September 12th, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Ambassador's killing shines light on Muslim sensitivities around Prophet Mohammed

By Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editors

(CNN) – Violence over depictions of the Prophet Mohammed may mystify many non-Muslims, but it speaks to a central tenet of Islam: that the Prophet was a man, not God, and that portraying him threatens to lead to worshiping a human instead of Allah.

“It's all rooted in the notion of idol worship,” says Akbar Ahmed, who chairs the Islamic Studies department at American University. “In Islam, the notion of God versus any depiction of God or any sacred figure is very strong."

“The Prophet himself was aware that if people saw his face portrayed by people, they would soon start worshiping him,” Ahmed says. “So he himself spoke against such images, saying ‘I’m just a man.’”

The prohibition against such portrayals was on stark display Tuesday, as mobs in Egypt and Libya attacked U.S. compounds in response to a film that vilifies the Prophet Mohammed, who founded Islam in the 7th century. The attack on the U.S. personnel in Benghazi, Libya, was orchestrated by extremists who used the protests as a diversion, U.S. sources told CNN Wednesday.

The attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi killed J. Christopher Stevens, Washington's ambassador to Libya, as well as three other Americans at the compound.

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The film that’s believed to have inspired the violence depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a child molester, womanizer and ruthless killer, going a big step beyond violating the basic Muslim prohibition against depicting the Prophet, even in a favorable light.

There are questions about who is behind the movie. Initial reports identified a supposedly Israeli-American real-estate developer named Sam Bacile, but it's unclear if that person even exists. A member of the film's production staff told CNN that the producer's name was listed as Abenob Nakoula Basseley.

In Sunni mosques, the largest branch of the faith, there are no images of people of any kind. The spaces are often decorated with verses from the Quran.

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Mohamed Magid, an imam who leads the Islamic Society of North America, says the Muslim prohibition on depicting prophets extends to Jesus and Moses, who Islam treats as prophets.

“Pictures and images are prohibited from being worshiped,” Magid says.

There have been historical instances of Muslims depicting the Prophet, says Omid Safi, a religious studies professor at the University of North Carolina who has studied the issue.

"We have had visual depictions of the Prophet in the form of miniatures and pictures in the Iranian context, the Turkish context, the central Asian Context,” says Safi, author of the book "Memories of Mohammed." “The one significant context where depictions of the Prophet have not been image-related has been in the Arab context.”

“As you go farther east, away from the Arabian Peninsula, you find depictions of the prophet in art,” said Johari Abdul-Malik, the imam for Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia. He noted that images of the teachings of the prophet were sometimes used to bridge gaps in illiteracy.

But even depictions of the Prophet by Muslim artists has been a sensitive issue.

Akbar, a former Pakistani ambassador to the United Kingdom, says that Muslim artists in the 15th and 16th centuries would depict the Prophet but took pains to avoid drawing his face.

“It would be as if he was wearing a veil on his face, so the really orthodox could not object – that was the solution they found," Akbar says.

In a  Muslim film called “The Messenger,” which circulated throughout the Muslim world in the 1970s and 1980s, the Prophet is depicted only as a shadow.

Adbul-Malik said that in the Quran, there is “no statement from the prophet requesting his image not be recorded.” The passages relating to a ban on creating images of the prophets come from the hadith, recordings of the sayings of the Prophet Mohammed and his closest companions. The hadith is not viewed on the same plane as the Quran but as important to understanding the Quran.

Scholars of religion say Muslim opposition to portraying Mohammed wasn’t generally violated in earlier centuries because of a gulf between much of the Muslim world and the West.

In the age of globalization, non-Muslims and critics of Islam have felt free to depict Mohammed, including in offensive ways.

In 2006, a Danish cartoonist’s depiction of the Prophet wearing a bomb as a turban with a lit fuse provoked demonstrations across the world.

