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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. Earnest Angley

    muslims do not use toilet paper, they use their hand. Never shake it.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • s

      If you don't like them, why did you shake their hand??? You must know from first hand, (no pun intended), experience!

      September 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • brahim

      It's wrong , in our religion we shouldn't touch sh... with our hands so before using water we use toilet paper then wash with water and use hands. This way our hand always remain clean.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • juggles

      Muslims still live in the stone age where they believe in silly gods and prophets. They will never embrace reality. They're still monkeys. Christians aren't much different.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • A

      i disagree with you on point that all terrorists are muslims, i dont believe the guy from norway is a muslim. i agree that extremism in any thing is dangerous

      September 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  2. Anon

    Both Christians and Muslims are all screwed up in the head.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • juggles

      Exaclty

      September 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  3. mullah hajdar

    great satan will end up in a civil war.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • Earnest Angley

      muslims do not use toilet paper, they use their hand.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • Earnest Angley

      muslim men all keep a little boy because they smell better then their women.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • mullah hajdar

      we use pages from the bible

      September 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • mullah hajdar

      we keep your promiscuous mamas

      September 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
    • Geert Wilders

      Anyone heard of Gerrt Wilders? the politician who will rid Europe of islam youtube fitna

      September 3, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  4. lisa

    So ashamed that the bigoted, brainless folk posting here are my countrymen. Any Muslims reading this: please know that not all non-Muslim Americans are racists and bigots who lack serious brain cells. I have nothing but respect for religious folk of any religion (I'm agnostic) who use their religion for good and who do not judge/harm others.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • Be Afraid

      Islam is an STD. Think about it. Oh, and I am not from your country, deal with it little one.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Be Afraid

      Oh and little Lisa, at least an atheist takes a stand, an agnostic is just a coward hedging their bets, hahahahahahah.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • lisa

      case in point.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • mullah hajdar

      if all americans were like you,there wouldn't be any al-qaeda or terrorism,we ourselves would take care of any unruly muslims.but,this way,all america can get is muslims' revenge.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • Earnest Angley

      muslim women love anal

      September 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • Be Afraid

      Case in point, because you have no original thought? At least I put something out there, all you can do is say I do not agree but as an agnostic I have no opinion. When they talk about intellectual bankruptcy, you are a case in point.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • lisa

      B.A., as I said above: "I have nothing but respect for religious folk of any religion (I'm agnostic) who use their religion for good and WHO DO NOT JUDGE/HARM OTHERS". No respect = no response from me.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • ron

      Yea but they do judge/harm others and in a big way.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      Earnest Angley, the same way your mom did from the 'father' who she used to visit to see the 'lORD' in his pants

      September 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
    • lisa

      ron – im sorry but you cant generalize ca 1.5 billion people.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
    • rami

      Ok, Be afraid... we know.. now just shut up!!

      September 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • ron

      1.5 Billion? it's worse then I thought. If it can down to taking sides. You know all Muslims would jump on the fight against the American terrorist band wagon.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
    • Be Afraid

      Lisa, good way not to take a stand. I personally do not care what religion anyone practices, or chooses not to, that is between them and God, or their personal decision, as the case may be. What I have an issue with is a religion that puts religion ahead of humanity, often fights integration into secular that they chose to come to of their own free will, and when people of their religion commit acts of intolerance and violence, their response is not to try to correct those people that misused their religion, but to get others to understand them better. Sorry, I have my religion, I do not need to understand all of the other ones out there in the world. No religion is without failings and sin, but most have tried to clean up there act, bar one.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
    • lisa

      Im glad that you are sharing acutal views now, rather than calling Islam an 'STD' (which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever)

      September 2, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • lisa

      ron – what are you trying to say? That wasn't english. Anyway, I'm against all terrorists – American included...

      September 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
    • Be Afraid

      Lisa, STD, while you might not agree with it, actually makes a lot of sense, dependng on ones' perspective.

      September 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • lisa

      Explain it pls...

      September 2, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  5. Earnest Angley

    Muslims do not belong in the US , and will never fit in. We will never forget SEPT. 11 2011, WE HATE YOU ALL.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      We will never forget world war 1 and world war 2 and colonization and convert your next generation. You can only watch from your grave and get eaten by maggots

      September 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • mullah hajdar

      you paid and you will pay more,mfers

      September 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Earnest Angley

      THE AMERICAN WAR ON MUSLUMS HA BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. BOTH BUSH AND OBAMA HAVE KILLED MILLIONS OF MUSLUMS. NOW THEY ARE FIGHTING AND KILLING EACHOTHER. THE BLOODYER THE BETTER, LETS SIT BACK AND WATCH.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • John C.

