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. Da Ghost

    Walk away people, simply walk away ! Pull funding, pull aid, pull military assistance, and walk away before its too late. This scenario will never change, its been going on for centuries and will be going on long after the good ol' USA is laid to rest. I don't support "isolatism" but its time to worry about education, jobs, and the welfare of our own – TODAY !

    September 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • DDM


      September 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • sanjosemike

      Hard to disagree with you. Perhaps permanent Western isolation is the only thing we can do in a highly imperfect world.


      September 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      So you'll happily give up all the oil?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  2. Jihad Johnny

    If you riot over and kill people over a goofy movie, you just might be a Jihaddy...
    If you have the sudden urge to strap on explosives and go clubbing, you just might be a Jihaddy...
    If seeing a camel gives you unclean thoughts, you just might be a Jihaddy...

    September 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • DDM

      More agreement!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  3. johnUtah

    Degrade Islam and Muslims and its called Freedom of Speech say one thing acutely critical of the Israel and the Jews and its Anti Semitic. We all know who your masters are in this country!!!! LOL.

    You people are enslaved by the Zionists who are running this country.
    They have you fooled into believing the Muslims are the enemy
    Blind Sheep with no minds of your ones, keep watching your TV and drinking your people, surely you will not wake up from your comas llike that.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Jihad Johnny

      Preach it Imam JohnUtahmad! Tell them more lies! That way the American piggy dogs will never realize that it is a Muslim that runs america! Even though he has a Muslim name, those ignorant infidels think he is a Christian! Hah!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Huebert

      My god...the mountains of evidence, combined with your prodigious powers of oration have convinced me. What is the next step in your final solution my master?

      September 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • ME II

      Actually, anti-Muslim (the people) comments are usually denounced as Islamophobia, Similarly with anti-Jewish-people comments and anti-semitic.

      Anti-Islam (the religion) comments, on the other hand are fair game. Just as anti-Jewish-religion comments are.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm |



      September 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • sanjosemike

      Boy, I wish Jews got a better return for their money donated to AIPAC. We have a president who is just barely christian and will put Israel under the bus anytime (he talks a good talk, but underneath, he hates Israel). It looks like he will win again.

      Both the Muslim and Western Press have been excoriating Israel/Jews for years. Anti-Jewish hate is undergoing a new birth (as shows by your post) all over the World.

      Jews are blamed for everything. Jews even have horrible examples of their own now in jail, serving life sentences.

      I know you like to think (according to the conspiracy sites you visit) that Jews control the World. But from their standpoint, the effort and dollars they spend have been going to waste.

      I only wish they were half as successful as you seem to think they are.


      September 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  4. Reality

    What really enrages non-Muslims?

    the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror:

    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.

    26 ) September 12, 2012


    Envoy to Libya dies in rocket blast

    September 18, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • jfb

      oh man! you didn't take your bipolar disorder medication today? aw! you are from India 🙁 there's not enough meds for 2billions?

      September 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • lnocnoc

      Ok then who is violent:
      1.5 billion Muslims that killed about 10 000 000 in 1400 years or
      Christian who killed 137 448 836 killed 100 years

      Casualties of 1st WW: 9,407,136
      Casualties of 2nd WW: 62,171,600 to 78,041,700
      Casualties of colonized Africa and Asia 1900 is estimated like 50 millions
      now you do the math & tell me who is violent then

      like 50 million

      September 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • sanjosemike

      Reality, that is a lot of research, and unfortunately it is all correct. Thanks for your post which reminds us that Islam has an addiction to terrorism. BTW, by far the greatest numbers of victims of Islamic terrorism are Muslims themselves.


      September 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Stee

      I get enraged by obnoxiously long posts.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:

      M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

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

      Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..(Religions/Groups involved)*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Christians)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      September 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  5. Doc Vestibule

    Sayyed hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, is demanding that the USA abandon free speech and censor the offending film.
    "The distribution of this entire film must be banned by the Americans.... The world should know our anger would not be a passing outburst, but it would be the start of a serious movement that would continue on the level of the Muslim nation to defend the Prophet of God."

