May 27th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

Imam fights street crime with mosque fight club

Editor's Note: This piece comes from a new CNN special “Stories: Reporter.” Tune in Saturday at 7:30PM EDT to see the full story.

By Eric Marrapodi, Dan Lothian, Chris Turner & Tom Foreman, CNN

Philadelphia (CNN) - Listen to the FBI and you will know that violent crime dropped over almost the whole country last year; murder, aggravated assault, forcible rape. Listen to people in some parts of Philadelphia and you will know that the Northeast is not part of that trend. Here the numbers keep climbing.

Violence comes to their streets as surely as sunset. Abandoned houses share corners with makeshift memorials to victims; often young men who get caught up in events they don't anticipate and can't escape.

"Around here it's not every safe to walk up the streets," one kid said. "Someone could come up to you and start shooting at you for no reason; just 'cause you're from that 'hood."

That is why Imam Suetwidien Muhammad chose this place to start hitting back.

"I came up in this neighborhood," he said sitting in the morning sun on the steps of a former plumbing supply warehouse. "This neighborhood was averaging six murders a month. There was a lot of violence, a lot of trash. We needed to bring about change."

So 10 years ago he started Masjid Muhammad of Philadelphia, a mosque in the old rundown warehouse. As he sat and explained how the mosque had grown to 500 members, workers above him pushed and slapped stucco into the three story stone facade above him. They started by fixing up the inside so people could have a safe place to come and pray.

Congregants said the place perennially smells like fresh paint because the imam is always busy fixing or improving something.

Inside the doors from what was once the plumbing supply loading dock are a small deli, a barber shop, a hair salon, a restaurant and a sprawling prayer space. But Imam Muhammad's pride and joy is upstairs, above the worship space; a boxing gym where the children of the neighborhood come every day.

"It's so unusual that we come under a lot of fire from even a lot of Muslims," he said. "Muslims will say, 'Muslims aren't supposed to engage in boxing.' They'll say, 'You are not supposed to hit a person in the face.'"

He smiles and points out that the gym is named after one of the most famous Muslims in the world: Muhammad Ali. "I don't look at it as such a violent thing, and I know the real violence is in guns and weapons and different things that happen in our community."

The young boxers are a range of ages. Some were raised Muslim, some Christian, some follow no faith, but all are welcome. The lessons are free and not just about boxing. Imam Muhammad talks endlessly about discipline, respect, education and commitment; about young people turning into responsible adults.

He knows all too well that just outside the doors others are pushing different messages, about gangs and drugs, and young boxers must run the gauntlet to come train. So he wants to get good habits established early.

"We don't have a lot of time to waste," he said. "When you come into this gym, this is where serious stuff starts. We want their commitments to be serious. We want them to be serious parents. And it all starts here."

Certainly, boxers like Jeremiah Kendrick take it seriously, if only because it gives him a safe harbor. "I'd rather be here than standing outside. You know how Philly is; the crime rate and everything. If I can avoid getting shot at and fighting I'll avoid that anytime of the day."

The snap of leather gloves on the heavy bag rings out. A steady thump from jumping rope hits the floor.

Worshippers can hear the sparring overhead as they pray their five prayers a day below, but the gym is something of a natural fit. Imam Muhammad was an amateur boxer who weathered almost a hundred fights, winning the vast majority, before hanging up his gloves. He was 88-8.

"I probably lost three times and was probably robbed five times," he said with a broad smile.

Philadelphia itself has a rich heritage of boxing that dates back well into the 1800s, producing champions such as Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier. But boxing clubs are closing. A few miles down the road, Frazier's famed gym is padlocked. On the faded concrete you can still see the outline of the letters that once hung above its door.

As he watches his young proteges jab and duck, swing and move, Imam Muhammad makes no apologies. He says he hears the critics, but he has seen too many young men walk in full of troubles and headed for more. "My hope for them is that they will immediately turn their life around."

He knows this is the fight of his life, and theirs too.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Leaders • Muslim • Pennsylvania • Prayer • United States

soundoff (398 Responses)
  1. Jim

    So you want CNN to ONLY report Muslim violence and gore huh. Censor out all the positive stuff as long as its coming from a Muslim. After all, all Muslims are evil so they should be incapable of doing anything other than blowing themselves up and slashing people's throats. There are approximately 1.5 billion Muslims in the world – I guess all of them are blowing themselves up and plotting your demise? Way to go kc continue being a repugnant and ignorant hillbilly.

