All Christians 'targets,' Iraqi militant group says
November 3rd, 2010
10:34 AM ET

All Christians 'targets,' Iraqi militant group says

All Christians in the Middle East are now "legitimate targets," al Qaeda in Iraq announced Wednesday, as the group's deadline for Egypt's Coptic church to release alleged Muslim female prisoners expired.

An audio message released Monday gave the church 48 hours to disclose the status of Muslim women it said are imprisoned in Coptic churches in Egypt.

The message purportedly came from the Islamic State of Iraq, which claimed responsibility for an attack on a Baghdad church Sunday that killed 58 people and wounded 75. The umbrella group includes a number of Sunni extremist organizations and has ties to al Qaeda in Iraq.

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  1. Muneef

    Importance of First Ten Days of Zul-Hijjah
    The first ten days of Zul Hijjah are among the most magnificent days in Islamic calendar. the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days."(Bukhari)
    Almighty Allaah says, (By the dawn; by the ten nights) (Qur'aan-Al-Fajr 89: 1-2). Ibn `Abbas, ibn az-Zubayr, Mujahid and others of the earlier and later generations are of the opinion that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Ibn Kathir said: "This is the correct opinion." (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 8/413)
     The Holy Prophet, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam, has said, "One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship of "Lailatul-Qadr". (Tirmizi)
    Every Muslim should avail oneself of this wonderful opportunity by performing as much Ibadah (acts of worship) as he or she can during this period.
    The 9th day of Zul Hijjah is called Yowmul-Arafah (The Day of Arafah). This is the date when the Hujjaj (Haji pilgrims, plural of Haji) assemble on the plain of Arafat, six miles away from Makkah al-Mukkarramah, where they perform the most essential part of the prescribed duties of hajj, namely, making Tawbah (repenting) at the Wuqoof of Arafat.
    For those not performing hajj, it is Mustahab (desirable) to fast on this day according to their calendar. It sometimes occurs that 9th Zul Hijjah falls on different days in different countries according to the sighting of the moon. In such cases, Muslims of each country should observe Yowmul Arafah according to the lunar dates of their own country.
    The fast of Yowmul Arafah has been emphasized by the Holy Prophet, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, as a Mustahab (desirable) act. According to a Hadith, the fast of this day becomes a cause of forgiveness for sins committed in the past and future year. (Hadith-Muslim)
    Beginning from the Fajr of the 9th Zul Hijjah up to the 'Asr prayer of the 13th, it is obligatory on every Muslim male to recite the Takbir-e-Tashreeq after every Fard Salaah (in congregation or alone) in the following words: Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, La IlahaIllallahu, Wallahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar wa lillahilhamd. (There is no god but Allaah and Allaah is the greatest, Allaah is the greatest and to Allaah belongs all praise.)Male Muslims should recite it in a loud voice, while females should recite it in a low voice.
    May Allaah Ta’aala enable us to use these blessed days in attaining His pleasure.

    November 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
    • Raptor

      lol what a joke you are all insane. There is no god period wake up and smell the coffee

      December 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  2. Muttawa

    Muneef, you are a typical fact twisting mohammedan. You equate the willful killing of Christians by your mohammedan bretherens as not anti Christian but anti God, how convenient ! Obviously just like other mohammedans, you are blind and practise selective amnesia when it comes to the evil perpertrated in the name of your mohammedan cult.

    The Butchering of non mohammedans and church burning by mohammedans are taking place daily from islamic state in Asia to Middle East. Severe discriminations against Christians living in islamic states is also the norm.

    The killing between mohammedan sunii and shiite is political. The killing of Christians on the othe hand is a religious one. We all know it is OK to lie for the good of Islam, and in your case it is painfully obvious.

    What is worst is not the islamist terrorist groups, but 'ordinary' mohammedan such as you. Not only the extreme silence in the face of evil done in the name of your religion, but when you do speak out it is not to condemn but to make excuses and lie.

    November 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
    • Muneef

      So now if you think Muslims killed Christians then on Friday Mosque prayers who had killed the Muslim worshippers in Pakistan?
      Are you stating the Christians maybe killed those muslims in return of the Iraq killing Christians? Are you serious and know what you are doing by throwing accusations like that? Think once more that who ever killed the Christians at Churchs has as well killed Muslims at Mosques so who can do such acts at God worship houses other than the Devils or those believe not in God. But if you insist on your point of view I would expect that you could be one of those intended with such operations agenda to bring religions to fighting each other in this same method world wide reducing God believers on the globe..?

