What really enrages Muslims? Twitter knows
September 18th, 2012
06:26 AM ET

What really enrages Muslims? Twitter knows

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

What really enrages Muslims?

Having a really good hair day - but no one knows because you wear a hijab.

Not being able to say "Hi" to your friend Jack in a plane - or to call out for your nephew when he gets lost in an airport because his name is "Jihad."

The 72 virgins all turn out to be male.

The tongue-in-cheek answers are part of an explosion of sharply satirical responses on Twitter to a Newsweek magazine cover showing Muslim men in turbans and keffiyahs, apparently rioting, under the banner all caps headline "MUSLIM RAGE."

Thousands of Muslims have made fun of the magazine headline since Monday, when it published a long article by the Somali-born writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim who describes herself as a "combatant in the clash of civilizations."

She links this month's protests against an online film making fun of the Muslim prophet Mohammed - which have resulted in several deaths around the world, including that of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens - to the reaction in 1989 against Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses."

"In 23 years not much has changed," Ali argues. "Islam's rage reared its ugly head again last week.

"The American ambassador to Libya and three of his staff members were murdered by a raging mob in Benghazi, Libya, possibly under the cover of protests against a film mocking the Muslim Prophet Muhammad," Ali writes.

Newsweek's cover puts Ali herself at the heart of the story about "Muslim rage," with the sub-heading: "How I survived it. How we can end it."

Ali, a sharp critic of Islamist violence and of what she sees as Europe's limp response to it, claims that the rioters represent mainstream Muslim views.

"The Muslim men and women (and yes, there are plenty of women) who support - whether actively or passively - the idea that blasphemers deserve to suffer punishment are not a fringe group. On the contrary, they represent the mainstream of contemporary Islam," she argues.

The "many Muslims and ex-Muslims" who "unambiguously condemn" the murders and riots "are marginalized and all too often indirectly held responsible for the very provocation."

But by Tuesday morning, on Twitter at least, far from being marginalized, those Muslims were relentlessly making fun of Newsweek and Ali.

One tweet showed the magazine cover doctored to make the rioting Muslim men look like glam rockers, replacing the headline with "Muslim Rave."

Remi Kanzai riffed on the same theme: "Just add nighttime & glow sticks. It goes from #MuslimRage to #MuslimRave."

Some of the more serious tweets dealt with the discrimination Muslims feel at airports: "When a 'female assist' is called before I even walk through the metal detector."

But many kept the mood light, complaining about work, family, Islamic restrictions on eating pork and drinking wine, or fasting during Ramadan.

"The Dark Knight Rises came out in Ramadan," one complained.

And some aimed their barbs directly at the writer of the provocative piece.

"Whaaaaat?!" Megh demanded. "Ayaan Hirsi Ali doesn't have an active Twitter account?!"

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Islam • Muslim • Religious violence

soundoff (869 Responses)
  1. Taco Passion

    I wish Jesus and Allah would stop licking each other's buttholes. Amen.

    September 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  2. truth

    So in order to protest a film that depicts mohammed as a violent moron, they become violent morons themselves. Ok America, face it, there is no such thing a fricking peaceful muslim from the ME. THEY ARE ALL TERRORISTS AT HEART!

    September 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  3. cheetoes are god

    Okay folks, if you are with me great, if not, bite me.

    We're gonna make 11/9 profit Muhammad day. Every self-respecticting infadel will create and post their best rendering of Muhammad on the internet. Let's see the jihad-prone masses annihilate the world. Let's see if the wrath of Allah truly exists.

    Maybe, if not, we can get beyond all this BS and look for other answers than religious violence.

    11/9 prophet Muhammed Day, get your crayons ready. Spread the word!

    September 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  4. Earl

    In behalf of Maestro Erano Evangelista of http://www.thename.ph

    Know the root cause of the present religious conflicts happening in the world today and how this religious conflicts can be ended once and for all.

