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Attacks against U.S. Muslims spike during Ramadan
The ruins of a mosque in Joplin, Missouri, smolder after a fire August 6.
August 18th, 2012
02:20 PM ET

Attacks against U.S. Muslims spike during Ramadan

By Yasmin Amer and Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - To mark the end of Islam's holiest month, Iftikhar Ali will head not to a mosque but to a convention center guarded by law enforcement officers.

That's because this month, during Ramadan, the mosque in Joplin, Missouri, burned to the ground. Its rubble smoldered for two days as a shocked Muslim community came to terms with what had happened.

"I think there are a few people who don't like anybody," Ali said. "They don't like a different color than their color or different religions."

Ali, who is the president of the Joplin mosque said the congregation rented a convention center so people would have a place to pray and celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the feast that marks the end of fasting for Ramadan.

Authorities are still investigating the mosque burning but suspect the fire was intentional. In July, a surveillance camera caught a man throwing an incendiary device onto the building that damaged part of the roof.

Ahead of Eid, Ali said he contacted the police and sheriff's department. They are sending extra officers Sunday.

It's that way across America, after a spate of violence at Islamic centers in recent weeks that included a homemade bomb and pigs parts.

At least seven mosques and one cemetery were attacked in the U.S. during Ramadan, according to groups that track such incidents.

"This is unprecedented in its scale and scope," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the civil rights and advocacy group, Council on American-Islamic Relations.

He said Muslims have not been under attack like this since the backlash after the September 11 attacks and the immediate aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing when it was assumed the work of Islamic extremists.

Just Thursday, Ahmed Rehab, the head of the council in Chicago, received a call from a young man visiting his father's grave at Evergreen Cemetery. Someone had desecrated several Muslim graves.

The Prophet Mohammed's name was taken in vain and, a black marker scrawl on a tombstone screamed: "raghead," a derogatory term for Muslims that stems from head coverings such as  turbans and kaffiyas.
A few days earlier, police arrested 51-year-old David Conrad and accused him of firing a pellet gun at a mosque filled with 500 people in Morton Grove, southern Chicago suburb.

No one was injured but worshipers said one of the bullets flew only inches above a security guard's head, according to CNN affiliate station WGN.

Conrad is a neighbor and had previously spoken out against the expansion of the mosque. He was charged with four felonies.

In a third Chicago-area incident, worshipers at an Islamic school in Lombard heard a loud noise outside of the building during night prayers.

They then found a 2-liter soda bottle filled with acid. Police identified it as a homemade bomb.

No was injured in that incident, either, but on the heels of the carnage at the Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, and the burning of the Joplin mosque, Muslims in the United States were fearful.
The temple shooter died and his motives may never be known. But he was linked to white supremacist groups and Hooper said many people felt the Sikhs were mistaken for Muslims because of their turbans and beards.

In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a new mosque opened earlier this month after more than two years of community protests, legal hurdles and vandalism. The board of directors planned for extra security.

When worshipers bow their heads in prayer Sunday, someone else will be scanning the room.

"Yes, we are very concerned because we have been the subject of vandalism, arson, bomb threats, intimidation, bullying," said Saleh Sbenaty, a board member of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
"You call it," he said. "Every single act of intimidation, you know, was actually inflicted upon us."
Hooper, the spokesman for the Islamic Council, said Muslims in the United States have been asked to exercise caution. The council released a tip sheet on security: know your emergency responders, post observers, report threats, install surveillance cameras.

Hooper said anti-Muslim rhetoric has been building for years, especially from groups formed specifically to fight against Islam in the United States.

"Anti-Muslim hate groups are a relatively new phenomenon in the United States, most of them appearing in the aftermath of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such groups.

"Earlier anti-Muslim groups tended to be religious in orientation and disputed Islam's status as a respectable religion," the center said.

Hooper, for one, believes there's an "Islamophobia machine working out there."

"Eventually and inevitably, it's going to have an impact on the tiny minority of people willing to carry out acts of violence," he said.

Rehab of CAIR's Chicago office also blamed the spike in incidents on government officials who he said were involved in fear-mongering.

