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Muslim Fast-a-Thon
September 29th, 2010
02:05 PM ET

Muslim Fast-a-Thon

Over at the Wall Street's Journal's Metropolis Blog, Jo Piazza writes about Muslim students putting on a "Fast-a-Thon" at New York University.

Fast-a-Thon participants refrain from eating from sunrise to sunset and donate the money they would have spent on food to charity — this year, to Islamic Relief, which is directing money to flood victims in Pakistan. The day culminates with a communal dinner and celebration, including prayers and poetry. The event is typically held during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, but this year’s fast was pushed back to accommodate the university calendar.

The event drew about 350 students according the the Journal. it also drew from a wide range of students.

[United Muslim Association] co-sponsored the event with sixteen other student groups including Campus Crusade for Christ and the Muslim Urban Professionals (known to members as “muppies”).

You can read the full article over at Metropolis.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Education • Food • Holidays • Interfaith issues • Islam • New York • Ramadan • United States

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  1. Corina Archdale

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  4. Muneef

    Wise words of faith.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDUvfz2et3Q

    October 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
    • Muneef

      Wise words spoken:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/19/opinion/19kristof.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=message%20to%20muslims:%20i%92m%20sorry&st=cse

      October 2, 2010 at 12:11 am |
  5. Muneef

    @Frank. We were told as well that when prophet Jesus lands fro heavens he will kill the Pig or all the Pigs some time either before or after aldajjal the Anti-Christ. Wonder if it means all that has been happening people losing faith is because of pigs meat or the other various products that it had been used for processing?

    October 1, 2010 at 5:13 am |
    • Frank

      I don't know but I do know that all the additives in all kinds of food are very very bad for you. I'm sure it does effect us on a spiritual level. After all, if it effects the body, it effects the soul!

      October 1, 2010 at 5:19 am |
  6. Frank

    Muneef, I read somewhere that ancient religions forbid the eating of pork since pigs and humans are very close genetically. That's why pig organs do well in organ transplants. Pigs are also very smart. Cannibals report that human flesh tastes like pork, as well. Too many coincidences, honestly.
    I still eat pork. But it is weird.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:51 am |
    • Muneef

      @Frank. Thank you for this information's proving me right. Was wondering before the purpose God created this animal since every creation has a purpose of it being created, so if religions consider it as not for eating then could it be the main purpose is as spare parts for human organs and maybe as well for unedible industrial fats?

      October 1, 2010 at 1:23 am |
    • Frank

      Well, pigs are a domesticated farm animal that humans bred over the centuries. I really don't know what's going on there. It's a mystery.

      October 1, 2010 at 1:45 am |
  7. Iqbal khan

    Why is Pig Haraam in Islam?
    Posted by The MV (Saad) on May 17, 2009

    MV: In Islam it is a major sin to eat Pork and it is considered to be the dirtiest animal in Islam. But many Muslims, including me, don’t even know why its so forbidden. This answer by a khair from Islam-qa.com, tells us of how dangerous pigs can be to the human brain and death it helped clear up many of us from being lost

    A Christian is asking about the reason for the prohibition on pork Why does Islam forbid pork, when the pig is one of the creations of God?.

    Praise be to Allaah.

    Firstly:

    Our Lord has forbidden eating pork in definitive terms. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Say (O Muhammad): I find not in that which has been revealed to me anything forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be Maytah (a dead animal) or blood poured forth (by slaughtering or the like), or the flesh of swine (pork); for that surely, is impure or impious (unlawful) meat (of an animal) which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allaah (or has been slaughtered for idols, or on which Allaah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering)”

    [al-An’aam 6:145]

    By the mercy of Allaah and His kindness towards us, Allaah has permitted us to eat all good things, and He has not forbidden anything but those that are impure. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “…he allows them as lawful At‑Tayyibaat (i.e. all good and lawful as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons and foods), and prohibits them as unlawful Al‑Khabaa’ith (i.e. all evil and unlawful as regards things, deeds, beliefs, persons and foods)”

    [al-A’raaf 7:157]

    We do not doubt for an instant that the pig is a dirty and filthy animal, and that eating it is harmful to man. Moreover it lives on dirt and filth, and it is something that is off-putting to those of a sound nature who refuse to touch it, because eating it is either a cause or a sign of a person’s oddness.