      November 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm |
  3. Dindy.....

    Muneef...good posts and thank you.

    November 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  4. Muneef

    Told you that not only Christian religious groups are being attacked but as well Muslims face the same when on Friday prayers at Mosques ! Check today being Friday 05/11 what happened in Pakistan? Two Mosques been attacked with explosives leaving so many victims and injured worshipers?
    These acts are not related to religion it is Politics motivated by those who has no respects to God or Religions what ever they could be only to serve their purpose of creating fears and hatred among all faiths promoting violence between them by making them believe that such acts are among faiths against each other while it is not...those are seventies of the devil and the Dijjal the "Anti Religion" and not Anti Christ alone...

    November 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
    • Muneef

      Guess where I was told to find out who was behind the wide spread killing of innocents at the American war zones between religious faiths,tribes and parties..con,flicts and as,sassi,nations!?
      Check this interesting link although no longer can tell difference between false and truth and that is one of the signs of the AlDijjal....

      November 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  5. Muneef

    Words of wisdom:
    Be careful though; when we become stuck in 'negative grieving' it is as if we are ‘choosing’ to keep our heart broken. If you find yourself stuck in the grieving process and not moving forward through it, look for how you can find happiness in everyday things. Focus on doing things that make you laugh or feel good about yourself.
    As the Dalai Lama likes to tell us, happiness is a state of mind. Forgiveness, compassion and acceptance can help heal a wounded heart and then the light of love and joy can come into your life once more.!
    Please check out:  "God in One for All and All for One".

    November 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  6. Muneef

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    November 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  7. AReligiousNut

    No religion is the best religion. Take it from me...

    November 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
    • Muneef

      God exists and has to be worshiped whether that is through a religion or with out one...and that is the main issue.

      November 4, 2010 at 9:48 am |
    • Zardoze

      muneef, that is not the main issue and never was.
      how do you feel about "all christians" being targets?
      got a vest picked out to impress those virgins with?

      November 4, 2010 at 11:36 am |
    • Muneef

      It is the main issue in this life I meant and not the blog that I meant.
      Death is not targeting Christions only but all faiths and beliefs, there are still Muslims being killed with explo,sives or suiciders and gunmen killing Muslims every Friday prayers in Afghanistan,Pakistan,Iraq and many more Islamic countries what ever the causes or the excuses are,it is always the innocents who pay the price bill?
      So you may say all faiths are targeted but it is not known if between them selves or between each other or are all targeted by certain groups that want to create hatreds and fears among faiths driving them to fight each other into extinction or convert...? What is being planed for the long run and who could be or made to look as the only beneficiary out of such acts separating between God believers and igniting fires for achieving long wars in the name of Religions and only to prove that religion is the headache and mother of all crimes.

      November 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  8. Mark from Middle River

    "Hey all you religious believers! How do I make it clear to you that I'm not the enemy?"

    Hey Ace :

    Hey all you non-religious! How do I make it clear to you that I'm not the enemy? Be fair on all sides friend. The question, is that when the towers came down not only how many Muslims died but folks in total. When will it hit some of you, and I will admit myself in some ways included, understand that extremist, from Bin Laden company to rabid environmentalist. If the persons of faith extremist don't get you then, there will be another group that thinks or feels that taking your life, my life is a penny's cost to get their message across.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:54 am |
    • Sandra

      I agree with you Mark. Unfortunatley, they will kill without regard for religion, or anything. they have no respect for human life.They do have an agenda, and killing is what it is. They use it as an excuse to do thier dirty work.

      November 4, 2010 at 8:18 am |
    • Zardoze

      without the lies there can be no extremism

      November 4, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  9. HotAirAce

    Hey all you religious believers! How do I make it clear to you that I'm not the enemy? Can I wear a particular hat or a patch, or is there a secret handshake I need to learn so that I don't get caught in the crossfire? Also, anything we can do to protect other innocents, such as children, that are likely to get hurt while you sort your grievances out?

    Can't we just schedule one big fight somewhere and get this over with? I'd volunteer to be a neutral referree...

    November 3, 2010 at 11:23 am |
    • Frogist

      @HotAirAce: Unfortunately, we are the enemy. If there was one thing that could bring total peaceful coexistence to the religious world, it would be getting together to eliminate non-believers. Of course when we are gone, then they'll just turn on each other anyway.