He cited statements made by Republican congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois, who warned Americans that "there is a radical strain of Islam in this country" and that radicals are "trying to kill Americans every week."

Justin Roth, Walsh's chief of staff, said that the lawmaker's comments were taken out of context and that Walsh is troubled by attacks on any people based on their religion.

Nevertheless, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee blamed Walsh for the homemade bomb incident.

"It is not a coincidence that after the remarks by Rep. Walsh were made that there was a homemade bomb directed at an Islamic school …" the committee said. "The facts are clear - By proclaiming to the public that 'Muslims are trying to kill Americans every week,' Walsh raised suspicion of the American Muslim community and incited fear."

There were other troubling incidents this month:

- In Hayward, California, police arrested two teens and charged them with committing a hate crime after worshipers said the boys threw lemons at them during prayer.

- In Ontario, California, pig legs were left on the property of an Islamic Center. Police still do not have information on who was responsible for the act, which was particularly offensive during Ramadan because practicing Muslims consider pigs unclean.

- In North Smithfield, Rhode Island, a surveillance camera outside the Masjid Al-Islam mosque showed a suspect breaking the building's sign and two vehicles later fleeing the property.

- In Oklahoma City, vandals defaced the Grand Mosque with paintball guns. Those inside feared the shots came from a real gun.
In Joplin, the torched mosque's 90 congregants invited 300 other people to join them Sunday for Eid.

"I still feel secure," said Ali, the mosque president, though he knows a pall has been cast by all the attacks.

He said the attacks on his community are instigated by a few ignorant people. He came to these shores from Pakistan 23 years ago and still believes in the principles of this nation.

"This is un-American," he said of the mosque fire. "I'm not afraid of any neighbors. I feel more secure here in America than anywhere else in the world."

He said all Muslims have a right to practice their faith without fear.

On this Eid, that may not happen in some houses of worship in the United States.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story quoted a statement from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee that incorrectly said the site of an apparent anti-Muslim incident is in the political district of U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Illinois. The school where the incident occurred currently is in a district adjacent to Walsh's.

- CNN

Filed under: Faith • Islam • Ramadan • United States • Violence

soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. truth be told

    Better a smoldering ruin than an idolatrous mosque.

    August 19, 2012 at 7:17 am |
    • midwest rail

      And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The true contemporary faux Christian showing their love and compassion for their fellow man.

      August 19, 2012 at 7:24 am |
    • HeavenSent

      We give the same message of love to Muslims as we give to non-believers and everyone that worships in a false religion.

      Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

      John 14:6

      Amen.

      August 19, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • midwest rail

      And that message of love is "better a smoldering ruin..."

      August 19, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • JWT

      Makes such a pefect argument to keep religion out of the government. That our way or no way mentality. The refusal to accept that theirs is the only valid purpose in life. Makes me want to barf.

      August 19, 2012 at 7:42 am |
  2. Leo

    The Muslim Brotherhood, which our President called and congratulated for winning the elections is now starting Crucifictions!

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/arab-spring-run-amok-brotherhood-starts-crucifixions/

    August 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's be more believable, Leo, if you actually knew how to spell "crucifixions", you fvcking moron.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • Leo

      What does my speeling have to do with the truth? Have fun with it!!

      August 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your "SPEELING" has nothing to do with truth. It has plenty to do with your education, intelligence, and credibility, you fvckin' idiot.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Tom O. Ron

      Incorrect spelling and grammar usage will make Tom Tom red and green respectively.

      August 19, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And? Do you have a point, dear?

      August 19, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • Tom O. Ron

      It's mah name! Look it up and see my point.

      August 19, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • ReaLeo

      "It's be more believable, Leo, if you actually knew how to spell "crucifixions", you fvcking moron."

      Missed the sarcasm, sweetie?

      August 19, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Tom O. Ron

      @ReaLeo

      Apparently, Tom Tom's IQ is doing the limbo.

      August 19, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • Just asking

      "Now, do you have a reliable, neutral, widely accepted sourced to cite, or would you prefer to be an idiot?"

