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October 15th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Imam is top weapon of Jordanian forces in Afghanistan

CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr filed this report from Logar Province, Afghanistan:

As the call to prayer is heard over loudspeakers in eastern Afghanistan, devout Muslim men hang their weapons up on the wall and kneel to pray.

But these men are not who you might expect. On the NATO's Forward Operating Base Shank, a highly trained Jordanian Ranger Battalion has established its own mosque for both its own soldiers and for Afghan troops so that, amid war, they can stop and answer the five-times-a-day call to prayer.

I have the opportunity to meet the Jordanian Imam Sheikh Mohammed Najem, who is based here. He leads the troops in prayer, but he is also the number one weapon of the Jordanian forces.

The Jordanians' main task is counterinsurgency. The troops offer help and aid to fellow Muslims, trying to encourage rural Afghans not to embrace the Taliban. It's part of an effort to bring a moderate Islamic voice to remote regions of Afghanistan where the Taliban and insurgents, preaching radical fundamentalist ideology, are often the only voices.

As we speak through a translator, I learn Najem had a radio broadcast to local villages, and that he often visits mosques and schools in the area. He tells me he knows the Taliban are here, and that he believes he could be a target but that his faith will protect him and his religion.

We convoy to the village of Sayedan with Jordanian, U.S. and Afghan troops. The imam climbs into an armored vehicle wearing battle fatigues, combat boots and a bulletproof helmet and vest. When we arrive, the helmet is replaced by a religious cap of white and red cloth.

We try to enter a school compound full of women and children. But the elders guarding the compound gate are nervous. At first they will only let in three female Jordanian soldiers and two American Army women. I accompany them.

The compound gate slams behind us. Soon the Jordanians have convinced the elders they are only there to help, to offer school supplies and talk about aid projects. But we are not allowed to stay for long. The elders are nervous that local Taliban sympathisizers know we are there.

When we leave to join the imam as he and the others walk a short distance to the village mosque, surrounded by dozens of smiling and laughing Afghan children. A small boy comes alongside and asks for a Quran. In fact, the imam is bringing several new Qurans to the village.

The holy books are kissed by the elders as they handle them for the first time.

So will the strategy of offering a moderate version of Islam to this one village help? Maybe just here in Sayedan.

The elders ask the soldiers for help in fixing the crumbling roof of their small mosque, but throughout the entire visit we are encouraged to leave. Nobody in the village wants to look too much like they are cooperating with U.S. or Jordanian troops.

We return to base in time for prayers. The soldiers hang up their weapons on the wall of the mosque, and kneel for devotion before the next mission.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Afghanistan • Islam • Quran

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. shane winters

    yea these guys here arent rangers. they suck at everything and all they do is eat our food and guard the base poorly. if they are "rangers" then the standard for a jordanian ranger is very very low. i doubt most of these guys can even run in full grip let alone go through some type of high speed training. bottom line the jordanians suck and serve no purpose here other than purely political reasons to say that muslims assisted in the war on terror.

    December 7, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  2. Reality

    Just some of the results of following the koran:

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 97,172 – 106,047 Iraqi civilians killed mostly by Sunni and Shiite suicide bombers.

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 have been killed most by the koranic-driven Taliban.

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

    October 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      Yemen or Pakistan and others are all Muslims so which Muslims fight Muslims? So you now understand that Muslims as well are Victims of certain group that calls it self Muslims but might not be so or it might be just a group of mercenary working for yours to trouble Muslims in their own countries so they would move all their savings to your banks or invest it in your peaceful country? Check who is the Terrorist here making all that you have listed as acts of Muslims.

      http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_globalmilitarism67.htm

      October 17, 2010 at 10:39 am |
    • Muneef

       

      Once upon a time there was a girl who had 4 boyfriends.
       
      She loved the 4th boyfriend the most and adore him
      with rich robes and treated him to the finest of
      delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.
       
      She also loved the 3rd boyfriend very much and was
      always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms.
      However, she feared that one day he would leave her
      for another.
       
