September 20th, 2010
11:28 AM ET

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  1. Yeah I'm Muslim

    For anyone look for free books about Islam including Qur'an and the Life of Muhammad peace be upon him.


    September 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
    • No, you're a dork

      pppbbbbbbb! 😛

      September 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  2. Spencer J. and Pamela T. Atkinson, PFTLD

    I am the Resurrection and the Life, 9-21-2010
    Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: John 11:25
    Jesus of Nazareth is back with proof, Mohammed is not back and will never be back, I have seen to that in the Kingdom of Heaven. So keep ignoring me CNN, I like it, I love it, I want more of it.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  3. Spencer J. and Pamela T. Atkinson, PFTLD

    There is Evil in all Religions
    I remember Pope Benedict XVI stated that, "Islam was an evil religion and Mohammed was an evil man". The acts of terrorism, especially the destruction of the World Trade Center, which were done in the name of Allah gave many people reason to side with the Pope, however, this is not true of all Muslims. I'm sure when some Muslims view the Pope's Catholic Churches and their pedophilia scandals, along with various, misguided Christian cults, and the Yugoslavian Serbs; they see Christianity as an evil religion. Some Christians see Judaism as being responsible for Jesus' crucifixion and their rejection of Jesus' divinity as evil. The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, believes Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth due to its being an evil country. Enough is enough; it is safe to say that all religions have a degree of evil and their leaders should admit it, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Atheism, etc. The evil's greatest weapon is to make one believe it doesn't exist. The evil is due to confusion created by misguided traditions and corrupt interpretations of the various religions and holy books. Because of the corrupt interpretations, we cannot depend on any holy book to be the total word of God. Therefore, if unproven interpretations of beliefs are the problem, then the only solution is proof. I have proof, and like all proofs it needs no interpretation; proof that I lived 2000 years ago and was called Jesus of Nazareth — the Christ. Through God's will, my soul is back in the flesh and the proof, formulated by God, is upon my flesh. My proof stands ready to be challenged, so why not challenge it. The world cannot afford to be proof phobic when God gives the gift of proof.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  4. CT

    Another effort to fatten Deepak's wallet, pure nonsense. And for those of us who have enlightened ourselves, organized religion is absolutely ridiculous; filled with nothing but bigotry and elitism.

    And as for Islam being peaceful: "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-) Sounds very peaceful, doesn't it?

    September 21, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  5. Guidance

    Those who rejects his message does not harm Him, but that who himself to be ignorant harm himself in this world and in the next world and will be biggest loser. Every soul will carry his own burden on the Day of Judgemnet and he will be recompensate according to his own deeds. A person has a will to accept his message or reject it and those who accept his message will be in the Garden of Paradise. That is the supreme success.

    September 21, 2010 at 3:06 am |
  6. up1652

    Check Sharia. No thanks.

    September 20, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
  7. Reality

    mSalama, (Google the subject for more examples of koranic and hadith-driven terror and horror.)

    Islam’s widespread practice of amp-utating the cli-toris and sometimes part or even all of the vu-lva from the ge-ni-talia of Muslim women, affirmed in a had-ith by Mohammed himself, most likely also traces back to the founder’s deliberate abuse of s-ex to lure pag-an males into his cu-lt. The more the male se-x drive is purposefully aro-used, the more the female s-ex urge may have to be proportionately suppressed, lest orgi-a-stic hell began to spread.

    September 20, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
    • Iqbal khan

      I am sorry to say with all due respect that you just have a negative mind toward Islam, and your knowledge is limited and you can not deferentiate between Religeon and culture, also you take some wrong actions of some and label the whole religeon with one brush,educted people don't react like that please study more with open mind and heart you will feel and express your self much better.
      In Islam we say Who so ever Allah guides no one can miss guide and who so ever Allah let go astry and lost no body can guide

      September 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  8. Raouf BenZakour

    I wish Deepak Chopra did not put his name on the Book MOHAMED.....as bid as the name of the Prophet

    September 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  9. Reality

    four excerpts:

    paperback issue:

    Four ex-cerpts:

    Some of the Saudi women in our neighborho-od were regularly bea-ten by their husbands. You could hear them at night. Their scre-ams resounded across the courtyards. No! Please! By Allah!

    The Pakistanis were Muslims but they too had ca-stes. The Unt-ouchable girls, both Indian and Pakistani were darker sk-in. The others would not play with them because they were unt-ouchable. We thought that was funny because of course they were touchable: we touched them see? but also ho-rrifying to think of yourself as unto-uchable, de-spi-cable to the human race.

    Between October 2004 and May 2005, eleven Muslim girls were kil-led by their families in just two regions (there are 20 regions in Holland). After that, people stopped telling me I was exaggerating.

    The kind on thinking I saw in Saudi Arabia and among the Brotherhood of Kenya and So-malia, is inco-mpatible with human rights and liberal values. It preserves the feu-dal mind-set based on tr-ibal concepts of honor and shame. It rests on self-dec-eption, hypro-cricy, and double standards. It relies on the technologial advances of the West while pretending to ignore their origin in Western thinking.