      May I ask if those 3 requirements (reliable, neutral, widely accepted) must be present to make those who believe it not idiots?

      August 19, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  3. matt

    The problem with this is that people from other countries come over here and want to set up shop and establish their own little country. They don't give a s__ about truly becoming an American. It's like the Somalians in Lewiston, ME. They don't talk to any Americans, go about their own business, have their own way of life and cherry pick American ideals and freedoms when it suits them. America is not little Islam or little Mogadishu. These people need to respect our country and what it stands for. The core of their being should be becoming an American. Certainly we have freedom of religion in this country, but the problem I see is that they have not become an American who is expressing their former religion. They are people from another country rudely setting up their own little country in America. If they love their own country so much, stay there.

    August 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • Veritas

      Much like the pilgrims, conquistadores, etc. then

      August 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • slmnop

      Yes, Europeans should have stayed in Europe too

      August 19, 2012 at 3:23 am |
    • Max

      Matt's point was these people are coming in and not intergrating – the muslims in particular have problems intergrating because Islam MUST dominate..... there are no compromises, Islam comes first – before family, and definately before country. What is happening is a colonizing of the west- they will use our freedoms and rights to demand that we tolerate the intolerant until they have the numbers to kill our rights completely. In Europe they are trying to establish sharia law wherever they can.

      August 19, 2012 at 4:40 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Matt, it's because our supreme court is asleep at the wheel along with our politicians. They listen to the non-believers and allowed removal of all our founding father's literature from the public school system, as well as Jesus Christ's teachings. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our country's founding and I wonder if any of our politicians today know this or care about this.

      August 19, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • midwest rail

      ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ False. But you already knew that.

      August 19, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • wjshelton

      Heaven Sent, would you care to back up your statement about the " removal of all our founding father's literature from the public school system" with some facts? I'm curious about what you are referring to, in part, because when I retired as a high school teacher about a year ago, I was teaching Civics / US Government and I very definitely included and talked about "our founding father's literature". The only removal of the writings of our Founding Fathers (and, yes, that phrase should be capitalized) happened in your overly fertile imagination.

      August 19, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • AGuest9

      The Supreme Court MUST "listen to the non-believers", if they are CITIZENS. I partially agree with your statement about removal from our schools. Let's have our children taught the TRUTH about our founding fathers. The Pilgrims were expelled from Europe because THEY were intolerant, and killed Quakers, Jews and other "non-believers" in this country. Paine, Jefferson and Franklin knew religion was imaginary, but they knew its value in controlling the ignorant masses. George Washington was a racist proponent of genocide (see Braddock's death at Fort Necessity and Sullivan's March Against the Six Nations.).

      August 19, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  4. slmnop

    Red neck right wing white christians going out of control!!

    August 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  5. ATHEISTS MOVEment

    Ban prayer in classrooms; ban religious sinages in buses and other PUVs and public places; taking down Toledo Crosses; rallies under the rain; billboard and fliers; etc.

    Mass murders (Tucson, Colorado, etc.) and now burning down of Mosques.

    August 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  6. Stapleton

    I used to hand out copies of the Qur'an when I was in Iraq. To little kids mostly. I had them specially made in the States with pigskin binders.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • slmnop

      Wow! you are amazing

      August 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • Christian Soldier

      @Simpleton. That's not nice

      August 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  7. it's a Ramdan thing

    During Ramdan, more sucide attackes are reported in Muslim countries against Muslims than all non-muslim countries combined. It's a Ramadan thing.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Veritas

      So are you saying that other muslims attacked and burned the mosques in the USA?

      August 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • No, its an atheist's thing

      To make it look like racism, religious intolerance and hate crime. And next will burning-down churches and synagogue during Christmas season and pass over. Make it look like a case of vendetta and start a holy war on Muslims, Jews and Christians (starts) and make them all kill each other. Starts in US and to the whole world.

      August 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  8. lvwood21

    The Rednecks always manage to troll with there obscurantism ...

    August 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • RETRAIN OUR CHILDREN FROM THE COMMIE VIRUS

      We need to retrain the communist seed sewn into our childrens brains by their commie teachers.

