February 7th, 2011
07:29 AM ET

Call for unity among Christians, Muslims

Egyptian protesters in Atlanta call for unity among Christians and Muslims.
CNN's Don Lemon reports.
- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. NM


    February 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Al-Anaam sura 06:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Say: Come, I will recite unto you that which your Lord hath forbidden to you: that ye ascribe no thing as partner unto Him and that ye do good to parents, and that ye slay not your children because of penury – We provide for you and for them – and that ye draw not nigh to lewd things whether open or concealed. And that ye slay not the life which Allah hath made sacred, save in the course of justice. This He hath command you, in order that ye may discern. (151) And approach not the wealth of the orphan save with that which is better, till he reach maturity. Give full measure and full weight, in justice. We task not any soul beyond its scope. And if ye give your word, do justice thereunto, even though it be (against) a kinsman; and fulfil the covenant of Allah. This He commandeth you that haply ye may remember. (152) And (He commandeth you, saying): This is My straight path, so follow it. Follow not other ways, lest ye be parted from His way. This hath He ordained for you, that ye may ward off (evil). (153).

    February 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Muneef

      Al-Anaam sura 06:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Lo! As for those who sunder their religion and become schismatics, no concern at all hast thou with them. Their case will go to Allah, Who then will tell them what they used to do. (159) Whoso bringeth a good deed will receive tenfold the like thereof, while whoso bringeth an ill-deed will be awarded but the like thereof; and they will not be wronged. (160) Say: Lo! As for me, my Lord hath guided me unto a straight path, a right religion, the community of Abraham, the upright, who was no idolater. (161) Say: Lo! my worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. (162) He hath no partner. This am I commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (unto Him). (163) Say: Shall I seek another than Allah for Lord, when He is Lord of all things? Each soul earneth only on its own account, nor doth any laden bear another's load. Then unto your Lord is your return and He will tell you that wherein ye differed. (164) He it is Who hath placed you as viceroys of the earth and hath exalted some of you in rank above others, that He may try you by (the test of) that which He hath given you. Lo! Thy Lord is swift in prosecution, and Lo! He verily is Forgiving, Merciful. (165).

      February 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  3. Muneef

    {"!!!!! Believe Where Others Doubt,
          Save Where Others Waste,
          Work Where Others Refuse,   
          Stay Where Others Quit,
          You Will Win Where Others Lose !!!!!"}

    February 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  4. Muneef

    America is the capital of the world and a liar who would say otherwise and their involvement is for them to believe that even if Muslim brother would come to rule it is no danger to international interests, since as it seemed that the Egyptian Presedent and Party were milking America in the name of Threats of Muslim Brothers...so same is not at all related to the Quran verse you were mentioning after all if America and here Allies if felt danger of those brothers they would not leave Egypt to regain peace but will turn to the worse....

    February 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      Obviously, you still have not taken the Five Steps for Curing Islam. Scroll up and read in order to join the 21st century.
      Two minutes is all it takes!!! Freedom, Freedom at last!!!

      February 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  5. (B)iraq Hussein Osama

    The Koran clearly states, "do not take jews and christians as your 'awliya' (meaning protectors), they are 'awliya' only of each other". This verse clearly states that Muslims should not involve jews and christians in internal affairs of the Muslim state. As this will weaken the faith of Islam and have the Muslim state compromise on its principals.

    But the Saudis and most other dictators in the Arab world have Western States as their protectors, in DIRECT CONTRADICTION to what the Koran demands.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Reality

      B)iraq Hussein Osama,

      Obviously, you need take the Five Steps for Curing Islam. Scroll up and read in order to join the 21st century.
      Two minutes is all it takes!!! Freedom, Freedom at last!!!

      February 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Reality

      B)iraq Hussein Osama,

      Obviously, you need to take the Five Steps for Curing Islam. Scroll up and read in order to join the 21st century.
      Two minutes is all it takes!!! Freedom, Freedom at last!!!

