My Take: Muslims should stop apologizing for 9/11
Muslims praying last month in Los Angeles, California, at the end of Ramadan.
September 7th, 2011
12:11 PM ET

My Take: Muslims should stop apologizing for 9/11

Editor’s note: Aman Ali is a New York-based writer, stand-up comedian and the co-creator of 30 Mosques in 30 Days, a Ramadan road trip across America.

By Aman Ali, Special to CNN

New York (CNN) - As a Muslim, I’m sick of people asking me how I feel about 9/11. What do you want me to say, seriously?

Do you want me to say, “It was a great plan, mwahahaha!” before I fly off on a magic carpet?

I was born and raised in this country and was just as shocked as everyone else to learn there were people on this earth so vile as to commit such a horrific attack - or to even think about doing it.

But I didn’t do it. Neither did 99.999999999 percent of the roughly 1.5 billion people in the world who also call themselves Muslims. So why should I or any other Muslim apologize for what happened?

Nickleback is planning on releasing another album. Should I ask white people to apologize for that?

Just like Christianity and Judaism, Islam unequivocally condemns terrorism. Don’t take it from me, though. Grab a copy of the Quran from a library and find out for yourself.

Don’t rely on some cherry-picked crackpot interpretation of the Muslim holy book that you read on some Islamophobic hack’s poorly designed website. Speaking of which, Islamophobes need to put down the Quran and pick up a book on HTML programming and Flash.

When 9/11 happened, I can understand why the average person would want to know what Muslims actually believe. After all, the terrorists claimed they were acting in the name of Islam.

That’s why hundreds of Islamic organizations around the globe condemned the attacks and told the truth about how Islam doesn’t condone terrorism whatsoever.

But that was 10 years ago. Why are mainstream American Islamic groups like the Islamic Society of North America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public Affairs Council still condemning the attacks and just about any other act of terrorism that pops up in the news?

Weren’t we clear before how we feel about terrorism? If people didn’t understand us for the past 10 years, what makes Muslims think they’re going to understand us now?

If I have to explain 10 times to my little brother how to operate the toaster in my apartment, that’s not my fault because of inadequate messaging. It’s my brother’s fault that he’s dumb.

It’s ridiculous for Muslims to continuously condemn and apologize for stuff when every religion has their fair share of crazies.

Imagine you’re in the habit of partying with a group of friends. And every party you go to, there's a friend in your crew that spills grape juice on the carpet - the really awesome kind of grape juice that’s in the fancy wine bottles (we Muslims don’t drink alcohol but we still can party like ballers).

How would you feel if people stopped inviting you to their parties because your one friend kept spilling grape juice? That's how I feel. I'm really annoyed I have to keep apologizing or condemning Muslim extremists that keep spilling their grape juice of hate on the world.

Dictionary.com defines the word apologize as “to offer an apology or excuse for some fault insult, failure, or injury.”

When 9/11 happened, I was 16 years old and playing Tetris during English class on my TI-83 calculator. I’ll apologize for not paying attention to Mrs. Fulton’s lecture at my high school in Gahanna, Ohio, but that’s about it.

Just because people hundreds of miles away claimed they were Muslim and committed a terrible act doesn’t mean I should apologize for it.

Mike Tyson started sucking really bad in the boxing ring after he converted to Islam. Should I apologize for that? Oh, and I think I saw a few Muslim-sounding names in the production credits for the movie “Green Lantern.” I guess I should apologize for that, too.

I’m not trying to be insensitive about 9/11. Of course my prayers and sentiments are with anyone affected by the tragedy. The same goes for any act of terrorism.

But I’m not going to apologize or condemn them because I don’t need to prove my patriotism with some kind of McCarthyite litmus test. The Pew Research Center released a study last week that found that Muslim Americans are far more pleased with how things are going in the United States (56%) than is the general public (23%).

That finding is not going to provoke me to question the general public’s patriotism. But please stop questioning ours.

The 9/11 attacks were a terrible tragedy that changed all of our lives. There’s no way we can ever forget what happened.

