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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

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  1. ari

    the intro to this piece is interesting. abyssinia is another word for the old ethiopian empire. most of you have probably never heard of it, because after those poor, persecuted muslims buddied up with abyssinia, they invaded egypt. then they cut abyssinia off from its vital trade roots, forcing the empire to turn southwards and ushering in an era known as the ethiopian dark age, from which the land essentially never recovered.

    fitting, don't you think?

    September 4, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  2. Theresa

    If CNN expects anyone to believe their defense of Radical Islam, than perhaps they should not encourage the below comments which Muslims posted on their last article defending Radical Islam:

    ""we are not afraid to die because we are muslim only jew animal is afraid jew think he can outrun whats coming, nobody can outrun it this time. even if nuclear wars we not afraid we will kill and dedicate all our life to kill jew and we will succed, we are promised" written by islamist4lyf

    "bla bla bla jew say same when muhammed saws lived but we killed jews and extreminat them there forever u will not find 1 of them there. we will do again now"-written by islamist4lyf

    "A purifying fire will cleanse the world soon enough."- written by maestro405

    "when muslims in usa rise up in million numbers and have all weapon trust me no army can stop us or protect jew from us. even if whole world explodes but we will kill all jew animals " – written by islamist4lyf
    "we are not afraid to die because we are muslim only jew animal is afraid jew think he can outrun whats coming, nobody can outrun it this time. even if nuclear wars we not afraid we will kill and dedicate all our life to kill jew and we will succed, we are promised" – written by islamist4lyf" "

    Let's see, CNN defends Radical Islam and Radical Islam responds by threatening to kill us....There seems to be a problem here...The question is – how can CNN post stories such as these, when Muslims respond by making the above comments?

    September 3, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • mullah hajdar

      that was all written by one guy.and israel is not a country,it is american millitary base,so there is no need for americans to keep it open.jews can peacefully move to heartland,there is plenty of land here.if you are afraid of muslims,come to me,i will defend you,i am a muslim,too.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • Steven A.

      Theresa, people aren't always what they seem on the Internet. I believe there is a path to the American Dream for Muslims. I'd like to see more American Muslims renounce the violent extremism spreading across the Middle East. There is too much terrorism going on in the name of religion. America has the right idea. Keep it out of government. Keep it to yourself, and that goes for every religion.

      September 4, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  3. JUSTICETO ALL

    Lets talk facts not fiction; 90% of minorities have been eliminated in Islamic countries over the past century. This is true in almost all of the 55 Islamic countries, With such a record of abuse and ethnic and religious cleansing until Muslims right this evil there is not much to say except as a group they are veil and evil and one needs to be scared for themselvs and their children.

    September 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • mullah hajdar

      boooo,we are coming,booooo.i think you are paranoid.you need to be scared of your government that is bankrupting you.we work for our paychecks,don't take your money,like pentagon,cia or israel.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  4. Miller67

    Take part in Inter-faith dialogue and expand your mind with more knowledge.

    September 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
  5. missLolitaTn

    This is why all organized religion is false....it comes from man. If you want to believe in a god/allah/buddah why does it matter to anyone else. Jesus when are we going to go through the next evolution period and get rid of all this bs hate and bigotry?

    September 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  6. pavel raus

    I thought you might be interested in this. It explains the Muslims' strategy in the USA, or probably around the world. Fred

    September 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  7. Frank Rizzo

    Man I love Muslims, why because they hold the faith seriously, and don't' play games with it. Muslims are in my book the real heroes of this era, they have fought in OUR Wars against their own People, they serve our law enforcement communities and yes they are fire fighters risking their lives for the sake of God and Community.

    Yes I love Muslims, because after they are brothers and sisters via the glory and the compassion of God's holy Prophets and yes by the grace of Allah (God) which ever name you call it they are part of the American Fabric and belong to this Nation rather you like or not, yes these Muslims are my friends, and I stand with you now and forever more.

    September 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  8. TruthatCNN

    BIG NOTE... All the attacks caused by Muslims. If there no BAD Muslim group involvement, this world will be so peaceful.

    I am not saying every Muslim is BAD… But all the attacks caused by Muslims

    September 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • Frank Rizzo

      Dude spread your religious BS somewhere else, you're a religious bigot end of story.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
  9. Edd

    Yes, and today Abyssinia (Ethiopia) is a shining example of the blessings of islam.

    September 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Frank Rizzo

      so is America, right AO.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  10. Dave

    Assimilate until the infidels are weak and passive, and then conquer. Nice religion. You're not fooling anyone!

    September 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
  11. Ted Wilson

    Catholics and Jews didn't try to blow up NYC. They do not try to create a parallel legal system. They assimilated and got along with the society. This article is crap.

