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Bin Laden's theology a radical break with traditional Islam
May 4th, 2011
03:00 AM ET

Bin Laden's theology a radical break with traditional Islam

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - Osama bin Laden wore the mantle of a religious leader. He looked the part and talked a good game, but his theology was a radical departure from traditional orthodox Islam.

The pitch to join al Qaeda did not start with an invitation to put on a suicide vest but, like other religious splinter groups and cults, took advantage of disenfranchisement and poverty.

Bin Laden had no official religious training but developed his own theology of Islam.

"We don't know that (bin Laden) was ever exposed to orthodox Islamic teachings," said Ebrahim Moosa, a professor of religion and Islamic studies at Duke University.

The writing of ideologues in the Muslim Brotherhood influenced bin Laden heavily, Moosa said.

"He takes scriptural imperatives at their face value and believes this is the only instruction and command God has given him - unmediated by history, unmediated by understanding, unmediated by human experience. Now that's a difference between Muslim orthodoxy and what I would call uber- or hyperscripturalists," Moosa said.

The vast majority of Islamic scholars and imams say the teaching of the Prophet Mohammed happened in historical context that needs to be understood when reading and interpreting the Quran.

"If the likes of bin Laden, if they had spent one day or maybe one month possibly, in a madrassa (Muslim religious school) and understood how the canonical tradition is interpreted, they would not go onto this kind of destructive path they go on," Moosa said.

In the entire leadership structure of al Qaeda, "no one has had any sort of formal religious training from any seminary," said Aftab Malik, a global expert on Muslim affairs at the United Nations Alliance of Civilization. He is researching a Ph.D. on al Qaeda.

"What you had was an engineer and a doctor leading a global jihad against the whole world," Malik said. "That would never happen in normative Islam. It's just such an aberration."

John Esposito, a professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, said bin Laden "appropriates Islam ... to legitimate and mobilize people."

"If you look at bin Laden's early statements and arguments, his interview with Peter Bergen on CNN ... lots of people would see it as something that would go down very well not just with many Muslims but among many analysts when he talks about longstanding political grievances," Esposito said.

"What bin Laden ends up doing is saying anyone who disagrees with him, any Muslim, is in fact an apostate," he said. That includes Muslims who would not join his fight, he said. "It's a distortion of the traditional teaching, and it just extends the parameters and the consequences in order to legitimate how when you're fighting on the ground you're fighting against your own people."

Malik said, "The key issue is of apostasy," referring to when a person leaves a faith. "One of the things Osama bin Laden deviates from is calling those people who do not implement Sharia, or God's law, on the planet as apostates. If they did not implement Sharia, they deserved death. This is a major departure from normative Islam."

"The second major deviation is the targeting of noncombatants. Even when you read in the Quran there are injunctions for fighting. But before and after the injunctions for fighting are calls for restraint. 'Do not attack monks, do not attack women, do not attack children.' And these are numerated heavily in the Hadith, which are uncontested," Malik said, referring to the sayings of the prophet and his close companions.

"What bin Laden has done is ignored those injunctions," he said. "The reason he has ignored them, in Osama bin Laden's theology it's basically a theology of anarchy.

"Once you let the genie out of the bottle you can't put it back in, and that's the big difference between al Qaeda theology and normative Islam. Normative Islam has heavy constraints - very, very heavy."

Bin Laden's theology is waning greatly in influence, Esposito said, in part because of the rise of the Arab Spring, the revolts of people on the street across the Middle East that have overthrown regimes in Tunisia and Egypt.

"(Al Qaeda's) whole notion was to develop a mass movement," Esposito said. "Well, they never did."

Flashback: Read CNN's Chief International Correspondent Nic Robertson's report on a Libyan group that denounced bin Laden ideology

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  1. bailoutsos

    Jewish group seeks Arlington monument

    Maybe they are the real problem?