Akbar says that until relatively recently, depictions of Jesus tended to be reverential, but Christianity has had a decades-long head start in dealing with negative portrayals of Jesus in film and art.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. Bishop Hairy Palms

    Mormonism is just the silly end of a larger problem, which is that religion itself is a con, and it's a con that you pull on your own mind. It's not unfair to ask serious candidate Mitt Romney if he really believes that Joseph Smith received golden plates from an angel in 1823 and translated them into "scripture" that contains not a single person or place name that has been shown to ever exist. Are you too gullible to be president if you believe in a world full of characters who appear in the historical record exactly as often as leprechauns?

    September 16, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  2. neversink

    Only the Mulsims burn and riot when their god is defamed.
    Fundamental Islamists need to grow up and learn to accept criticism, even if that criticism demeans their scriptures and prophets. No other religion riots and murders others when they are spat upon. Christians don't kill when Chrst is mocked in a movie or a book or a cartoon or when a church is burnt down. Jews don't destroy ancient art when the Torah is burned (and everyone seems to hate the Jews unfortunately.) Buddhists don't riot and bomb when their ancient art is destroyed by intolerant Muslims. Only the Islamists when they are insulted threaten people's lives, murder, riot and bomb. Christians and Jews rebuild. Buddhists and Hindus turn the other cheek.

    The real iimperialists in today's world is al Qaeda and their sharia law that demeans women and allows for no tolerance of other ideas, beliefs or art. They keep their people in poverty and use money to blow up everything and then they blame Israel for all their problems... In the meantime Israel offers the world breakthroughs in medicine, technology, agriculture and education. The Islamist nations spend their money on military and bombs and keeping their fiefdoms or theocracies wealthy and secure while teaching and exporting hatred and intolerance against others.

    Its time for the US to stop training the Afghans and others how to fight. They will only turn it back on the west and use the training to attack more embassies. The muslim governments have driven out, or killed off, the population of non-Muslime throughout the muslim world. But no one seems to scream about the abuse to women and others that occur throughout the Islamic world.

    September 16, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  3. geo

    The press is showing the masses with the killings and rioting. I wonder if this is spontaneous or the religious leaders are stirring them up. One thing I believe for sure is that if the religious leaders were trying to stop it, we would hear about it in the news. That said, I think the religious pupeteers are satisfied with events.

    September 16, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  4. roseternal

    The whole thing is so so so stupid!! They are like a bunch of jungle bandits jumping around over some guy!! LOL. Everyone makes fun of everyone on youtube. They need to chill and learn to have even an ounce of a sense of humor. I watched it and thought it was a stupid video that hardly makes sense, so who cares. get over it muslims!!

    September 16, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  5. John

    I think all islamists firmly believe that Dopehammed was a dope, and that if more people show him for what he really was, i.e. a dope, everyone would laugh at them. Well, I think we all laugh at Dopehammed. It's unbelievable that these morons would believe anything that false prophet wrote; he must have been drugged when he wrote it.

    September 16, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  6. zizewitz

    What all the blog is about?? The Moslems as the Jews obey the 2nd Commandments, and no image is displayed in any symagogue or Jewish temple. How Christians justify the image of Jesus (and Mary, saints in catholic and Orthodox Churxhes), I ignore)

    September 16, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Catherine

      The violence isn't about the depiction. The violence is because the video is insulting to Mohammed and to Islam. Murder is seen as an appropriate reaction to such insults. Even within the legal systems of Muslim states, being accused of blasphemy can send you to prison for years.

      September 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  7. aasii


    September 16, 2012 at 8:27 am |
  8. Milton

    If one subscribes to the tenet of abrogation in the Quran, and if you are a faithful believer in the Quran, you must be, then Jihad is just since it supersedes the earlier verses about peace. Any Islamists here wish to comment on this? Aren't there verses in the Quran that basically say its okay to lie to infidels to advance the true religion? If this is the case, then whitewashing the prophet's later messages by side-stepping them would also be permissible correct? I just want some clarity on this as a non-Islamist.

    September 16, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  9. saggyroy

    I watched the movie trailer on YouTube. It is soooo bad, I don't think anyone involved had an IQ over 35, and if the Muslims are offended by it, well they are on par with the producers.