    September 3, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • mullah hajdar

      nyc is the cradle of terrorism,that is why it was attacked

      September 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  12. FedupinNY

    Of course they have, the 9/11 attacks have embolden homegrown muslims to step up their own attack attempts. 35 have been stopped since 9/11 from AMERICAN cells here in the US. A core Muslim teaching is to convert the world to Islam, and they are taking this to heart.

    September 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Frank Rizzo

      Yes they are so you better convert as soon as possible lol.......Muslims Rule Dude lol........

      September 3, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • mullah hajdar

      we don't want to convert anyone,especially americans,who are so dirty that you are unconvertable.we don't want you to spoil our faith.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  13. Muneef

    In an authentic Hadith, Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said: "Man is influenced by the faith of his friends. Therefore, be careful of whom you associate with."

    Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) who has the most noble character and dealings with fellow humans gave us a very clear and simple message and advice in regard to friendship.

    How should we choose our friends? We should choose the friend that believes and abide by our religion (Islam) and gives great respect to what Allah (SWT) and Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) has ordered us. And we should stay away from that who is not well mannered and gives no attention to what Islam is about or what pleases or displeases Allah (SWT), for he will surely affect us negatively. There is no good in the companion drowns us in sins and displeasing Allah (SWT).

    In another Hadith, Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said: "The example of a good companion and a bad companion is like that of the seller of musk, and the one who blows the blacksmith's bellows. So as for the seller of musk then either he will grant you some, or you buy some from him, or at least you enjoy a pleasant smell from him. As for the one who blows the blacksmith's bellows then either he will burn your clothes or you will get an offensive smell from him."

    When choosing our friends we should ask ourselves first: Are they going to help us achieve the purpose for which we were brought to life? Or will they take us away from it? Will they desire for us Allah (SWT)'s pleasure or is that completely irrelevant to them and not their concern at all? Are they leading us to Paradise or to the Hell?

    Islamic Sayings on FriendshipProphet Mohammad (pbuh) stated, "The believer is like a mirror to other believers (in truthfulness)." Like a mirror, your friend gives you an honest image. He forgives your mistakes, but does not hide or exaggerate your strengths and weaknesses.

    Once the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) was asked, "What person can be the best friend?" "He who helps you remember Allah (SWT), and reminds you when you forget Him," the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), counseled.

    Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) was further asked, "Who is the best among people?" Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) replied, "He who, when you look at him, you remember Allah (SWT)". Such a friend reflects qualities of love, mercy, honesty, service, patience, optimism, professionalism, and the entire lifestyle taught by Islam.

     

    'Abdullah ibn 'Umar related that Rasulullah (SAW) said:

    Obey your parents and treat them kindly, for if you do so then your own children will be obedient and kind to you.
    (Tabari)

    September 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • Djalal

      In Malaysia, you can get beheaded because interpreting hadith and quran by your own interpretation.

      For true quran and hadist, open http:\quran.com\5\51
      and
      http:\faithfreedom.org

      September 4, 2011 at 3:13 am |
    • Muneef

      Nuts with out coco...go and get your self beheaded as seem no use of your living outer of a Zoo....

      September 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  14. Be Afraid

    The West is best, but once enough muslims invade it will no longer be the west, and hence will no longer be the best. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    September 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • Frank Rizzo

      your just the kind people Jihidist like you AO, your a poor example of human being lol

      September 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  15. Muneef

    Think the Jews have shown to be the Best at Deepening their Roots Globally....!?

    PEOPLE OF SABA AND THE ARIM FLOOD
    There was, for Saba, aforetime, a Sign in their home-land – two Gardens to the right and to the left. "Eat of the Sustenance (provided) by your Lord, and be grateful to Him: a territory fair and happy, and a Lord Oft-Forgiving!" But they turned away (from Allah), and We sent against them the Flood (released) from the dams, and We converted their two garden (rows) into "gardens" producing bitter fruit, and tamarisks, and some few (stunted) Lote-trees. (Surah Saba: 15-16)

    http://www.perishednations.com/peoplesaba.html
    --–

    Many centuries ago, the community of Saba was one of the four biggest civilisations which lived in South Arabia.

    Historical sources relating to Saba usually say that this was a culture akin to that of the Phoenicians. It was particularly involved in commercial activities. The Sabaeans are recognised by historians as a civilised and cultured people. In the inscriptions of the rulers of Saba, words such as "restore," "dedicate" and "construct" are frequently used. The Ma'rib Dam, which is one of the most important monuments of this people, is an important indication of the technological level this people had reached.
    http://www.quransource.com/miracles/en/hy/content.asp?f=historical_09
    ----

    SOUTH ARABIA
    The earliest kingdom we know about is that of Saba (Sheba) with its capital city called Marib. This city was built on the edge of the desert in the dry delta of Wadi Adana. In this area, there is little rainfall, but twice a year, the wadi fills with water from the biannual rains that occur higher up in the mountains. The water in the wadi was then used to irrigate the rainless, arid area around the wadi making cultivation possible. Examination of the sediments found around Marib has shown that irrigation in this region goes back to the third millennium B.C.