    May 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  2. Naeem

    Well done USA, Pakistan was too weak and not fit to fight these Butchers alone. Thank You.
    1) A Muslim is not a Muslim if he dose not believe in all the Teachings of Abraham, Moses and Jesus conveyed by God.
    This is what was conveyed by Phrophet Mohammad.
    OBL had no idea of what Mohammad and Quran said. A Muslim is not just a follower of Mohammad, but he is the one who follows the Message of Quran i.e. Peace (literal meaning is "Islam").
    2) We should also find out the guy who is writing the History for OBL, and I am sure that the world will be surprised to see what else they have been doing, other than what we know.

    May 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  3. Marsh626

    Nope. Traditional mainstream islam has always taught waging jihad against non-muslim "infidels". And that's what they've always done historically from Day 1 for about 1,400 years. Under orthodox islam, non-muslims had 3 choices: convert to islam, accept subjagation under sharia law as dhimmi or die. The only difference from previous islamic history and current islamic history is that the West has far surpassed the islamic world. And they therefore are unable to wage conventional jihad invasions of non-muslim lands like they did numerous times in the past. They've instead have had to resort to terrorism and unconventional warfare to wage jihad against the non-muslim world. Islam must be utterly annihilated for humanity to ever progress.

    May 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  4. Man

    Catherine, have you thought of the hapenings in Gaza, Somalia, Iraq, Afganistan, Somalia etc? Who made OBL? Even in Nigeria that you cited some examples; have you mentioned Zango Kataf riot where many Hausas were killed?Have you thought on how Jos people burnt about 150 Hausas/Fulanis inside a well? I am never in support of OBL's ways of doing things, i.e killing Innocent lives. But, America should review there foreign policies in middle east before all this menace can stop. Even when it was obvious that Iraq had no WMD, Bush still went ahead and did what he wanted to do. He equally killed civilians, women and children. I do not blame America. I blame the selfish/corrupt middle east leaders. The freedom America preaches is all about men and women dressing half naked thereby spreading ponography accross the land. Wise up! Do not be selfish. Ask the cause of all these. Lets go back to history. Thank you.

    May 7, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • Muneef

      Man.

      You said(The freedom America preaches is all about men and women dressing half naked thereby spreading ponography accross the land. Wise up! Do not be selfish. Ask the cause of all these. Lets go back to history. Thank you.)

      Yes you are right see for example the invitation I got into my e.mail although am far from where the services being offered,but see what they are encouraging their people to do ;
      If you join the Ashley Madison Dating Agency you will be able to have sxual relationships with other married women or men that DO NOT want to get divorced, but want to have a discreet affair without being caught.
      http://www.ashleymadison.com/app/public/index.p

      May 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  5. Muneef

    The Afghan war was the last major, genuine proxy war of the present millennium. In the initial stages, it was the US, which used Afghans, Pakistanis and Muslims from other countries for making the Soviet army bleed without losing American lives.

    As the casualties amongst the non-Muslim Slav soldiers steadily mounted causing misgivings about the wisdom of the war in the Russian region of the USSR, Moscow increasingly started replacing the Slav soldiers with Muslims sent from the Central Asian Republics and the Caucasian region.

    Thus, in the closing years of the war, the US and the USSR tried to undermine each other and promote their national interests and strategic objectives by making the Muslims the cannon-fodder.
    http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/%5Cnotes%5Cnote52.html

    May 7, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  6. Muneef

    ‘Al-Qaeda is a U.S.-sponsored Intelligence Asset used to Justify War in the Middle East: Interview with Michel Chossudovsky
    The Use of 9/11 as a Pretext to Wage War
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=2769

    May 7, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  7. terrUSAst

    LiveHappy:
    Turst me, there are too many non-muslims (peace-loving people) out there who hate terroristUSA. USA must stop killing innocent people around the world unless it could migrant its own people to a safer planet like Mars or another universe.

    May 7, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  8. LiveHappy

    Talking about Islam is a waste of time as muslims always hate people who are non-muslims at the end of the day.
    Just check the current affairs which are going on live in the world. Does any islamic country love a non-islamic country like Israel, India, US or any other Democratic nation in the world? Can a country like pakistan love India and its neighbours? These things never happpen as the fundamentals of those nations are rooted from Violence....
    So, it means that they hate (Entire population of world – Muslims) on earth. And all these crooks preach Nothing but violence in their world... Just to say that you are muslim do you need to kill another human? Is that what you want to feel proud of being a muslim?...wake up kids... u r no longer in the right path of god!!!!! .... Its time for a happy ending for all this!!!