But what we Muslims can do is advance the conversation, rather than repeating the same old condemnations. Condemnations and apologies are like an out of style fashion trend, the parachute pants and neon hair scrunchies of civil discourse.

What Muslims need is an extreme makeover. Now that’s some extremism I can get behind.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Aman Ali.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 9/11 • Islam • Opinion

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  1. Dean

    I have never heard a Muslim apologize for 9/11. I have also never heard them apologize for bombing the Marine Barracks in Beirut. I was there. Why would anyone apologize for something they did not do?

    September 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  2. Alrighty Then

    I will apologize for bands like Nickelback and Syndrome of a Down when you apologize for rap.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  3. john

    Islam is the religion of Satan. Muhammed was fooled into believing that he was talking to the Angel Gabriel when in fact he was communicating with Lucifer!

    September 26, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • MeInSac

      Oh, poor John...You must be so under-educated! Please learn to respect others and don't bad-mouth a whole religion for the wrongdoing of a few. It's because of people like you that the world is suffering.

      September 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • Muneef


      Prophet of GOD Abraham s.a.w ;
      History of the building of the Ka’aba. "In Mecca,Arabia"

      Qur’an in Sura Baqra Verses 121 to 127 described it clearly that Allah had ordained his servant Ibrahim to build the Shrine there for worship of One God. During Kusayi’s time it was rebuilt and fortified. During the early years of Prophet Muhammad (SA) before he announced his ministry, the Ka’aba was damaged by floods and it was rebuilt again. 
      "When the Black stone was to be put in its place the Makkans quarrelled among themselves as to who should have the honour to place it there. They had just decided that the first comer to the quadrangle should be given the task of deciding as to who should have the honour. Muhammad (SA) came in and was assigned this task. He advised them to place the stone in a cloak and ordered the heads of each Tribe each to take an end and bring the cloak nearer the corner on the eastern side. He himself then took out the stone and placed it in its position. It has been fixed there ever since".
      More at the link;

      Aren't we really needing such "Truthful,Honest" Men to deal with resolving our manmade complications in such simplicity to free and save people from quarrels or disputes among themselves by contributing jointly and in equality,no tribe better than tribe or man than man;

      "He advised them to place the stone in a cloak and ordered the heads of each Tribe each to take an end and bring the cloak nearer the corner on the eastern side. He himself then took out the stone and placed it in its position.!!!

      September 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • Sarah

      John, you are so ignorant. Why don't you look into all of the similarities Islam has with Christianity and Judaism before spewing your hate? Are all white Christians evil because they enslaved blacks? Is Christianity an awful religion because of all the terrible acts committed towards Jews? The answer is NO in case you were wondering. Every religion is beautiful, it's just a group of so called followers who misinterpret the religion's message.

      September 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
    • Muneef

      The Strategic Challenge of Failed States

      As the Bank study shows, when one area in a state begins to fail or can no longer function as part of the state, other nearby regions, both in that state and in surrounding states, will almost certainly be affected.

      The paper defines four categories of armed groups that take advantage or create the world’s stateless regions—guerrillas, terrorists, transnational criminal groups and insurgencies.

      September 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Muneef


      Putting 60 countries on a list of "failed states" is sensationalistic. Calling more than a quarter of the world's countries "failed states" removes the legitimacy from the label.

      September 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @John And how do you know that Moses and Jesus weren't communicating with Lucifer? Because they said they weren't?

      September 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  4. Ed

    "It’s ridiculous for Muslims to continuously condemn and apologize for stuff when every religion has their fair share of crazies."

    Really Mr. Ali? Have you ever seen Christians fly planes into Mecca? Have you ever seen Jews drive car bombs into crowded street markets? Have you ever seen Hindus strap on a bomb vest and blow up a pizza palor full of women and little chilern? Or a Budist sit on a mus lim and cut his head off with a knife? NO, but we see you people do it. And as for apologizing, I too have yet to hear ANY mus lim do that?

    September 26, 2011 at 8:49 am |
    • Dana

      Do you apologize for slavery every time you meet a black person?