    This mind-set makes the transition to moder-nity very painful for all who practice Islam.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
    • mSalama

      Why do most people assume that anything wrong commited by any muslim has to be based on Islamic teachings? For instance, Aren't there any Christian, Jew or Atheist Husbands who beat their wives?
      As a matter of fact, the true Islamic teachings instruct men to be kind and loving to their wives even if they were arguing. One day Prophet Muhammad (may prayers and blessings from God be upon him) had an argument with his wife Aisha, the daughter of his best friend, Abu Bakr. So, they agreed to ask her father to be the judge. When Abu Bakr arrived, the prophet asked Aisha to tell her side of the story but instead, she asked him to start but, she said, "be honest". When her father heard this, he couldn't help himself getting so angry over his own daughter and slapped her on the face and shouted "who would be honest if not the prophet!!!". How do you think prophet Muhammad reacted to this? He took Aisha in his arms to protect her (from her own father) and told Abu Bakr "that's not why we called for you!" and then calmed Aisha and agreed to settle the argument her way. Is this a prophet who would teach his followers to brutaly beat their wives every night?

      September 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  10. Reality

    From a fe-male Muslim scholar who was driven from Islam:

    Ay-aan Hi-rsi A-li's autobiography, Infi-del.( and a book on the reality of Islam unlike Mr. Chopra's book)

    Thus begins the extraordinary story of a woman born into a family of desert nom-ads, circ-umcised as a child, educated by ra-dical imams in Kenya and Saudi Arabia, taught to believe that if she uncovered her hair, terrible tragedies would ens-ue. It's a story that, with a few different twists, really could have led to a wre-tched life and a lonely death, as her grandmother warned. But instead, Hir-si Ali escaped – and transformed herself into an internationally renowned spokeswoman for the rights of Muslim women.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
    • Sophie

      Ayan al Hirsi is as much a "Muslim scholar" as Sacha Baron Cohen is a Hassidic scholar. This BS just anti-Muslim bigots.

      September 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
    • Reality

      Ayaan Hirsi Ali's biography to include her many awards are well publicized on various web sites. For some reason, the information continues to run into the inane word filter on this blog.

      i.e. The moderators of this blog have set up a secret, forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution. Then there words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument. You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".

      More than one web address will also activate “waiting for moderation”. Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.)

      September 20, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  11. Reality

    Julia Sweeney, Letting Go of God

    (Ex-Catholic, now atheist) Julia Sweeney's monologue "Letting Go Of God" will be the final nail in the coffin of religious belief/faith and is and will continue to be more effective than any money-generating book or blog on the historical Jesus, the womanizing, greed-lust driven, warmongering Mohammed, atheism or secularism.

    Buy the DVD or watch it on Showtime. Check your cable listings.

    from http://www.amazon.com
    "Letting Go of God ~ Julia Sweeney (DVD – 2008)

    Five Star Rating

    September 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
    • edgarren

      Reality: You were never a Catholic or anything else, but just part of those who could not live up to the standards and decided to lower them to your lowness. But there is always hope for the sinner, which we all are, until the time you die, such is the great mercy of our Lord, Jesus Christ. But do not wait for an earthquick/tragedy in your life or in your loved ones, hurry up because the time is near.

      September 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  12. Reality


    If you have not already done so, please watch Julia Sweeney's monologue "Letting Go of God". You are one of the "stars" in the show.

    To wit:

    "I was so intrigued with this quantum mechanics that Deepak refers to over and over and over again in his books, that I decided to take a class in it.

    And what I found is-Deepak Chopra is full of sh__!"

    September 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  13. Iqbal khan

    please check
    Islam Cracks The Code – Da Vinci
    First it was the Da Vinci Code controversy – It was everywhere! Dan Brown's book said Jesus in not divine or God, and the gospels as we know them, ...

    September 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
    • Truth

      Islam is the worship of the moon good. Why do you thing the cresent moon and the star is still the symbol. Mohammed didn't even "invent" the current version of Islam until his thriving merchant business took him to Jerusalem. Don't beleive the gun toting hype!

      September 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
    • please

      If I could please share this with you.......

      In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
      There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
      He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
      And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
      John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”
      And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

      September 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
    • David Johnson


      The King James contains errors. How can it be the inerrant word of god? What proof do you have any part of the bible is true?

      September 20, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  14. Iqbal khan

    Pleae increase our knowledge learn learn and learn don't be so ignorent

    September 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  15. Colin

    I highly suggest anyone look up the debate between Deepak Chopra and Sam Harris (amongst others). Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-8-Yxdphsg

    If anyone, after watching the multi-part debate, thinks Deepak isn't blowing air up his own ass like all other religious blowhards then you're obviously blind to your own ignorance.

    September 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  16. Iqbal khan

    I agree with Deepak Chopra yes we all need to educate ourself and stop fearing the unknown try to learn more about each other.

    September 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
    • Bob

      No, we need to educate ourselves and question the validity of everything, including Islam, Christianity, Mormonism and yes, even Scientology. We need to move past this belief in nonsense, because it's clearly evident that God or Allah doesn't wish us to blow three times to the left when we have a bad dream.

