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My Take: Muslims deepened their American roots after 9/11
Civic groups that American Muslims launched before 9/11 expanded dramatically after the attacks.
September 2nd, 2011
02:08 PM ET

My Take: Muslims deepened their American roots after 9/11

Editor's note: Eboo Patel is Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization building interfaith cooperation, and author of Acts of Faith. Follow him on Twitter: @EbooPatel.

By Eboo Patel, Special to CNN

In the early years of Islam, when the Muslim community was small and frequently under attack, the Prophet Mohammed sent a delegation of recent converts from the city of Mecca to the kingdom of Abyssinia. The Abyssinian king was a Christian and when he asked the Muslims about the faith they followed, one of the Muslims recited the Quran:

She said, "How shall I have a son whom no mortal has touched, either have I been unchaste?"

He said: "'Even so my Lord has said; 'Easy is that for Me; and that We may appoint him a sign unto men and a mercy from Us, it is a thing decreed.'"

These lines are about Mary, mother of Jesus. They show how Muslims revere her and that they believe that Mary was a virgin when she bore Jesus, just as Christians do.

But some enemies of the Muslims emphasized to the Abyssinians that the Muslims had a different view of Jesus than Christians did. Sure, Muslims believed that Jesus was one of God's prophets, these enemies said, but they didn't believe he was God's only son or humankind's savior.

And yet the king of Abyssinia was so moved by the commonalities between his Christian faith and Islam that he ignored those who sought to sow division, allowing the Muslims to stay and practice their faith in his kingdom.

This story is a metaphor for the path that Muslims in America have taken since the tragic events of 9/11 ten years ago. In the face of those who would paint us as "foreign" or "other," we are emphasizing the values and beliefs that Islam holds in common with other American communities.

As the American Muslim community started to grow in the 1960s and 1970s, largely through immigration from the Middle East and South Asia and conversion by African-Americans, Muslims focused their energies on establishing families, building businesses and advancing their careers.

With respect to religion, there was a huge amount of work involved in opening mosques, finding spaces to hold Muslim weddings and funerals and creating educational outfits to teach our faith to our children. Like Jews and Catholics before us, Muslims also showed concern for family and the faithful back in the countries of their birth.

But by the 1990s, Muslims began looking outside our own community, launching projects to strengthen ties between us and the rest of the country.

The idea behind these new organizations was simple: Muslims were now calling America "home" and Islam called us to cooperate with and serve neighbors of all backgrounds.

In Chicago, the INNER-City Muslim Action Network was formed to run community development programs, ranging from anti-violence interventions to feeding the hungry.

In the San Francisco Bay area, Muslims launched a group called ING to send Muslim speakers into schools and to community groups to emphasize shared values. In Washington, the Muslim Public Service Network got going to provide fellowships for young Muslim interning in the nation's capital.

As opposed to focusing solely on the Muslim immigrant community, this new generation of groups worked closely with African-American Muslims. And the groups' model of reorienting the Muslim community toward the United States attracted support from Muslim leaders.

"Home is not where your grandfather was born," says one of those leaders, Muslim Public Affairs Council founder Maher Hathout, "but where your grandchildren will be buried."

After the 9/11 attacks, Muslims grieved for fellow Americans who perished in the attacks, whose ranks included Muslims. We were shocked when some of our fellow citizens threatened mosques and pointed their fingers at Islam, treating us as if we were in league with the terrorists, rather than as fellow victims and mourners.

Those accusations made us realize that too many of our neighbors knew too little about us and our religion. In turned out that the event most Americans associated with Islam was 9/11. The Muslim figure they were most likely to recognize was Osama bin Laden.

This problem was exacerbated by a small network of activists and intellectuals intent on spreading ugly misinformation about Islam, presenting our religion as inherently violent, its adherents as dangerous fanatics.

For all the pride we Muslims took in having established our mosques and families and businesses in the United States over the past generation, we had the same realization that largely immigrant religious groups like Jews and Catholics had in earlier decades as they strove to deepen American roots: we had to invest more energy into bridge-building efforts with the rest of the country, to place more emphasis on commonalities.