      Get the hell out of America you moon god worshipers. Nobody wants you here. Dirty ass Muslims

      September 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • Earnest Angley

      MUSLIM MOSLIM MUSLIM.. WHATEVER, I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR YOUR CULT AND DON't care how it is spelled.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • azn

      realize, teacher, that your plan of conversion will never work against the chinese and they will systematically murder your entire population. In the end, youre f'd. Have fun crying in your "after life"

      September 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • mullah hajdar

      we know,that is why we will not help you about anything

      September 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      Well the chinese have started f'ing you already. Have fun paying trillions of dollars. Or you can just give them your asses, some have already started to, as i see. Try and kick the Muslims out, you'll be met with surprise. Example? War in Afghanistan and Iraq. Call it success? haha! What a joke

      September 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • azn

      whatever ya nutbar. So long, and thanks for all the oil.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      Yeap don't mention it, and ya thanks for the Dollars

      September 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • Ruspanic

      1. 9/11 is not the fault of all Muslims. The responsibility for the attack falls to 19 hijackers and to the people who trained and indoctrinated them. Their violent and bigoted Islam is influential in their region, but not practiced by most Muslims.
      2. Unless you are schizophrenic, do not refer to yourself with plural pronouns.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • rami

      Earnest, you got issues man. Go and screw yourself. Redneck, Moron

      September 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
    • rami

      ok, now go to sleep

      September 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  6. Be Afraid

    Islam is an STD. Think about it.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      Islam is definitely the STD(Standard Treatment of Disease) of your ignorance, embrace it, you'll be cured.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • Be Afraid

      I-Am, that is dog food, fitting. STD+Islam+std+islam. HAHAHAAHAH

      September 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Christy

      What a great analogy!!! I sincerely hope that people are waking up to the real threat of Islam and who Obama is truly loyal to. As Wafa Sultan says, "you cannot be a true Muslim and an American at the same time". It scares me to my core knowing that Canada and the US are on the same path of infection as Europe and Australia are...no more immigrants from muslim countries! Islam is not compatible with democracy and our values, rights, and freedoms. Our leaders have their collective heads in the sand, believing that muslims are here to integrate and 'enrich America'. Yeah, right...

      September 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • Be Afraid

      Christy, I love that expression, "the muslim world". There is no Hindu or Buddhist or Taoist or Christian world, but there is a "muslim world". Put a fence around it, let no muslims out, let no humans in, then mankind can continue to advance.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
    • Christy

      Be Afraid (apt moniker btw)...muslims constructed that fence by dividing the world into believers and nonbelievers (infidels). I hope those who disagree do read the Koran and become as horrified as I was and still am.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      Now i know where you got STD from, bcos the 'father' who your mom used to visit to see the 'lORD' had it n his pants. No wonder!

      September 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  7. ron

    We need a good old conservative rightwing teaparty member to run this country and fight this take over.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      Yeap and the right conservative can then ban black people as well and teach that the earth is the center of the universe as the church did in Galileo's time and then killed him for speaking against bible.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  8. bert the fig

    i truly despise muslims.......

    September 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      Its natural to be jealous of the well to do people

      September 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • mullah hajdar

      you can kiss our butts.we have burried 10.000 of your youth and very highly educated ones.you have lost about 20 trillion dollars in various losses-home values,stocks,debt,towers,...it cost you to hate us.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • Souna

      it's because you think of yourself superior.......I have come to know some of them ...they're so true and humble....only blind people can't see it.....that's the value of being American......I come from Europe and I have always found Americans highly estimate themselves and think the whole world should kneel and bent .......they are the best and no other people are of any worth.......Thank God there other places where they can live.....Mars or Venus.....even there they will have to eradicate aliens because they're too superior to live together with common people

      September 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  9. Sagebrush Shorty

    Islam is a nasty stain on the fabric of human decency.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      If by decency you mean allowing gay marriage, pedophilia, fornication, then yes

      September 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • John C.

      That piece of trash Muhammad was a pedo. Idiot.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      That is not what I see in the news, all of them are some sort of fathers of some churches. Their names didn't start with Mohamed or end with it. They all wore long hats and had collars. If you're talking about them, then they are pedophiles for sure. Screwed the little ones for the name of .......

      September 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  10. bert the fig

    my invisible friend is tougher than your invisible friend! and to prove it, i will kill you!

    so sayeth the muslim filth....

