7)
     
    ORIGINAL FORGIVENESS – God Forgives Adam and Eve after they repent. Then He makes Adam his deputy (caliph) and the first prophet. (no curse of God on Eve) ORIGINAL SIN – all of Adam's posterity are born with a sin nature and are sinful from birth (Romans 3:22-23, 1st John 1:10)
     
    Man is basically good but prone to mistakes. Muslims who repent and submit to God are forgiven without intercession from Christ (or anyone) needed.Man is by nature sinful and has need for redemption by the atonement of Jesus Christ (Romans 5:6, 8:32, Colossians 1:19-20, Hebrews 7:26-27, 9:26, 10:12, 1st John 4:10)
     
    SALAVATION – Through submission to GOD'S Will on earth – in peace, anyone, anytime, any place can be a servant of Almighty God and draw closer to Him to be Forgiven by Him. SALAVATION – God is Jesus and dies on a cross for sins of people He calls His children and they are all forgiven just for believing this story. (Romans 8:14-15, Ephesians 1:5, Galatians 4:5)
     
    Allah is not like His creation. He is neither male nor female, nor is creation like Him.Bible says; "God is not a man... not the son of man.." (Numbers 23:19*) Other places contradicts this(?) *corrected June 19, 2010
     

    September 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm |
    • Critter

      @Muneef

      So do you enjoy being a Muslim, Muneef? Does it feel good? How about the people you harm? Can you say that you have never harmed anyone in your life?
      Are you peaceful? How strong is your faith? How tight is your grip on reality?

      How much self-control do you have? Enough to let Americans live as they like within their own borders???

      September 18, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  3. JohnQuest

    Mark from Middle River, I think all religions are bad and wrong for one main reason, they do not allow free thought. I will admit some churches, synagogues, and temples do good works (sometimes). If a Christian church feed and shelter the homeless on Monday but denies our gay brothers and sisters their basic rights on Tuesday can we still call them good, my thoughts is that we can't one good deed does not absolves one bad deed.

    September 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  4. Hanan Habibzai

    Islam teach us peace and peaceful behave.

    September 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  5. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u7cLq4xjbg&w=640&h=360]

    September 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  6. Mark from Middle River

    John Quest – While in some ways I agree I have to point out that there are many forms and insitutuions that also use power to control masses. There was an article how a girl was fighting her college because she expressed a view that the college disagreed with and they held her education. Not because she did not perform on exams or classes but just because her mindset was not what they felt was correct.

    Is this not a group of people using power to control masses? A television corportation decides that they will gear their programming in a effort to effect change on their viewers. Heck, we do not have to go into the military

    I feel religion is just a method or a avenue to have a relationship with God. Almost a akin to a martial art. It can been used for good and for evil it matters on the individual. For every Jerry Jones there were tens of thousands of churches around the planet that were nothing like his. Do you measure all churches by Jerry Jones.

    Try this, Martin Luther King began his civil rights movement from the pulpit of his southern church. From which he and others effected change in society. Is this not an example to a vast many people of a good act began from within the church. In someways even Malcom X did the same thing.

    To harp on all religions as being all bad is wrong.

    September 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  7. JohnQuest

    I think all religions are used by those in power to control the masses, Islam is no different than Christianity in that regard. I don't think the radical fringe elements are the worst thing about Islam, I think it's the fact that Islamic nations are being left behind technologically and socially in every respect. What are the middle east countries going to do when they run out of oil? By not allowing women to participate in society they effectively shut off more than half of their brain, how could any society expect to grow with less than half a brain? How many books a year are shipped to and translated for the masses in an Islamic country? Not only are they working with only half a brain, the half that is working is getting only a third of the knowledge it needs to compete with the rest of the world. I think all people are the same including our Islamic brothers and sisters, if given the chance they can create, contribute, and compete with the rest of the world. In this case I think their leaders are using their religion to enslave them.