    Secondly:

    With regard to the physical harm caused by eating pork, modern science has proved a number of things, such as the following:

    ‎ Pork is regarded as one of the kinds of meat that contain the most cholesterol, an increase of which in the bloodstream leads to an increased likelihood of blocked arteries. The fatty acids in pork are also of an unusual formation, when compared with the fatty acids in other types of food, which makes them more easily absorbed by the body, thus increasing cholesterol levels.

    ‎ Pork meat and pork fat contribute to the spread of cancers of the colon, rectum, prostate and blood.

    ‎ Pork meat and pork fat contribute to obesity and related diseases that are difficult to treat.

    ‎ Eating pork leads to scabies, allergies and stomach ulcers.

    ‎ Eating pork causes lung infections which result from tapeworms, lungworms and microbial infections of the lungs.

    The most serious danger of eating pork is that pork contains tapeworms which may grow to a length of 2-3 meters. The growth of the eggs of these worms in the human body may lead to insanity and hysteria if they grow in the area of the brain. If they grow in the region of the heart that may lead to high blood pressure and heart attacks. Another kind of worm that is to be found in pork is the trichinosis worm that cannot be killed by cooking, the growth of which in the body may lead to paralysis and skin rashes.

    The doctors have confirmed that tapeworm disease is regarded as one of the serious diseases that may result from eating pork. It may develop in the small intestine and after several months may grow into a large worm whose body is composed of a thousand segments, with a length of 4-10 meters, which lives alone in the intestine of the infected person and part of it may appear when he defecates. When the pig swallows and ingests its eggs, they enter the tissues and muscles in the form of larvae sacs containing fluid and the head of the tapeworm. When a person eats infected pork, the larva turns into a complete worm in the intestine. These worms cause weakness and vitamin B12 deficiency, which leads to a specific type of anaemia, which may in turn cause nervous problems. In some cases the larvae may reach the brain, causing convulsions, increased pressure within the brain, epilepsy and even paralysis.

    Eating pork that is not thoroughly cooked may also lead to trichinosis (infestation with a hairlike nematode worm). When these parasites reach the small intestine, three to five days later many larvae appear which enter the intestine and reach the blood, from which they reach most of the tissues of the body. The larvae move to the muscles and form cysts there, and the patient suffers intense muscle pains. The disease may develop into infection of the cerebral membrane and brain, and infections of the heart muscle, lungs, kidneys and nerves. It may be a fatal disease in rare cases.

    It is well known that there are some diseases that are unique to humans and are nor shared with any other animals except pigs, such as rheumatism and joint pain. Allaah indeed spoke the truth when He said (interpretation of the meaning):

    “He has forbidden you only the Maytah (dead animals), and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allaah (or has been slaughtered for idols, on which Allaah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But if one is forced by necessity without willful disobedience nor transgressing due limits, then there is no sin on him. Truly, Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful”

    [al-Baqarah 2:173]

    These are some of the harmful effects of eating pork. Perhaps after studying them you will not have any doubts that it is forbidden. We hope that this will be the first step in your being guided towards the true religion. So stop, research, look and think, objectively and fairly, seeking only to find out the truth and follow it. I ask Allaah to guide you to that which is best for you in this world and in the Hereafter.

    But even if we did not know about the harmful effects of eating pork, this would not change our belief that it is haraam in the slightest, or weaken our resolve to abstain from it. You know that when Adam (peace be upon him) was expelled from the Garden, it was because he ate from the tree from which Allaah forbade him to eat. We do not know anything about that tree, and Adam did not need to enquire into the reason why it was forbidden to eat from it. Rather it was sufficient for him, as it is sufficient for us and for every believer, to know that Allaah has forbidden it.