      August 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
  9. realbuckyball

    Muslims as"sert that Allah is a later evolution, and indeed the same divine being, (in pre Islamic times), as Yahweh, the god of the other guys, (the Patriarchs, Prophets, and Apostles...the Jewish people, and the Christians). Thus the ONLY issue is the obvious one of continuity. If Allah really IS Yahweh, then "he" is just, if not more ridiculous, than the Yahweh god, (the "God of the Armies", better known to Christians as the "Lord of Hosts"). Even some Christians attempt to say Islam is one of the three "Abrahamics". Historically, this is false.

    Yahweh is easily refuted, historically. So the question is, "is Allah, (Al-Ilah) a DIFFERENT deity, or a continuity?". While the claim in Islam is that the deity IS a continuity, in fact it isn't. Allah, upon historical examination, proves to be a pre-Islamic deity. The continuity claim is essential if the claim to a "continuous flow" of revelation is to remain intact. Allah, historically, has been proven to be a PRE-ISLAMIC moon-god. In fact Mecca was originally built as a shrine to the moon-god. The religious claims are shredded by the archaeology, just as happens with the Yahweh claims. Allah, just as Yahweh, had a wife. He was married to the sun goddess, and the stars were the daughters. Just as Yahweh, Allah was not the only god in the house. The popularity of the moon god, began to wane, as astronomers began to predi'ct the moon's cycle, so Arabs began to say that the moon-god was the greatest of the gods, just as Yahweh came to be seen as the one god, when in fact he was one of many. Besides the moon-god, they also worshiped 359 other known gods at the Kabah in Mecca.

    August 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      The temple of the moon god remained active as a worship site well into the Christian era, and the moon god was worshiped in both North Arabia, and South Arabia in Muhammad's day, and was still the dominant cult. The name of the moon god was "Sin", but it's t'itle was al-ilah, which meant "the deity", (emphasis on "the"), ie meaning this deity was the chief among the gods. The god Il, or "Ilah", was a PHASE of the moon god. Allah was a popular name. Muhammad's father and uncle had "Allah", as part of their names. Allah is NEVER defined in the Qur'an. Why ? Because Muhammad was raised in the cult of the moon-god, and he as'sumed that everyone already knew who he was. Muhammad just went the extra step, (as the later Jews did), and said he was one of many, then was first of many, then the only.

      The reason the Crescent Moon is the symbol of Islam, is perfectly obvious.

      The claim that Allah IS Yahweh is nonsense. Islam is a moon-god cult, AND even if Allah were Yahweh, since Yahweh is nonsense, so is Allah.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZY2eeozdo8

      August 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • !

      Bucky has no balls. Go home and take your communist garbage with you.

      August 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • lvwood21

      Mashallah, you must be a graduate of Al Azhar!!
      Peace & Blessings brother! EID NMUBARAK

      August 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • lvwood21

      Mashallah! did you attend Al Azhar?
      Ooops...I see you went to YouTube U

      August 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
    • RETRAIN OUR CHILDREN FROM THE COMMIE VIRUS

      realbuckyball needs retraining to get the filth of the communists hatred for Jesus out of his heart that was taught to him by commie teachers.

      August 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • MohammadDar

      AL The, La, Limit, H highest, or most high, 360*, truth absolute. The Allah IS nonsense. Islam IS nonsense. Muslims are moon-god cult. Denier of truth 360*.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • Veritas

      All gods are pre-judaism, pre-christianity, and pre-islam.

      August 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      Here's a bit of truth:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUFUujSNpEU

      August 18, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      b4
      I presented a series of facts. You have not even attempted to refute even one of them.
      When are you going to change your meningless name ? Spacetime began AT the Big Bang. "b4" the Big Bang is a meaningless phrase, as are your posts. Refute the facts, buddy, or STFU.
      Speaking of "mockery", THAT is exactly what your lame video is. AT least I watched it. It contains only generizations, and no facts. Show me the facts, or fvck yourself.

      August 19, 2012 at 6:35 am |
  10. Olaf

    Can you train an attack dog to recognize Muslims? Has to be reliable. No Sikhs or Hindus.

