Conflict, theology and history make Muslims more religious than others, experts say
A recent global survey suggests that Muslims are more religious than Christians and Hindus.
December 3rd, 2011
10:00 PM ET

Conflict, theology and history make Muslims more religious than others, experts say

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

(CNN) - Every religion has its true believers and its doubters, its pious and its pragmatists, but new evidence suggests that Muslims tend to be more committed to their faith than other believers.

Muslims are much more likely than Christians and Hindus to say that their own faith is the only true path to paradise, according to a recent global survey, and they are more inclined to say their religion is an important part of their daily lives.

Muslims also have a much greater tendency to say their religion motivates them to do good works, said the survey, released over the summer by Ipsos-Mori, a British research company that polls around the world.

Islam is the world's second-largest religion - behind Christianity and ahead of Hinduism, the third largest. With some 1.5 billion followers and rising, Islam's influence may be growing even faster than its numbers as the Arab Spring topples long-reigning secular rulers and opens the way to religiously inspired political parties.

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But while there's no doubt about the importance of Islam, experts have different theories about why Muslims appear to be more religious than members of other global faiths - and contrasting views on whether to fear the depth of Muslims' commitment to their faith.

One explanation lies in current affairs, says Azyumardi Azra, an expert on Islam in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim majority country.

Many Muslims increasingly define themselves in contrast with what they see as the Christian West, says Azra, the director of the graduate school at the State Islamic University in Jakarta.

"When they confront the West that they perceive or misperceive as morally in decline, many Muslims feel that Islam is the best way of life. Islam for them is the only salvation," he says.

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That feeling has become stronger since the September 11 attacks, as many Muslims believe there is a "growing conflict between Islam and the so-called West," he says.

"Unfortunately this growing attachment to Islam among Muslims in general has been used and abused by literal-minded Muslims and the jihadists for their own purposes," he says.

But other experts say that deep religious commitment doesn't necessarily lead to violence.

"Being more religious doesn't necessarily mean that they will become suicide bombers," says Ed Husain, a former radical Islamist who is now a Middle East expert at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

In fact, Husain argues that religious upbringing "could be an antidote" to radicalism.

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The people most likely to become Islamist radicals, he says, are those who were raised without a religious education and came to Islam later, as "born-agains."

Muslims raised with a grounding in their religion are better able to resist the distortions of Islam peddled by recruiters to radical causes, some experts like Husain argue, making them less likely to turn to violence.

But he agrees that Muslims are strongly attached to their faith, and says the reason lies in the religion itself.

"Muslims have this mindset that we alone possess the final truth," Husain says.

Muslims believe "Jews and Christians went before us and Mohammed was the last prophet," says Husain, whose book "The Islamist" chronicles his experiences with radicals. "Our prophet aimed to nullify the message of the previous prophets."

The depth of the Muslim commitment to Islam is not only a matter of theology and current events, but of education and history, as well, other experts say.

"Where religion is linked into the state institutions, where religion is deeply ingrained from childhood, you are getting this feeling that 'My way is the only way,'" says Fiyaz Mughal, the director of Faith Matters, a conflict-resolution organization in London.

The Ipsos-Mori survey results included two countries with a strong link between religion and the state: Legally Muslim Saudi Arabia, which calls itself the guardian of Islam's two holiest sites, Mecca and Medina; and Indonesia, home of the world's largest Muslim population.

The third majority Muslim country in the study is Turkey, which has a very different relationship with religion. It was founded after World War I as a legally secular country. But despite generations of trying to separate mosque and state, Turkey is now governed by an Islam-inspired party, the AKP.

Turkey's experience shows how difficult it can be to untangle government and religion in Muslim majority countries and helps explain the Muslim commitment to their religion, says Azyumardi Azra, the Indonesia expert.

He notes that there has been no "Enlightenment" in Islam as there was in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, weakening the link between church and state in many Christian countries.

"Muslim communities have never experienced intense secularization that took place in Europe and the West in general," says Azra. "So Islam is still adhered to very strongly."