    September 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      And so he did

      September 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • bert the fig

      the donkey loving towel head will have more than a fight on his hands if he has the stones to show is face rather than hiding among civilians...

      September 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  11. Be Afraid

    Authorities in Pakistan's tribal region believe the Taliban have abducted around 30 young people on an outing there. Zeb said the youth were walking to a picnic spot along a river to mark the end of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.
    Guess that their idea of a religious holiday and that of the rest of the world is just a little different. Maybe they were going to treat them to ice cream, uhh, naah.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  12. 2bits

    Yes digging in their roots in preparation for overthrowing the country just as they try to do everywhere.

    September 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • I_am_your_teacher

      Why not, just as you did to the native people, what goes around comes around. Be prepared.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  13. ron

    This is slowly taking over our country stop it while we can. 29 years ago i never even thought of this and how nice it was. The good old true American days.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Mullah Omar

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

      September 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • Souna

      true American....there is not such a thing.....Please allow me to refer you to the history of America.....how the English first settled in the new land....by abolishing the aboriginals.....it's always been the law....a whole culture that was eradicated for the pure whims of the new settlers.....True Americans ...it's always been a melting pot with people from everywhere and every color and culture and belief......after they built the country ...now people are required to deny their most cherished values and expected to have a new skin called true American...sorry this brand doesn't exist

      September 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  14. Mullah Omar

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

    September 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • Fine paid

      Your help will only send me to Hell! you know the truth ! Jesus is God's son the only way! let go of your culture and embrace salvation and you will be saved! not American culture or Islamic! but Jesus Christ.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • ron

      OHH stick it in the sand.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • Fine paid

      Your help will only send me to Hell! you do not the know the truth ! Jesus is God's son the only way! let go of your culture and embrace salvation and you will be saved! not American culture or Islamic! but Jesus Christ.

      September 3, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  15. Fine paid

    Jesus Christ is God's only begotten son! The Savior! Who died for or sins! then rose again on the 3rd day! Islam was written by muhammed 800 years after the resurrection of Christ! Islam is the Trojan horse ! Trojan horse was a gift from one army to another – a peace offering! Giant wooden horse! then when the gift entered the fortified city! the enemy was hiding in the horse and then opened the city gate and killed all of them. Jesus Christ is the only way of forgiveness & salvation! He is coming with Judgement & Mercy! Mercy for the believers & Judgement for the unbelievers. John 3:16

    September 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • *frank*

      No....no.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Mullah Omar

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

      September 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Steve

      There is no god. I know this by 2nd grade I am how 24.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Veritas

      Christianity, islam, and judaism are all the same obsolete old mythology. The sooner we can rid humanity of these ridiculous fairy tales the better off we will be. Humanism, peace, tolerance, reason, and science are the real salvation, not jesus or mohammed.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • fred

      Steve,
      I did not know they allow 24 year olds to repeat 2nd grade

      September 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
    • Be Afraid

      John wrote about the Trojan horse?

      September 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  16. Fine paid

    Jesus paid the fine for all man kind! so now repent of your sins! & believe the Gospel. Jesus is the only way to heaven! he said it himself John 14:6 in Matthew the kings who brought gifts bowed down and worshiped Him! Jesus is God! Islam is like the Trojan horse or like the crusaders! the fruit of islam is the middle east! except Israel! Israel needs to repent and trust Christ also. Jesus is not just a prophet! if you disagree listen on yourube (James white) & Jay Smith) Dr William lane Craig

    September 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • Mullah Omar

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

      September 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      If Jesus died for our sins then we must continue sinning otherwise his death would have been in vain.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  17. Fine paid

    Jesus paid the fine for all an kind! so now repent of your sins! & believe the Gospel. Jesus is the only way to heaven! he said it himself John 14:6 in Matthew the kings who brought gifts bowed down and worshiped Him! Jesus is God! Islam is like the Trojan horse or like the crusaders! the fruit of islam is the middle east! except Israel! Israel needs to repent and trust Christ also. Jesus is not just a prophet! if you disagree listen on yourube (James white) & Jay Smith) Dr William lane Craig

    September 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Mullah Omar

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

      September 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  18. Moses_Jesus_Mohammed

    Hey kids,
    No religion teaches bad things. You may hate a person(s) and/or their faith because you never got an opportunity to see the good part of their lives.