    September 17, 2010 at 10:04 am |
    • Summaya

      Dear John
      All religions are a creation by God, therefore I will disagree with your opening comment.
      Some may however deliberately misinterpret in order to use others.This can and has happened in any sect,any religion. It is not restrictive to one religion only.

      September 19, 2010 at 6:09 am |
  8. Reality

    Welcome to a bright, sunny day as we offer 1.5 billion Muslims an easy way out of 1400 years of Islamic brainwashing:

    The Five Step Method to Deprogram/"Deflaw" Islam-

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave attended to by his wives before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Accept these five "cleansers" and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Analogous programs are available for the members of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism.

    September 17, 2010 at 8:00 am |
    • Muneef

      What is this ? Is it an Indian Film ? My God you have no respect to religions and their beliefs ? I think we used to term such people in the past as communists? So are they still termed like that or changed since this last USSR?
      Your above comments looks like a PC cought a virus?

      September 19, 2010 at 12:31 am |
    • Reality

      Muneef,

      Strange that you do not recognize some of the basic tenets of your religion!!!

      September 19, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  9. zaman

    everyone goes after the religion when everything else fails.

    September 17, 2010 at 3:33 am |
  10. Critter

    Other than the need for incrementalism to ensure the safety and rights of all concerned, I see no need to preserve any form of mental illness, delusionary system of belief, or systemic criminal method – and most religions partake of all three of these.

    So why go through the motions of trying to reform "from within" when what you are trying to reform is based upon delusions and falsehoods?
    Well, according to the article, this might help save some lives. Okay, but saving lives can avoid all that reshuffling of falsehoods by simply addressing the violence itself. No restructuring, reforming, or "reclaiming" needed.

    Violence is done by individuals for whatever reason, so addressing the psychological roots of violent behavior should be the prime mover in addressing violence as a society or as a species.
    As individuals, we have freedom of choice, but not if we are unable to make those choices freely.
    Whether Osama Bin Laden is manipulating others or is being manipulated by his delusions, no one will be able to "reclaim" Islam from within his own delusional fantasy-world. He needs to be de-programmed or neutralized in some manner to protect the lives of innocent people.

    Why doesn't anyone "offer" to de-program" these "radical" cult members? Because you can't do it "from within" the cult.

    Leaving the religion in place, you defeat your ultimate purpose to help people.

    September 17, 2010 at 2:30 am |
  11. Iqbal khan

    Learn more about islam check out the following site
    http://www.911Bible.com

    September 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
  12. Anna

    Islamic people have a tendency to think that any criticism os any muslim is an attack on thier religion. So this is blinding thier vision. The first step is to accept there is an issue. Second the image of Islam is not just due to radicals. Its also about human rights. Thier countries have no freedom of religion or conversion rights. Its stupid and paranoid. The women have no equal rights. And they have some sort of unfounded superiority complex like thiers is an original religion. Its not. Every beleif is Islam was already told by many eastern religions and they dont pitch one group against another. So just get over it and learn to live with other religions. You are only as good as them.

    September 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
    • Ahmad Hosein

      Equal rights for women in Islam? brave words from people who only have 13 women in the Fortune 500 CEO list!

      September 17, 2010 at 12:57 am |
    • honestanon

      At least we let our women go to work...

      Please.. you have to try harder.

      September 18, 2010 at 5:31 am |
    • Rizwan

      Dear Anna
      Ofcourse we do not think you are attacking us.However,any debate must be from the point of knowledge & facts. Not sheer ignorance & bias.That is hurtful.
      A careful projection of Islam has been structured by certain vested interests to project Islam as a violent religion. It is not. However I do agree that perceptions can be sometimes stronger than realities. But they are 2 different things nonetheless!

      September 18, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  13. michael h

    No surprise that many have innaccurat ebelief about the koran -I am speaking of the postings that I looked at this afternoon .