    May 7, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • jazzy

      So than why do and are millions of muslims, want to and are living in the west and the usa????
      Muslims don't even care if they kill muslims!!!

      May 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  9. terrUSAst

    USA is the biggest terrorrist country in the world! You created Bin Laden yourself! You deserve more terror attacks in the future until the fall of your terrorist Vampire!

    May 7, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  10. LiveHappy

    Enough of this discusson....
    Let US and its allies kill all Islamic extremists around the world. Installation of Cleaning process in progress....

    May 7, 2011 at 7:17 am |
  11. Muhammed from Turkey

    I should just congradulate the write of this article on how fleuntly and simply it has marked the difference between OBL's view from manistream Islam. The OBL type of thinking is called Takfiri view among the muslim scholars and is strongly denounced and rejected by mainstram muslim clerics: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takfiri
    Takfiris are offshoots of Salafi school which it too is, in its own turn, rejected by many orthodox muslim clerics amd orthodox islam is what is practiced by a majority of muslims. Salafism though is gaining power in the muslim world through the petro-dollars and a general sense of disapprobation with the Palestine case which is no. 1 issue of perceived Western injusitce, hypocrisy and insincerity for a majority of muslims.

    May 7, 2011 at 3:38 am |
    • Muneef

      Dear brother,
      It was them who founded this in order for them to find excuse to invade our countries...it was them who planted them and even supplied them the petro dollar and taken them as allays...

      May 7, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  12. jjfisher

    So, in short, Bin Laden is a stone cold killer. Killing Monks, killing children, killing women. Killing whoever he damn well pleased. In the end he dies with wife number 4 at his side. The teenager he "married" when she was 15. I thought I'd heard it all about this killer until tonight I read that "Viagra" was found in the bedroom of his million dollar pad in fashionable Abbotabad. Sounds to me like the "theology" of Charlie Sheen. Next.

    May 7, 2011 at 2:45 am |
  13. Chris

    I don't care how many people tell me Islam is a peaceful religion, I have to see it to believe it. There is nothing I'm more scared of than Muslim extremist, look for news on protest in London today, CNN decided not to report it, but hundreds of Muslims are holding signs chanting "Islam will take over the world" and "Death to America", this is in London, England! There is nothing peaceful about that, we are in serious trouble. And the worse part is that Muslims who are peaceful and claim that Islam is a peaceful religion are overshadowed, they have not made their voices heard or have not shown enough action to condemn the radicalism.

    May 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  14. Muneef

    See what is being said to bring fear and hatred towards Islam ;
    http://www.projesus.com/pg/articles/arab2.pdf
    See how Islam was conspired against in it's own countries.
    http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/arabnationalism.htm

    May 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  15. The Shocking Truth

    The people quoted in this article, such as Ebrahim Moosa and John Esposito are STRAIGHT-UP LYING – period!

    In the Quran, one theme is repeated more than any other and that is how the unbelievers are evil and must be hated and warred against. There is no other "context" or "history" or "understanding"! I know this because I read the damn book! The Quran states explicitly that every word MUST BE TAKEN LITERALLY because it's been transcribed word-for-word from a tablet in heaven with Allah! (85:21-22)

    Here are some quotes:

    "O Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites. Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey's end." 9:73

    "O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people." 5:54

    "Allah will humble the unbelievers. Allah and His apostle are free from obligations to idol-worshipers. Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers." 9:23

    'When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them." 9:5

    "Whether unarmed or well-equipped, march on and fight for the cause of Allah, with your wealth and your persons." 9:41

    "Muhammad is Allah's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. Through them, Allah seeks to enrage the unbelievers." 48:29

    I could go ON and ON like this – these are just the first quotes that came to mind! I would really love someone to explain to me exactly what other "context" these quotes are supposed to have!

    As for "calling those people who do not implement Sharia, or God's law, on the planet as apostates. If they did not implement Sharia, they deserved death. This is a major departure from normative Islam."