    First you take a step to respect and treat everybody as humans start with – the world will be different. If you do not do this then nothing is going to happen to you but it will create more hatters. This is not a theory – just think about you being a jerk in your family.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Dieyoung

      Amen to that, if you preach hate then you are breeding hate. If you teach love then you breed love. It is not that difficult.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Mullah Omar

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

      September 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • azn

      Religion doesn't teach bad things but it's bad for the mind to follow them too closely. Christians who believe too deeply in the bible and preach crap like creationism are recognized by the majority in north america as morons

      However, it appears as though devote muslims are recognized as normal. Sorry but if you bend over at the waist and praise allah you need a reality check. Welcome to the 21st century, where people are encouraged to make their own decisions. By all means, turn to religion in times of despair if it will ease your mind, but don't let it govern your life.

      And no disrespect to practicing muslims in north america, but don't expect people to openly accept your customs. The adage is "When in rome, do as the romans". Not "bring your old life with you and stampede it in front of everyones face". Yes, it is weird that your women cover up their faces like theyre robbing a convenience store.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Dieyoung

      AZN, you are correct.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • Edwin

      M_J_M: there *are* religions that preach hatred and intolerance. You may not like them, and you might consider them cultish or something, but they are still religions.

      The "good" religions teach tolerance and love, though many followers get side-tracked - confusing non-belief with animosity, or a few bashers with a conspiracy to destroy what they value.

      I remember a line from that movie Angels and Demons (or whatever) with Tom Hanks. One of the top people in the Catholic Church tells Tom Hanks that 'religion is flawed - but only because man is flawed.' I think it says a lot.

      September 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  19. Mislead

    Ridiculous article. Any familiarity to the belief's of Christians and the writings of the Bible are because Mohamed literally copied portions of the Holy Bible and changed it to put himself in the place of Christ so that he would be followed instead. He knew he couldn't totally dismiss Jesus but attempted to minimize his position and power. Mohamed was a deceiver, liar, controller, thief, rapist, murderer, and worse. Al Asad, above, is correct. Oppression and ignorance are the only way that the religion continues. Truth is light and light disperses all darkness.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • AZ

      In order for someone to copy a written book he must be literate? The Prophet Mohamed (Peace Be Upon Him) was sent illiterate so no one can claim your false claim! That was 1400 years ago. So, you can try to come with other accusations that no other preceded you to1 If you finds one you could be worth listen or read for! Anyway I doubt you are.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Mislead..and of course Christianity got it myths from even older gods and practices...so why are you so surprised when your myths are recycled?

      September 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Mullah Omar

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

      September 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • Fine paid

      This is true! look up the great defenders of the true faith! James White! Jay Smith! Dr William lane Craig! Look at Europe! with it's Islamic problems! look at the middle east! that is its heart! wake up!

      September 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • John C.

      Muhammad did not copy on paper, but through words. Mohammad learned about Christianity through Khadija (his first wife's cousin) Waraqa bin Naufal. This man entrusted Mohammad and provided him with all the scriptures. Since Mohammad had all the scriptures with him, this gave him an opportunity to plagiarize the older scriptures and make his own version called the quran.

      The quran calls Mohammad A Forger/Plagiarizer.

      And when it is said to them, 'What has your Lord sent down?' they say, 'Fairy-tales of the ancients.' S. 16:24 Arberry

      And when We change a Verse [of the Qur'an, i.e. cancel (abrogate) its order] in place of another, and Allah knows the best of what He sends down, they (the disbelievers) say: "You (O Muhammad) are but a Muftari! (forger, liar)." Nay, but most of them know not. S. 16:101 Hilali-Khan

      Nay, they say: "These (revelations of the Qur'an which are inspired to Muhammad) are mixed up false dreams! Nay, he has invented it! Nay, he is a poet! Let him then bring us an Ayah (sign as a proof) like the ones (Prophets) that were sent before (with signs)!" S. 21:5 Hilali-Khan

      But the misbelievers say: "Naught is this but a lie which he has forged, and others have helped him at it." In truth it is they who have put forward an iniquity and a falsehood. And they say: "Tales of the ancients, which he has caused to be written: and they are dictated before him morning and evening." Say: "The (Qur'an) was sent down by Him who knows the mystery (that is) in the heavens and the earth: verily He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." S. 25:4-6 Y. Ali; cf. Q. 6:25; 8:31; 10:38; 11:13, 35; 16:24; 83; 27:68; 46:8-9, 17; 52:33; 68:15; 83:13

      September 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  20. *frank*

    I like Turkish coffee.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • Dieyoung

      Turkish coffee is delicious.

      September 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
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