    September 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • Anna

      Sir.. many people dont care about Quran. They just care about how the people who call themselves muslims affect them. Something written in a book and something thats done are different. They just say read the book to convert and many fall for that BS.

      September 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
    • Amerwise

      Yes! Many DO have inaccurate belief about the Koran. It is all of the Muslims who follow Islam without having read it!!!
      As for those of us who HAVE read it, and know the doctrine of abrogations and dualism, well you can't fool us any longer – and we don't particularly like or respect what we see as a barbaric, violent, hateful, unmerciful ideology which has proven itself to be such time and time and time and time again ever since it's author decided that it was going to be his way or the highway to hell.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm |
    • Ahmad Hosein

      what can be more "barbaric, violent, hateful, unmerciful" than a culture that gave humanity WORLD WAR TWO and the HOLOCAUST?

      September 17, 2010 at 12:58 am |
    • honestanon

      @ Ahmad Hosein

      Sure let's talk about that.... How about juuust a bit of history?

      Prior to WW2, the post-Revolutionary Soviets abused their large muslim minority. Consequently, the Soviet muslims were lured into the anti-Soviet movement that already existed in Nazi Germany before the outbreak of the war. So they fought Russians. Plus, it seems that the Nazis and muslims had another common enemy, so the helped out there too. After the war, the Soviet muslims actually continued to work with the U.S. against Stalin. Then it all got a bit out of hand....

      I want your reaction before I cite the source... you'd better do a library search first.. The book isn't a secret over here..

      September 18, 2010 at 5:29 am |
    • honestanon

      @ Ahmad Hosein

      ...and besides, we didn't 'give' anyone the war. We tried to stay out... for probably too long, most would argue in reflection. So I guess you could say that the war was really 'given to us' at Pearl Harbor. It was a sneak attack too, remember? We do.

      September 18, 2010 at 7:58 am |
    • honestanon

      @ Ahmad Hosein

      ...and besides.. The entire Second World War was over, completely, from the Blitzkrieg to VJ day, in 6 years, 1 day. islam has been on the warpath for going on 1,500 years. Poor comparison.

      September 18, 2010 at 8:11 am |
    • Summaya

      The problem is two fold (I speak in terms of the hilarious comments posted here):
      1- When a certain group of people from any religion, act not in line with their religion, they are not representing the religion. They cannot be taken, neither their actions as representative of the religion they belong to per se.Islam is seen as a religion of violence by the west generally.Factually & historically,this is not true.Islamic Extremism started from Iran with Khomeni.
      The term ISLAMIC EXTREMISM was used by westerners so they could understand what was happening in this part of the world as they understood CHRISTIAN EXTREMISM/FUNDAMENTALISM as this has its roots there.
      According to Dale Crowley Jr, a Washington religious broadcaster 'There's a new religious cult in America. It's not composed of so-called 'crazies' so much as mainstream, middle to upper-middle class Americans. They listen – and give millions of dollars each week – to the TV evangelists who expound the fundamentals of the cult. They read Hal Lindsey and Tim LaHaye. They have one goal: to facilitate God's hand to waft them up to heaven free from all trouble, from where they will watch Armageddon and the destruction of Planet Earth. This doctrine pervades Assemblies of God, Pentecostal, and other charismatic churches, as well as Southern Baptist, Independent Baptist, and countless so-called Bible churches and mega-churches. At least one out of every ten Americans is a devotee of this cult. It is the fastest growing religious movement in Christianity today.'
      Does this mean ALL Americans believe the above?
      No.
      Likewise in Islam too.
      2-Unless & until, you have really read The Book: Quran, sweeping statements so far from truth, expose only one thing:Your own Ignorance!
      But thank you for the wonderfully ignorant notes. They made me laugh!

      September 18, 2010 at 10:31 am |
    • honestanon

      @ Summaya

      Attention Americans!