      Assuming God or Allah even exists.

      September 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • David Johnson


      The using stones to clean the "guys" works well. I found I had to use larger rocks, to avoid spending most of my Saturday cleaning. Hope this helps.

      September 20, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
    • Bob

      @David Johnson Hopefully you're using an odd number of stones. Because an even number would be against God's will. I wonder, can you cheat the system? Like, what if you really, really like cleaning your geni tals with an even number of stones, can you throw in a small one. Does that count? What if you don't like even or odd stones, and you smash a rock in half, do fractions count? What if the stone is oddly shaped and looks like two stones that are touching. Does that count as one or two stones? When do we wake the crap up and realize this is all a bunch of nonsense that someone made up?

      September 21, 2010 at 10:52 am |
    • HotAirAce

      I watched all 12 parts of Deepak and Jeanie vs Harris and Shermer, and it was painful. Shermer's discription of Deepak's views as "woo woo" (sp?) was right on. Deepak is full of so-called new age enlightenment mumbo jumbo that simply does not make sense. And to be so stupid as to have Jeanie (let me tell you a story) Houston (sp?) as a debating partner tells me all I need to know about the man. But!

      I really did like it when he trashed all previous religions!

      September 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  17. Iqbal khan


    September 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
    • Bob

      Blah blah blah, believe without proof. Blah blah blah.

      September 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
    • David Johnson


      You said, "Blah blah blah, believe without proof. Blah blah blah."

      Couldn't the same be said for the Christian rhetoric?

      September 20, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
    • Bob

      @David Johnson Absolutely. I make no claims that this was a sole trait of Islam. In fact, I can't think of a religion that doesn't do this. 🙂

      September 21, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  18. Iqbal khan

    And this


    September 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
    • Bob

      So what if he was the "greatest". His teaching are still can be shown to be nonsense.

      September 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  19. Iqbal khan

    Check this

    September 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
    • Bob

      Self serving nonsense.

      September 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
    • Frank Rizzo

      Nice Video thanks for sharing I've learn more today about true Islam then the wackos on fox-news. Islam is truly a Peaceful Way of Life thanks again for sharing.

      September 21, 2010 at 4:31 am |
    • Bob

      ROFL. You think no one is going to find out that you've changed your name? LOLZ.

      September 21, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  20. Frogist

    Is CNN ever going to do transcripts for the videos they post?! The videos cannot be viewed on the mobile site!

    September 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
    • Ykcyc

      All Life is Sacred. Nature (does the name really matter?) is the true Creator of all Life. Seemingly hard, Natural Laws apply to all things; like gravity, natural selection (unless interfered with), etc. Life forms that obey these laws – exist. The ones that didn’t are extinct. The ones that don’t – will be. It’s that simple. The only reason we exist and things are able to happen, is because at this moment, the conditions are right. These conditions have changed in the past. They will change again. The only true constant is change. At this point, Humans (not unlike cancer) multiply uncontrollably and if continue, will destroy themselves, while ignoring and breaking Natural Laws by creating artificial (un-natural / man made) environments, machines, materials, organisms, etc., to sustain out of control population growth, damn the consequences. Everything we do has consequences. Cause – Effect. Action – Reaction. Artificial (unnatural) environments (conditions) are not sustainable for a long term (like pushing water upstream – eventually gravity will win). We think we are above Nature’s laws. In nature, every living thing, except for humans, either adapts to the natural environment or becomes extinct. Without the effect of Natural checks and balances (natural laws), humans continue to spread uncontrollably and consume everything in their path, on this planet, to the point of killing each other for food and remaining natural resources, even without considering human emotions, such as greed, hate, envy, etc. And that is the sad truth about the "nature" of human primates. There are few people who realize, understand, and see this truth, but the vast majority could not care less so long as their needs are met and the payback is not in their lifetime. Many, living in a lie, diseased and blinded by man-made religious ideas are so consumed that they would kill anyone to defend their (man made) beliefs. If, as they claim, an all powerful being exists, logically, it would not need their (“make myself feel significant”) assistance or intervention to do it’s will. But it is their sick mental state, a psychological disorder that commends and controls their actions to eliminate any threat and to defend their version of “God” and protect their “perceived” beliefs. What if one of them got the power to start the last war in the name of their beliefs!? If they were ever able to think (freely) and process information rationally and objectively, whatever (demon / devil) possessed them, would be no more. Blind faith (unconsciousness) is very dangerous! They don’t know or care who is pulling the strings, as long as they believe they will live in paradise forever, for “knowing” and doing whatever they think their “GOD” wants. They believe life in “paradise” is a done deal. They believe in “it” because they want to, just like kids believe in Santa. However, most eventually realize that “Santa” is a lie, however pretty or innocent; although some don’t want to accept the truth, no matter what.
      Science, on the other hand, is another religion.

      September 21, 2010 at 11:59 am |
    • No Java here


      I cannot see this video either, but since it stars Deepak Chopra, I do not feel too badly this time. Transcripts are massively difficult for CNN. They prefer soundbites and talking heads, not that old-fashioned newspapery stuff..

      September 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
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