    Pliny the Elder recorded the distance between Timna (the capital of Qataban) and Gaza, the northern end of the frankincense route, as 2,437,500 steps, or 62 days by camel. He was particularly impressed by the prices of South Arabian goods and complained bitterly about Greece's trade deficit (100 million sesterces). Consequently, the Romans looked upon the riches of southern Arabia with envy. (Pliney XII, CHAP. XIIII and Pliney XII.84)
    http://nabataea.net/sarabia.html

    ---
    Now they have another story to expand their lands as "Lands towards Peace"...???
    Quote;
    Moses’ land of milk and honey was not arid Palestine.  He led his few thousand followers across the torrid moonscape of the Sinai Peninsula and on along the northern Red Sea shore of Arabia toward Hijaz, then a fertile garden about half way along the Red Sea coast.  If there was ever a Jewish kingdom, it was here and the Yemeni Jews were remnants of it who survived the region’s later climatic deterioration.  Salibi demonstrated that many biblical place names fit the Hijaz region of Arabia, but not Palestine, as other archeologists have confirmed.

    What happened to Moses?  The Bible admits that Moses never entered the Promised Land of Canaan.  Yemeni and Indian Jews believe that the tomb of Moses is  on the Indus River of modern Pakistan and disputed Kashmir.  Danish archeologists working on the island of Bahrain in “the (Persian) Gulf” have now discovered there was lively trade across the Indian Ocean, using the Monsoons,  from Yemen and Oman to the Indus cultures.  Ships had been sailing this route from at least 3000 BC.  So, Moses as an aged and revered leader of a Jewish population in or near Yemen may have decided to visit India in old age and might well have died there.

    Salibi’s ideas, supported by archeology, may explain why Moses never entered Palestine.  Yemeni Jews, like Ethiopian ones, were very nearly forcibly “repatriated” to modern Israel where their traditions were safely submerged beneath orthodoxy, but 50,000 Indian, Pakistani and Kashmiri Jews still exist and revere their “Tomb of Moses.”

    Any Jewish enclave on the northern Red Sea coast must have been a small one, and it would have been a neighbour of Saba.  It may even have been ruled by the Queen of Sheba.  Women of Sheba certainly played a prominent role in Jewish folklore because  David also had an affair with Bathsheba (“girl of Saba”), the traditional mother of Solomon.  Were some Jewish “kings” mere consorts of Sabaean queens?  If the major Jewish population was on the northern Red Sea coast, what about Israel in Palestine?

    http://www.michaelbradley.info/articles/sheba.html

    September 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Reality

      Apparently Muneef forgot to post this on his refrigerator door:

      SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
      THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR

      SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
      THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY

      SAVING 15.5 MILLION ORTHODOX FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
      ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

      Added details upon request.

      September 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • cj

      Hardley could anyone say anything that is more damaging to Islam than what Muslims say themselves.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • Muneef

      Just exactly as told ;

      As for the one who blows the blacksmith's bellows then either he will burn your clothes or you will get an offensive smell from him."...
      😉

      September 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  16. John

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSvqMBj-ig
    `

    September 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  17. RightTurnClyde

    You have to question their sincerity when they still yell Alla Akbar and shoot up Ft. Hoot and belong to cells and drive explosives around the country (as in Times Square). This is how Bonnie and Clyde were showing what a nice couple they were. So you com here and you join sleeper cells and plan events and wear Bedoin garb and face Mecca five times a day and mumble Arabic words BUT you are trying to be like John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. (right)

    September 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Jagermeister

      'they'? lumping everyone together and generalizing...that is racism my friend. Not all of them are like that. Most of the muslims are normal and living their lives just like the rest of us. Stop breeding hate.

      September 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  18. Rainer Braendlein

    Passage from the above article:

    "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."

    Unquote:

    Yes, this is the basic conflict between Christianity and Islam. The core tenet of Christianity is it to believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Christians believe that Jesus is a person of the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Thus, Christians believe that Jesus Christ is God himself like the Father and the Holy Spirit. Three divine persons perfectly united in the Godhead.

    Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man at the same time. The divine nature and the human nature are perfectly united in the person of Jesus Christ. That is one of the greatest of all miracles that a person is God and man and the same time.
    Although the divine nature and the human nature of Jesus Christ are perfectly united, they are not mixed.