      Read my comments. Then read Summaya;s. The is a excellent example of what I've been talking about in other posts. When presented with either logic, fact, or sincere questions, the muslims' response is to blame, denounce, accuse, derail, finger-point... anything to avoid the issue at hand.. It's called propaganda. Do Not Fall For It.

      So, summaya, how about either railing against the evil muslims that did all the aforementioned (and telling us that it was against the law of the koran? (gotta add that... or you'll just 'fib' about it..)

      Or providing us with some FACTS to substantiate your position. Give me a true DEBATE, not just vapid proselytizing from what we consider to be an abhorent cult of pedophiles.

      Or Don't.... Cause you know what, Summara? We UNDERSTAND... We see clearly. The curtain is pulled farther back from the wizard every time one of you opens your mouths. So just keep up the convoluted, abstruse, circular logic and you'll be sure to convince EVERY non-muslim American, regardless of their political affiliation, of your insincerity and hidden agenda.

      And remember, it really harms whatever credibility you have left when you call someone "ignorant" without providing... how should we say.. evidence.. for your position. Tell US that your cult didn't work with the Nazis in WW2 to kill Russians and J-e-ws. Or that muslims didn't work with the Americans during the early part of the cold war against Stalin.

      And tell US that you swear against the koran that this is the truth.

      Or just put a sock in it.

      I'll save you the library search. HERE:
      I. Johnson: A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West

      September 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
    • peace2all

      @EVERYONE

      For those of us who have been posting on these blogs since the begining, there is a 'new comer'...

      His name is @HONESTANON-–He is inciting hatred in his postings of (all muslims), also to people that may disagree with him, and he is attempting to squelch free speech.

      These were the same tactics used by someone named HITLER.

      He, @HONESTANON has been attacking a lot of us... and making untruthful and agitating statements towards the rest of us.

      I just want you to know who this person 'really' is....

      I wish the rest of you peace....

      September 19, 2010 at 1:42 am |
    • honestanon

      Go to bed, Troll.

      September 19, 2010 at 2:03 am |
    • peace2all

      @HONESTANON

      Mr. amateur newcomer....

      What .....'you' get to ATTACK, DEFLECT, INCITE HATE, SQUELCH FREE SPEECH...on Everyone you don't like, but giving it back to you.... What you can't take it...?

      These were the same tactics used in the past by a man named HITLER.

      Again, for the rest of us that have been on these blogs since the beginining. I want you to know who this person @HONESTANON really is....

      So, my friend, once you stop lying and inciting hatred against us Americans and the muslims and anyone who disagrees with you....then we can all be at peace...

      Heck... I even wish you Peace ......

      September 19, 2010 at 2:10 am |
  14. ohyeah

    SATIRE….(HOW YOUNG CHILDREN BRAINWASHED IN PISLAM…….)
    LADEN MAY BECOME YOUR NEW TERRORIST!!!!
    A new MULLAH was trying to make use of HIS PISLAMIC psychology courses. HE started HIS class by saying, INSHAALLAH ‘Everyone who thinks they’re stupid, stand up!’ After a few seconds, Little LADEN stood up. The MULLAH said, ‘Do you think you’re stupid, LADEN?’ ‘No, SIR, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!’
    LADEN watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face. ‘Why do you do that, mommy?’ he asked. ‘To make myself beautiful,’ said his mother, who then BEGAN WEARING THE BURQA AND REMOVED THE CREAM WITH TISSUE. ‘What’s the matter, asked LADEN ‘Giving up?’. NO YOUR FATHER HATES MAKE UP. WITHOUT BURQA HE WILL BEAT ME UP.
    The ma(D)th MULLAH saw that LADEN wasn’t paying attention in class. HE called on him and said, ‘LADEN! What are 2 and 4 and 28 and 44?’ LADEN quickly replied, ‘TWO SLAVES, FOUR WIWES, 28+44=72 VIRGINS and the MOHMEDS HEAVEN!’
    LADEN’s kindergarten class was on a TRAINING field trip to their local JEHADI station where they saw pictures tacked to a bulletin board of the 10 most PRAISED JEHADIS. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a JEHADI person. ‘Yes,’ said the pUSLIMman. ‘The MULLAH’S want very badly to PRAISE him. LADEN asked,”Why didn’t you keep him when you took his picture ? “ MULLAH REPLIED… WE TOOK HIS PICTURE WHEN HE WAS IN YOUR SCHOOL……ALAAS RECENTLY HE DIED IN A DRONE ATTACK
    Little LADEN attended a WOMAN SLAVE auction with his father. He watched as his father moved from SLAVE to SLAVE, running his hands up and down the SLAVES legs and rump, and chest. After a few minutes, LADEN asked, ‘Dad, why are you doing that?’ His father replied, ‘Because when I’m buying SLAVES, I have to make sure that they are healthy and in good shape before I buy. LADEN, looking HAPPY, said, ‘Dad, I LIKED IT I WILL DO THE SAME WHEN I GROW UP ….’
    If this Frightened your day, don’t let it stop here. Pass it on with a smile. Keep spreading the TERROR! Pass on to your YOUNG JEHADI friends!
    [from faithfreedom DOT org]