    September 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  10. !!!!!!!!!

    Taken from the book; "Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat" of Dr. Peter Hammond

    As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will for the most part be regarded as a "peace-loving" minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in:
    the U.S. — 0.6%; Australia — 1.5%; Canada – 1.9%; China — 1.8%; Italy — 1.5%; Norway — 1.8%.

    At 2% – 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in:
    Denmark — 2%; Germany — 3.7%; the UK — 2.7%; Spain — 4%; Thailand — 4.6%.

    From 5% +, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves – along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in:
    France — 8%;Philippines — 5%; Sweden — 5%; Switzerland — 4.3%;The Netherlands — 5.5%; Trinidad & Tobago — 5.8%.

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
    When Muslims approach 10% + of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections in:
    Guyana — 10%;India — 13.4%;Israel — 16%;Kenya — 10%;Russia — 15%.

    After reaching 20% +, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:
    Ethiopia — 32.8%.

    At 40% +, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:
    Bosnia — 40%;Chad — 53.1%;Lebanon — 59.7%.

    From 60% +, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:
    Albania — 70%;Malaysia — 60.4%;Qatar — 77.5%;Sudan — 70%.

    After 80% +, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in:
    Bangladesh — 83%;Egypt — 90%;Gaza — 98.7%;Indonesia — 86.1%;Iran — 98%;Iraq — 97%;Jordan — 92%;Morocco — 98.7%;Pakistan — 97%;Palestine — 99%;Syria — 90%;Tajikistan — 90%;Turkey — 99.8%;UAE — 96%.

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and Quran is the only word, such as in:
    Afghanistan — 100%;Saudi Arabia — 100%;Somalia — 100%;Yemen — 100%..

    Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% Muslim states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.......

    September 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Fritz Hohenheim

      I am German, living in the US and I also have strong ties to France and I can confirm everything said in this post about those two countries. I visited Germany for the first time in 10 recently and I didnt recognize it. Mosques everywhere, part of my old city where you cant find a German speaker anymore, its terrible. And in France it's even worse.

      Moslems are quite clever, they infiltrate for the long run, procreate, bring in more relatives and then demand political power. They had their butt's kicked in the field by Karl Martel over a 1000 years ago and now they're doing it the soft way. Much like Hitler who decided after the Beerhall putsch that a long term strategy undermining his enemies would be better.

      And we all know how that turned out.

      September 15, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • Arvoasitis

      Scary! Look at what happened after the heathen let in a few Christians a few centuries ago!

      September 15, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • Smarter than U

      Wow, I am so not Smarter than U. I have had a sense of just what you are saying and have even come up with a much less sophisticated version of this a few years ago but you have really made this matter clear. Are these statistics that you have come up with or is this published. It is really quite brilliant

      September 16, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • statistics??

      Err. UAE? Really? Ethnic Cleansing? The author of those fradulent statistics obviously has never researched nor been to UAE.

      September 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • ken w

      Is it not time we tell these silly people to grow up and get over it? (vs showing sort of a benign tolerance towards their religious idiocy.)

      September 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  11. Russell

    If Muslims want to avoid worshiping idols or men and keep the focus on God, that's fine. Commendable, even. However, what is much, much more of an affront to God and much more serious than drawing a picture of a prophet or of God or even making an insulting movie about God is the killing of innocents. It would appear that the teachings of the prophet and the laws of Allah are willingly thrown aside. And then when the rioting and killing is over, the "devout" go back to their mosques, take off their shoes, kneel in prayer, and continue to completely miss the central tenants of the religion.

    September 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • WhySlamIslam

      Spilling of innocent blood for Jihad is permissible. If those killed are faithful Muslims, they will find paradise. If they are non-believers or worse, false muslims, they will be condemned. Such is the outcome of a philosophy that promotes the subjugation of human liberty. Past examples were typically led by strong individuals; monarchs, dictators, or warlords. The challenge with Islam is that this submission before Allah translates into a pervasive and aggressive call for subjugation of all that is manifest in Islamic culture and cannot therefore be stamped out with a bullet, a coup, or even a war.