    May you read this link: http://www.thename.ph/thename/revelations/division&cause-en.htm

    Thank you

    September 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  5. butch

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    September 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  6. Twisty Turny

    I'm told that images of Mohammed like this one 👿 enrages them. I bet the image below of Mohammed boinking his boy would really get them going:


    Then again, just about everything decent and intelligent and civilized enrages them.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Twisty Turny

      Ah, they blocked smilies on Islam threads. Such a pity.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Naomi

      Yeah, and you comment is so decent, intelligent, and civilized.....

      September 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • cheetoes are god

      Twisty turn, praise be to Allah, that is some funny $h!t.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Naomi


      September 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  7. all greek

    The front picture on the Newsweek page is funny. It looks that he has been kicked on the family jewels.

    As far as what happend to her (Ayaan Hirsi) in her native county is nothing new and unfortunately it has nothing to do with Islam or any religion what so ever. It happens in every under developed society because of old traditional rules and customs and everyone knows that, no need to further argue on that. If someone wants to write a 400pages book arguing on this he or she can but makes no sense. Now she comes to Holland and the 9/11 incident forces her to further go away from religion and she quits Islam and everything and becomes an atheist. Its her decision. What is she trying to prove. No one is more ignorant then her. She did not quit Islam she quit every divine religion based on rumors and NEWS from the TV channels. No one is 100% sure who did 9/11. Everyone knows that 9/11 was hyped for reasons.

    If those people as Muslims are doing stupid and idiotic things she is doing the same by quiting. She is just a looser. She got friends, she got company and she got elected to the parliment because of that she thinks she is a winner. No, she is basically a looser. I am not trying to justify the Muslims or Islam but if she had remain faithful and worked for the cause that would show her inner strength.

    In these under developed societies, many people are born with abnormalities or diabilities and they suffer because of taboos or there is no education or modern facilities available to handle such persons, so what they should do. Everyone should run away from there and quit their religion.

    Suppose there is heaven or hell. Believers still have a chance but quitters have none. Live your life with moderation. It will give you internal and external peace. My limit ends where your nose starts. I may be wrong but I can say that she is still not at peace internally so what the fuss.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  8. csa3

    You know, there are plenty of videos mocking Christianity made all the time, and there have been no murders because of them (that I know of). But one video mocking the Islam religion causes...

    September 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • all greek

      There is one big difference between christians and muslims or you can include jews also. muslims and jews still adher to their old religious beliefs and traditions and try to follow them strictly so some religious factors take the violation seriously. ok. now if these beliefs or traditions are good or bad is another question. day to day life of a muslim revolves around these beliefs and traditiopns.as far as christianity is concerned or a christian is concerned he or she is just a christian on traditions and stories told in man-made bible and their life does not revolve around any true beliefs or traditions and they do not take them seriously as well.

      Secondly, most of the regions where christianity is followed are rich, developed, technologically advanced and due to education and over the years they are enjoying all these benefits so they have developed a kind of moderation in everything.

      Christians are in developed countries are good in following road signs and making a line. muslims living in these countries are also good in these habits. Christians and muslims both are not good in these habits in under developed countries. visit and experience.

      Religion is a sesitive matter and sparks fire faster than Octane. In our life we have checks and balances for everything and we get a ticket the moment we make a mistake. We have punishment. God has left everything for the final day and everyone will get something no matter we believe in it or not so over time we develop a kind of fearlessness (no fear of God) because He is not following us in an unmarked car like a cop and this freedom we use in a wrong way.

      Some fanatic muslims are using this freedom in the worst possible way and again they are not alone. There is a BIG GAME and POLITICS behind that and christians, jews, muslims everyone that is involved in that BIG GAME is part of this unrest.

      Ordinary people belonging to any religion or no religion does not have the guts to do what these behind the scene characters are doing.

      Some people say that religion is the cause of all evils. That is also not true. Suppose there is a God. There is heaven and hell. Believers still have a chance. What will the non-believers do on the last day.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  9. alf564

    Personally I want to resort to WWII tactics and we will end this crap with carpet bombing through out Afghanistan and Pakistan..then let the Taliban and Al Qaeda push us....oh yes, in Africa, do Somalia the same ...All's well that ends well!