    September 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  15. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ8kG8wBG6Y&w=640&h=360]

    September 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
    • honestanon

      Islamic Terror 101 – easy way to kill hundreds of thousands

      September 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
    • honestanon
      September 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
    • honestanon

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umwUeG7bsRA&w=640&h=360]

      Here we go.. that's better

      September 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
    • honestanon

      Back on track...

      September 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm |
    • honestanon

      Tell me something... If 'radical' muslims are a fringe of all of islam, WHY DOES THIS MAN HAVE THREE MICROPHONES IN FRONT OF HIM? If I'm not mistaken the large blue one is Al Jazeera.

      The more I research this, the more concerned I become.

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG6ClU8DJJk&w=640&h=360]

      September 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm |
    • honestanon

      And... notice the audience during the cutaway at 5:10... They don't look like a bunch of rag-tag, dusty, bedraggled jihadists... They look pretty spiffy... like the owners of a bunch of middle eastern Mercedes dealerships...

      Can't say this strikes me as 'fringe' anything.... Looks more like mainstream... something.

      September 16, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
    • peace2all

      @EVERYONE

      For those of us who have been on these blogs since they began, there is a new comer....

      His name is..@HONESTANON--He is inciting hatred towards(all muslims), and criticizing anyone who doesn't agree, while also attempting to squelch free speech. These are the same tactics that were used by someone named HITLER.

      He has been attacking the rest of us.... as well... I just want you to know who this person 'really' is...

      I wish the rest of you peace....

      September 19, 2010 at 1:36 am |
  16. ohyeah

    Islam, is the only doctrine in history that declares it has the god given right
    “not to be scrutinised, analysed, debated, questioned or challenged in any way”.

    Adherents of Islam must acknowledge
    “It is critical thinking and ones ability to indulge oneself in it without fear of prosecution or death,
    that has created the freedoms that civilised, secular democratic communities hold so dear and value”.

    The koran is diametrically opposed to fundamental international human rights on so many levels.

    Islamists would have the world accept it as a uncorrupted doctrine direct from god,
    containing rules and laws that touch every aspect of human life and it CAN NOT be Challenged.

    Hence the attached is a detailed and accurate analysis of Islam,
    based on the findings of recognised Islamic scholars all over the world.

    Please pursue it, or read it fully if Islam concerns you in anyway.
    Knowledge is power,
    it is impossible for any logical person to arrive at a conclusion on a subject he knows nothing about.

    Islam’s greatest enemy, ” is freethinking, civilised questioning, scrutiny and analysis”.