Just as Jews and Catholics deepened American roots by launching an array of civil society organizations, from schools to universities to hospitals to social service groups that have benefited the broader American public, so would Muslims.

As a result, the American Muslim organizations launched in the years leading up to 9/11 have moved to the center of the American Muslim consciousness. Many of them grown dramatically since 9/11, expanding staffs, budgets and programs.

The change the groups have inspired has been remarkable.

A new generation of Muslims are becoming public policy experts, writers and social entrepreneurs, launching organizations that seek to build understanding and cooperation between Muslims and the rest of the country. These American Muslim leaders will be the architects of a network of civic organizations that will one day look like the networks that Catholics and Jews have established.

Muslims are not the first faith community to experience discrimination in America and we're not the first to respond by building bridges outside the community. It's precisely the path that Jews and Catholics walked before us, and it's a crucial part of the American story: a nation defined by its diversity and built by the contributions of its many communities.

The opinions expressed are solely those of Eboo Patel.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Opinion

soundoff (823 Responses)
  1. talezspin

    Wow, so much for the author's ignorance and bias. He points out only one part of the story – yes the Christians of Abyssinia provided shelter to Muhammad's followers when they were persecuted in Mecca. However, after becoming powerful and conquering Mecca, Muhammad's followers and the first caliphs returned the favor by expelling ALL Christians and Jews from Mecca and Arabia – which stands even till today!!! WHAT A WAY TO RETURN THE FAVOR!!! THIS IS REAL ISLAM

    Why isn't the whole story mentioned? Search online for 'The Religion of Peace Jesus Muhammad'

    September 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • talezspin

      Yes, this is REAL ISLAM

      September 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • kim jung

      Don't judge on a religion based on what haters may say in whatever Non-certified sites!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Monbois

      "Religion of Peace"?! HA! What an oxymoron!!!

      No country where religion is present enjoys peace for long.

      September 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • J.W

      There is religion where I live and it is pretty peaceful.

      September 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Real Deal

      kim jung

      "Don't judge on a religion based on what haters may say in whatever Non-certified sites!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

      Nor should one limit their worldview to biased propaganda sites. Good to see you here... where realism is often approached.

      September 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • talezspin

      Kim Jung,

      Non-certified sites? Certified by whom – Muslims? Do you really expect any Muslim to take a critical look at Islam? Criticism and asking questions about Muhammad and the Quran is prohibited in Islam. So you don't find any Muslim certified websites – would you? Why don't you just verify what is written there instead of just hiding behind you allegation that the website is from haters?

      September 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Allocer

      talezspin likes to spew garbage because he is behind a computer screen.

      September 5, 2011 at 12:37 am |
    • AGuest9

      You DO realize that Islam is like a cancer, don't you?

      September 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  2. Sad American

    I write with tears in my eyes. Every American who holds his head high with lofty thoughts, acts in tune with our American values as bequeathed to us by our founding Fathers, and goes about their day to day lives is a soldier fighting to keep America at the top.

    What destroys a nation is not the number of martyrs it has amassed but the number of intellects that have been diseased for this destroys the will and thought of the nation. This comment forum is a Petri dish of precisely those virulent pathogens that infect our national consciousness and bringing America to her knees. I know I am not alone in my tears millions of right minded Americans share in my pain as do our beloved founding fathers who are also weeping in their graves. This kind of low discourse is the opposite of what the founding fathers stood for.

    Eboo on the other hand would make them proud. He sums up commentators on the comments forum perfectly:
    "This problem was exacerbated by a small network of activists and intellectuals intent on spreading ugly misinformation about Islam, presenting our religion as inherently violent, its adherents as dangerous fanatics."

    Incredibly and sadly each post here trumpets a confirmation of his observation – but diseased minds will not see this.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Mohammad

      Don't be sad. People can cherry pick a verse from here or there to vilify Muslims but God will chose the best, he works in mysterious ways as our Christian brothers say.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son? I can help you my son.-

      September 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  3. Amy

    Yes Islam is very misunderstood, it is a peaceful and tolerant religion taken out of context. Here let me give you some examples, taken from the Qu'ran.

    Quran (2:191-193) – "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]... but if desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah."

