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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. tuvia

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    B"H
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    September 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  2. tuvia

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    B"H
    JERUSALEM: ISRAEL

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    September 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  3. tuvia

    ....*******

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    B"H
    JERUSALEM: ISRAEL

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU

    September 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  4. tuvia

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    SHALOM, YOM TOV.
    TUVIA

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    September 7, 2012 at 10:01 am |
  5. tuvia

    B"H
    MEDIA RELEASE: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

    The Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.
    the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob

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    September 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  6. tuvia

    MEDIA RELEASE: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

    The Land of Israel is the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU

    the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyBZhTaf1oU

    September 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  7. gatecrasher1

    Aw how sad. That picture is nothing. Three words...Ground f-ing Zero. Never forget, never forgive.

    September 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  8. Homemade Hot Chocolate

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    August 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  9. Douglas

    Wow, the comments on here are disgusting. They are Americans, under attack by terrorists and hate-mongers. Have you people no shame?

    August 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
  10. TUVIA

    B"H

    Barack Obama AND THE WORLD vs the People of Israel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU

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    LET MY PEOPLE GO

    August 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  11. TUVIA

    B"H

    Barack Obama AND THE WORLD vs the People of Israel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU

    August 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  12. Ellen

    continued ( 'Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik):

    THE RULES OF WARFARE
    o9.10 It is not permissible (A: in jihad) to kill women or children unless they are fighting against the
    Muslims. It is permissible to kill old men and monks.

    o9.12 Whoever enters Islam before being captured may not be killed or his property confiscated, or his
    young children taken captive.

    o9.13 When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the
    woman's previous marriage is immediately annulled.

    o9.14 When an adult male is taken captive, the caliph (def: o25) considers the interests (O: of Islam and
    the Muslims) and decides between the prisoner's death, slavery, release without paying anything, or
    ransoming himself in exchange for money or for a Muslim captive held by the enemy.
    If the prisoner becomes a Muslim (O: before the caliph chooses any of the four alternatives) then he
    may not be killed, and one of the other three alternatives is chosen.

    August 21, 2012 at 2:02 am |
  13. Mike

    DAngelo, you are wrong. If you read 'Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik or look up a fatwa collection, you will see these laws are based on stuff like this. It's the hadiths and the koran.
    The 'Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik also known as 'The reliance of the Traveller' is THE classical manual for sharia law.

    August 21, 2012 at 1:46 am |
  14. Mike

    I like the idea of muslims being attacked.

    August 21, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • MandM

      That's because you're a hypocrite.

      August 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  15. Urafkntool

    Muslims are now demanding a "Sharia Compliant" section of Norway as a breakaway muslim country or they'll launch a terror attack on Oslo.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
  16. The Sanity Inspector

    Meanwhile in Toronto, a man flew an Israel flag at the outskirts of a Muslim anti-Israel protest, and was nearly arrested for inciting a riot. Who will write up the officers, for having such a low opinion of Toronto's Muslims?

    August 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • starofdavid

      Everyone knows canadians hate jews, blacks and Americans

      August 21, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  17. Roxana

    Anybody else remember the 'epidemic' of black church burnings that turned out to be nothing of the kind? How many of these seven mosques will turn out to be have burned by accident or fired by an angry member of the congregation I wonder, if anybody bothered to look that is – which of course they won't.

    August 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 20, 2012 at 5:46 am |
    • kindless

      here we go again – i see this girl is still huffin jesus – my goodness. (And, if they are huffin jesus. they are usually huffin something else if you know what i mean. They have to use something to keep making all that made-up religious nonsense somehow real to them.) Of course atheism is fine for all people – keeps their heads clear and makes them useful. Mama kindless can tolerate some of these weak-minded people for a while, but if they start hiding their misdeeds in their crazy made-up religions, then she will find you as's and make sure society knows what you're up to.