      February 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  6. (B)iraq Hussein Osama

    Quite pathetic to see a Muslim begging a "Kafir" President to help bring down a dictator. What a shame, that Muslims do not have the will to do their own dirty work themselves. How many dead Egyptian Muslims would it take to bring down Hosni, 100,000? 500,000? Better for 1/2 million Muslims to die trying than for one Muslim to be begging kafirs to interfere in what is clearly an internal Muslim matter.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Wow, Muslims lives mean so little to you that you would waste so many over a point of pride? Unbelievable.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • civiloutside

      Given that Egypt is home to more than merely Muslims, and more than merely the Muslims take issue with the Mubarak regime it's not even an *accurate* point of pride.

      February 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      "booo hooo. boo hooo"
      "help us useless moslems, O King Obama"
      "we are so useless and helpless"
      "we can't even dethrone sissy little Hosni Mubarak"
      "we beg you, our Lord Obama"
      "save us from our own Brother Hosni"
      "booo hooo. booo hooo"
      "you are our real hero, King Obama"
      "we adore you and worship you"
      "our great Lord Obama"
      "booo hooo. booo hooo"

      utterly pathetic. not sure who is more pathetic, the Saudi stooges of King Obama or the American Muslim subjects of King Obama, its pretty neck and neck.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      So then is it safe for us to as-sume you are currently packing your bags for YOUR trip to Egypt in order to support the people (cause evidently, Westerners cannot) or are you just talking big behind a computer screen? I'm leaning towards the latter!

      February 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  7. Muneef

    The sign show both religious signs put together as a crossbow and an arrow !!?

    February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Nonimus

      I suppose if you want to see it that way it might look like an abstract crossbow and arrow.

      However, it is also a crescent and cross that form an E and T around GYP: E-GYP-T. I think that is what CM was commenting on.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      I know about the letters but think with a little adjustment the Cross and the Crescent would make a fine looking Bow and Arrow,which in the end could mean some thing meaning no one with out the other?

      February 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Muneef and Nonimus,
      My thought on the sign was that the cresent and cross have come together to hold Egyt in its embrace....As in love one another and everyone inbetween.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Muneef

      Yes of course have understood what you meant after all the country is a country of all Egyptians whether Muslim or Christian or Jewish if any...those all have suffered for 30 years in the hands of this dictatorship which cared less for the people of Egypt only was there a greed for their money beside the control of their life and destiny...but above all only people with true faith can achieve what they have achieved, as people with no faith have not that will and power within granted by God to his believers....

      February 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • Muneef

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      February 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  8. Nonimus

    I'm surprised Belief Blog doesn't have an article on this:

    Coptic mass in Tahrir Square (1:14)
    Feb 6 – Coptic Christians hold a mass in Tahrir Square and add their voices those calling for reform in Egypt. Deborah Gembara reports

    February 7, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  9. Reality

    Another necessary reiteration considering the immense con game involved:

    Saving Christians from the Resurrection Con Game:

    From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

    Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

    To wit;

    From a major Catholic university's theology grad school white-board notes:

    "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
    Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

    Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

    Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

    The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

    Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

    "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."

    The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

    Of course, we all know that angels are really mythical "pretty wingie talking thingies".

    With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

    An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,
    "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."
    o p.168. by Ted Peters:
    "Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

    So where are the bones? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Truth and Logic

      Saving the atheist from ignorance:

      Do you think its a coincidence that...
      of billions of stars and planets in the many galaxies, only earth has life, and abundance of it?

      the sun is 400 times the size of the earth's moon, 400 times further away from earth than the moon, yet they look both proportionally the same size in our sky?

      the sun lights the days nicely, while the moon glimmers in the night sweetly and the clouds bring forth rain to water our crops, which bring forth food in your stomach?