      September 26, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • sean

      Exactly they are being attack by the whole power full world , equip with drones and missles. the crime somebody else did it and they are paying, loosing their childrens, mothers, father, sisters, brothers. We don't know what are the most valuable things you have in life but as far as these people, families are the most precious for them. How can you kill children and women around the world by drones attacks. They are not equip with Missiles and drones so what other option they have

      September 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • ani

      Do the research first, please. Look back at history, then tell me if Christians haven't caused any terror amongst themselves or others.

      September 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • John Richardson

      We sure send a lot of smart bombs and drones into Islamic countries!

      September 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • remember the uss liberty

      my uncle saw jews napalam the deck of an american ship killing 34 sailors and wounding 170 others. they put over 8000 holes into the ship and fired 6 torpedoes at it for 3 hours!!! they even shot the sailors in the life rafts! and then the poor jews came and said it was a "mistake"

      Jews brought down the WTC 1,2 and 7! on 911 !

      ISRAEL DID 911.

      Dr. Alan Sabrosky of the US Army War college came out and said it. The top brass of the military knows it.
      Check out "911 missing links" on youtube

      You wanna go back to the crusades and talk about how Jews managed to get us poor dumb Christians to massacre some peaceful people in Palestine?

      September 29, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  5. Dude

    "A person who does not speak out against the wrong is a mute devil."

    When a Danish newspaper ran cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad in an unflattering way, there were protests and riots in the streets throughout the Muslim world.

    When an American reporter was held down while he head was cut off with a saw, those same streets were quiet.

    Both of these acts were affronts to Islam. But, from the reaction each received, which was the greater insult?

    How different would the world's view of Islam be if acts of terrorism in the name of Islam were all followed by wide scale protests?

    September 26, 2011 at 8:43 am |
    • Muneef


      No one denies that there are acts of terrorism being carried out in my world and your world in the name of religion,where such parties, groups or individuals are not committing to the law but rather take the law into their hands...Those mostly infest boarder belts or grounds where there are wars and conflicts...such as those gang movements use multi-regional or  multinational mercenaries concealed under the religious or political logo flag  such as being made in the name of Islam when it harms Muslims and Islam rather than achieving what make Muslims more respected and liked by the nations,after all we were always traders and trading needed that Muslims to travel with the trade caravans or ocean going ships dealing with all races of Multi-religions and beliefs !! 

      What we see today majorly some Gangster mercenaries take advantage of the situation bringing,raising up any logo whether religious or political to fulfill plans paid for by the criminal underworld who are taking advantage of those gangs for fulfilling their plans...through the terror practiced by those,the criminal underworld may use them as their "hit men" to fight for their interests eliminating compet-i-tors...or effect and manipulate with the market shares since any operation here or there effect the balance of shares as up or down..!

      There are millions of possibilities for such acts which in the end only benefit some few on account of the misery of many unrelated innocent others..
      This is an going business and nothing to do with the Islam as a religion that brings all those to respect each other in full submission free from any earthly greeds for power which are normally caused up by powerful parties groups or individuals..!!       

      September 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  6. Muneef

    Read might you learn more where you stand;
    I thought that Arianism was of the Whites? But turned to be of Persia ?
    The Origins of Aryan People
    The race of the Iranians have been mentioned as Aryan.

    History of the Ancient Aryans: Outlined in Zoroastrian scriptures.

    Well well see who conspired on Jesus...;

    The Pharisees were Persian Oversee-ers.

    Semites and Anti-Semitism

    September 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Muneef

      The Tradition of the Aryans of Persia.—The Aryans of the Iranian branch, with whom we are here concerned, were the first to be civilized and to acknowledge one god, and consequently they have special claims on our interest. They possessed a tradition that they quitted their ancient home because the Power of Evil made it ice-bound and uninhabitable. Perhaps this may mean that they were irresistibly urged forward by a change of climate, just as aridity possibly caused the hordes of Mongolia to swarm westwards, and incidentally to blast the civilization of the countries they overran.