      Religion is such a dangerous thing that preys on weak-minded, gullible fools. And to think that lawyers and politicians were just trying to make a buck and created all this mess hundreds of years ago – my goodness. Not gonna fool mama kindless. Daddy made me go to school when I was young. And we stayed away from drugs and religion. Thank goodness.

      August 20, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • Eric

      kindless why do you resort to personal attacks to try to make a point. Just about all credability is lost when that tactic is used.

      August 20, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • kindless

      Eric said:
      "kindless why do you resort to personal attacks to try to make a point. Just about all credability is lost when that tactic is used."

      Well Eric when the sheep go heading for the wrong pasture, you know the one where all the poisonous grass is, and then bring it back and next thing you know we're drinking poisonous milk, it's a big deal. You have to speak to those sheep with a stern voice, and sometimes you even need to use a stick – they are the dumbest things on earth. I know about sheep.

      August 20, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • 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 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Troll Patrol

      We'll start with kindless. Watch the list grow.

      1. kindless

      August 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      You might want to add just saying, atheism is not healthy. Oh wait is this going to be one of those lists where it's only going to contain people who disagree with you?

      August 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Troll Patrol

      The Rule

      Repeated personal attacks get you on the list, not sincere statements of belief (or not)

      August 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Qualify personal attack.
      Also, repeated personal attacks are not what trolling is all about. It's about getting the most time out of people's responses with the least effort, preferably getting them angry, or by saying outrageous statements.
      You're not making a troll list, you're making a list of tags that use insults to convey a point (if there is one).

      August 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • just sayin

      Truth is never trolling. God bless

      August 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @just sayin

      Considering everytime you are asked to provide evidence for your assertion you just run to a different thread, I don't think you have a leg to stand on. Then again, it's not like you're going to say anything different, ever. Trolls will troll.

      August 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  19. Poe Dogg

    Please compare the amount of attacks by muslims against others vs. attacks by others against muslims during ramadan (or any other time of the year).

    August 20, 2012 at 3:43 am |
    • Reality

      On this side of the vs. :

      As the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      o 24) Mon Jun 4, 2012 10:18am EDT
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed car outside a Shi'ite Muslim office in central Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 190 in an attack bearing the hallmarks of Iraq's al Qaeda affiliate.

      The bombing on a Shi'ite religious office comes at a sensitive time, with the country's fractious Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs locked in a crisis that threatens to unravel their power-sharing deal and spill into sectarian tensions."

      25) BURGAS, Bulgaria | Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:27am EDT
      (Reuters) – A suicide bomber carried out an attack that killed seven people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, the interior minister said on Thursday, and Israel said Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants were to blame.

      August 20, 2012 at 7:42 am |
  20. JackAttack

    Quran (2:191-193) – "And slay them wherever ye find them"
    Quran (2:216) – "Fighting is prescribed for you"
    Quran (3:56) – "As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help."
    Quran (3:151) – "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers,"
    Quran (8:12) – "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"
    Quran (8:39) – "And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah"
    Sira (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 324) Muhammad further explains that "Allah must have no rivals."
    Quran (8:65) – "O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight..."
    Quran (9:5) – "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush,
    Quran (9:14) – "Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace..."
    Quran (9:29) – "Fight those who believe not in Allah
    Quran (9:73) – "O Prophet! strive hard against the unbelievers
    Quran (9:123) – "O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness."
    ...

    August 20, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • Asad

      Jack

      i'm not sure if you have read the Qur'an or not but you sure seem to know how to misuse quotes out of context. Each chapter of the Qur'an has its own context, therefore, in order to understand anything in that chapter you must read the whole chapter. I'm not a scholar, but most of these verses that you are quoting were revealed at a time when the tiny Muslim community was under attack by every group and had to fight for their survival. In this context, verses were revealed that allowed them to fight but set clear parameters and rules for fighting, such as only fight when attacked, do not kill women and children or those who are not fighting you., do not desecrate places of worship or kill priests no matter what the religion of the aggressors, and stop fighting once the enemy stops fighting you.