      September 16, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  12. Steve Lyons

    Let us be completely honest here, what it displays is a radical intolerance of anyone criticizing their so called peaceful religion. I hope that the world community will awaken to the danger that Islam and its fundamentalist teachings pose to global peace and diversity.

    September 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  13. jemille

    Jemille Smith M.D.

    As a member of the community Muslims of the Americas, I am outraged at the horrendous portrayal of our most beloved Holy Last Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in the movie "Innocence of Muslims". We cannot stress the importance of what he means to our lives for every aspect of who we are is patterned after his blessed example. Incorporated into this is as well the blessed example of the second to last messenger his holiness Jesus (blessings be upon him). The sole purpose of this movie and all other such hateful portrayals of this blessed soul is to accomplish the mission of the most wretched Satan and divide humanity by propagating hate. Their eventual hopeful outcome is that all the major religions in the world will collide and destroy the fabric of humanity. They try to show that Islam itself is hateful by spreading hate and lies. this is extremely illogical if one cares to really think about it. All their efforts really prove is that people are passionate about what they believe in and this can be said for things that aren't religious especially in United States where all citizens are proud and passionate to be Americans. As such we cannot allow things of this nature to be propagated and must stand as a united front against it at all cost!! All Muslims, Christians, Jews, and other faiths represented here in America must unequivocally denounce this film and anything of a related nature.

    September 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • letinoname

      Are you trying to justify murdering INNOCENT people who had NOTHING to do with this film because it offends your religion? Not anywhere in your post did you mentioned being horrified that innocent people are killed over your religion. I thought Mohammed was about compassion and love and peace? I used to sympathize with Muslims, but now I see that Islam only SEE AND HEAR their are hateful rhetoric. If anyone disagrees, you kill them... And if anyone is doing Satan's work, it's these religious ZEALOTS of religion who murder innocents. and suppress freedom. And here in the United States of America, we call it FREEDOM OF SPEECH! If you don't like our freedoms, GET OUT of our FREE-LOVING country. We will never be suppressed by your hate.

      Where are the Muslim Americans protesting these atrocities? Where is THEIR condemnation to their religious counterparts in other parts of the world?

      September 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Damocles


      Oh ok, let's blame the movie for portraying Muslims in a bad light and forget how bright that bad light when a bunch of them went out and killed people and blew things up. You are right, no damn movie was/is required to show the bad side of faith.

      September 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • JWT

      I haven't seen the movie so I have no idea if it is hateful or just anti-islam.

      One of the great things about america is that everyone can be criticized and that included islam.

      September 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Steve Lyons

      I'd like to draw your attention that your religion has fomented that hate through actions against the west at nearly every opportunity. The embassy takeover in 1979, bombings around the glove, September 11, 2001, and many more "peaceful events" have brought the hate you so desperately deserve.

      Your words do nothing to dispel the hard reality of the violence your religion is spreading through out the world.

      September 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • 18 Bravo

      “The sole purpose of this movie and all other such hateful portrayals of this blessed soul is to accomplish the mission of the most wretched Satan and divide humanity by propagating hate.”

      People have been making movies that are hateful of many people for a long time. Muslims are the only ones who always respond with violence. While the rest of the world has been able to accept the fact that not everyone will share the same views, Muslims are completely intolerant of any other view but theirs.

      “We cannot stress the importance of what he means to our lives for every aspect of who we are is patterned after his blessed example.”

      Well the rest of us cannot stress the pain and suffering followers of Muhammad have caused.

      “Their eventual hopeful outcome is that all the major religions in the world will collide and destroy the fabric of humanity.”

      Movies making fun of Muhammad are not going to destroy the fabric of humanity… But speaking of the rest of the world, exactly how long do you think the rest of the world is going to tolerate Muslims when you keep acting like this?

      The violence perpetrated by Muslims towards Americans at our embassies this last week should be considered an act of war.

      September 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Who me?

      hey Jemille..I thought this violence was the act of a few extremists.I am starting to see that mainstream Muslims tend to agree with it.You DO condemn the violence don't you?