      She also loved her 2nd boyfriend. He was her confidant
      and was always kind, considerate and patient with her.
      Whenever this girl faced a problem, she could confide
      in him, and he would help her get through the
      difficult times.
       
      The girls 1st boyfriend was a very loyal partner and
      had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth
      and kingdom. However, she did not love the first
      boyfriend. Although he loved her deeply, she hardly
      took notice of him.
       
      One day, the girl fell ill and she knew her time was
      short. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered,
      I now have four boyfriends with me, but when I die,
      I'll be all alone.'
       
      Thus, she asked the 4th boyfriend, I loved you the
      most, endowed you with the finest clothing and
      showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will
      you follow me and keep me company?'
       
      'No way!', replied the 4th boyfriend, and he walked
      away without another word.
       
      His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her
      heart.
       
      The sad girl then asked the 3rd boyfriend, 'I loved
      you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow
      me and keep me company?'
       
      'No!', replied the 3rd boyfriend. 'Life is too good!
      When you die, I'm going to marry someone else!'
       
      Her heart sank and turned cold.
       
      She then asked the 2nd boyfriend, 'I have always
      turned to you for help and you've always been there
      for me.
       
      When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?'
       
      'I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!', replied
      the 2nd boyfriend. 'At the very most, I can only walk
      with you to your grave.'
       
      His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and
      the girl was devastated.
       
      Then a voice called out: 'I'll go with you. I'll
      follow you no matter where you go.'
       
      The girl looked up, and there was her first boyfriend.
      He was very skinny as he suffered from malnutrition
      and neglect.
       
      Greatly grieved, the girl said, 'I should have taken
      much better care of you when I had the chance!'
       
      In truth, you have 4 boyfriends in your lives:
       
      Your 4th boyfriend is your body. No matter how much
      time and effort you lavish in making it look good, it
      will leave you when you die.
       
      Your 3rd boyfriend is your possessions, status and
      wealth. When you die, it will all go to others.
       
      Your 2nd boyfriend is your family and friends. No
      matter how much they have been there for you, the
      furthest they can stay by you is up to the grave.
       
      And your 1st boyfriend is your Soul. Often neglected
      in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the
      world. However, your Soul is the only thing that will follow
      you where ever you go. Cultivate, strengthen and
      cherish it now, for it is the only part of you that
      will follow you to the throne of God and continue with
      you throughout Eternity.
       
      Thought for the day: Remember, when the world pushes
      you to your knees, you're in the perfect position to
      pray.
       
      Pass this on to someone you care about – I just did.
       
      Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It
      means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections .
      I hope this would've touched you!

      October 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Rasool Allah (S.A.W) Peace be upon him said:

    1) Four things that make your body sick:

    a) Excessive talking

    b) Excessive sleeping

    c) Excessive eating and

    d) Excessive meeting other people

    2) Four things that destroys the body:

    a) Worrying

    b) Sorrow (Sadness/Grief)

    c) Hunger

    d)Sleeping late in the night

    3) Four things that dry the face & take away its happiness:

    a) Lying

    b) Being disrespectful / impudent (insisting on something wrong knowingly)

    c) Arguing without adequate knowledge & Information.

    d) Excessive immorality (doing something wrong without fear).

    4) Four things that increases the wetness of face & its happiness:

    a) Piety

    b) Loyalty

    c) Generosity (being kind)

    d) To be helpful to others without he/she asking for that.

    5) Four things that stop the Rizq (Sustenance) :

    a) Sleeping in the morning (from Fajr to sunrise)

    b) Not Performing Namaz or Ir-regular in Prayers
    c) Laziness / Idleness

    d) Treachery / Dishonesty

    6) Four things that bring / increase the Rizq:

    a) Staying up in the night for prayers.

    b) Excessive Repentance

    c) Regular Charity

    d) Zikr (Remembrance of Allah / God).

    The Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him & his progeny), Also said to communicate to others even if you listen One Verse (Ayah) & this one verse will stand on the Day of Judgment for intercession

    October 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  4. Muneef

    18 ANSWERS OF THE HOLY PROPHET – MUST READ

    A traveler once came to the Masjid to see the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) after greeting the prophet; he was asked where he was from. The traveler replied that he came from very far just to get a few questions answered. Following is the dialogue between the traveler and the Prophet.