    August 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  11. 2tor

    "You call it," he said. "Every single act of intimidation, you know, was actually inflicted upon us."

    I haven't noticed any suicide bombers in your mosque. Or is that saved for infidels?

    August 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  12. Urafkntool

    People say there is this RACE problem and this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries. They say the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to 'a-s-similate,' i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites. It's really just the final solution to the White problem. It's genocide.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White

    August 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • !

      The communists are taking over this country.

      August 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Christian Soldier

      Your handle is very accurate

      August 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • Topher

      There's only one race ... human.

      August 19, 2012 at 1:26 am |
  13. Allan88

    This is sick, disturbing, and disgusting. My heart goes out to the Muslim American community. This should not be tolerated.

    August 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • !

      Yeah, only communists write that garbage on here.

      August 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  14. truth be told

    A gaping crater of ash and rubble is of greater value than an idolatrous mosque.

    August 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • s.t.f.u., herbie

      get a life

      August 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • herbie

      There is no herbie

      August 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • apparently

      Tom Tom has a "herbie " paranoia as well as being a poor name thief.

      August 18, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • s.t.f.u., herbie

      you must get a life

      August 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • herbie

      There is no herbie,

      August 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • !

      Communist don't pray, haven't you read their comments?

      August 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine -year- old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      August 19, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  16. EARTHMAN1

    Oh, this is obviously just the beginning.

    As more people understand the nightmare that is Islam they will attack its military outposts in the U.S. until there are as many so-called "Mosques" in the U.S. as there are Christian Churches in Saudi Arabia. ZERO.

    August 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • chubby rain

      So the only way to prevent the US from becoming like Saudi Arabia is to become more intolerant and bigoted, like Saudi Arabia. Makes sense to me.

      August 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • brian

      Islam is a religion. it doesn't have military outposts.

      August 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • slmnop

      Saudi Arabia is just a small fraction of Muslims. They are not very welcoming to Muslims from other countries too/

      August 19, 2012 at 3:26 am |
  17. Sam Yaza

    oh no its a war on religion!!!!!!

    the gospel Betty Bowers

    1 Betty 1 1-3
    blessed is the christian who criticizes others faith, for we call this love.
    cursed are those who return the favor, for we call this persecution

    August 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • !

      Shut up commie.

      August 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      sorry not a commie Jesus he was a commie me i love freedom to much,... I'm kind of the Goddess of Rebellion, wisdom, war, love, politics, diplomacy, and all that love

      Sam Yaza Samyaza=Lucifer=Minerva=Athena= ME♥

      seriously I'm a republican and a social-capitalist

      August 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  18. Ramadan

    Persecuting people of other faith is the impunity we enjoy. Check us out at wikiislam.net/wiki/Persecution_of_Non-Muslims

    August 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Christians and Jews enjoy it to,.. you guys make me sick

      August 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • !

      Sam's a communist.

      August 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  19. Reality

    A safe and easy solution for everyone:

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi----–

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
    be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

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

    August 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • ....

      BULL SH IT ALERT

      August 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • s.t.f.u., herbie

      other people can post besides you and your 200 transparent gimmicks. also, get a life/

      August 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • herbie

      There is no herbie.

      August 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • !

      This guy Reality is a communist.

      August 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Reality

      Big deal. So I'm a communist. What are you going to do about it? We're here.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • MohammadDar

      Another face of a moon-God cult, crook.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Reality

      The "I am a communist" comment was not made by the original Reality.

      August 19, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • AGuest9

      LOL. Prayer Changes Captain America's herbie! Reality gets confused from time to time. Must be Alzheimer's setting in.

      August 19, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  20. Texas

    The prophet Muhammad, محمد بن عبد الله بن عبد المطلب ,peace be upon him, invented the double penetration dildo for his personal pleasure, his and Pope Gregory's (Gregory the Great). Many people have cause to thank him for that.

    August 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Tony Perkins

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzw6Tuj6NRE&feature=channel_video

      August 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
    • Reality

      We commies are taking over the US. Deal with it or else.

      August 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.