      September 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • happy1world

      If Muslims believe these actions are normal (possibly because there never seems to be official condemnation) it is time they should be isolated and shunned by the civilized world. All Muslims living elsewhere should be required to state their position. I am tired of our supposed leaders and media kowtowing to these barbarians.

      September 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • nigel6

      The film is so stupid that only the stupid can truly be offended.

      Muhammad's favorite wife was betrothed to him around age 6, and the marriage was consummated when she was 9 or 10. But no one, Muslim or not, is apparently allowed to question any aspect of his life. That said, if you read his account of his revelation, it is strongly suggestive of a heart attack (unbearable feeling of weight on the chest is a classic symptom).

      I don't doubt he was a very great man. I suspect he would be QUITE displeased with many of his modern followers however.. The same applies to Jesus, and many of the Hebrew prophets. Raise a flag, or a sword, and you have generally blasphemed. Read the books, study history, and by all means have a glass of wine whilst doing so. It is NOT verboten, and may relax you to the extent that you won't be so obsessed with rioting and decapitations.

      September 16, 2012 at 3:33 am |
    • Mike

      It’s ok and understandable to get angry but it’s not ok to get violent and physical. That’s a red line we in the west hold dear and will defend to death. If you can’t obey to this then go back to your country or to the 7th century

      September 16, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • Milton

      But based on the principle of abrogation–that all later messages of God supersede earlier ones within the Quran, weren't the later words of Mohammed that it is okay to lie to infidels and to kill non-believers? Doesn't this supersede the warm and fuzzy talk of the earlier verses? Isn't this the "righteous" basis of "holy" Jihad? Please clarify this since it appears that the fundamentalist muslims that believe the latter passages of the Quran supersede the earlier ones have the upper hand with respect to interpretation since support for abrogation occurs in at least four separate verses. This is no small matter since the belief is the difference between whether killing innocents is just or unjust by virtue of them simply not adopting Islam.

      September 16, 2012 at 8:29 am |
    • Nova

      So, as long as I agree with you; or keep my point of view to myself, i.e.. agree with you implicitly, we are ok. But if I disagree with you and express that disagrement it's ok to kill me, because my disagreement offends you. Yea, I can live with that!

      September 16, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Bregginkrak

      I think we know who is doing Satan's work in this case.

      September 16, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • Skeets

      Do you think Muslims love Mohammed more than say Catholics love Christ or Jews say Abraham? I think the level of love is pretty even across the board, yet when Jewish temples are burned or Christ is depicted covered in urine and feces nobody runs out and starts killing others. Only Muslims do this and that is the most damning statement i can make. Islam is not a religion of peace, it is not tolerant and its leadership must be quite happy with these riots because no Imams ran to our embassies and demanded a cessation of violence.

      September 16, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Joe

      Jemille- you are just as bad as these murderers in the Middle East. I don't care how important Mohammed is to your religion; people have the freedom of speech and don't have to obey your religious obligations. By reacting this way, the Muslim community is telling the world that they have no tolerance for anyone else, as you all paint us as responsible for this video. I like how Muslims complain that we blanket Muslims together, while the Muslim world is blaming the entire Western world for the actions of a few people. Disgusting.

      September 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  14. Steve Lyons

    Look people we put up with a plastic Jesus in a jar full of urine without destroying embassies and killing people. This really does show the true hatred under the Islamic banner towards others who do not need to submit to Islamic rule.

    September 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  15. Atheism is Great for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. It keeps things simple for kids, and lets them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, were just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago**; and that other things, like god, we really don't know a damn thing about.

    Atheists have strong minds and don't need a religion. Sometimes, religious folk run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, they disserve society). Sometimes, religious folk are easily offended when someone mocks their make-believe characters – and, as we can see they can get really CRAZY!

    Religions are just big old evil clubs – each trying to out do each other and inspiring hate and division along the way (disguised as love).

    So instead of praying to make-believe people, get a good cup of tea and go on and sit down and collect your damn thoughts. My goodness.

