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January 22nd, 2011
07:48 PM ET

Islamic parties emerging in Tunisia but playing limited role

After decades of one party rule, new parties, including Islamic parties, emerge in Tunisia. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Islam • Politics • Tunisia

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  1. Enoch

    "What do you conspire against the Lord? He will make an utter end of it." Nahum 1:9

    January 24, 2011 at 12:41 am |
  2. Muneef

     "There is a fine line between genius and insanity"

    All through history of mankind but if we will be starting by Noah when was calling upon his people as a reminder and a warner as to become into belief and repent,stop the wrong doings..those with vast interest either called him a madman or a bewitched man,they have laughed at him and only the poorest of them believed in him and followed.
    Again they laughed at him when he warned that earth would drown in waters upon the eruption of the volcano and warned that waters would be coming from all over, from unerground,over ground and pouring from the skies and that there would be no salvation for the disbelievers from drowning and that only who had  believed and had faith in the messenger would see salvation provided that they worked hard with him for it to save their lives after having saved their souls in believing the man of God the prophet and Messenger.
    Basis their  belief they had planted the right trees.served it,trained it,harvested it and made the gaint ark to carry believers and followers with all their foods,waters,animal feed and fodder. 
    He was inspired to take from each pair of animals (male and female) to take Two pairs of each pair (Domesticated animals and Wild animals) which could have been used as tools,transport or as defense ?! 
    Any way when the promised Date and Hour came after few signs for those some to be ready on the Ark for when water came pouring heavily were the Ark and Waters exceeded the highest peaks of mountains on the whole of earth as nothing was supposed to remain alive other than those saved by the Ark.. It was the day when all sweet,bore and salty waters driven by heavy winds has united forces against mankind and all creatures on earth??

    The Question here is who to blame God, prophets,messengers,
    or to blame those wrong doers for their acts that are attracting adverse reactions that they could have been saved from by repentance and work hard towards salvation ones self,followers,believers.
    The needs as meant by the example of planting ,serving,training and number of years taken between when it was inspired and when it finally took place for real. The number of years we are told Noah out lived were above 900years ?!

    We as a modern mankind do not have that much of time to live by...but at least we have the technology,tools,equipments that earlier mankind had not, the earlier man had nothing other than hugely built bodies, longer time of living and some help by heavy wild animals to serve.!? 

    But what are those trees which we need to work hard for planting,serving,training in order we can build out of the Ark of salvation from another promised days and hours that had to come before the final Day and Hour would take place that time of which is not known to any other than God.

    There are good trees and bad trees, when only good and solid generous trees are wanted for such task.... 
    Messenger told even if you were told being the final day and hour for earth and you had a plant or palm tree in hands, you are not to hesitate from planting it.!

    Now could those present religions be considered as the good right trees for building the Ark of salvation? Or maybe we should say they are the right trees but need to be serviced and trained to give the required shapes for building the Ark of salvation for those who want to be saved and work hard towards being saved and not by worship prayers only but by both hard work and worship prayers just to get the physical and spiritual strength for their patience and diligence.!?

    Sure many would laugh as did ones before them and prophets and messengers were warned not to listen to their disbelief or try to compromise the pure belief.?!
    What is required to be done to get those trees of faiths allow us to make an Ark out of them to be able to save those who believe and want to save and be saved??

    Earth is our Space Ark floating in this universe, while faiths are our trees which we should make an Ark out of for our salvation on Earth!

    Ark inside Ark and only God knows how many Arks inside Arks in this universe of the Seen and the Unseen, each lives in an orbit floating !? 

    http://www.helium.com/items/230747-the-creative-fine-line-between-genius-and-insanity

    January 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  3. Muneef

    An-Najm sura 53:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    By the Star when it setteth, (1) Your comrade erreth not, nor is deceived; (2) Nor doth he speak of (his own) desire. (3) It is naught save an inspiration that is inspired, (4) Which one of mighty powers hath taught him, (5) One vigorous; and he grew clear to view (6) When he was on the uppermost horizon. (7) Then he drew nigh and came down (8) Till he was (distant) two bows' length or even nearer, (9) And He revealed unto His slave that which He revealed. (10) The heart lied not (in seeing) what it saw. (11) Will ye then dispute with him concerning what he seeth? (12) And verily he saw him yet another time (13) By the lote-tree of the utmost boundary, (14) Nigh unto which is the Garden of Abode. (15) When that which shroudeth did enshroud the lote-tree, (16) The eye turned not aside nor yet was overbold. (17) Verily he saw one of the greater revelations of his Lord. (18).

    Al-Qalam sura 68:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Nun. By the pen and that which they write (therewith), (1) Thou art not, for thy Lord's favour unto thee, a madman. (2) And lo! thine verily will be a reward unfailing. (3) And lo! thou art of a tremendous nature. (4) And thou wilt see and they will see (5) Which of you is the demented. (6) Lo! thy Lord is best aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is best aware of those who walk aright. (7) Therefor obey not thou the rejecters (8) Who would have had thee compromise, that they may compromise. (9) Neither obey thou each feeble oath-monger, (10) Detracter, spreader abroad of slanders, (11) Hinderer of the good, transgressor, malefactor (12) Greedy therewithal, intrusive. (13) It is because he is possessed of wealth and children (14) That, when Our revelations are recited unto him, he saith: Mere fables of the men of old. (15).

    January 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  4. Muneef

    http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/01/21/hijab-makes-a-return-in-tunisia/

    January 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  5. Muneef

    Some thing wrong with the education systems;

    http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Articles/education/TheIslamicEducationMovement.htm

    January 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  6. atrayu

    There will be no peace as long as Islam is there.