    Traveler : I do not want azaab (punishments) to be written in my account.

    Prophet : Behave well with your parents.

    Traveler : I want to be known amongst people as an intelligent person.

    Prophet : Fear Allah (Jalla Jalalahu), always.

    Traveler : I want to be counted amongst Allah's favourites.

    Prophet : Recite Quran every morning and evening.

    Traveler : I want my heart to always be enlightened. (Munawer)

    Prophet : Never forget death.

    Traveler : I never want to be away from Allah's blessing.

    Prophet : Always treat fellow creatures well.

    Traveler : I never want to be harmed by my enemies.

    Prophet : Always have faith in only Allah.

    Traveler : I never want to be humiliated.

    Prophet : Be careful of your actions.

    Traveler : I wish to live long.

    Prophet : Always do sila-e-rahm. (Goodness towards blood Relations)

    Traveler : I want my sustenance to increase.

    Prophet : Always be in wudhoo. (wuzu)

    Traveler : I wish to stay free of azaab in the grave.

    Prophet : Always wear pure (tahir) clothes.

    Traveler : I never want to be burned in hell.

    Prophet : Control your eyes and tongue.

    Traveler : How do I get my sins forgiven?

    Prophet : Always ask forgiveness from Allah with a lot of humility.

    Traveler : I want people to respect me always.

    Prophet : Never extend your hands of need at people.

    Traveler : I want to always be honoured.

    Prophet : Never humiliate or put down anyone.

    Traveler : I don't want to be squeezed by fishare qabr. (Squeezing in the grave)

    Prophet : Recite Surat Al Mulk (The Dominion) often.

    Traveler : I want my wealth to increase.

    Prophet : Recite Surat Al Waqiah (The Inevitable) every night.

    Traveler : I want to be safe and at peace on Day of Judgment.

    Prophet : Do Zikr (Praises) of Allah from dusk to night.

    Traveler : I want to be in full attention & concentration during prayers.

    Prophet : Always do wudhoo (wuzu) with concentration and attention.

    October 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  5. Muneef

    It is only when mankind in danger he gets to think and remembers to beg God for another chance to correct his life but unfortunately when the ordeal is over they laugh upon them selves and forgets his vow and obligations.
    Now you all will deny having passed in such moments neither believe all those people who passed through such ordeals and came to tell their stories! Why well because many are deafened,blinded,seals on their stone like hearts.  

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    And the example of those who disbelieve, is as that of him who shouts to those (flock of sheep) that hears nothing but calls and cries. (They are) deaf, dumb and blind. So they do not understand. (Tafseer Al Qurtubi). (171) O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh – Islâmic Monotheism)! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you[] with, and be grateful to Allâh, if it is indeed He Whom you worship. (172)
    Sura 171 to 172

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Those who reject Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) are deaf and dumb in darkness. Allâh sends astray whom He wills and He guides on the Straight Path whom He wills. (39) Say (O Muhammad SAW): "Tell me if Allâh's Torment comes upon you, or the Hour comes upon you, would you then call upon any one other than Allâh? (Reply) if you are truthful!" (40)
    Sura 06:39 to 40

    October 16, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  6. Reality

    The real Islam in summary form:

    For new members only:

    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 ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations 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.

    October 16, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  7. Muneef

    Is this way to talk you nuts suggest you go back to India and learn more manners you stink.

    October 16, 2010 at 6:11 am |
    • shane winters

      muneef you are an idiot sucked into your own world. islam is the only religion where you kill people on a holiday. in all other cultures holidays are welcomed not feared by people. again your a moron and you probably support instability in afghanistan

      December 7, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  8. Rajiv

    Everyone thinks there religion is right.allah or god,its all the same.the quran n the bible is the same.the only difference is the human ego.all "holy books" are written by mans hands.and dont tell me that god or allah spoke to u,if u hear voices u should get your head checked out.and america is not the big bad counrty that will destroy the world,its everyone including porkistan.....i mean pakistan.religious people sound so childish with there arguements."my gods the real god"...."no my gods the real god"who da f@@k cares.no matter what religion u say u are,or how different u think u are,we all squwat the same way when we take a s@@t.