      September 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  7. Daniel Allen

    Youtube all the footage of cheering moozlums on 9/11. Foreign news correspondents got plenty of coverage of cheering mobs of moozlums when they found out 3,000 random Americans where killed. I'm not sure if there would be cheering in the streets in the christian community if they saw planes flying into 2 buildings in an Arab country.

    September 25, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • Tony

      I was an Americab in the Middle East on 9-11 and I cab assure you the Arabs, Muslims and other were all aghast. CNN repeatedly showed 4 yr old clips of what you derogatorily refer to as Moozlums (you should learn to pronounce and spell it first) cheering the leaders of some Palestinian groups for some local cause while showing the American Flag on the other. Media easily brainwashes people like you – ie if you have a brain to wash in the first place. Stop speaking for everyone and get a ticket to travel the world – GET YOURSELF AN EDUCATION.

      September 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
    • Ed

      That's strange Tony, one of my best friends was living in Saudi and he had to hide locked in his house for weeks because of the cheers and mobs chanting. Eventually they found him and he and his neighbors were murdered. Only his wife made it out. You must have been in a different middle east in your own fancy world.

      September 26, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • remember the uss liberty

      no muslims celebrated 911. NONE

      that video you saw was from 2000 for one of their holidays. they played it to trick us.

      ISRAEL DID 911.

      Dr. Alan Sabrosky of the US Army War college came out and said it. The top brass of the military knows it.
      Check out "911 missing links" on youtube

      September 29, 2011 at 1:34 am |
    • Iqbal Khan

      Hello go get educted, check .....





      And also check Man behind.... Dov Zakheim
      and what Alan Sabrosky have to say check on Youtube.com

      October 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  8. Daniel Allen

    99.999999% of moozlums didn't fly the planes into the building. What is the percentage of moozlums who cheered on 9/11?

    September 25, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • davec

      If I get the jest of this article, put the shoe on the other foot.... why should white men appologize for what a few did? Let it rest! I have never heard a group of Muslims appologize..... but a lot of whites have. Affirmative action is one example.

      September 25, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • evil lurks

      I didn't see "whites" apologizing for the criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003 based on fabrication and lies. No, they called it a "mistake" and re-voted into office the war criminals who lead the genocidal war of aggression... Hypocrisy of this type is pure evil..

      September 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Ed

      "evil lurks
      I didn't see "whites" apologizing for the criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003 based on fabrication and lies. No, they called it a "mistake" and re-voted into office the war criminals who lead the genocidal war of aggression... Hypocrisy of this type is pure evil. "

      I'd like to point out to you that JORDAN's intelligence agency, THE best in the middle east, also said Iraq had WMD's. So please stop bashing Bush when others were mistaken as well. By the way, what is in those trucks buried in the desert in Syria just across the border from Iraq. The ones that showed up on a satellite photo?

      September 26, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  9. Muneef

    Well known popular Arabic proverbs,
     -He who lives with the people for forty days becomes one of them.
    -To whom do you complain if your adversary is the judge?
    -Arrogance over the arrogant is modesty.
    -You reap what you sow.
    -The courageous might cower without a weapon.
    -The wound of words is worse than the wound of swords.
    -Two swords do not fit in one sheath.
    -A person who does not speak out against the wrong is a mute devil.
    -Evil in people does not go away when they get buried.
    -A little bit of evil is too much.
    -He beat me and cried, and went before me to complain.
    -Dwell among people for forty days. You will either become one of them or flee them.
    -an oppressor will have his day.
    -Fire will burn itself out if it did not find anything to burn.
    -No right is lost, as long as someone remains asking for it.
    -Every age, a new state and new men arise.
    -The house of a tyrant is a ruin.
    – If you oppress who is below you then you won't be safe from the punishment of who is above you.
    -He (God) puts his secrets in the weakest of his creation.
    -The people's lord is their servant.  

    September 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  10. Muneef


    For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid [Ishmael], the other by a freewoman [Isaac]. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh [Ishmael]

    Bible = Genesis 17:18,19 “And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shall call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him”.