    Look at some of the harmful effects of eating pork; look at the research of the Fourth Annual Conference of Islamic Medicine, Kuwait edition, p. 731 ff; and al-Wiqaayah al-Sihhiyyah fi Daw’ al-Kitaab wa’l-Sunnah by Lu’lu’ah bint Saalih, p. 635 ff.

    But we ask you once again: Isn’t pork forbidden in the Old Testament which forms part of your Holy Book?

    “Do not eat any detestable thing. These are the animals you may eat… The pig is also unclean; although it has a split hoof, it does not chew the cud, you are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses.”

    (Deuteronomy 14:3-8)

    See also Leviticus 11-1-8.

    We do not need to quote evidence that pork is forbidden for the Jews. If you have any doubt then ask people and they will tell you. But what we think we need to draw you attention to is some other things that are also mentioned in your Holy Book, this time in the New Testament which tells you that the rulings of the Torah still apply to you and cannot be changed. Does’t it say in the Bible that the Messiah said:

    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

    Matthew 5:17-18?

    With this text, we do not need to look for another ruling on pork in the New Testament, but we will add here another quotation which shows definitively that pork is impure:

    “A large herd of pigs was feeding on the nearby hillside. The demons begged Jesus: ‘Send us among the pigs; allow us to go into them.’ He gave them permission, and the evil spirits came out and went into the pigs.”

    Mark 5:11-13

    Perhaps you will say that this is abrogated, and that Peter said such and such and Paul said such and such…?

    This is changing the words of Allaah and abrogating the Torah and the words of the Messiah who confirmed to you that it would abide as long as heaven and earth remain. Can this be abrogated by the words of Paul or Peter?

    Let us assume that this is true and that the prohibition was indeed abrogated, but why are you criticizing this prohibition in Islam when it was prohibited for you at first?

    Thirdly:

    With regard to your saying that if eating it is forbidden, then why did Allaah create pigs? We do not think that you are serious, otherwise we would ask you: why did Allaah create such and such of other things that are harmful or repulsive? Rather we would ask you: why did Allaah create the Shaytaan?

    Is it not the prerogative of the Creator to command His slaves as He will, and to rule them as He will. No one can overturn His ruling or change His words.

    Is it not the duty of the created being, the slave, to say to his Lord, whenever He commands him to do something: “We hear and we obey”?

    You may enjoy its taste and want to eat it, and those around you may enjoy it, but doesn’t Paradise deserve some sacrifice on your part of that which your heart desires?.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
    • Muneef

      Just wonder what was the wisdom of creating this animal,the Pig if not for eating nor for transportations? There must be a wisdom that we have not reached to know yet? But did you know that they are studying the possibility of geniticly amending pigs to become source of milk in the future if all cows go with the mad cow decease?

      September 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
    • Reality

      Bring on those barbequed pork ribs!! Yummy!!!

      Did you know that pork is an excellent source of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus and protein and a “good” source of zinc and potassium?

      These nutrients are important to our health. Read below to learn how these nutrients impact your health as well as the percent Daily Values are listed on food labels. They tell us how much of various nutrients we should consume each day. The following information is based on a 3-ounce serving of pork. As you can see, these key nutrients make pork a nutrient-dense food!

      Nutrient % Daily Value (DV)* Why It's Good For You

      Iron 5% Getting enough iron is a problem for some women, especially women of child-bearing age. Heme iron (found in meat) is absorbed more readily than nonheme iron (found in plant-based foods). Thus, anyone who avoids meat without the help of their health professional may increase their risk of iron-deficiency anemia.

      Magnesium 6% Important for the normal function of many enzymes (catalysts for the body's chemical reactors), glucose and muscle action.

      Phosphorous 20% Strengthens bones and generates energy in cells.

      Potassium 11% This mineral, also known as an electrolyte, plays a major role in water balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure.

      Zinc 14% A component of more than 70 enzymes, zinc is a key player in energy metabolism and the immune system.
      Thiamin 54% Without this key vitamin, metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat would be significantly compromised.

      Animal protein is one of the best sources of this nutrient, and among the choices, pork is tops.

      Riboflavin 19% Next to milk, there are few foods that have as much riboflavin per serving as pork. Riboflavin has an important role in the release of energy from foods.

