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August 2nd, 2012
10:48 PM ET

Faith vs. performance at the Olympics

(CNN) - Ramadan proves challenging for Muslim athletes and weightlifter Khadija Mohammad is torn about fasting during the games.

- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Islam • Middle East • Sports • United Arab Emirates

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  1. tuvia

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    B"H
    MEDIA RELEASE: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

    The Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.
    the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob

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    September 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  2. hogwash Dao

    There should be no dilemma if you are truly faithful. Why the discussion ??

    August 5, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Beth

      Mark 16:15-16

      August 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  3. Reality

    ESSENTIAL INFORMATION:

    Only for those Muslims actually practicing Ramadan-

    Tis mind boggling how the Islamic Ramadan problem is so easy to solve:

    To wit:

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi--–

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    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.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

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

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    August 5, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • pattymc

      tips on how to deprogram christianity?

      August 9, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  4. 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

    If a believer truly believes their cult's crap, this should be easy. They should follow their imaginary being's directions and get on with it, with no whining. If they can set aside their cult's rules arbitrarily, they really don't believe and are one step closer to shedding their childish beliefs and indoctrination.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:10 am |
    • Beth

      0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls, Scientists discovered that the frontal lobe of the atheists is not utilized making atheists not working on all cylinders.

      August 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Beth, tell the whole story. Lies of omission are still lies.

      http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-there-a-difference-between-the-brain

      August 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Beth's lies are overt, not of omission.

      August 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
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