    Koran = 19:54 “Also mention in the Book [the story of] Ishmael: He was [strictly] true to what he promised, and he was a messenger [and] a prophet”.

    Bible = Genesis 16:12 “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him”.

    The Bible called Ishmael a wild man; the Koran called him messenger and a prophet.

    Sarah also received the blessing and the promise along with her husband; as it is written, “And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her [Isaac]: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her” (Genesis 17:16).

    Because Sarah was old and had no children,

    “Abraham said to God, Shall a child be born unto him that is a hundred years old? And shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael [the son of the slave Hagar] might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shall call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him” (Genesis 17:18,19)

    Sarah also received the blessing and the promise along with her husband; as it is written, “And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her [Isaac]: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her” (Genesis 17:16).


    These quoted lines were to prove that Ishmael was older than Isaac and therefore it was he who was to be sacrificed and was he who helped Abraham in rebuilding the worship house at Mecca...

    It as well proves why so much hatred is carried by those who considers us to be of a race and a religion of Slaves who's their father Ishmael was a result of Flesh taken place between the Prophet of GOD and a Slave woman and not by GOD inspiration...!? Insisting that Ishmael came by Flesh, they have made of him as Criminally Wild man...!?

    While the facts are clear that because Sarah was not able to give him a Child or Children...She Sarah has proposed to him to merry one of her maids to have his child...after that happened she has asked him to dispose of them where he had taken them to Mecca area and left them back there but all that was done as per inspirations of GOD to him...   

    Any way now it is obvious what would some of those Jews, Christians or Zionists think of us as Slaves and that they are the chosen people by GOD...!! Your religions and beliefs of the Bibles are based on Slavery and not as in Quran being Antislavery and Human Equality....!!? Tell me am Wrong....!      

    September 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • inthespirit

      You are wrong.

      September 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Muneef

      Well I hope so but what proves that was not it ?

      September 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • scott

      you are wrong on many fronts

      September 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Muneef

      Hope so but which many fronts I was wrong at? For I may explain!

      September 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  11. kasnudl

    Stop apologizing? Knowing the Islamic world very well, I´ve never heard any apologies, only one ridiculous conspiracy theory after the other. Despite the fact that after 9-11 Bin Laden was probably the most popular person in the Islamic world (for example 59 % approval rating in the largest Muslim country Indonesia in 2003, according to Pew Research).

    The staggering thing about the Islam discussion in media and politics is the total denial of reality.
    Of course there are many peaceful Muslims but Islam as an ideology of the 7 th century Arab peninsula is definitely not a religion of peace. I know many Muslims, who are good people, but most of them actually have very little knowledge about their religion, many of them have never read the Quran. If you actually read the Quran (or the Hadith) you will find dozens of verses commanding explicitly violence against “infidels”.
    America and the West won´t win the war against Islamic terror as long as we pretend that Islamic terror has nothing to do with Islam...the ideology of the 7 th century Arabic peninsula is not a religion of peace and tolerance and in fact Islam is a even much greater problem for the Muslims in Islamic countries than for us in the West, because Islam is not compatbible with human rights or any progress in human civilization..I hope America wakes up, greetings from Austria austroamericanfriendship.wordpress.com

    September 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Aidan

      Have you ever read the Bible? While most Christians would call Christianity a peaceful religion, there are also countless references to executions and to violence. Particularly, the Old Testament contains multiple sections where those who refused to accept God were slain by a sword. The Crusades, in which anyone not willing to accept Jesus as the son of God, were killed, were based upon these parts.

      September 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  12. DR. JOHN A. CONSIGLIO (Malta) - Imiversity of Malta

    Makes a lot of sense....we humans are farr too often prepared to generalise. Tolerance is an attribute qhich all the main monotheistic religions, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, preach. That said of course humanity cannot also not live peacfully without certain basic common rules of civility. These may differ between countries and cultures and political systems, but yes the whole of humanity living in peace with itself is not a pipedream, and every honest human person should work hard for it, even if only simply by good and honest self-example.