    Quran (8:12) – "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

    As well as many others too long to post here. I had a favorable view about Islam before and even a bit after 9/11 to defend my Muslim friends, then actually doing research and reading some parts of the Qu'ran it was mind-numbing. Prophets should not be sleeping with children or encouraging his followers to take slaves. Most followers of Islam have not even read and understood the entire Qu'ran in their own language ( or most Hadiths ). It's mindless memorization. It's all about careful cherry-picking and third person interpretations to promote the positive parts and blatantly ignoring most of the controversial commands which encourages unsympathetic feelings towards non-believers, vengeful, merciless torture for those who do not follow the Qu'ran's law in this life and the hereafter. Peace means human compassion and love for everyone, no fine print.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • Sad American

      Amy,

      The verses you cite are egregiously taken out context and are quoted without understanding. These verses have never been understood in the literal manner you present in over 1400 years since they were revealed – except for by crazies and psychotics – no different from Hitler, Timothy McVeigh or the leaders of the crusades whose atrocities were apologized for recently by The Pope himself.

      My dear please go talk to Muslims who have read and understood the Quran – your heart will be relieved and mind put at rest when you realize that Islam is in fact utterly peaceful.

      As for sleeping with children is concerned even as recently as your grandparents and great grandparents generation it was not uncommon for a 15 and 16 year old to get married. 1400 years ago was a different time and society where people reached mental maturity much more rapidly. In Islam one is considered to have achieved biological maturity when a boy or girl reaches puberty. We know that Aisha was both physically and mentally mature when the marriage was consummated.

      I commend your quest to learn what you do not know and your intelligent and fair concerns.

      September 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Amy

      @ Sad America
      I just knew someone was going to say that. If my words are taken out of context then why did 9/11 even happen to begin with? Why did Muslims celebrate after 9/11? Why do suicide bombings even happen? Why do the killings of Muslim apostates even happen? Why do Muslims families ostracize their children when they want to mingle with Westerners? Why are almost all Islamic run countries saturated in so much bloodshed and they fight everyone, Jews, Hindus, Christians, and even other Muslims (Sunni vs. Shi'ite)?

      Also you are right Aisha was more mature for her time. But that still isn't anything to proud of for a prophet who is suppose to represent teachings and progressive morals to be acceptable for years after his time. Jesus and Buddha for example did not indulge in such things. Their focus was on their mission for humanity and better living, for *all people* for the future. They did not themselves partake in certain earthly indulgences because it was acceptable at the time such as slavery, child marriages, cruel punishments such as stoning, nor did they seek conquest by the sword or military might.

      My quest to seek more knowledge are based on observing current events, learning about various beliefs and ideologies beyond Islam and Christianity, and speaking with ex-Muslims who's lives have been ruined by Islam (not to mention threatened) vs. my Muslim friends who are content with their religion and are very happy and promote the more peaceful side. I don't disregard your comment however because I understand everyone practices and interprets their religion in their own way. I'm just stating my views based on how I view it from outside the box looking in.

      September 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son? I can help you my son..

      September 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • ChRIST TEMPLAR

      @All

      This is very interesting, about how Christian and Jews had been misunderstood, Muslim thinks Jews robbed Palestine, Christians help Jews, USA help Jews kill Muslim in Afghan/Iraq.

      As Christians, we must love peoples that hate us even in http://quran/5/51/ stated that Jews and Christians must not be a friends of Muslim.

      The number of persecution as in http://persecution.org raising in most majority Muslim.

      The number of Converted Christians from Muslim are arising fast like stated in http//ww.faithfreedom.org/

      There is problem on internal muslim itself, this problem is different interpretation between Muslim leader and clerics. The Al Qaedah Taliban Wahabi think that kill infidel is a must and now the world is under holy war between mujahedeen againts infidels.
      While in others, The Modern Muslim think that the world is no longer in war. That the non muslim were not infidels.

      This is why majority Muslim keep quiet on terrorist act bomber killing:

      First: They were too afraid to be called anti Islam by radicals if they oppose radical way.

      Second: The radicals are in good shape group, professional group. I heard that they have a commentator group to protect Islam Radicals Way in web, 1 countries must have 100 commentator.