But it's not only the link between mosque and state in many Muslim majority countries that ties followers to their faith, says professor Akbar Ahmed, a former Pakistani diplomat who has written a book about Islam around the world.

Like Christians who wear "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelets, many Muslims feel a deep personal connection to the founder of their faith, the prophet Muhammad, he says.

Muhammad isn't simply a historical figure to them, but rather a personal inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world today.

"When a Muslim is fasting or is asked to give charity or behave in a certain way, he is constantly reminded of the example set by the prophet many centuries ago," argues Ahmed, the author of "Journey Into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization."

His book is based on interviews with Muslims around the world, and one thing he found wherever he traveled was admiration for Muhammad.

"One of the questions was, 'Who is your role model?' From Morocco to Indonesia, it was the prophet, the prophet, the prophet," says Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington.

But while Ahmed sees similar patterns across the Islamic world, Ed Husain, the former radical, said it was important to understand its diversity, as well.

"There is no monolithic religiosity - Muslims in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are following different versions of Islam," says Husain. "All we're seeing (in the survey) is an adherence to a faith."

Political scientist Farid Senzai, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington, raised questions about the survey's findings.

"Look at the countries that are surveyed - Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Turkey," he says. "There are about 300 million Muslims in those three countries, (who make up) about 20% of Muslims globally."

Islam is "incredibly important" in Saudi Arabia, he says.

"But in Tunisia or Morocco you could have had a different result. It would have been nice if they had picked a few more Arab countries and had a bit more diversity," says Senzai.

The pollster, Ipsos-Mori, does monthly surveys in 24 countries, three of which are majority Muslim – Turkey, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. The other countries range from India to the United States, and Mexico to South Korea, and are the same each month, regardless of the subject the pollsters are investigating.

In the survey released in July, about six in 10 Muslims in the survey said their religion was the only way to salvation, while only a quarter of Hindus and two out of 10 Christians made that claim about their own faiths.

More than nine out of 10 Muslims said their faith was important in their lives, while the figure was 86% for Hindus and 66% for Christians.

Ipsos-Mori surveyed 18,473 adults via an online panel in April and released the findings in July. Results were weighted to make the results as representative as possible, but the pollster cautioned that because the survey was conducted online, it was harder to get representative results in poorer countries where internet access is not widespread.

CNN polling director Keating Holland also warns that in an "opt-in" survey, where respondents actively choose to participate, results tend to come from "people who are confident in their opinions and express them openly... not good for intensely private matters like faith or income or sex."

Online surveys in countries that are not entirely free are also open to the possibility that pollsters get "the approved response" in those nations, "where the people who are most likely to be willing to talk about such matters are the ones who hold, or at least verbalize, opinions that won't get them in trouble if they are expressed," Holland says.

That may have been an issue in Saudi Arabia, where respondents were given the choice of not answering questions on religion due to their potential sensitivity in the kingdom. The Saudi sample was the smallest, with 354 participants, meaning "findings for Saudi Arabia must be treated with caution," Ipsos-Mori said.

About 1,000 people participated in most countries, but sample sizes were smaller in the three majority Muslim countries and in eight other countries.

The survey participants did not reflect the true percentage of Christians and Muslims in the world. Christians were over-represented – as were people who said they had no religion – and Muslims were under-represented.

Nearly half the respondents identified themselves as Christian. Eleven percent were Muslim, 4% were Buddhist, 3% were Hindu and 3% were "other." A quarter said they had no religion and 6% refused to say.

Fiyaz Mughal, the interfaith expert, argues that even though the countries surveyed might not be representative of the entire Muslim world, the findings about Muslims rang broadly true. Muslims in different countries were committed to their faith for different reasons, he says.

"Saudi Arabia is an institutionally religious state. Indonesia has religion tied into its culture," says Mughal.

But Muslim immigrants to Europe also show strong ties to their religion, either as a defense mechanism in the face of a perceived threat, or because of an effort to cling to identity, he contends.