      Niacin 37% Important for the normal function of many enzymes in the body and involved in the metabolism of sugars and fatty acids.

      Vitamin B12 8% Helps build red blood cells and metabolize carbohydrates and fats.

      Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 37% Important for the normal function of enzymes and co-enzymes, which are needed to metabolize protein, carbohydrates and fats. Plus, it plays a critical role in the regulation of glycogen (stored carbohydrates) metabolism

      October 1, 2010 at 12:14 am |
    • Muneef

      @Reality. Science contradict it self once telling us bad and once as good. For us Muslims we were told only to consume it if we were forced to do that by non availability of sources of food and give it up as soon as there are other sources and to go back to consuming it. So as long as I can find some thing to eat I would not eat it.
      Did you know that the Quran told us that some of those annoyed God were cursed and become monkeys and pigs such a case eating those is as eating humans after all they are much closer to humans as a monkey and understand that pigs internal organs are like of humans? Beside that God only allowed us to eat grazing animals only and not that eat meat or dirt but pigs eat every thing and even if kept clean it is a non grazing animal and lives on filth and first to transfer illnesses to humans as the recent pigs flu.

      October 1, 2010 at 12:47 am |
  8. Iqbal khan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JgBDLtrbb8&feature=channel

    September 30, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  9. Iqbal khan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bUkBuw-6ck

    September 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  10. dutchblitz1

    Last post was meant as response to Iqbal khan

    September 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  11. dutchblitz1

    Forgot to add Mark 7:18-19, "Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean?' For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of the body.' (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods 'clean.'"

    September 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
    • Ahmad Hosein

      what you say is all well and good.
      we Muslims however follow THE JESUS WAY.
      which is we do not eat pork and at the same time we believe that what comes out of a man's mouth should be clean as well.

      you, are only following half of what Jesus preached. And missing the other half.

      September 30, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Ahmad Hosain. With all due respect even us as majority of Muslims maybe not complete 100 percent in Religion otherwise we wouldn't have had all the crimes and corruptions that we have in Islamic countries or in non Islamic countries therefore it is not really right to judge people before judging our selves. God Allah addressed all Muslims,Christions,Jews as Ahil Alkitab which means people of the Books so now kindly read this verse in sura 3:75 as an example only. peace.

      September 30, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
    • dutchblitz1

      @Ahmad Hosain See my post above (responding to Iqbal khan) where I quoted Jesus saying that it's what comes out of our mouths that make us unclean, not what goes in our mouths. I'm not missing the other half of what Jesus said about this.

      October 1, 2010 at 5:51 am |
    • Ahmad Hosein

      Jesus was a practicing jew. He practiced judaism and he preached about keeping not just the law, but the spirit of the law. You are indeed only following half of THE JESUS WAY. We Muslims are practicing ALL of the Jesus way. You are mistaken my friend.

      October 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  12. Muneef

    @David J. Very funny but really I do not know that as I am from hot area and not much known about wool. But what has brought this to that ? Here I am talking about a lady and not her hair??

    September 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
    • Muneef

      @DJ. Another point is how can sheep be ugly and beautiful ?? To me they all look alike and their beauty is in their meats and not looks or am I wrong.? Heard about virgin olive oil but not about wool! Any way by virgin they mean first time harvest for a sheep or a tree fruiting for the first time.

      September 30, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Muneef

      Both times, I was making a bad joke. Forgive me. I meant no offense.

      September 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
    • Muneef

      @DJ. Look at the lady in thevpicture looking like can angel sitting in a very respectable form ,having that glow of faith, it is this what we look for the beauty of soul in faith and heart which last longer than the beauty you look for which is face and body which does not last long.

      September 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
    • Muneef

      @DJ. Don't worry I have not taken it as offense at all, you are alright but just don't forget that the best horses in the world are the Arabian Horses if you got what I mean.

      September 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  13. David Johnson

    Is it just me, or is finding a pretty Muslim girl, like finding hen's teeth?

    Just Curious...