      Maybe there is few commentator here that is an Al qaidah cyber agents. Mostly they reside from Egypt, Syria, Iran, Malaysia, Indonesian, Pakistan, India. That is why you can't keep their to silent. It was because that is their mission. To create good image of Islam and destroy western / Other culture image.

      Third: I was that agent before i know Christ.

      September 5, 2011 at 6:01 am |
  4. maodgue

    why do muslims kill christians and burn down their churches in the middle east ?

    September 4, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • Mohammad

      There are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of churches in the Middle East. You should ask yourself why would these churches be there in the first place given that Islam empire was dominate power in the world for centuries? In fact why do you think that Jerusalem and Nazareth churches are there after the crusaders slaughtered Muslims in the same spots. Talking about tolerance and ground zero.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Amy

      Yes there are in fact many churches BUT Can these churches still be used? They are just old buildings from the past to be maintained to bring in tourism.

      September 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son? I can help you my son...

      September 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • emperor palapatine

      Because they hate the infidels

      September 5, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  5. Edward

    "This problem was exacerbated by a small network of activists and intellectuals intent on spreading ugly misinformation about Islam, presenting our religion as inherently violent..." Anyone suggesting Islam is inherently violent is NOT spreading misinformation, they are spreading the truth. Anyone that can read a newspaper knows that.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son? I can help you my son.–

      September 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  6. Edward

    "After the 9/11 attacks, Muslims grieved for fellow Americans who perished in the attacks..." I just love the way the author leaves out the muslims that danced in the streets and passed out candy in celebration of the death on 9/11. Write whatever you like, clearly you are misrepresenting the truth and fool no one. What we live and see affects us more than your vapid attemp to make muslims look like good American citizens. Muslims are instructed by their religion (holy Qur'an) to not treat infidels as equals. Sorry folks, that just ain't gonna work in the good old US of A.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son? I can help you my son....

      September 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  7. Yousuf

    all of you are ignorant...You probably do not have a basic knowledge about life, how can you comment on such a big topic>? its not worth commenting on you idiots...but know this. Few bad apples does not speak for all the good ,great apples out there. If this was the case, christian have Timothy McVeigh, KKK...ok should I continue naming those ?

    So you get the idea right? Islam is about peace, as stated in the quran, sharia law is not stated in the quran. Jesus is a prophet of Islam as well but Mohammed is our last prophet.

    Theere is a reason why so many conversion took place after 9/11, so how can you say ppl were forced to convert? How do you forcefully convert 1.8 billion Muslims? Give it another 50 years, Islams will not only be the 2nd largest relgion, but the DOMINANT Religion.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Giuseppe

      Maybe you are the ignorant one. This threatening sounding message does not really help to prove that you are a person I want as my neighbor.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • maodgue

      Mohammad, are you anti american? anti christian?

      September 4, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son? I can help you my son.>

      September 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • emperor palapatine

      You forgot the islamic jews who hate themselves

      September 5, 2011 at 3:11 am |
    • emperor palapatine

      Jesus is not a prophet.He is the son of God.mohammad is not

      September 5, 2011 at 3:13 am |
  8. dscon

    just more Muslim taqiyyah/deception from liberal/radical cnn.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  9. Wastrel

    CNN always has one of these mild-sounding pro-Islam articles on Sunday to annoy the Christians. Then you can scroll down and see how many people died in Islamic violence today (they are not all reported in the news) and that the Taliban kidnapped some children because of what their parents might have done and so forth. I, myself, am not attached to any particular religion, so this kind of article about Islam, a violent political system which must be destroyed, annoys me every day of the week.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • Giuseppe

      Islam is a political blueprint for an authoritarian political regime, I don't care how many "bridges" are built, the ultimate goal is a society of Sharia law ruled by the iron fist of the Islamic clergy.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Khalid

      Correct me if I am wrong, but according to your logic, Christianity is also a "violent political system which must be destroyed" because of the crusades, African slave trade, subjugation and persecution of native peoples during colonization, the KKK, etc. ALL religions and ALL nations have committed atrocities and will commit attrocities in the future, but that doesn't mean that everyone should be punished. Human nature in general will always lead to conflict and bloodshed, not the views of a particular group.