He detects a link between insular communities and commitment to faith regardless of what religion is involved. It is prevalent in Muslim Saudi Arabia, but he has seen it among Israeli Jews as well, he says.

"The Israeli Jewish perspective is that (the dispute with the Palestinians) is a conflict of land and religion which are integrally linked," Mughal says.

"What does play a role in that scenario is a sense of isolationism and seclusion in Israeli Jewish religious communities, a growing trend to say, 'Our way is the only way,'" he says.

Religious leaders of all faiths need to combat those kinds of attitudes because of the greater diversity people encounter in the world today, he argues.

They have a responsibility to teach their congregations "that if they are following a religion, it is not as brutal or exclusive as possible," Mughal says. "Things are changing. The world is a different place from what it was even 20 years ago."

Politicians, too, "need to take these issues quite seriously," he says.

"In the Middle East there are countries - the Saudi Arabias - where you need to be saying that diversity, while it may not be a part of the country, is something they have to deal with when moving in a globalized area," he says.

But Senzai, the political scientist, says that it's also important for the West to take the Muslim world on its own terms.

"Many Muslims want religion to play a role in politics," he says. "To assume that everyone around the world wants to be like the West - that they want liberal secular democracy - is an absurd idea."

- CNN's Nima Elbagir and Atika Shubert contributed to this report.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: 9/11 • Islam • Middle East

soundoff (5,459 Responses)
  1. Adam

    Our world is a complicated pandora's box of contradictions, double standards and differences. We must judge fellow man on their deeds and their thoughts and hearts, not on their religion.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:32 am |
  2. MONTE

    I can think of two reasons .. 1) In Islamic ruled countries, you are "born" Muslim, so everyone around is Muslim, schooling focuses on Islam, and to be a good Muslim you have to "wear" it openly .. ie. dress, daily worship x5, etc. 2) If you are not a good Muslim in the eyes of your family, neighbors, co-workers, et .. they kill you.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:26 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"1) In Islamic ruled countries, you are "born" Muslim, so everyone around is Muslim, "

      In some Muslim countries but take, for example, Iran. Muslim ruled country, but has a Christian population and a Jewish population. Check the listings for synagogues in Tehran. I think you might be right in Saudi Arabia but even Hezzbolah control Lebanon has Christians.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:54 am |
  3. Indian

    Interesting article and many interesting comments. Being a Hindu (for the sake of identification, I may pray maybe once or twice in a year), and lived in the US for many years and having visited Saudi Arabia (many people from my part of India are expatriate workers in West Asia or "Middle East" in "Western" jargon).

    "Muslims are more likely than Christians or Hindus to say their religion is path to paradise".. this will depend on whom you ask and what context, I have been to a couple of churches where Indian-Christians in the US were ready to nod when their pastor was ready to state a few not-so-good-to-say things about Hindu religious practices, and privately apologised for the behavior of their pastor. My point is that organised religions like Christianity and Islam are the ones who think that their religion is the only one to lead to paradise, in fact in India, due to being a multi-religious country, I was taught as a kid that all religions are a way to reach the same God.

    On commitment to faith, I am not sure how the Muslims are frankly.. I visited Riyadh in Saudi Araibia during Ramadan month, as per the religious belief, all adults of good health (and not travelling) have to fast from sun-rise to sunset. Being a laid back month, many people just sleep during the day time ! The streets are empty until evening, and malls are open until mid-night, you have traffic-jams well pask midnight ! This is in very contrast to what I have seen some Muslims follow in India, they fast and work during that time. In fact living in West Asia, many Indians will give you a very different picture of practices there.. for example, Saudi men will drive their car to Bahrain and openly ask any well dressed women "how much for a night". In fact if you deal with a government official in Kuwait, "Insha Allah" had a different meaning (If Allah wishes it will happen.. means the government official will not do anything).

    Many Muslims see themselves as a contrast to the West, many people in Pakistan see Indian Television and Movies in the same way, and we are Hindus !