    September 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
    • Muneef

      You mean muslim girls are all ugly looking and hard to find a pretty one amongst them? Well this is not true and the beauty they have is in their clean mind,heart,humor and morals. Beside that when you marry one you are the first one to touch her so fresh.

      September 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Muneef

      Do you know where virgin wool comes from? Ugly sheep.

      Get my drift?

      September 30, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
    • Ahmad Hosein

      one could argue that Islam is a refuge for ugly girls from appearance oriented men like you. Islam provides a source of men for ugly girls, men who are able to see more than outward beauty in such girls and to marry them and be their mates. So, as such, if all the Muslim girls are indeed ugly, thats good, that means Islam is working as a source of mercy from Allah.

      September 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  14. Muneef

    http://www.2muslims.com/divineislam/Translations/Qaribullah.dbt

    September 30, 2010 at 3:44 am |
  15. Muneef

    Prophet Muhammed was Illiterate sent to illiterate people.

    MICHAEL PAUL SAID.. 
    I WROTE ON THE DOOR OF HEART, "PLEASE DO NOT ENTER"  
    LOVE CAME SMILING AND SAID: "SORRY I AM AN ILLITERATE"

    September 30, 2010 at 2:23 am |
    • Frank

      I'm not Muslim but that was awesome. lol

      September 30, 2010 at 2:24 am |
    • Reality

      What the illerate Mohammed has brought to the modern world:

      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, iraqbodycount.org/ and
      defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      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) – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      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.

      September 30, 2010 at 7:45 am |
    • Muneef

      @Reality. The illiterate that you say bad things about now is the one who brought you knowledge from all over the Islamic world otherwise you were living in the filthy dark ages of yours. So hold some respect to him and to Islam for that. Islam was fighting sword to sword in face to face combat and not your cowered ways throwing bombs killing thousands. 
      Any way expect God wants you to be fuel of hell so go on saying things that you think is fun but wait I promise you man you are going to get it by the power of almighty God and then you will have plenty of time to regret your ignorance and insults to men of God.

      September 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
    • Reality

      Once again, it is obvious that Muneef is suffering from the Three B Syndrome i.e. Bred, Born and Brainwashed in Islam. Also, she/he apparently does not believe the daily horror show of Islam depicted in global newspapers and news websites.

      Again, we refer she/he to the previously presented Five Step Program for "Deflawing" Islam Using the First Five Tenets of Said Religion.

      September 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
    • Muneef

      @Reality. Have you ever given it thought why is that since there is a reason behind every cause ? Surely you will find some acts irritating them to react? He wo messes up with a Wasp nests only gets back their stings, and you have messed up so many nests destroying them and that they would never forget and forgive you for so don't complain being targeted? We have tried to spread the word of love and understanding to minimize the heat but some of you are just doing the opposite widening the gap filling it with hatred and fooling us that you are people of peace and looking for peace in the middle east and that crap but your hearts speaks some thing else as said before Negativity only attracts Negativity so what I am saying is that people like you will be the main cause of any destruction acts happening to your people either by God natural causes or victims of injustice....

      September 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
    • Reality

      Cause and effect in today's world:

      (only for new members)

      Some Elements of our War on Terror, Horror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- 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 as of 8/10/2010 mostly due the Shiite and Sunni suicide bombers.

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – Libya has become almost civil. Recently Libya agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the victims of their terrorist activities. Apparently this new reality from an Islamic country has upset OBL and his “cra-zies” as they have thre-atened Libya. OBL sure is a di-sgrace to the world especially the Moslem world!!! Or is he???

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – Bin La-d-en has been cornered under a rock in Western Pakistan since 9/11.

      – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols will follow soon.

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.

      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      – And of course the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      September 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
    • Frank

      Reality, anyone with common sense knows better than to believe the government's and mass media's fiction of 'Bin Laden did 9/11'. Muslims didn't have anything to do with that and same goes for many other 'incidents' besides. You are being lied to and swallowing those lies, with relish.

      September 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
    • Reality

      Frank,

      You either are joking or you are Muslim. Which is it?