    September 24, 2011 at 5:58 am |
  13. Wassim

    Great Article! Its how I always felt about the whole issue about 911. I see a lot of non Muslims pointing out that they have never heard a Muslim apologize for 911! as their responses on here. Non Muslim intentions in this regard might not be good willed in the first place, but heck neither are a lot of their other points!!; and thats a great way to promote dialogue, right?. I also find when non muslims ask question online, they are pretty angry and heated from the get go, and if i did not know better almost confrontational on purpose. One of the sad characters of this is, even when the question is anwered to them, and they do not like it, they start a quarrel by being abusive in tone, if not by language only. My whole point is that "freedom fighter" most time undermine their prorogative/cause this way and really become the oppresor. Hense 3 wars for non semetic america, and 1.5 billion Empathetic causes for Devout Muslims to semetic america. Salaam,shalom,peace!

    September 24, 2011 at 4:03 am |
  14. masmanz

    Thank you for a very well-written article. This notion of guilt by association has no place in America.

    September 24, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • E

      I agree with that but you're also very misinformed. You're earlier comment remarked about how Christians should apologize for Hitler.... Hitler hated ALL religion, period. He killed a lot of Catholics and pushed for an atheist state. It just isn't as publicized by the media you probably enjoy today because he killed 5 million Jews which is sickening. As a matter of fact, many of the Russians that fought in the war were Christian and they lost more than 14 million lives at the end of 1944... who had the larger loss of life?

      September 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Aidan

      Nope. Hitler killed Catholics because he didn't like Catholics. He did, however, like Protestant Christians and included it as part of his description of an Aryan race. As for Russian Christians dying, many Muslims worldwide have died fighting terrorism both on the side of American and from within their own countries. I guess they don't count though, right?

      September 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • Muneef


      If it wasn't to Arabs fought on the side of Allies, how would have the present map looked like?

      -Arabs fought the Ottoman empire army;

      -Muslim Africans fought with French army to free France from Nazi invasion;

      -African Muslims participants in the Second World War;

      -S.E.Asians Muslims confrontations to Jpn's invasions ; 

      -Then the Islamic belt that was created and called for by Allies to consume the communists..in MidEast & in Asia.

      We were there beside you all the time but now all is over we now became the enemy...!?!
      It won't be long before you come to ask for Muslims assistance to clean up the mess you have created and to save your skin....!

      September 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  15. Jason Bourne

    What an arrogant . How many of his family members died when the towers collapsed? ZERO So, like it or not, a heinous act was committed in the name of your religion. If you dont want to apologize, then get off your ass and police your religion so the zealots dont make you apologize. If you are such a devout muslim, then head to Saudi arabia and decry the actions of the "non-muslim" muslims, not the actions of the country that was injured and scarred. It was all the non-fanatics that sat idly by and watched as their religion was, and in many cases, still is used to murder people who do not conform to their ideals. So instead of chastisinig the grieving for having a problem with your religion and the fact you are sick of apologizing, stop hiding in New York and clean up your house. If you dont have the drive or courage to do that, then at least have the decency to shut up.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • masmanz

      All the terrorists died committing the act, they never said they were doing it in the name of Islam. It is the news media which put words in the dead terrorist's mouth. It was Bush who invented 'they hate our freedom and democracy' mantra. And even if they did it should have no affect on the 99.999999% Muslims who have nothing to do with it. Should the Christians keep on apologizing for the acts of Hitler? And that was not just the act of a few person but a whole Christian nation was behind him.

      September 24, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • Sean

      So all Catholics should apologize for the inquizition and the lives ended during that? All Christians for the Crusades? All Jews for killing Christ? How about Christians constanly apologizing for the Oklahoma City bombing? People twist faith, they use it for their own means. They are not true followers, and the rest of the followers should not be lumped with them.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:19 am |
    • E

      @masmanz: HAHAHA they DO hate our freedom and our way of life. It's only the 3-5% of them that we're fighting that do, however.. Otherwise they wouldn't have attacked us. You just feel as though you need to bring Bush into it but I can tell you're filled with the media's lies about him. No, he wasn't a good president but if you're going to blame anyone put it on Rove, Cheney, or his head of Homeland Security because it was their intelligence that he relied on. He didn't write that speech anyway so read a book before you think you know everything. @Sean: You have a valid point but Judaism was right at a certain point in history and so is Christianity. Certain "Christians" should apologize but the small percentage of Muslim EXTREMISTS don't have to (b/c they don't twist their faith like David Koresh or McVeigh or all Mormons; it's all in the UnHoly Quran [kill yourself to destroy others and obtain eternal life]). Followers of Islam are misled and eventually going to hell which I feel bad about and I pray for them often.