    In my opinion, what is happening is that in many Muslim dominated countries, the religious right is whipping up public hysteria through Faith and Fear, and saying they are equal, just to stay in power.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:22 am |
    • Know What


      Thank you for an interesting and informative post.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:36 am |
    • lacoaster

      Thank you, I liked it too.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:40 am |
  4. John Smith

    I think the reason is obvious... it's the same reason that Christians are less religious: both are responses to modernity. Christians either abandoned their God or rationalized themselves into the present day and Muslims are fundamentalist reactionaries to the West's growing dominion of reason across the globe.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:20 am |
  5. Liz1388

    I suspect a lot of it has to do with plain old male insecurity. It's the reason men invented religion in the first place since obviously nature (or an alleged creator) gave men with such a relatively tiny role in the grand scheme of human existence. And the darn sons prefer Mom to Dad for so many years until they are old enough to be brainwashed. Lots of patriarchal compensation going on.

    Islam is the second spin-off religion from Judaism. Nobody pays attention to the bronze medal winner.

    Jewish mythology borrowed a great deal, but they were better than previous cultures at recording stuff. No wonder the Arc of the Covenant is so revered. Valuing education paid off for them as far as religious Firsties goes. Jews had already copyrighted the "Chosen People" domain name too and developed a uniquely strong self-image during persecution. Elitist clubs like that breed envy though. Christians were really, really insecure as knock-off #2. So they went with: If you can't join 'em, fry 'em.

    Xtians overcompensate in other ways: ignoring their actual mandate to love their fellow man, they choose instead to become the poster children for all that is rapacious, hypocritical, repressive, bloodthirsty, intolerant, and opportunistic. Catholicism excelled at adopting Paganism's original ideas as their own – the Microsoft of the religious world. They managed to claw their way to world domination.

    At which point some of the Catholic kids decided to head out on their own and make their own money and power bases by creating offshoots of Christianity. Most managed to be pretty tolerant and Catholicism had to moderate a lot of its excesses.

    Muslims were meanwhile late to the party. Then they ignored what was going on with their older brothers, the Christians. They let cultural progress stagnate. As their cultures declined relative to that of their brothers and their brothers' children, their countries became pawns on the world stage. They just got no respect. Certainly not the respect some of them think they deserve.

    "Why, Oh Lord does the smoke of our sacrifices not please you? Maybe we aren't praying enough or following the silly rituals quite to the letter? There must not be enough debasement going on – stone another woman!" Rituals can be very comforting in a mind-numbing way.

    When lots of bowing and the other rituals aren't getting them the desired recognition though, some prefer to kill their brother(s).

    Thus, increased religiousness is explained, along with its concomitant radicalism.

    Ironically, Islam has only to wait for the Christian Fundamentalists of the West, particularly in the US to destroy America and its freedoms. These kiddies of Catholicism have ignored their own history and let hubris and ignorance drive them in ways the Old Church would recognize with rapacious glee.

    Barring self-immolation, Muslim's superior birth rate may well make them a major player eventually, even if it means the decline of world progress. They'd be wise to pay attention to China, though. Buddhists may be pacifists, but the prolific Chinese culture is as pragmatic as the Christians ever were – they will talk the talk of brotherhood, but carry a ready nuke.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:13 am |
  6. Fiza

    " Conflict, theology and history make Muslims more religious than others, experts say"
    There was no need for the write up. I did not read it. I would have left a comment anyway.
    Comment number 4500

    December 5, 2011 at 3:10 am |
  7. cnnshouldcheckusgs

    Probably has something to do with their smaller brain sizes and poor education.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • Moses

      This individual is also in need of Love

      December 5, 2011 at 3:14 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Yeah .... and where do we rank in Education in the world...... "cough cough"...how much lower since we took prayer out of the classroom ...

      December 5, 2011 at 3:19 am |
    • Midved

      Begone teabagger troll!