      November 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
    • PrettyBig

      stereotype, considering not every religion calls those who disbelieve in it an enemy.

      November 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  10. Reality

    How to end the bloodshed? Shed the light of history and common sense on the flaws and frauds in the foundations of the religions involved:

    To wit:

    1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

    "New Torah For Modern Minds

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. "

    2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan se-cts.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hit-ti-tes, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

    For added "pizz-azz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "fil-icider".

    Current RCC problems:

    Pedo-ph-iliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

    3. Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems:

    Adu-lterous preachers, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

    4. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  11. Frogist

    Anybody know if there is any truth to the whole muslim women being held against their will by the Coptic church? I doubt it, but I still have to ask.

    Also, a side note: It occured to me that we have so much infighting between christians about who are and aren't "real" christians. The Catholics don't like the Lutherans don't like the Mormons don't like the Baptists etc etc... But then you have people who come on these blogs to say how their christian brothers and sisters are being persecuted by Islam. It begs the question, would the same christians arguing how they are being persecuted in foreign lands accept Egyptian Coptic christians as their own if they were here on American soil?

    November 3, 2010 at 11:15 am |
    • dbooth

      Actually, yes, this topic has been covered extensively for some years now at jihadwatch. It has become an increasingly common practice in Egypt for Muslim Brotherhood backed extremists to kidnap girl Coptic girls, hold them for several days until they "convert" to Islam, then often to marry them off to some Muslim (effectively granting them ownership of the woman under sharia). The police generally turn a blind eye (Copts are systematically discriminated against in Egypt). The women in question here were wives of Coptic priests who "went missing" for several days, were rescued by a mob of Copts after police refused to investigate (sympathetic Muslims told them where the women were being held), and have been holed up ever since hiding from Muslim mobs threatening them with death for apostasy if they dare announce they are no longer Muslim (an executable offense under Sharia). The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has been stirring up emotions throughout the Muslim world for several months now (not a difficult task) in preparation for what the Copts have been warning is a genocide against Christians (esp. Copts in Egypt). There have been protests in the US for some time now, but so far no press coverage. Any day now, everyone will wake up and be soooo surpised that thousands of Copts have been hacked to death across Egypt.

      November 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm |
  12. dave

    Seems reasonable.
    The USA is crusading in Iraq so the Muslims fight back in any way they can.

    The enemies’ of the Muslims are targets.
    The enemies’ of the Christians are targets.
    The enemies’ of the jews are targets.

    The never ending circle or war.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  13. Reality

    Going from an every topic WARNING to a once-a-day WARNING for new commentators:

    • 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. And there is also "r-a-pe", “a-pe” and “gra-pe”, "s-ex", and "hom-ose-xual". 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, I typically 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.

    To quickly search for word and fragment "violations", use Find on your browser's Edit Menu.

    "Raison's Filter Fiber© (joking about the copyright)
    1. Here's my latest list – this seems like a good spot to set this down, as nobody's posting much on this thread.....
    bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to post that wonderful argument:
    Many, if not most are buried within other words, but I am not shooting for the perfect list, so use your imagination and add any words I have missed as a comment (no one has done this yet)
    – I found some but forgot to write them down. (shrugs).
    c-um.........as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, etc.
    sp-ic........as in disp-icable (look out Sylvester the cat!)
    ho-mo...whether ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, etc.
    t-it.........const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, etc.
    fu-ck...isn't this a great word? yet they filter it.
    tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, (an unexpected one)
    va-g....as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant
    ar-se....yet "ass" is not filtered!
    jacka-ss...but ass is fine lol
    p-is.....as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, etc.
    There are more, so do not assume that this is complete.
    okay words that you might not expect to be filtered....!!!
    I have found the best way to re-submit is to hit the back button, delete
    the cookies, look for and fix the problem and then hit "post".
    There are also "technical" ways past the filter, like "html ent-ities"
    (google it without the dash), but the words and letter combos remain the problem...
    Here's a word to add to the banned list: co-co-on
    whether it's c-oc, or co-on, this is ridiculous.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:43 am |
    • Sum Dude

      new letter combinations added :

      f-tw...as in soft-ware
      j-ap...as in ja-panese, ja-pe

      November 4, 2010 at 4:11 am |
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