    ** (yes, charlatan spam started long before the Bible; what would make you think it hadn't?)

    mama kindless

    September 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Roger

      You took the words right out of my mouth. Any time a religion dictacts political action it is misguided. I am beginning to dislike muslims

      September 16, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • Bregginkrak

      Atheist, rise up and slay the believers for they are diseased of mind.

      September 16, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Smarter than U

      I am a clear thinking Atheist. I do a lot of good work for people in the form of making frequent and substantial donations to organizations that do good work for people, for anilmals for those in need. I do a lot a work for the local food bank. Now since I do not believe in heaven, (i believe dead is dead) all I do, i do because I feel compelled to help. I am not buying my way into heaven like so many phony Christians who love getting their names on plaques for donating.

      September 16, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Skeets

      I am not a religious person, but your comments are as intolerant as these religious zealots.

      September 16, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • saneCanadian

      I hope mankind will soon grow out of its need for imaginary friends. I had hoped to live to see it but clearly that is not in the cards.

      September 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  16. mrjackson777

    "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist." 2 Jophn 1:17

    September 15, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  17. Manfred

    moon god worshippers upset over someone who they call prophet?!?!?!. get over it people, violence should never be an answer to a film.

    September 15, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  18. *ilyas

    Take this to your pastors . If u are really following Jesus then why are you even marrying at all since Jesus didn't.

    September 15, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • lisa

      Number One- Just because Jesus did not get married does not mean we can not. Islam is a false religion and I don't care anything about lies of Mohammed.everything in Qur'an was took out of bible and rewrote everything in Qur'an basically bible stories rewrote in Mohammed on version truth hurts but that's the truth. I mean back in old days it is said Mohammed told you tell believe in old testament of bible if that's so Issac was sacrifice not Ismael but in Qur'an says Ismael . which one was it it.is a con-diction in itself then Qur'an states there are eights days where is the eighth day at. there so much false info you don't know nothing about and before you pretend to know you should read both bible and Qur'an and see for yourself. why Qur'an made of of twisted version of bible story's .. the no eating pork is in old testament although in new testament God mad it clean and its ok to eat now. I think you all still dont eat pork where did it first come from the bible. thank you do research

      September 15, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • lisa


      September 15, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • *ilyas

      Very funny. The bible keeps on changing . If the Quran is copied from
      The bible then how come there is no errors in the Quran while bible is full of errors 80 000 errors in the bible as per watchtower. Bible needs dead sea scroll to validate it. What a book. And all Christian beliefs are taken from this bible. Wake up people .

      September 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  19. *ilyas

    How dare u change the bible and still think that u are doing service to god. The Holy Qur'an remains unchanged. They think they are smarter than their own God or shall I say gods. All the rest of the comments agsinst islam are either ignorance or anger of the pastors since the Holy Quran has unveiled the truth which the pastors r hiding

    September 15, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • lisa

      Go look up dead sea scrolls that copy of bible fount recently they said it matches bible perfectly if i am not mistaken they was wrote couple years after Jesus died. that's proof bible never been change.THAT IS UNTIL MOHAMMED CAME ALONG AND COPIED THE BIBLE AND REWROTE IN HIS ON VERSION.I HAVE FREIND WHO IS MUSLIM HIS NAME IS ARIFUR ME HIM DEBATED ABOUT THIS I KNOW SO MUCH MUCH DONT GET ME STARTED.

      September 15, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • *ilyas

      The real true god removed all interpolations from the bible and revealed a new revelation : the Quran. What debate. The grand debator. Ahmad deedat totally exposed all lies in the Bible. What do you know. See all his debates on YouTube.

      September 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  20. *ilyas

    Jesus is god or son of god is a fantasy interpolated in the bible

    September 15, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • lisa


      September 15, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • *ilyas

      Jesus was sent to Israelites not to the entire universe. Christianity cannot rule a nation. That us why your religion is imprisoned in church while state has washed its hand off of Christianity. Islam is totality. The perfect god perfected his rule on earth in the form of islam

      September 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
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