      December 5, 2011 at 5:10 am |
  8. lacoaster

    1) Because their system is designed to keep their members away from information that is not controlled by their religion. If not Muslim then most claim it is evil. 2) Less tolerance of questioning. 3) It's not just a religion, it is also a political control system. It is not enough for them to control their religious fans, but they want to control governments and subdue who disagrees with their beliefs. 4) When it was born, they maliciously copied and manipulated Christian ideas, but tweaked them to increase violence, fanaticism and control like the "God and angels said" and "you have to believe by unquestionable faith" old tricks. The street smart leaders feeding from the naive and the stupid, again and again and again. 5) It's a fear based system. Questions? Read history and their book.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:50 am |
    • ZmanZ

      Lacoaster. what do you think will happen when you die? Do you think your gonna meet your creator? Turn to dust? or be reincarnated or just vanish in to thin air?. The only thing certain in life is death so we should try and better ourselves because if there is no God then we just turn to dust or whatever and no worse for wear, but what IF there is a God? what happens to us then.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:57 am |
    • lacoaster

      Very similar to some "Christians".

      December 5, 2011 at 2:57 am |
    • lacoaster

      Why making up an answer for things we are not sure of or we do not want to accept? Here is some things that might help you... We, as mammals, are born, we age and decay and later die. That's is absolutely normal. You can imagine or wish to believe something different, but it does not matter, it will happen anyways. We have an end, because we need to leave space and resources for new generations to come, and because that's how our body cells are made. We should be very grateful for having one and only one life. Manage the life you have here now, work, enjoy, love, be grateful and happy because this might be the only life you will get. Forget about making up conclusions about what you do not know, and forget about believing in what another mammal told you or wrote, regardless of what it is. Research...question, try carefully. The truth might not be in more than one place and it does not have to be pleasant or convenient. We can be happy with the real cards we got, good or bad, we will find a way to adapt and yet do our best to remain grateful as millions of other sperms died and our was selected to live. Life can be wonderful if you accept and learn to live in harmony with your reality. Religions were born because of the denial of man kind of the reality that we are not made to last forever. But that's Ok, other animals don't complaint.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:18 am |
  9. S.Lutz

    The belief in any "God" is delusional and if it were not for the devastation that religion causes, it would be downright funny. believe in peace and kindness. Everything else is truly rubbish!

    December 5, 2011 at 2:50 am |
  10. Peter

    The Messiah has come already. His name is The LORD Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Blindness in part has happened to the descendants of Jacob as they rejected their Savior, the LORD Jesus Christ. Now, the time of vengeance of Ishmael/Esau against his brother Isaac/Jacob has arrived. (May God help national Israel to defend itself.) His (Ishmael's) hand is against every man, and every man's hand is against him. Unfortunately national Israel and the descendants of Ishmael/Esau have both rejected the Son of God. God has begotten an only Son. He (the LORD Jesus Christ) came unto His own and they received him not. But as many as received Him (both Jew and Gentile) to them gave He the authority to become to children of God. This Arab-Israeli conflict is not about oil or social inequality, or land–it is about HOW TO GET TO GOD. The Son of David from Nazareth, born in Bethlehem (whose birth we presently celebrate), Jesus Christ the LORD, declared plainly that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life; and no man comes to the Father God except by and through Him. The world (UN) has in the past confirmed a covenant with Israel (read the book of Daniel) but will break it in the midst of the Great Tribulation. We see the incipient stages of this breaking of covenant occurring now at the UN (for the past twenty or more years). In that soon coming tribulation period Israel shall behold Him whom they pierced as He destroys their enemies by the WORD of His power. Wake up Mr. Greene and all who are deceived–religion based upon lies is not religion at all...but hypocrisy and apostasy. Acid in the faces of women, utter oppression of women and children, blind hatred of their brother the Jew, feigned holiness at the edge of a sword, forced conversions and lording over the souls of men, women and children...you call that a religion. I call it demonic. I say let us give them their holy war, and if the West will once again stand for the Christian faith once delivered unto the saints we shall forever prevail (no "Crusade" from the city on seven hills which shall be destroyed in one hour, but a solid defense of Christian foundationalism). If the West will not embrace the God of our fathers, then let the West become servant and slave to the false religion of Ishmael and Esau. Come and do your best, infidel! I, for one, am ever willing and ready to die for my Savior against your evil, sadistic and unholy apostasy. Shame on all who cower to such devilish doctrines.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:47 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      To die is easy....are you ready to live for him or her as well?