    October 15, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  9. Muneef

    America is now the Mother of Villages or Towns and being warned read the verses.
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    And this is a blessed Scripture which We have revealed, confirming that which (was revealed) before it, that thou mayst warn the Mother of Villages and those around her. Those who believe in the Hereafter believe herein, and they are careful of their worship. (92) 
    Sura 06:92

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Mîm (1) Aîn¬Sîn¬Qâf. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur'ân, and none but Allâh (Alone) knows their meanings] (2) Likewise Allâh, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise sends Revelation to you (SAW) as (He sent Revelation to) those before you.[ (3) To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, and He is the Most High, the Most Great. (4) Nearly the heavens might be rent asunder from above them (by His Majesty), and the angels glorify the praises of their Lord, and ask for forgiveness for those on the earth, verily, Allâh is the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. (5) And as for those who take as Auliyâ' (guardians, supporters, helpers, lord, gods, protectors) others besides Him [i.e. they take false deities other than Allâh as protectors, and they worship them] Allâh is Hafîz (Protector, Watcher) over them (i.e. takes care of their deeds and will recompense them), and you (O Muhammad SAW) are not a Wakîl (guardian or a disposer of their affairs) over them (to protect their deeds). (6) And thus We have revealed unto you (O Muhammad SAW) a Qur'ân in Arabic that you may warn the Mother of the Towns (Makkah) and all around it. and warn (them) of the Day of Assembling, of which there is no doubt, when a party will be in Paradise (those who believed in Allâh and followed what Allâh's Messenger SAW brought them) and a party in the blazing Fire (Hell) (those who disbelieved in Allâh and followed not what Allâh's Messenger SAW brought them)[]. (7)And if Allâh had willed, He could have made them one nation, but He admits whom He wills to His Mercy. And the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers) will have neither a Walî (protector, or guardian) nor a helper. (8) Or have they taken (for worship) Auliyâ' (guardians, supporters, helpers, protectors, lords, gods) besides Him? But Allâh, He Alone is the Walî (Lord, God, Protector). And it is He Who gives life to the dead, and He is Able to do all things. (9) And in whatsoever you differ, the decision thereof is with Allâh (He is the ruling Judge). (And say O Muhammad SAW to these polytheists:) Such is Allâh, my Lord in Whom I put my trust, and to Him I turn (in all of my affairs and) in repentance. (10)The Creator of the heavens and the earth. He has made for you mates from yourselves, and for the cattle (also) mates. By this means He creates you (in the wombs). There is nothing like Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer. (11) To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth, He enlarges provision for whom He wills, and straitens (it for whom He wills). Verily! He is the All-Knower of everything. (12)
    Sura 42:01 to 12

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    He (Allâh) has ordained for you the same religion (Islâmic Monothesim) which He ordained for Nûh (Noah), and that which We have revealed to you (O Muhammad SAW), and that which We ordained for Ibrahîm (Abraham), Mûsa (Moses) and 'Īsā (Jesus) saying you should establish religion (i.e. to do what it orders you to do practically), and make no divisions[] in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion). Intolerable for the Mushrikûn[] , is that (Islâmic Monothesim) to which you (O Muhammad SAW) call them. Allâh chooses for Himself whom He wills, and guides unto Himself who turns to Him in repentance and in obedience. (13) And they divided not till after knowledge had come to them, through (selfish) transgression between themselves. And had it not been for a Word that went forth before from your Lord for an appointed term, the matter would have been settled between them. And verily, those who were made to inherit the Scripture [i.e. the Taurâh (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] after them (i.e. Jews and Christians) are in grave doubt concerning it (i.e. Allâh's true religion — Islâm or the Qur'ân). (14) So unto this (religion of Islâm alone and this Qur’ân) then invite (people) (O Muhammad SAW), and stand firm [on Islâmic Monotheism by performing all that is ordained by Allâh (good deeds), and by abstaining from all that is forbidden by Allâh (sins and evil deeds)], as you are commanded, and follow not their desires but say: "I believe in whatsoever Allâh has sent down of the Book [all the holy Books, – this Qur’ân and the Books of the old from the Taurât (Torah), or the Injeel (Gospel) or the Pages of Ibrâhîm (Abraham)] and I am commanded to do justice among you. Allâh is our Lord and your Lord. For us our deeds and for you your deeds. There is no dispute between us and you. Allâh will assemble us (all), and to Him is the final return." (15)
    Sura 42:13 to 15   