      If you are a Muslim: an observation,

      Your heart and soul reeks from the stench of the biggest con job ever pulled on humankind. Islamic tenets are nothing but the fa-iry tales of an hallucinating, contriving, warmongering, womanizing Arab named Mohammed. And that my friends is the message of Islam. That along with the messages about the other oozing stench-filled con jobs pulled by the likes of Paul et al and by the scribes of Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.

      October 1, 2010 at 12:06 am |
  16. Muneef

    SHAKESPEARE SAID.. 
    "IN THE TIMES OF CRISIS I WAS NOT HURT BY THE HARSH WORDS OF  MY ENEMIES,  
    BUT BY THE SILENCE OF MY FRIENDS".

    NAPOLEON SAID.. 
    "THE WORLD SUFFERS A LOT. NOT BECAUSE OF THE VIOLENCE OF BAD PEOPLE,
    BUT BECAUSE OF THE SILENCE OF GOOD PEOPLE!"

    September 30, 2010 at 1:45 am |
    • Frank

      Pertinent quotes.

      September 30, 2010 at 2:15 am |
    • Muneef

      JOHN KEATS SAID.. 
      "IT IS VERY EASY TO DEFEAT SOMEONE, BUT IT IS VERY HARD TO WIN SOMEONE"

      September 30, 2010 at 2:20 am |
    • Reality

      More passages for perusal – only for new Muslim members:

      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!!!!

      September 30, 2010 at 7:39 am |
    • Frank

      No, I'm not a Muslim. I have no problem with Islam, though. It's just yet another path.

      October 1, 2010 at 12:08 am |
  17. Frank

    That's wonderful. It's always nice to see people care. God bless them.

    September 30, 2010 at 12:55 am |
  18. Reality

    The "skinny" about the Fifth Tenet of Islam:

    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 aka Gabriel". 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.

    September 29, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
    • Muneef

      You think fasting is all about food and drink only? Well you are wrong but find it out for your self.

      September 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm |
  19. Bobby Flay

    Hey, we're having a pig roast out back when y'all get hungry...

    September 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm |
    • Iqbal khan

      Please increase your knowledge and save your self
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i08ti9Me_M&feature=related

      September 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
    • Bobby Flay

      http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/s7CuBefmmqg?fs=1&hl=en_US

      September 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm |
    • dutchblitz1

      @ Iqbal Khan As far as pork being forbidden in Christianity:

      Matthew 15:10, "Listen and understand. What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.'"

      Matthew 15:17-20, "Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.' For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, se-xual im-morality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man 'unclean'; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him 'unclean.'"

      Acts 10:11-16, "He (Peter) saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles of the earth and birds of the air. Then a voice told him, 'Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.'"

      "Surely not, Lord!" Peter replied. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean."

      The voice spoke to him a second time, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean."

      This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven."

      September 30, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  20. Ahmad Hosein

    for american campuses, muslim students need to start promoting FAST-A-THONGS.
    i.e. christian ladies, please atleast keep your thongs fastened to your bodies. at the very least. for God's Sake.

    September 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
    • Eric G.

      If there was a god, he would want to see their thongs.

      September 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
    • Sulayman F

      Jokes are supposed to be funny.

      September 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
    • Ahmad Hosein

      indeed, as a religious person, you need a sense of humor to fathom the site of a bunch of christian ladies in thongs on an educational campus.

      October 1, 2010 at 4:01 am |
    • Frank

      Same goes for all the 'Christian' boys walking around with their pants around their knees while wearing gaudy crosses around their necks and acting like hoodlums. I'm no prude but lets be sensible! Do they really think they are glorifying the Lord like that?

      October 1, 2010 at 4:16 am |
    • Frank

      I should add that I really can't judge with my piercings, shaved head and Heavy Metal/Punk Rock t-shirts and all black clothing which cause people to judge me but we must remain mindful of how the percieves us and how we behaves, without going to the extremes on either sides and still retaining our individuality.

      October 1, 2010 at 4:28 am |
    • Frank

      *but we must remain mindful of how the world percieves us and how we behave, without going to the extremes on either side and while still retaining our individuality.

      October 1, 2010 at 4:30 am |
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