    May 28, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Muslims think they impress us by claiming to be a group composed of 1.5 people. They are 1.5 billion people for whom we feel sorry. Most of those 1.5 billion alleged victims of the Islamic tyranny were not converted voluntarily because they found Islam to be a truthful and benevolent religion; they were forced to be perverted by Islam under the threat of being beheaded.
      So, be real and quit using such number of 1.5 billion because you just ridicule yourself by trying to intimidate or impress us with your overly inflated and embellished Islamic membership numbers.

      May 28, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • putskih

      Hey Jose, I live in the largest muslim populated country and nobody threatened to beheaded me unless I convert to Islam when I was an atheist. My aunt converted to Catholic from Islam a few years back, and, still amazingly, nobody is after her ass. Something is really wrong with the Islam they're practicing here .. hmm ..

      May 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  2. Pastor Evans

    Jesus Christ is Lord and King!!!

    May 28, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • KingdomCome

      He reigns on Earth forever & ever! Amen! Sobeit!

      May 28, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      That's right. Nevertheless, the Islamic paranoia and their Christianophobia perceives Christianity as if it were designed to contradict Islam. The Islamic ideology appeared 600 years after Jesus. God is not a "flip-flopper." He sent His Son Jesus to save mankind, therefore, He was not going to send any other messenger to confuse humankind. Mohammed was just a regular human being.

      May 28, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Hussain

      Dear Pastor Evans do know about JOSHUA EVANS
      i would like to recommend for you to watch on you tube a video of joshua evans. type in Youtube "top ten reasons why jesus is not god".

      And evidence are from the gospel !!!

      May 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Pastor Evans

      You said: "Jesus Christ is Lord and King!!!"

      Mithra is Lord and King; Ra is Lord and King; ___INSERT NAME HERE___ is Lord and King!

      I read a book recently. The book sucked, but there was one interesting chapter. This chapter contained 3 pages of gods someone has worshiped in the past. Each of these gods were loved, feared and prayed to.

      People believe, have believed, in different gods throughout history. No one that I know of worships Ra anymore. Yet, there is just as much evidence that Ra exists, as there is for the god of Abraham.

      Ra would leap to life, if people once again believed in him! Ra would answer prayers, fill the believer's heart with the warm and fuzzy, and would take away the fear of the dark.

      People's faith animates the gods. Once that faith is taken away, the gods lie silent. Forgotten.


      May 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  3. NYJustin

    I wish all muslims were like this imam and his following........unfortunately I am biased against most muslims just cause the scars from 9/11 are still there when i look in the mirror and my brother isn't going to be coming home. So don't sit next to me on the plane i'll be thinking of ways to kill you if you get out of line mr. muslim.

    May 28, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • Jim

      I bet that Muslim guy sitting next to you is thinking the same after the American government "accidentally" bombed his family to kingdom come.

      May 28, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • AmericanPieX

      NYJustin your a brain washed nut.

      May 28, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • BrandonM

      Blame our own government for training Al-queda and the Taliban in the past and not expecting them to attack us when they became powerful. The airport in which the hijackers trained to learn to fly is 10 minutes from my house. The US supplied them with weapons and ammunition to fight Iran in the past so their influence is because of us. Don't blame Islam, blame those who pervert the religion. Just as we have perverted our power in the world based on our "religion", christianity.

      July 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  4. labandme

    Big deal. People do good things all of the time without their religion being mentioned. CNN needs to learn what real news is instead of concentrating on commercials and dumb stories like this. We don't need muslim propaganda, we need officials with the gumption to stop letting the muslim cult into the country.

    May 28, 2011 at 10:18 am |
    • Derrique

      I agree!!

      May 28, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • NYJustin

      also agree with you.

      May 28, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • Jim

      Then you should start by deporting all Muslims like Muhammad Ali. And while you're at it, deport all the Catholics and the Protestants since they also have a history of violence. Let's not forget the Buddhists. Oh yeah – also the Hindus. That way the USA can become a peaceful atheist country where there is no crime and bloodshed since everyone thinks exactly like you.

      May 28, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  5. Derrique

    'Muslims aren't supposed to engage in boxing.' They'll say, 'You are not supposed to hit a person in the face.'

    Yeah, they're also not supposed to blow people up. They should be reasoning with their radical brethren, not griping at these guys. That is, if they want to convince the world that they're all 'peaceful'. I'll believe it when I see it.

    May 28, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • hum

      "I'll believe it when I see it."

      You saw it just too many times but you refuse to recognize it, blinded by your ideology.
      How do you see that a person is peaceful ? Well you see it everytime somebody is not abusing you physically or verbally (like what you are doing right now with a billion+ people).