      December 5, 2011 at 2:49 am |
    • Answer


      Is there a decent manual for that course? Like "God for stupids 101 – Crash course in Religion"?

      December 5, 2011 at 2:51 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Peter, you need to lay off the drugs...

      December 5, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Or get back on your meds...

      December 5, 2011 at 2:54 am |
    • Apostate

      Ok then, go ahead and die for your "savior" ... please. Hurry up, and take as many as you can with you, regardless of their "faith". Then the educated and non-deluded ones can live in a peaceful world without restrictions of moldy "holy" books that dictate almost every aspect of life, and instill fear and paranoia if we don't do what this 'god" says. Your 'fod' is an imaginary sky-fairy, as real as vampires and werewolves. Signed - A Xtian apostate who proudly calls himself/herself an Atheist.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:56 am |
    • Unknown

      Its not your mistake peter i think you haven't researched properly you can't give all your answers after reading books your self. Your are not master mind as god there is a part in every ones life where he lacks and definitely you have also some lacks. Which need to be guided properly. This is the reason a large amount of Christians are converting to Islam. I think they are crazy or mad or you are genius and master mind and have mind of God, Am i right.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:59 am |
    • Answer


      They'll never do that. They have this excuse that "God is calling them to do something.."
      They'll change their turn to that line to escape any of their "convictions". It is a neat trick to have, and it shows the real value of their words. Which is nothing. Their words are always hollow on that premise.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:02 am |
    • Realpeaceful


      December 5, 2011 at 3:05 am |
    • Apostate

      @ Answer .... Please, I'll ask very nicely, don't call me an apostle again lol 🙂

      December 5, 2011 at 3:12 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Yeah, Apostate.... I would give yall a few years before the hatred would just arise in the Atheist as well. The uneducated and the deluded will be those that look different, sound different, in love with the wrong gender.

      The hate just redefines itself.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:14 am |
    • Apostate

      @ Mark I was never raised with racial prejudice. Color means nothing to me. I really do NOT care who marries who. It is that person's life, and who someone chooses to marry is their decision, no one else's. It doesn't merit a death sentence like Islam commands.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:20 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Apostate, that is honorable. Do you think that every single Atheist thinks exactly like you? I mean, do discount that there are a Atheist Klan members, Skin Heads, heck ..even Black and Hispanic nationals? Think the gang shootings, drug wars, blood diamonds, and tons of mans vices will come to a end if all that we had was Atheist?

      While you are ok with other races there will be others that would move on to other targets in society. The hatred would not end, it would just morph into another hatred.

      My dad once corrected me....well to be truthful he screamed at me, .. once I came home and repeated a Polish joke that I had over heard a few of my classmates tell during school time. I came home and repeated it to my father. He told me that as soon as I left the room there was a good chance that the Polish joke became a N-gr joke. That is why when I hear some Atheist go after all the Faithful and use the exact same words as those hateful people in history, it concerns me.

      You can't win an argument or debate that way and you surely won't find or create a peaceful society by saying that a opposing segment needs to be killed.

      Its time to let it go.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:04 am |
  11. Really

    @Answer ok I am going I just spent too much time here.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:44 am |
    • Answer


      December 5, 2011 at 2:45 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Yawnn.... life is life

      December 5, 2011 at 2:47 am |
  12. Really

    @Answer I wish you all the happiness in the world but I really don't want to live in this world for ever. I just want all the fighting and mystery to end and have all the answers and be at peace.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:40 am |
    • Answer

      Hey I never said I wanted to live forever. I figure I'll pop myself out when I get too old. 🙂

      For now I'm young and still vibrant and am a thinking man. That is all I need.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • Answer

      Although if technology allows us to live to say 130 or more and still keep our minds intact I'll consider staying to see if mankind will be able to put up the space elevator 🙂