      Do you think its a coincidence that...
      birds in the air whistle sweet songs and dogs show unconditional love?

      your body heals naturally when you cut yourself, or you become sick and it goes away?

      humans have intangible senses, called emotions where we feel love, hate, anger, sadness, happiness, shock, confused, hurt, healed, and so forth?

      Do you think its a coincidence that...
      you were born from a lady's womb and you will die a death, without choice of either?

      the complexity of dna is so mind boggling, that scientists worldwide now have gone from 'no god' to claiming a "Divine Creator"? http://www.talkjesus.com/evidence-prophecy-facts/9427-dna-double-helix.html

      your body's anatomy is complex, so fine and so articulate that you wonder how this "accident" came to be?
      Do you think its a coincidence that...
      there are endless variety of delicious fruits, vegetables, nuts, wheats to make infinite delicious recipes to satisfy our hunger?

      there are thousands and thousands of exotic amazing land animals and thousands more amazing sea creatures?

      you have eyes so you can see, ears so you can hear, heart so you can feel, mind so you can think?
      Do you think its a coincidence that...
      there are thousands of recovered artifacts proving the validity of Scripture, the Holy Bible itself? http://www.talkjesus.com/evidence-prophecy-facts/9737-dead-sea-scrolls.html

      those who have faith in Jesus Christ witness miracles, worldwide? http://www.talkjesus.com/evidence-prophecy-facts/7805-miracles-jesus-christ.html

      almost all Old Testament prophecies have been already fulfilled and more continue being fulfilled? http://www.talkjesus.com/evidence-prophecy-facts/7726-messianic-prophecies-list.html

      Do you think its a coincidence that...
      a farmer plants the seeds, yet the farmer does not make the seed grow and the farmer never initially created the seed?

      that fruits and vegetables have seeds so that they produce more fruits and vegetables?

      your body needs vitamins and nutrients found in GOD's natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, wheat?

      "The atheist cannot find God for the same reasons a thief cannot find a police officer."


      February 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Truth and Logic


      Do you think it coincidence that atheism has never had many professors and that all of them are dead and the current ones are either disabled or old?

      Do you think it coincidence that gravity keeps the universe functioning?

      Do you think it coincidence that after Issac Newton discovered gravity, people thought the universe was a machine God had made?


      February 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • civiloutside

      @Truth and Logic asks:

      "Do you take it as coincidence that..?"


      More to the point, many of your "coincidences" betray a few misunderstandings. Among them:

      The earth is not *necessarily* the only planet among billions to have an abundance of life. We don't know how many do – we've only observed a couple hundred planets at all, and don't yet have the ability to observe most planets in enough detail to determine if they have life or not. So this argument of yours is nothing but an assumption.

      The fact that our earth is "perfectly suited to us," is not really a coincidence in evolutionary theory. Evolution rewards lifeforms that are best adapted to their environment. So it would only be natural that lifeforms that evolve in any given environment will be well suited to it (and, to the extent that those lifeforms influence their environment, vice versa).

      DNA is immensely complex. The odds of any given chemical reaction producing viable DNA are astronomical. The universe, however, is such a vast place in which so many chemical reactions take place in so many different circu-mstances that even the most ridiculously unlikely chemical events can be effectively inevitable. Try taking a gander at the amount of matter floating aound out there – astrophysiists have made published estimates and it's mind-boggling.

      So before dismissing "coincidences," try to get a grasp on jus how many opportunities some of these coincidences have had to occur.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      Al-Mumenoon sura 23:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Deemed ye then that We had created you for naught, and that ye would not be returned unto Us? (115) Now Allah be Exalted, the True King! There is no God save Him, the Lord of the Throne of Grace. (116).

      February 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  10. Reality

    A necessary reiteration considering the situation:

    Saving Muslims is quite easy!!!

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

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

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

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

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.
    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

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

    February 7, 2011 at 8:58 am |
  11. CatholicMom

    Clever sign!

    February 7, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • Nonimus

      Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't see it at first.

      February 7, 2011 at 10:52 am |
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