      Peaceful protests and upheavals in the arab/muslim world have recently impressed the whole world. Peaceful muslims along with their christian/jewish fellow citizens protested against bloody dictatorships until death or dignity. Civilians stood up to tanks and anti-aircraft missile launchers, Is'nt this enough for convincing you ? If not, then you are completely blinded by your hatred.

      May 28, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  6. ASH

    Why do conversations devolve into us v them any time the worlds Muslim, mosque, or Islam are mentioned? Shame on you. This isn't an article about Islam or about Muslims living in Philadelphia. It's about one man who is doing a lot more than most of us to keep our kids safe and off the streets. Thank you, Imam Muhammed.

    May 28, 2011 at 9:46 am |
    • Derrique

      You have to understand that people are still sore about 9-11. Most will be for the rest of their lives. They have that right. You can't just magically make them like you, because you suddenly want acceptance and whine when you don't get it.

      May 28, 2011 at 9:52 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Derrique – But do we want to come to the point where we are like the old folks that still hold on to issues until we die. We have some whites that hold on to the images they saw of the Rodney King riots and some blacks that hold on to the image of Rodney King getting beaten.

      It is the human emotion to hold on to such feelings but does that mean we have to. I hear a few atheist that say they feel the way they do about Christians because they grew up and had a bad experience in their youth with the church.

      9/11 was horrible but we can't heap this on every Muslim that we meet now and in the future.

      May 28, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • Derrique

      No, you're right, of course. I'm just saying that it's human nature. Some people will need some time to recover. As much as we'd all like everybody to get along NOW, it just isn't possible. Not yet. Also, as long as the suicide bombs and terrorist acts in the name of 'Islam' continue, then it's only going to delay peoples' feelings on how they view them. That's not their fault. That's a natural reaction, and unfortunately, most people aren't that forgiving. On top of that, the LAST thing they want to hear is a bunch of Sharia propaganda. Wait until they can tolerate you, before you start shoving the Q'uran down their throats. Just generalizing for some folks, myself not included.

      May 28, 2011 at 10:17 am |
    • Jim

      What these people fail to understand is, peace is a 2 way street. While Americans cry and gnash their teeth over 9/11, how many Americans wonder why America is hated, and not only by Muslim countries. The propaganda goes that its because evil people hate American freedom and way of life. That is total BS. True, there are evil people who hate America just for being America, the vast majority sees Americans as a bully that supports tyrants that oppresses their own people as long as they are to American interests. And how many innocent people became victims of American war – innocent people being bombed and shot "by accident". Sometimes entire families wiped out. Then Americans simply dismisses these things as "too bad, collateral damage".

      May 28, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • Derrique

      @Jim: I'm sure they already understand that peace is a 2 way street. However, you can't FORCE them to recover any faster. I'm not saying they WON'T eventually recover, but you can't say they're not trying, just because they're still hurting. That's lame. Also, you can't compare 'accidental' to 'deliberate' bombings. I'm in the Air Force, and that 'bleeding heart' BS isn't going to work on my ears, especially because I'm a Weapons Load Crew Chief on fighter jets. Probably the wrong conversation to be having with me. If you've never served, then you probably don't want to start a topic that you know nothing about. You need to pick some better comparisons. The bottle line is: American still needs time to heal. That's fair. Sure, time heals all wounds, but some people need more of it. You obviously had no problem recovering, assuming you even suffered a loss during 9-11, but others aren't so lucky and fortunate.

      May 28, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Samuel

      Agreed. Well said...
      Adding on to your point, I think people just don't understand what they're trying to argue about. If we all took the time to study the faith of Islam a little more, It is a VERY peaceful faith. Granted, there are some who take it too far, with violence and terror, but are we any better, with Christian Crusades during the Middle Ages, or our complete disregard and ignorance today? Ash, I agree whole-heartedly....

      May 28, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  7. Trevor

    I applaud this imam and wish him and his community all the best. All the negative comments here are missing the point and are only spewing out hatred based on their bias and ignorance.

    May 28, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  8. D-man5005

    In other news, Imam blows self up in name of Allah...

    May 28, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • Sean

      An Iman would never do that.. They always get someone else to do it for them..

      May 28, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  9. Jose M. Pulido

    God raised prophets to talk ONLY to Israel and to some of the people of a few other countries such as Jonah who was sent to what is today Syria. But after such prophets passed away, God did not need any more porophets. Jesus is the Son of God and not a regular human prophet. Therefore, Mohammed was not a prophet of God; he was just a self-styled stand up prophet who appeared 600 years after Jesus the Christ. All humankind needs to be saved is Jesus and not any other ideology.