    Actually this IS normative, traditional Islam because it's exactly what Mohammed did with his life! His entire life was a war to implement the words of Allah anywhere he could do so.

    And as for the 'Do not attack monks, do not attack women, do not attack children.' PLEASE QUOTE A HADITH TO THIS EFFECT. Just ONE Hadith! It cannot be done!

    Here's a REAL Hadith for you: I was ordered to fight all people until they say: There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is His Mesenger" (Sahih Muslim, 1:33)

    I especially love this bald-faced lie: "The likes of bin Laden, if they had spent one day or maybe one month possibly, in a madrassa (Muslim religious school) and understood how the canonical tradition is interpreted, they would not go onto this kind of destructive path they go on".

    Well here's an actual FACT – The word "Taliban" means "students" in Arabic. The Taliban movement STARTED IN AFGHAN and PAKISTANI MADRASSAS!

    The media and their corrupt lapdogs are lying to us to uphold political correctness. Wake up and read some books on Islamic history and theology, people!

    May 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • Unsure

      That is disturbing.. to say the least.

      May 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  16. The Shocking Truth

    The people quoted in this article, such as Ebrahim Moosa and John Esposito are STRAIGHT-UP LYING – period!

    In the Quran, one theme is repeated more than any other and that is how the unbelievers are evil and must be hated and warred against. There is no other "context" or "history" or "understanding"! I know this because I read the damn book! The Quran states explicitly that every word MUST BE TAKEN LITERALLY because it's been transcribed word-for-word from a tablet in heaven with Allah! (85:21-22)

    Here are some quotes:

    "O Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites. Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey's end." 9:73

    "O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people." 5:54

    "Allah will humble the unbelievers. Allah and His apostle are free from obligations to idol-worshipers. Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers." 9:23

    'When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them." 9:5

    "Whether unarmed or well-equipped, march on and fight for the cause of Allah, with your wealth and your persons." 9:41

    "Muhammad is Allah's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. Through them, Allah seeks to enrage the unbelievers." 48:29

    I could go ON and ON like this – these are just the first quotes that came to mind! I would really love someone to explain to me exactly what other "context" these quotes are supposed to have!

    As for "calling those people who do not implement Sharia, or God's law, on the planet as apostates. If they did not implement Sharia, they deserved death. This is a major departure from normative Islam."

    Actually this IS normative, traditional Islam because it's exactly what Mohammed did with his life! His entire life was a war to implement the words of Allah anywhere he could do so.

    And as for the 'Do not attack monks, do not attack women, do not attack children.' PLEASE QUOTE A HADITH TO THIS EFFECT. Just ONE Hadith! It cannot be done!

    Here's a REAL Hadith for you: I was ordered to fight all people until they say: There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is His Mesenger" (Sahih Muslim, 1:33)

    I especially love this bald-faced lie: "The likes of bin Laden, if they had spent one day or maybe one month possibly, in a madrassa (Muslim religious school) and understood how the canonical tradition is interpreted, they would not go onto this kind of destructive path they go on".

    Well here's an actual FACT – The word "Taliban" means "students" in Arabic. The Taliban movement STARTED IN AFGHAN and PAKISTANI MADRASSAS!

    The media and their corrupt lapdogs are lying to us to uphold political correctness. Wake up and read some books on Islamic history and theology, people!

    May 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • stubbycat

      Thank you for the quotes. Remembering that a mortal wrote those words and not the Divine Mind who does not write material books, we know where those primitive beliefs derive. But it remains for mortals to wake up from self-imposed mortality into immortality, into Love. In this reformed state, we put away our swords and work out our problems from a higher consciousness. The universal Christ consciousness revealing that God is Love and made man to reflect Love alone is the healer in all cases of human self-bedevilment.