    September 18, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 18, 2012 at 6:22 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! `

      September 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • butch

      prayer = "magic" thinking

      About as effective at changing things as smoke & mirrors are at making things disappear.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • just sayin

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things and prayer changing things are proven Truths. God bless

      September 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • just sayin

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things and prayer changing things are proven Truths. God bless !

      September 18, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • Herbert

      "just sayin

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things "

      These are the same person, pretty sad they're so desperate.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • butch

      Look at the world around you. Tell me you honestly believe the religious zealotry in this world has not gotten completely out of control. Tell me in all honestly that you want your child to participate in the destruction of Earth and the Human race in the name of God.

      Religion is bad for children, and everyone else too.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • just sayin

      Herbert slip off your tin foil hat and provide us with some proofs please. God bless

      September 18, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • MDAT

      In the dark ages you're religion suppressed science.When Copernicus said that The earth revolved around the sun you ridculed him.Also,you push the wrong theory of creationism.

      September 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  11. IndianaGreg

    You wanna know what REALLY makes them mad? Days that end in "Y". The Prophet HATES that....oh, and tax cuts for the wealthy...but mostly Days That End In "Y"

    September 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  12. muhammads master

    i am so scared...not really

    September 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  13. AvdBerg

    The latest outrage by Muslims has nothing to do with the anti-Islam film but rather the unrest and attacks on US Embassies is a culmination of the rising tensions and deep-rooted hatred amongst civilizations in a divided world (Matthew 12:25,26).

    This Blog is a good example of the hatred and disrespect towards people.

    For a better understanding of the history of Islam and the Middle East we invite you to read the articles ‘World History and Developments in the Middle East’, ‘Clash of Civilizations’ and ‘CNN Belief Blog – Sign of the Times’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm |

      This poster is a TROLL on this site, they are well known liars. Don't bother going to their site it's full of lies trying to sell their book to support their cult, click the report abuse link to get rid of this TROLL!

      September 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  14. muhammads master

    mohammed has no bravery

    September 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  15. SFK

    This is simply BS! They are using their relegion and the film as an excuse to kill, act like animals and continue to destroy all inncoent people. Last I checked they are not following the KORAN either. I am a Christian, yet don't kill....I am open minded but this is crazy!!!Hmmmmm, maybe we should make a relegion here in the USA, and when insulted just kill so we do not get in trouble. In the name of RELEGION......Oh, and another thing when are the so called GOOD MUSLIMS here in AMERICA and abroad going to stand up to the EXTREMIST/MUSLIMS???? They do not say much because they will be killed by their own MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD....I happen to know some US Muslims and they are very quiet and again there is a reason they are!

    September 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Naomi

      When will you stand up for all these ignorant so called christians littering this board with insults..oh nevermind, you are one of them. Muslims will support their brothers, no matter what. These aren't extremists. Muslims are peaceful, and these Muslims have had enough of america terrorizing their families. You know that quiet kid in school, who gets picked on all the time, and you never think it bothers him? Then one day he gets tired of being bullied and explodes in the most violent way... here it is.

      Rac-ist , Fasc-ists #MuslimRage

      September 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  16. muhammads master

    I witdessed Prhofet Muhanned taking a penis up his wanton ass

    September 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  17. KEN

    Every religion in the world, past and present, stems from the same basic premise "it's probably a good idea to be nice to each other" after that it gets twisted so that one small group of people can have some measure of control over a larger mass of people.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • jane

      I'm not a Muslim but I do beilieve in Jesus......What separates being a Christian from many religion is that Jesus said love your enemies.....

      September 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  18. Sailor101

    What a complete waste of space and trons this "news" piece took up.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  19. Gail Duituturaga

    Yes this muslim rage is just a joke. Nothing to see here folks.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  20. rabi

    70% professor in US believe that 9/11 is inside job

    September 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • inTELLiGENCE

      100% of your comments are retarded.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • Bill

      So "Rabi", do you just randomly string words together or what? 🙂

      September 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • James

      I'm about 70% sure that setence is incomplete and 30% sure you don't have a high school diploma.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
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