    May 28, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  10. MikeBell

    Thanks to liberal policies that have created this government dependency class through segregationist programs like 'public housing' and financial discouragement of fathers staying in the home.
    Indeed the faction that currently controls our government has no intention of losing its voting base by providing programs that let people become free and self-reliant enough to become from the political bondage imposed upon them by Lords and Masters of 'Uncle Sam's Plantation'.
    This article is promoted as a community outreach and reigns in the unfocused 'rage' of the youth in these 'class' segregated areas. What is the focus that is being promoted? Having discipline, respect, education and commitment; and becoming responsible adults also translates into loyalty to something.
    I applaud efforts to end senseless violence. But recruiting for more disciplined subversive causes is a concern that has merit.

    May 28, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  11. Jose M. Pulido

    Islamists target high crime areas to open their sleeper cells because they think they can recruit violent people who can be easily turned into terrorists for their erroneous Islamic ideology.

    May 28, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • lordpet

      so the boxing gym is a sleeper cell? They recruiting the Christians who go there? Don't you know anything about boxing? Boxers are pretty calm outside the ring, let it all go in the ring. They will stand up for themselves though, if you try to mess with them. They aren't people who are addicted to violence and want to run around blowing things up. sheesh

      May 28, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Jim

      ummm.... Jose M. Pullido before you start spewing your garbage here I suggest getting your facts straight. Obviously you know absolutely nothing of what you talk about – but that doesn't stop you from opening your big mouth huh. Terrorist recruits are always the very poor, ignorant and uneducated. That is why it is easy to brainwash these people. Not all recruits are "violent". They are brainwashed into becoming violent.

      May 28, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Any gathering of Muslims for any reason such as "sports" is a very likely sleeper cell.

      May 28, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  12. G-Sus

    Pretty cool stuff. Maybe they'll make a movie about this someday.

    May 28, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  13. Jose M. Pulido

    'Muslims aren't supposed to engage in boxing.' They'll say, 'You are not supposed to hit a person in the face.'" Muslims are supossed to blow up airplanes and buildings ans slash throats of passangers as the Islamic terrorists did on 9/11 did before crashing the planes on the WTC.

    May 28, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • wow

      That is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard. It's people like you who spread hate and violence and generalize Muslims into one group. You probably wouldn't like it if people characterized your race in a negative way. Way to go jose you dumb*&% ignorant idiot. go hide under a rock, we dont need people like you

      June 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  14. lordpet

    Here's someone doing something positive and the Islamophobes condemn it. Yet whenever there's bad news, they point the finger at Muslims and say, "do something positive." Maybe you who hate should point the finger at yourselves and try to do something positive.

    May 28, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  15. kc

    Ahhhh.... the Muslim propaganda pieces are alive and well. So we will read about a puff piece about an Imam and not about the thousands of instances where Muslims, the same Muslims, keep their women as dogs, murder innocent Christians, strap bombs on themselves to murder anyone, etc.
    Sorry CNN, you may sway the progressive simple minded, but not those that think.

    May 28, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • Jim

      So you want CNN to ONLY report Muslim violence and gore huh. Censor out all the positive stuff as long as its coming from a Muslim. After all, all Muslims are evil so they should be incapable of doing anything other than blowing themselves up and slashing people's throats. There are approximately 1.5 billion Muslims in the world – I guess all of them are blowing themselves up and plotting your demise? Way to go kc continue being a repugnant and ignorant hillbilly.

      May 28, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  16. Michael

    The comments oftentimes bother me. Why is it that when anyone does something positive for something they love in the name of their God; do others who do not feel the same feel the need to persecute the person who committed an act of love?
    Rather than condemnation, why not take his example and use it? he is worried about the kids in his neighborhood and gave them a safe place to go, to learn discipline, inner strength, restraint, self control, and many other virtuous things. Because he loves his neighborhood and is concerned about the children of the neighborhood. If a man can do these things he is praiseworthy as a human, and an example to us who sit on a fence and bemoan our surroundings. Any man who can do this; be he Christian, Muslim, Hebrew, Hindu, of No Faith, should be praised.
    At the end of the road we will sit in the shade and rest our blistered feet, and look for something cool to ease our parched throats. On that day will it matter who hands you the cup? No, they have walked many the same mile you have. Just another road weary traveler.