    In contrast the Islam:

    Sura 5: Verse 72:

    They surely disbelieve who say: Lo! Allah is the Messiah, son of mary. The Messiah (himself) said: O Children of Israel, worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. Lo! whoso ascribeth partners unto Allah, for him Allah hath forbidden paradise. His abode is the Fire. For evil-doers there will be no helpers.
    ( سورة المائدة , Al-Maeda, Chapter #5, Verse #72)

    In Muhammad's eyes there is no worse sin than to claim that Jesus, the son of Mary, is the eternal Son (partner) of God.

    Conclusion: Christianity and Islam are enemies by nature. That is a matter of fact. No peace between Islam and Christianity for ever!

    Note: I will ever love my Muslim fellow citizens, according to Christ's command. Nevertheless I must reject their bad belief.
    That is interesting: The Muslims must hate us, but we must love them.

    September 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Reality

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

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

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

      September 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • RightTurnClyde

      @reality we are all born as an "accident" if that is what you want to call it (a lot of unbelievers blame the universe on an accident ..the big bang .. but cannot explain where the matter came from ) OK so you were born into a time and place over which you had no control. You will die at a time and place over which you have no control. Now according to what you believe this is it .. you die and then you rot in the ground like a dead dog. (Ok .. that's your choice) Other's get their choice. (and it IS a choice if you do not choose another path)

      September 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Jagermeister

      RainderBrandlein erroneously alleges "Muslims and Christians are enemies by nature" . Here is what the Koran says about it.

      "And you will find the most close in friendship to those who have Faith (Muslims) are those who said we are Christians; That is because from them are priests and monks and they do not become arrogant; And if they heard what had been sent down to The Prophet (Muhammad) you see their eyes overflowing with tears because of what they knew from the Truth; They say: Our God! We have Faith so write us down among the witnesses, And why should we not have Faith in Allah and what came to us from The Truth and we look forward that our God will admit us with the righteous people; So Allah rewarded them for what they said with Gardens (of Paradise) underneath which the rivers flow – permanent in them and that is the reward of the good doers; And who disbelieved and denied Our lines they are the people of Hell. (Chapter Ma'idah Koran)"

      September 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • give your head a shake

      I think you missed the point. "Reality" has gone over your head, as it were.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • missLolitaTn

      This is why all organized religion is false....it comes from man. If you want to believe in a god/allah/buddah why does it matter to anyone else. Jesus when are we going to go through the next evolution period and get rid of all this bs hate and bigotry?

      September 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  19. Rainer Braendlein

    It is a heavy crime to depict Islam as a good, kind religion. Have a look on wikipedia and you will see how the Islam grew like a nasty cancerous ulcer. Please take in account that yet prior to 622 a. D., when the Muslim conquests began, the most Arabs were gangsters, which were organized in gangs or tribes. The ancient Romans called them babarians. Most Arabs lived on raiding caravans of the Romans and keeping some livestock.

    622 Muhammad started to become powerful in Arabia. By a civil war he seized rule in Arabia. He did not hesitate to murder fellow countrymen. Yet 629 the Muslims attacked Byzantium (Christian Eastern Roman Empire). Please consider that Byzantium was highly civilized. It was a real crime to assault Byzantium. By Muhammad's impact Arabia had become a giant gang of gangsters. This evil, wicked gang raided the guiltless empire Byzantium.

    Have a look on wikipedia and get shocked:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_conquests

    Conclusion: Yet before Muhammad emerged, the Arabs were dangereous brigands, but Muhammad didn't damp down the evil habits of his fellow countrymen (the Arabs). On the contrary, Muhammad amplified the evil power of the Arabs. Before Muhammad they had merely raided caravans, but with and after Muhammad they raided whole countries and even a whole empire.

    The Muslim Arab bandits have really destroyed a big part of the ancient civilized world. It was a calamity.

    Islam is a religion, which promotes aggressive war and criminality. It must get abolished right now!

    September 3, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Jagermeister

      @rainerbraendlin .... what you are espousing is a crime instead... inciting hate. Stop this nonsense.

      September 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • missLolitaTn

      ALL organized religion promotes judgement and bigotry!

      September 3, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  20. The Lambly Winged Lion of The Gods Does Roar

    Is it righteous to believe in a panorama of Godly Divinities and not have communal derision? Is then the summations in any nation wherein varied religious conflagrations are tendered as a malestrom of unyielding perniciousness? Does not the end of one thing bring about the beginning of another thing? Is not globalization a secularization of demigod dichotomies be they religious or be they communally socialistic?

    September 3, 2011 at 11:05 am |
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