    When Islam is dissected it is found to be a totally draconian ideology conveyed by an illiterate man,
    that retards human civilisation back to the prehistoric dark ages,
    banishment of basic human rights, and mandated abuse of women,
    non muslims, and non adhering muslims,
    it is fundamentally flawed and corrupt.
    [By Ibby]

    September 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
    • honestanon

      And... notice the audience during the cutaway at 5:10... They don't look like a bunch of rag-tag, dusty, bedraggled jihadists... They look pretty spiffy... like the owners of a bunch of middle eastern Mercedes dealerships...

      Can't say this strikes me as 'fringe' anything.... Looks more like mainstream... something.

      September 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  17. Iqbal khan

    Muslims can only be divided in two groups practicing Muslims and Acting Muslims (non practicing)

    September 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  18. ohyeah

    Islam, is the only doctrine in history that declares it has the god given right
    “not to be scrutinised, analysed, debated, questioned or challenged in any way”.

    September 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
    • Ahmad Hosein

      seems to work! makes you wonder why others have not tried it and thrived for 1,500 years?

      September 17, 2010 at 12:50 am |
  19. Iqbal khan

    9-11 was the inside job.
    check out on Google and youtube Alan Sabrosky, what he is saying and many others
    Was Dov zakheim behind 9-11 and what happend to missing 2.3 Trillions as Donald Rumsfeld told in the press conference on 10 sept. a day before 9-11 also how did building 7 came tumbling down hours after Trade centers lay flat,
    also read this article:
    http://rediscover911.com/2010/03/was-america-attacked-by-muslims-on-911/

    September 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
    • K

      *yawn* Are you going to say EVERY single Muslim attack is an inside job? I dare you to.

      September 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  20. Reality

    Only for the eyes of Khalil Nouri and Michael Hughes:

    What drove the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the location, safety of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no male Muslim to include Khalil Nouri can be trusted anytime or anywhere.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
    • Amerwise

      Not going to happen. Accordingly – they would consider that to be tantamount to trying to "change the word of (Gd) Allah" which is tantamount to blasphemy – which is punishable by death. What idealists. They would've done it already. This is why we have exactly the same ideology as it existed in the 7th century. No changes are permitted. Therefore no enlightenment will occur. Utopian ideals such as these will get you killed.

      September 16, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
    • Hassina

      Your comment clearly comes from ignorance. You need to educate yourself about Islam and its history before you lash out such comments. It is clear that every religion has its moderate and radical side. I grew up in Afghanistan and was a teenage girl in mid sixties. I truly feel previliged to have experienced such moderation and social harmony in that beautiful country. What has caused some Muslims in Afghanistan to become radical was the Russian invasion that was forcing the afghan society to become secular, a unfamiliar introduction to the ta thousand years old afghan culture. This was a good opportunity for the American government to fight communism through a radical blend of Islam, and it is then when the Taliban were created. Taliban are orphans of many Muslim nations brought to the madrasas in Pakistan to be trained to fight against the infidels. And as Khalil mentioned we the moderate Muslims are a more dangerous threat to the Taliban then anyone else. This is why I think that the Fatwas done with scholarly Muslims might be very risky business but effective to decline of the radical Muslims.

      September 18, 2010 at 11:49 am |
    • Reality

      Only for the eyes of Hassina:

      Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the massacre in Mumbai, the assassinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      September 19, 2010 at 10:48 am |
    • vtxrider

      To all of those Christians that are so vehemently castigating all of Islam because of the acts of a few, I suggest you take a close look at the history of Christianity. The Crusades, the Inquisition, and all of the cultures that were so severely persecuted in the name of Christianity and some wiped out completely. Next, read the book of Matthew, pay particular attention to the part that begins, "Judge not..."

      If we were to take strict interpretations of the Bible, Old and New Testament, we would be executing those that did not observe the Jewish Sabbath (what you call the old testament is Jewish scripture), selling disobedient children into slavery, and also killing anyone whose beliefs were somehow different then ours.

      This article is one of the more rational and insightful that I have seen in recent days.

      September 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
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