      September 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Giuseppe

      Why are Muslims obsessed with the KKK? They have about 20 members.

      September 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son? I can help you my son-

      September 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  10. Mohammad

    The hijackers of 9/11, Robertson and Graham are on the side and they don't know it. The 9/11 hijackers not only hijacked planes and slammed them into buildings but also hijacked Islam. Not if we help it. Islam is a great religion, and the Koran is the final testament. Make no mistake about it, all negativities you hear about them in the media are narrow and wrong interpretations. The 72 virgins don't exist in Koran period, there are "hoor Ein" in Hadeeth (what Mohammad spoke of) but those are Godly creatures in heaven and no one really know much about. Sharia Law is not there to punish people but to ensure the well being of the society. When poverty spread back at the second Kalifate time of Omar ben Khattab, the punishment was stopped. Ironic how in Somalia the poorest nation on earth the first thing Al-Shabab did was to shop hands of those who steal. Islam has text for the handicapped, animals, and you can find even the atomic weight and mass of Iron in a 1400 old book. It corrected some of the stories that are mentioned in the bible like use of 'King' vs. 'Pharoah in Joseph story and science proved that at Joseph time there was a king not a pharaoh unlike at Moses time. Certainly Islam ensures woman and minorities rights, etc.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Sathyavrath

      You have deliberately sought to cause offense by saying that the Koran is the last word and "corrected" the Bible.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Mohammad

      Not intended but I am not going to be shy about this? People are attacking my faith day and night, i didn't see you standing up to defend it.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • newsreel

      Any religion which claims to be the final one is aggressive, intolerant, in my books. It instill the righteousness in their believers, and one way or another, there will be some "bad apple", as you are so fond of calling them, will act upon this concept, to make it really final. Peaceful and "the final right choice" are to opposing concept, it's laughable to include them in the same religion, by a self-claim promoter, no less. You are not promoting your religion, but making ppl even warrier about it. I guess it's tha nature of your faith, and you can't help it.

      September 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • emperor palapatine

      jack wagon

      September 5, 2011 at 3:16 am |
  11. Giuseppe

    Interesting story. The ancient Ethiops allowed the Muslims to settle there, and now in this region wherever Muslims have a majority they persecute the heck out of Christians. Was a bad mistake, and this article tries to spin it like it was a good thing.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Mohammad

      the crusaders slaughtered everything walks runs or crawls when they entered Jerusalem far much worst and personal than 9/11 (I am not watering anything down I am just talking numbers) yet when Muslims took the city back they allowed churches to be built on their "Ground zero". Maybe you can learn one or two things about history before you speak.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:23 am |
    • Giuseppe

      Who cares about the "crusaders" this is 2011 not 1011. Telling someone else to "learn history" is a common Muslim troll, I know more "history" than you, troll.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • Mohammad

      I forgive you because you don't know or you chose conveniently to ignore some facts and I think the later is worse than the former. Maybe you can check to see how many the French or the Italians Killed during the colonization of Libya and Alger as a recent example.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:
      From: http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

      "The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      Rank <<<Death Toll <Cause <<Centuries<<<Religions/Groups involved*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      September 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  12. Abdul Ameer

    Please stop this mendacious, deceptive pro-Moslem propaganda. It is disgusting. Muslims do NOT have American roots. It is standard doctrine in Islam, and most American Moslems share it, that the worldwide Muslim community (the Ummah) is a nation and that all Moslems belong to it and owe their primary loyalty to it. All religious Moslems believe that the Koran is the literal word of Allah; and therefore, religious Moslems will proclaim their undying loyalty to every word in it. And, the Koran is filled with hatred for non-Moslems and declarations of war against them. All religious Moslems believe that sharia law is Allah's sacred law. And Sharia law is filled with requirements which violate American law. The highest Islamic religious authorities in America said that there is an irreconcilable conflict between the Moslem daily pledge of allegiance to Allah and Muhammad, on the one hand, and the pledge of allegiance to America, on the other hand. Eboo Patel is in league with the Moslem sharia supremacists who are deliberately pulling the wool over the eyes of Americans. There may have been some Muslims who grieved on 9/11 for the American victims, but there were many who danced and celebrated. We read about them, and we saw the pictures.