    May 28, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • JR

      Well, the problem with that is that this particular religion is causing a lot of death and destruction around the world. There are many many peaceful and kind Muslims who take the 'peace' part of the religion and apply it...but unfortunately a huge number of Muslims in other parts of the world that are living literally in the 6th century and murdering people who aren't cooperating with them. As a result, there are also a large number of non-muslims that don't appreciate nor trust the religion or those who profess it.

      To not acknowlledge that is to ignore the 10,000 pound elephant in the living room. It's not confusing or confounding, it's pretty simple. If you've been burned, you're likely to be cautious. Have it be bad enough, you can become negative.

      I wish only well on those who have peaceful and well meaning hearts, no matter what their religion is. I'm neutral on this imam, have no idea what this guy's motivation is, and I hope for the best. But I also wouldn't be surprised if the motivation was otherwise. Too many stories of people who look one way and are really another.

      Other people have had enough of Islam, however. Too many terrorists are working on behalf of allah. In my real life, I take people as they come and trust/mistrust them, accordingly. But with those who believe is Islam, I trust them despite their religious background, not because of it.

      May 28, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • Derrique

      People all over the U.S. do things like this, everyday. You just don't read about them, because they're missing the 'Islam' factor. Yet another CNN sob story to make us sympathize a people who try to force our admiration and acceptance.

      May 28, 2011 at 9:58 am |
  17. Derek

    There are no gods.

    May 28, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  18. Reality

    Muslims demonize themselves via the history and theology of Islam as seen in their founder, an illiterate, hallucinating, warmongering, greedy and lust-filled, long-dead Arab. As long as the Worst Book Ever Written aka the koran is the operating manual of Islam, Muslims of any stripe to include Muneef and Imam Suetwidien Muhammad cannot be trusted. And this ladies and gentlemen is why Islam will crash someday in a whirlwind of common sense and rational thinking but ..
    st the Five Steps to Deprogram Islam must be promulgated in the Islamic world which at the moment is difficult because of imams and their assassin and terror go-ons who terrorize thinking Muslims and non-Muslims with bombings, stabbings, beheadings and stonings all in the name of allah. If you have a Muslim friend/neighbor, please print out a copy of the Five Steps and give it to them.

    firThe 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!!!!

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism

    May 28, 2011 at 7:25 am |
    • Omar

      Ignorance man. Something are not that complicated and if you try match one complex instance with another, most of the time you will be inaccurate like you are about the Muslim Faith.

      May 28, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • Reality

      More about the Muslim "faith":

      . 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 global blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      May 28, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Jim

      Hey Mr Reality, it's easy to nit pick and twist the Koran as how you would like to see it to suit your own ends. You should be a lawyer. No, in fact – you have the mind-set of a terrorist. Congratulations.

      May 28, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • Reality

      Only for those who are "reading challenged":







      Added details upon request.

      May 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  19. This is a Imam

    To be an Imam you must learn arabic lang. , learn and understand the Noble Quran... When i see this so called Imam in a western suite and following the Christian belief of wearing a ring on the ring finger... its haraam .. another uncle tom muslim pleasing the american people

    May 28, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      This is a Imam:
      Noble Quran? The Quran is book of ideology, it is a declaration of war to all humankind who is free from Islam. it is a way to justify murder and terrorism. It is a useless and worthless book to reach God.

      May 28, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • Fordham Jock

      "and following the Christian belief of wearing a ring on the ring finger"
      Ummm sir, well apparently YOU think "the ring finger" is meant for that purpose, also, as you call it by that name.
      Actually I must have missed the semester at Tubingen when they taught us about where Bejesus preached about what his followers had to wear. Now that IS a unique idea for an entrepreneurial soul, Christian Jewelry and Underwear. Let me work on that one. Ooh I smell a buyout.

      May 28, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • Real Muslim Woman

      Since you are a "real Imam", bring a single hadith or half a verse from the Quran saying that you must know Arabic to be an Imam? Secondly, are Muslims supposed to dress Eastern, Northern or Souther, as opposed to "western" ? You can fool some people sometimes, but you can't fool me, you fraud. Go read a book about Islam.

      May 29, 2011 at 1:38 am |
    • Real Muslim Woman

      Oh and by t he way, أنا اتكلم اللغة العربية . Go ahead and google translate, because im nearly 102% sure you have no knowledge of Arabic Language.

      May 29, 2011 at 1:40 am |
  20. junus

    Keep playing with God, if your lose, it's one HELL, of a price to pay.

    May 28, 2011 at 6:02 am |
    • Bucky Ball

      That's very unoriginal. In fact it's SO boring that in philosophy it has a name. It's called Pascal's Wager.

      May 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
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