      May 7, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  17. Johan

    As you probably know by now, the murder of bin Ladin was so brutal and seemingly illegal that the UN began an investigation of the murder this morning asking the following.
    Since when can one walk into another person’s house and assassinate a completely unarmed person in front of his family and then just say that one got scared during the intrusion and therefore killed the completely unarmed victim and thereby get off the hook? Also, since when did the burden of proof end up with the intruded (victim) and not with the intruder (murderer)? If this will be the standard on a going forward basis, then anyone will be able to assassinate anyone at any given point in time and then just say that “I got scared when I broke into his house so I killed him”. This is not right!
    On top of it all, the Chief Commander, Obama, participated via live video and sound streams. What is really bothersome is that after the murder was completed, Obama came out and said “everything went as planned…mission accomplished”. Never did he try to stop the murder. This makes the entire event look rather premeditated. This is very serious.
    If Obama will not be convicted in such a clear case as this, then we will not be able to convict anyone for anything on a going forward basis and human rights laws will for ever be completely meaningless. We cannot let complete lawlessness and the Wild West free murder at will life style take over the World. Therefore, I respectfully urge you to write friends as well as policymakers in your part of the world about this horribly murder asking them to support the investigation currently under way.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • xtremcyber

      Wanted dead or alive, which part you dont understand?

      May 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • xtremcyber

      Besides who cares for a mass murderer (3000 +) cheaper for us tax payers ,that happened this way, ($6.00 in bullets compared to millions in a trial)

      May 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Muneef

      As a principal the action was wrong no matter who was killed him or any one else...but it is not right to put the rules and then break them... Specially when a country as yours is taken as an example to be followed.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Jay In Florida

      Since when can we walk into a man's house and kill him? Since the first moment that man decided to declare war on us, idiot. Go to hell with your liberal drivel.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • xtremcyber

      Its no matter of right or wrong, is matter of JUSTICE well deserved, now we'll focus on next target and dosent matter where this is located at, we'lll be going after.
      Do not pull the tiger tail and no caring about his teeths.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • newsrell

      One cannot look at this case individually as you tried to do, hoping to accuse. This is an operation of a nation at war, declared war, against a group haveing its arm spread globally. The said victim was an self-admitting mass murderer. After the first surprise attack on world trade center, he kept on trying several more times(without success obviously). There is no cure of this cancer. A country at war has put an end to this rabid murderer who would have go on till the end. He chose to attack covertly, and fight covertly, hiding like a rat. This is no conventional warfare, thus a unconventioanl way was selected, it was the way he asked for, since he fought that way...

      May 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • MrBluster

      Hey Jay in Florida! Don't give all us liberals a bad name. I'm a liberal and I couldn't agree more with the President's action. Johan isn't a liberal, he sounds to be more of a lame ass fundamentalist muslim to me.

      May 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • NLuu

      Armed or no armed, it was justified, remember how 3,000 died 10 years ago? I didn't select Obama into the office; however, I agreed with his decision to not show the picture of OBL body. I like him more each day, the president is decisive and know exactly what he was doing.

      May 7, 2011 at 12:02 am |
    • slg74

      since when is it ok for people to kill THOUSANDS of innicoent people, men women and children? Why don't we ask the children of those killed on 9-11 how much they care about legallity, He was a menance to more countries than america. He forfited his rights when he sat there in his hovel and coldly ordered the deaths of so many. so come on down of that high horse buddy, you can hang it up, and get real. He was a MASS murderer. cold, thoughtless to the suffering in his wake. he deserve much worse, and had he been captured , would have surely suffered a worse fate before death.

      May 7, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • Unsure

      Even though they said wanted dead or alive.. We all know.. they never had any intention of capturing him alive.. As hated as he was.. that would never happen. I'm glad that he is gone.. however it is a little disturbing that we can just go into another country and break into someones house and kill an unarmed man in front of his family.. even if it is the worlds most wanted terrorist.

      May 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Caleb

      Are you really this stupid? Bil Laden was responsible for the killings of thousands of innocent, unarmed children, babies, pregnant women and old folk without mercy. When you finally get to find out that such a cruel and heartless person like bin laden is hiding in a house (protected by powerful pakistani spy agency) and when you enter his house in the middle of the night (by the way it is dark at night, thought I'd clarify for a stupid person like you) do you expect to reason with him while he is running for his weapons? You sound like one of those pakistanis who supports obl. If I had a gun in my hand and obl was in front of me begging to be spared I'd still shoot him right between the eye. So shut your sympathy for a cruel maniac like obl.