      September 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Mike

      Obviously you are misinformed, first i would like to say that what osama bin laden claimed to be an act in the name of "ISLAM" is incorrect. The quran discourages these acts so obviously what osama bin laden and the alquida group claims to be islam is not truly what islam is and symbolizes.
      Quran 5:32 "...to kill one man is equivalent to killing all of mankind..."
      the facts i that there 1000's of innocent people who died and the men involved will burn for eternity according to islamic law, additionally there were approximately 62 muslins in the twin towers who died that morning which means this act was not in the name of islam, but instead pure insanity. there millions of muslims in america who were hurt from this act in many days and we muslims share the pain of this horrific day, but let me make it clear Islam and and terrorism do not correspond in any way.
      I also disagree with the article no one has apologized but i do agree with the fact that true Muslims and true slam condemn this act.

      September 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  16. Sheriff

    COMPLETELY on point!! Thank you! And for some of you who've commented about the minority of these so called "Muslims" that commit these heinous acts, don't forget they've killed numerous Muslims too.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  17. Jason

    I have never heard any Muslim apologize for 9-11.
    Fair enough. I don't see why they should unless they were somehow involved.
    Saying a thing is wrong is not the same as claiming responsibility for a thing.
    Muslims have condemned the attacks on 9-11. They have expressed sorrow and sympathy. They have also disavowed any form of responsibility.
    They have not apologized so your article is making a false claim from what I can see.
    They are not required to apologize. Nor are non-Muslims required to apologize for daring to notice that everyone who attacked us claimed to be a Muslim acting as their faith demanded.
    It may be true that Islam condemns such behavior.
    I don't doubt it.
    It would be nice if someone would tell the minority of Muslims who seem dedicated to slaughtering every non-Muslim alive that Islam condemns their behavior.
    It looks like they missed that memo.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  18. skimmer21

    Why even print this garbage no Muslims have ever apologize for 9/11. And they will never apologize for it. It seems like the 30s and 40s if you want people to believe a lie you must tell a big lie and tell it often.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • masmanz

      You should read the article before commenting on it. All the perpetrators died in the crash, no one was left to apologize. Why should the other Muslims who have nothing to do with it should apologize. Should all Christians apologize for the acts of Nazis, and they were not just a few men, they were a whole Christian nation.

      September 24, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  19. Osama


    September 23, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Ed

      Compare a music group to gobal mass murders? You are a sad little person. IF you can even be considered one.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  20. Rita

    I don't think I've heard ANY Muslims apologize for 9/11 or even distance themselves from the act or condemn what supposed "radicals" within their ranks did. Seems like the silence is deafening on the subject from the Muslim community – not that they need to stop apologizing.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Osama

      how many muslims live in your trailer park?

      September 23, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Barbara a Muslim

      Oh, you mean like this?


      You have to WANT to see it, in order to actually see it. It's there. It's up to you to read it.

      But based on your comment, I'm thinking you would rather stick a hot fork in your eye than read my link actually showing Muslims denouncing 9/11 and terrorism in general.

      September 23, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • Ed

      Well, Barbara the (kill all non-believers) muslim, Why was that not on nation TV? Most of the 9/11 hyjackers were from Saudi. Not a word from the royal family. Don't you think a TV message on CNN and Fox by the Saudi King to condemn and promise full investigation and swift justice would have gone a long way to show that muslims aren't mass murders? Your silence is your compliance.

      September 26, 2011 at 9:11 am |
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