    January 23, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • Muneef

      Where?

      January 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  7. SillyT

    The whole thing (Islam) is based upon the ravings of a pedophile (read about his child-bride).

    January 23, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • Muneef

      Getting jealous for missing the bridle train are you? Must be over aged for a bride?

      January 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  8. Reality

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" will quickly converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired. Ditto for houses and classes of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    "John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident of birth. The faith of the vast majority of believers depends upon where they were born and when. Those born in Saudi Arabia will almost certainly be Moslems, and those born and raised in India will for the most part be Hindus. Nevertheless, the religion of millions of people can sometimes change abruptly in the face of major political and social upheavals. In the middle of the sixth century ce, virtually all the people of the Near East and Northern Africa, including Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were Christian. By the end of the following century, the people in these lands were largely Moslem, as a result of the militant spread of Islam.

    The Situation Today

    Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed. " – J. M. Somerville

    It is very disturbing that such religious violence and hatred continues unabated due to radomness of birth. Maybe just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

    January 23, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • myklds

      4.Reality

      And the solution?

      Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" will quickly converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired. Ditto for houses and classes of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

      John Hick, a noted British philosopher of religion, estimates that 95 percent of the people of the world owe their religious affiliation to an accident of birth. The faith of the vast majority of believers depends upon where they were born and when. Those born in Saudi Arabia will almost certainly be Moslems, and those born and raised in India will for the most part be Hindus. Nevertheless, the religion of millions of people can sometimes change abruptly in the face of major political and social upheavals. In the middle of the sixth century ce, virtually all the people of the Near East and Northern Africa, including Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt were Christian. By the end of the following century, the people in these lands were largely Moslem, as a result of the militant spread of Islam.

      The Situation Today

      Barring military conquest, conversion to a faith other than that of one’s birth is rare. Some Jews, Moslems, and Hindus do convert to Christianity, but not often. Similarly, it is not common for Christians to become Moslems or Jews. Most people are satisfied that their own faith is the true one or at least good enough to satisfy their religious and emotional needs. Had St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas been born in Mecca at the start of the present century, the chances are that they would not have been Christians but loyal followers of the prophet Mohammed

      It is very disturbing that such religious violence and hatred continues unabated due to radomness of birth. Maybe just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

      January 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      @eality...Sounds familiar huh?

      January 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  9. Doug Allard

    This was expected.
    I hope these "Moslem" parties lay off the Mafia tactics... and that the Tunisian people make sure of it

    January 23, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  10. Brighte

    The difference with islam vs. other religions is that is a political system as well as a religion. I believe that there are good doctors and bad doctors, etc. Its just logical. As far as individuals holding control over people and making it a government sponsored by a religion, history has proven it to be a disaster. Yes, there are good religions and bad religions. And islam is a bad religion, because is political.

    January 23, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  11. LarryCraigg

    Hey Fellow Tunisians:
    No need for an Islamic movement or party: these religious zealots want to steal your revolution. You need Freedom and Equality, job and respect not a religion.

    January 23, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  12. i used to jam in Joe's garage

    Will they have some hummus at the party that's some good stuff on fried ham with mustard in a pita.

    January 23, 2011 at 3:44 am |
  13. Jack Lail

    The words islamic and party just seem mutually exclusive.
    Sort of like alcoholic prohibitionists.

    January 23, 2011 at 3:29 am |
  14. Flex

    The most Man-Made religion I ever know.......

    January 23, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  15. Z

    To all commentators, remember that the oppression of women is purely cultural and not religiously driven. The madmen tend to use religion (in their own) interpretation to justify their actions. Muhammad's (peace be upon him) wife was a very successful businesswoman that Muhammad actually worked for until he married her, and even then, he still helped her business.

    January 23, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  16. Garrett

    Wow I haven't seen one cuss word, I'm impressed! But there was a little name calling and that sucks to read.

    January 23, 2011 at 1:13 am |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Since we cannot even say Consti-tution, I would be shocked to see a cuss word flow by!

      January 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  17. Garrett

    Wow not one cuss word yet. I am really impressed! But there was a little name calling and that kind of sucks to read.

    January 23, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  18. Jose

    Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. – 1 John 4:1

    This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. – Jeremiah 14:14

    Muhammad was a false prophet bent on deceiving the world. Come to Christ and beg to be forgiven of your sin so that you may have a place in Heaven.

    January 23, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Flex

      Amen..............

      January 23, 2011 at 2:39 am |
    • Brighte

      So true.

      January 23, 2011 at 8:07 am |
  19. Muhammad

    And Jews are from Palestine??? Why dont the Jews in Palestine go back to eastern Europe where they came from

    January 23, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • MikeBell

      Where were the Jews before they were exiled to Europe?

      January 23, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • Mohammed

      Where were you Mike before you came to America ?

      January 23, 2011 at 2:34 am |
  20. Muhammad

    Muslims are trying world dominance?? Who is invading whose land, the last time I checked it was American and British armies in Muslims land. Lets go back another 50 years ago. Oh it was French and British armies in the Middle East. how is trying to dominate the other???

    January 23, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • MikeBell

      Didn't you know it was Bush that naively removed the lid that Saddam had on the Islamic imperialist. Now that lid is off and Iran is embolden. We now have it permeating the whole of the world. So yes there is a threat of world dominance because the west and Christians are easy pushovers.

      January 23, 2011 at 1:06 am |
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