      May 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  18. xtremcyber

    Muslim faith is a Cancer, people affected by this disease are like Zombies, just basic primal Instinct or innate behavior .in other words: the inherent inclination of a living organism toward a particular behavior.

    The simplest example of an instinctive behavior is a fixed action pattern, in which a short sequence of actions, without variation, are carried out in response to a clearly defined stimulus.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • manuel falla

      Funny that you are quoting your begginers psychology book verbatim.

      May 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • xtremcyber

      wikipidia actually

      May 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      Maybe if this cancer spreads across the globe, there will be less world wars and nazi holocausts. because so far, all these monster wars and holocausts seem to be happening wherever there is no cancer (muslims)!

      May 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  19. Jake

    Btw my comments were directed at Qi for the scientology remarks

    May 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  20. putskih

    I have imams and muslim teachers who thinks that OBL was just terrorist. Period.

    And after all of those bombs that went off and people died because of some people decided that this is how they want to practice their religion, I can understand why most people would think this is how every muslim would live their life. Anarchy, after all, always gains the biggest audience.
    But whatever you choose to believe about Islam, please bear in mind that there are still a lot of muslim like me who doesn't live in the Middle East (the biggest Muslim population is not in the Middle East, by the way), who is not an Arab, who actually read and studied Quran with teachers, who does not wear hijab nor burqa, who does not sport beard nor turban, who respects other beliefs and religion, who believes that peace and tolerance are very important, and think that people like OBL are pests.

    If you think I perceive Islam incorrectly, then I respect your opinion. But please respect that this is what I believe, and there many peaceful kind of muslim like me out there. We just don't get as much attention. Because, maybe, compared to the criminals, we are not that much interesting.

    May 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Oscar Brewer

      I participated in online discussions with Muslims and was told Muslims believe Jesus was spared crucifixion, that a man was transformed to appear as Jesus and that Jesus got married and had a family. I don't know if this is a Muslim belief but was new to me. My belief is based on Christ taking on my sin so the world would not be destroyed. Is what was said about Jesus a Muslim belief?

      May 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • Muhammed from Turkey

      You can read the Chapter "Mary" in Quran to see how ISlam looks ar Jesus and Mary (Peace be upon them both): http://www.kuranikerim.com/english/19.html

      You can also read these texts: http://islam.about.com/cs/jesus/f/jesus_quran.htm

      May 7, 2011 at 3:14 am |
    • KAT

      do not judge an entire religion on the actions of a few crazy people who are just using their "religious" beliefs as an excuse for mass murder.

      May 7, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      @ Oscar Brewer

      Even a prejudiced reading of the Bible shows that Jesus survived the crucifixion. There is tons and tons of subtle evidence that Jesus simply fainted on the cross and was whisked away alive and hidden in a tomb with 3-5 hours after being put on the cross. His legs were not broken and his disciples acted strangely for people visiting the tomb of a dead person. They seemed to be expecting an alive Jesus when they came by on Sunday.

      May 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • Richard from USA

      I have downloaded an english copy of the Quran. I don't know what book you are reading, but contained in nearly every book of the one I have is the following direction to the believer (Muslim). It says if you can't convert or enslave the infidel (me) then you must kill him. I'm sorry, but I don't see that as a peaceful religion. I think that every American should read a copy of the Quran and be aware of the global threat.

      May 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      @ Richard

      considering that 80% of the world is non-Muslim, and like you say, God tells Muslims to "kill whoever does not convert to Islam", it would make perfect sense that the MOST VIOLENT MASS KILLINGS of the last 100 years were committed by Muslims, no??

      – WORLD WAR ONE
      – WORLD WAR TWO
      – NAZI HOLOCAUST
      – COMMUNIST PURGES
      – AFRICAN GENOCIDES
      – VIETNAM WAR, KOREAN WAR
      – SPANISH CIVIL WAR

      and on and on and on. But alas, no Muslims killing non-Muslims!! Only non-Muslims killing each other by the millions. Who needs a Muslim, when you are all at each other's throat, morning afternoon and night.

      May 8, 2011 at 12:19 am |
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