      December 5, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  13. Really

    @Answer Well that is good you have a different life experience.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • Answer

      Exactly I am different. Which makes me happy. 🙂

      December 5, 2011 at 2:38 am |
  14. fady Lebanese

    silly article. who cares why those muslims are like that.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:36 am |
  15. Really

    @Answer Actually there is we strive day and night struggle make each others lives miserable at times and sometimes nature makes it miserable for us. I just wish there is peace after death no pain no struggle we can just feel nothing floating away in galaxy.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • Answer


      Well from different points of view misery is what you want maybe. Other people can see hope in this life and happiness.
      But hey if it suits you to see a gloom and doom scenario all throughout your little corner of the world so be it. I'm happy in my little corner.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:35 am |
    • James

      Well, Sparkyduck is the ONLY one who picked Utah over Bama. What's up with that?2 games to go.. three-way tie for first, I'm alone in last.If Texas and Florda win, then Anthony and I tie for 3rd/last and Sparky and Bond tie for first. Bond is the only guy with a chncae to win it free and clear, if Oklahoma beats Florida it's all his.

      September 7, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  16. Peggy

    Because in Islamic countires it is DEATH to those people that want to leave Islam ....Hellooooooo

    December 5, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • Really

      Quran doesn't say so there is no earthly punishment for it but some Islamic governments have it because their people choose it not Islam.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:34 am |
    • ZmanZ

      Hey Peggy dont forget, what Christians did when they came to North America and killed all natives and First nations people if they did not convert to Christianity. Same thing with the crusades, millions of innocent woman and children were slaughtered in the name of Christ. The sad thing is Jesus would never allow such a thing if he were here right now. You should study some history and you will learn the facts. Many faiths have murdered innocent people in the name of religion

      December 5, 2011 at 2:52 am |
    • HotAirAce

      If jesus was real and a god he could have prevented the slaughter of native Americans. So he either allowed it to happen (yet another mysterious way) or he does not exist – my money is on the latter.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:59 am |
    • meemee

      Zmanz – Christianity did the same thing in Europe. Read up on it!

      December 5, 2011 at 3:03 am |
    • Mido

      , have not checked their own bvuheioar first. None of this will stop, until we all take a look at ourselves and begin to obey Allah. Only then must we take a stand in Jihad. But it is all upon us, we must change it, we must go on protesting and expect someone to change it for us. That is all I meant.May Allah guide us all.. ameen

      September 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  17. Buck Adams

    look at the amount of hate the religion generates and compare it to any other religion. I hate salaafiists as much as they hate me. Unfortunately the US government & other significant governments are afraid to confront those who should be destroyed.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:30 am |
    • brian

      not the US government, the US people.

      December 5, 2011 at 2:38 am |
  18. Answer

    Sadly all those who will die will just die. The end.

    Those who are alive will have unto them their memories of their time with us.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • Really

      What is sad about it ? its part of life who wants to live in this world forever do you ?

      December 5, 2011 at 2:29 am |
    • Answer

      It is sad when those who we cherish do die. That's a fact.

      There is never a plus side to death, and I'm fine with that. Are you?

      December 5, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • Tallulah13


      If you had ever seen a loved one struggle with a painful terminal illness, you would understand that yes, there is a plus side to death. They cease to suffer. And I'm okay with that.

      December 5, 2011 at 3:18 am |
  19. Really

    "Your Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And out of kindness lower to them the wing of humility and say: 'My Lord! Bestow on them Thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.'" (Quran 17:23-24)

    December 5, 2011 at 2:25 am |
  20. Really

    Any amongst you who sees something evil should correct it with his own hands. If he is unable to do so he should correct it with his tongue. If he is unable even to do that, he should at least consider it as bad in his heart. This is the lowest degree of faith. Sadly Muslims are not religious enough.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • Hitesh

      This is awesome! It's so imrtpoant to remind kids that Christmas is not just about getting lots of gifts, but spreading the Christmas spirit. Thanks for posting this; I'll be using it in a few years! 🙂

      September 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
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