    September 4, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son? I can help you my son.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Reality

      Helping M. Omar is actually quite easy.

      To wit:

      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.

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

      September 4, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Dcbuffalo

      Amen, truer words have not been spoken. The koran has many passages of peace etc but the dark message of supremacy is clear, Tollerance is not a virtue in Muslim belief, but submission to their will is. The final judgment day and the return of christ will come when good destroys evil (Islam).

      September 4, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  13. RealSmaet

    Mullah Omar, u the new prophet of islam after OBL?

    September 4, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son? I can help.

      September 4, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  14. RealSmaet

    I read it as, Islam appears to be based on the "principal" of forced conversion, terrorize the non-Muslim to such extend to no choice but to convert. Islam’s Last prophet OBL is latest example.

    September 4, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son?..

      September 4, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • jim

      @Mullah Omar It wasn't funny the first time, even less now.

      September 4, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  15. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Why on earth wouldn't the these HANDFUL OF so-called MUSLIM MODERATES implement these "so-called" commanalities between Islam & Christianity in their native lands and let their few Christian minorities live a life of honor & dignity.

    Short of that any amount of SUGARCOATING Islam for the already tolerant and magnanimous Americans, by people like the author or Mr. Fareed Zakaria will ONLY fall on deaf ears.

    When other minorities who have nothing/much less in common with Christianity can ASSIMILATE why can't Muslims.......or are they here to DOMINATE!?!?!

    September 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son?.

      September 4, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      The next great leap in this OUTREACH AGENDA – Islam & Christianity are nearly the same. While Ilsma is still pure (just the way it was created 14 centuries ago), Christianity has crossed all moral boundaries!

      So once there is enough critical mass of Muslims.....Next DEAR FELLOW CHRISTIAN AMERICANS....THROW OUT YOUR HOLY BIBLE, READ THE HOLY KORAN.............and GET ON WITH OUR HIJABS and MEN START GROWING A BEARD!

      September 4, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • Chris R

      Assimilation? You mean like the hassidic have done so successfullt in Brooklyn or Squirrel Hill? That doesn't matter thought – what you are saying is that you can't trust the guy next to you because there is a guy 5,000 miles away doing something you aren't sure you like – even though you aren't entirely sure of why you don't like it. That's fine thinking there my son.

      September 4, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • Jeff

      Amit-Atlanta-USA: You slum dog religious freak. Go back to your stinky India.

      September 4, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      Chris R:

      It's not that Americans are reacting to what Muslims do on daily basis 5,000 miles away, but right here on 9-11, 7/7 not to talk of 26/11 etc.

      Also, even so-called moderate Muslims like Mr. Fareed Zakaria finds a reson for Muslim anger at the US, India, Russia and the entire IFIDEL WORLD in his view a zillion percieved inequlaities incl. Palestine, Chechnya, Kashmir, Burqa ban, Iraq, Afghanistan.

      There are probably a handful of Muslims who will call a spade-a-spade, that is condemn Islamic terror UNEQUIVIOCALLY w/o diluting it the way A VAST MAJORITY OF MUSLIMS do!

      September 4, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  16. Dede

    All religion, just like all politics, is poop-a-doodle! It's one group of people trying to control the lives of another group of people.

    September 4, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son?

      September 4, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  17. oyvavoy

    BIg Bob, I'm not here to outsmart you. My truth is your truth.

    September 4, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son?-

      September 4, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  18. oyvavoy

    Big Bob, keep it real

    September 4, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Big Bob

      cliches aren't answers, oyvavoy.

      September 4, 2011 at 10:19 am |
    • Mullah Omar

      Mullah Omar is here to help. Do you need help my son?–

      September 4, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  19. oyvavoy

    Big Bob, derogatory.

    September 4, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • Big Bob

      How so? I'm asking questions. Do you have any answers?

      September 4, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  20. oyvavoy

    Anger, hate, pride, ignorance. Something is missing. Anyone?

    September 4, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Big Bob

      How bout our friend Mullah here. Got any comments for him?

      September 4, 2011 at 10:15 am |
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