    October 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
  10. Iqbal khan

    Praise your God Al-Mighty.......
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr8DR8frP_s&w=640&h=360]

    October 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  11. Selfish Gene

    When they hang up the weapons for good, I'll applaud them.

    October 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
    • Muneef

      Strange talk for who creates wars to sell weapons? Don't think your politicians would agree with your comment and they only applaud when a war starts and weapons orders increases!

      October 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  12. world traveler

    Really good to know that the Muslim Arabs are taking this initiative. Hope that other Arab countries join in this cause.

    October 15, 2010 at 11:49 am |
    • Muneef

      Who broke it should mend it? Any how you will find Arabs participating with both sides. Some with and some against. But bases how Islam is Illtreated and Humiliated by the west as in example the comments made above about Islam only tells me maybe those Jordanian solders are with the wrong side interfering with what does concern them and fighting with who is up abusing their belief when they should stand up with who is on their belief and not with the one who is against?but any way one of them has already did it before and they might do it again.

      October 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  13. Reality

    Only for Muslims especially those in Afghanistan:

    The Five Step Program for "Deflawing" Islam Using the First Five Tenets of Said Religion

    o 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.

    In case you did not know:

    Abu Bakr Ahmad ibn Husayn Ibn 'Ali Ibn Moussa al-Khosrojerdi al-Bayhaqi, البيهقي also known as Imam Al-Bayhaqi was born 994 CE/384AH in the small town of Khusraugird near Bayhaq in Khurasan.[2]During his lifetime, he became a famous Sunni hadith expert, following the Shafi'i school in fiqh.

    Biography
    Al-Baihaqi was a scholar of fiqh, of the Shafi'i school of thought as well as hadith. He studied fiqh from Abu al-Fath Nasir ibn al-Husayn ibn Muhammad al-Naysaburi, among others. He also studied hadith from Hakim al-Nishaburi and was his foremost pupil, among others in that subject as well. He died in 1066 CE.

    Works
    Imam Bayhaqi was a prominent author in his time, having authored more than one thousand volumes according to Al-Dhahabi[3]. Among the most well-known books authored by him are:

    Al-Sunan al-Kubra, commonly known as Sunan al-Bayhaqi
    Ma`arifa al-Sunan wa al-Athar
    Bayan Khata Man Akhta`a `Ala al-Shafi`i (The Exposition of the Error of Those who have Attributed Error to al-Shafi`i)
    Al-Mabsut, a book on Shafi`i Law
    Al-Asma' wa al-Sifat (The Divine Names and Attributes)
    Al-I`tiqad `ala Madhhab al-Salaf Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama`a
    Dala'il al-Nubuwwah (The Signs of Prophethood)
    Shu`ab al-Iman (The branches of faith)
    Al-Da`awat al-Kabir (The Major Book of Supplications)
    Al-Zuhd al-Kabir (The Major Book of Asceticism)
    References Arabic Wikisource has original text related to this article: Al-Bayhaqi

    1.^ Constructive Critics, Ḥadīth Literature, and the Articulation of Sunnī Islam, By Scott C. Lucas, pg. 98
    2.^ Imam Bayhaqi
    3.^ The Classification of Hadith, by Dr. Suhaib Hassan

    "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 "Gib Gnab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "creationist".

    "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!!!!

    October 15, 2010 at 11:44 am |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.