      Please, be honest with yourself, don't mislead people with your out of context misquotes. if you want to play dirty then there are many verses in bible that would send chills down the spine of any human being, IF TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT.

      PEACE, LOVE

      August 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • What the Fuk, Asad

      Do you think we're all completely FUKIN stupid? Shove.it.up.your.ass

      August 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      LOL This is exactly what happens when people show the immorality and hate in the bible.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • What the Fuk, Asad

      I was raised Vallbhacharin Hindu and I'm sick of Muslim lies destroying my country.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      And I'm sick of Christianity attempting to take my country back to the dark ages.

      August 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • DAngelo

      @JackAttack You don't know what you're talking about, man. Almost all of those quotes are related to specific events, not a general directive of how Muslims should interact with non-Muslims, and if you took a few minutes to read something aside from some idiotic anit-Islamic website you'd know better. You're ignorant, like most of the people who've posted here. Have you read the Old Testament lately? Have a look at it. And while we're at it, let's examine all the horror perpetrated over the years by Christians, from the Crusades to the Inquisition. I'm sure you won't be able to accept any of my comments, because you're hateful, so you don't care about the truth. But Muslims are not any more or less inclined to bad actions than anyone else. Get a grip, people. You're the problem, not those scary Muslims you're so uptight about.

      August 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Ellen

      Here is what the 'Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller), THEclassical manual on sharia law says:

      o1.2 The following are not subject to retaliation:
      (2) a Muslim for killing a non-Muslim;
      (4) a father or mother (or their fathers of mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring;

      o5.4 (O: There is no expiation for killing someone who has left Islam, a highwayman (def: o15). or a convicted married adulterer

      o8.1 When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.

      o11.5 Such non-Muslim subjects are obliged to comply with Islamic rules that pertain to the safety and indemnity of life, reputation, and property. In addition, they:

      (1) are penalized for committing adultery or theft, thought not for drunkenness;
      (2) are distinguished from Muslims in dress, wearing a wide cloth belt (zunnar);
      (3) are not greeted with "as-Salamu 'alaykum";
      (4) must keep to the side of the street;
      (5) may not build higher than or as high as the Muslims' buildings, though if they acquire a tall house, it is not razed;
      (6) are forbidden to openly display wine or pork, (A: to ring church bells or display crosses,) recite
      the Torah or Evangel aloud, or make public display of their funerals and feastdays;
      (7) and are forbidden to build new churches.

      August 21, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • Ellen

      DAngelo, you couldn't be further from the truth. It is the duty of every muslim to fight unbelievers as it is commanded in the koran and the hadiths. No muslim would ever question the koran, which is according to them, god's word.
      Here is what the 'Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller), THE classical manual on sharia law (based on the koran and the hadiths) says regarding the verses JackAttack correctly quoted (there's much more, but there's not enough space to post everything) (you can find the Al Azhar certified English version on the web):
      :
      o9.0 JIHAD
      (O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada
      signifying warfare to establish the religion. And it is the lesser jihad. As for the greater jihad, it is
      spiritual warfare against the lower self (nafs), which is why the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him
      peace) said as he was returning from jihad.
      "We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad."
      The scriptural basis for jihad, prior to scholarly consensus (def: b7) is such Koranic verses as:
      (1) "Fighting is prescribed for you" (Koran 2:216);
      (2) "Slay them wherever you find them" (Koran 4:89);
      (3) "Fight the idolators utterly" (Koran 9:36);

      ....

      THE OBJECTIVES OF JIHAD
      o9.8 The caliph (o25) makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (N: provided he has first
      invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social
      order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya).

      August 21, 2012 at 1:57 am |
    • Melissa

      The bible is no different.
      Have you heard of the KKK, the crusades, and abortion clinics being bombed by Christian terrorists?

      euteronomy 13:6If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; 7Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 8Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: 9But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

      Deuteronomy 13: 13Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; 14Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; 15Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.

      Deuteronomy 17:3And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 4And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel: 5Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

      2 Chronicles 15:13That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

      Romans 1:21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

      September 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
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