    All this over blasphemy – the most ridiculous "crime" ever conceived.
    Religion: providing dubious reasons for violence since time immemorial.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  6. Phil

    Ali I could care less of what you have to say. The media is a big issue in today's world. Why can't we all get along?

    September 18, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Probably because the amount of people who are not morons in the world is statistically insignificant, so we kill each other to prove our own brand of moronity.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  7. Christofatwa

    Very sensitive issue, but I do think there are a bunch of double standards that a lot of Islamic countries apply to the west. Outrage at a film yet silence on human rights. Hypocrasy and religeon go hand in hand, because most intelligent people know the truth – even if they pretend not to- that god doesn't really exist.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  8. Anon

    Oversensitive religious crazies is more like it.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  9. nasiman05

    @Doc Vestibule Now we're talking. I don't see people living in caves and hunting, then why are we still believing in something that nobody has ever seen?

    September 18, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Religions are equivalent to putting lipstick on a pig. It doesn't matter how much you try to dress it up it's still appealing to magic as the answer to whatever is unknown.
      I don't know how the universe came into being...therefore Magic Mike(but no evidence)....
      I don't know how life first came into being...therefore Magic Mike(but no evidence)....
      I don't understand consciousness....therefore Magic Mike(but no evidence)....
      How do we determine what's moral?....must have been authored by Magic Mike(but no evidence)....
      Wouldn't it just be easier and more honest to say...I don't know?
      And then the question that never gets asked.
      Where did Magic Mike come from?...Oh that's easy...he always was(again zero evidence).
      The minute you accept that Magic Mike is the cause you've stopped looking for the real answer...even if there is no answer to find. The fact is there are likely things that can never be known but it takes incredible hubris to outright declare that some higher intelligence must know them(again all without the slightest bit of evidence).

      September 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  10. Sanych

    What enrages Muslims?

    The short answer – anything.

    However, I am not sure if all jokes on twitter were coming from Muslims. On the other hand, I am sure that Muslims have a sense of humor, but it may be difficult to understand by the Western audience as it may amount to cutting an infidel's head off with a dull knife.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  11. fernando

    poverty enrages anyone

    September 18, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Most Islamic countries are quite wealthy. I think it's sand in the butt-crack combined with a pork-less diet. Pigs taste nicer than any other animal.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • ME II

      @Rational Libertarian,
      Such comments are pathetic

      September 18, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      If levity is pathetic, I'm glad I'm pathetic. Going through life with such a serious outlook must be worse than having a sandy butt-crack.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • ME II

      Rational Libertarian,
      I think I misread your comment. my apologies

      September 18, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Huebert


      If pigs had wings, I'd eat those too.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      ME II
      Apology duly accepted.

      Me too. I even eat the ears, trotters and snout.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • Huebert


      I can do the ears, and I even eat chitterlings, or chitlins as they are known around here, but the snouts just make me cringe.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Those poor Jews and Muslims, missing out on the tastiest of God's creatures.
      And all becuase there's no word in ancient Hebrew for "trichinosis".
      You'd think an omniscient God would've communicated something like "Thou shalt cook thine meat thoroughly"....

      September 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  12. A-Man

    Ayaan Hersi....is a female you idiot! she lives in Holland...

    September 18, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  13. abdul

    Death to ayaan, she has shamed us somali people.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      And butter sauce!!

      September 18, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • ME II

      Some people in Somalia shamed themselves through abuse of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and owe her more than is possible to repay.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • rick

      no one needs to shame you, you do quite well on your own as evidenced by your comment. the real shame is that you dont even know how shameful you come off as by posting such absurdities.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • .

      Hey abdul. Stick 'it' in your ear... you can hear allah c.u.mming

      September 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  14. Oracle of Trollphi

    Anyone who takes offense at someone's opinion is troll-bait. Muslims are troll-bait of the highest order.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  15. KJMU

    A cartoon published in a news paper and a low budget film made by a Coptic Egyptian brought hundreds of thousands of angry Arab Muslims to the streets. Burning cars, burning buildings and embassies, killing innocent people. Yet when tens of thousands of fellow Muslims are butchered by the Assad regime and elsewhere around the globe, what do Arab Muslims do to protest? NOTHING! Life is meaningless to them. Primitive people stuck in the 3rd century receiving orders from the local primitive imams. The hypocrisy is unbelievable. Muslims blindness to the murder of fellow Muslims is deafening. If one Palestinian slightly injured during an Israeli military operation intended to stop the rockets being fired into their country, the Islamic Arab world make the UN to becomes rabid in it's condemnation of Israel. Those who fire those rockets into Israel barely get a warning. We must all ask ourselves why the duplicity? Why the Arab Muslim world make sure that two thirds of the UNSC resolutions aimed at Israel and the US, and only a very small number directed at Syria's govt, Somalia's and so many other countries where real atrocities occur daily?

    September 18, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  16. O

    Firstly, We need to understand that these riots are not because of what was in the movie, but because of the fact that movie depicts Mohamed, no because of how he is depicted, but simply because he is being depicted. There is nothing in the video that was a lie, the things being portrait as ludicrous are in the Qu'ran. We are coming to blogs to give our opinions without having seen the video or read the Qu'ran. These is not about the movie is about attacking America an anyone seen as an american ally, at a time when it would hurt. Showing that 9/11 was not an isolated event and that it can happen again; that's the message these monsters are trying to send, we need to wake up and see Islam for what it is.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • ME II

      " There is nothing in the video that was a lie,"
      Don't you mean there was nothing in it that was true.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • whozits

      Sorry but this has already been debunked. It's a red herring. Or, as the Brits say, a pork pie. No, the YouTube video clip (there is no proof that a complete film exists. Even the promoters claim that they only showed it once and no audience showed up) was just a goad used by the usual parties to work up the rioters so they would have cover for the embassy assault. The folks behind the video, as far as anyone can tell, are all from the Middle East and are Christian. So far, no one has found even a rabid American backer of the production. A glance at the name of some of the actors seems to show that they, too, are of Middle Eastern ancestry. Nah, it was a diversion. Heck, it was put up on YouTube in June, for heavens sake.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  17. John

    Muslins grab freedom of speech and liberty only to avert our own.
    People, whoever they are who do not accept these principles should be banned from living in a free society like most of us in the West intend to live, they have the right to stop us at destroy our property in Middle East and no politician here seens to care about it, its time to put a stop on muslins or nothing will be here to grab in a few years.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      "People, whoever they are who do not accept these principles should be banned from living in a free society like most of us in the West intend to live"

      Can you see the glaring contradiction in that statement?

      September 18, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  18. Doc

    What really enrages Muslims? Maybe the particular branch of the tree of humanity that settled the Middle Eastern regions, genetically predisposed them to be over emotional and ridiculously overreact to everything and anything. This genetic predisposition could be the reason that they bought into the Islamic religion and lifestyle in the first place.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • toxictown

      Prob more likely that the Middle Eastern environment shaped the people who ended up there than the other way around. The angry, insular, jealous and tribe oriented gods of the Middle East were a perfect reflection of a harsh climate that gave little and demanded much. The Abrahamic religions ( Islam, Judaism, Christianity) all cribbed thier basic tenets from pre-existing local religions and cults tweaking the particulars to fit the socio-political needs of thier time (Judaism: Babylonian and post-Babylonian near east world of kingdoms & warring states; Christianity: Roman occupation; Islam: post-Roman near east power struggles).

      September 18, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  19. QB

    Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "There are three signs of a hypocrite: When he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he betrays his trust."
    [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

    September 18, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • William Demuth

      Do you honestly believe that Muslim on the world stage tell the truth?

      The President of Iran?

      I don't think it is possible to be indoctrinated enough to believe that.

      ALL religions are based on hypocritical beliefs, without exception. The Jews are, the Christians are, and the Muslims are as well.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • cherrypieguy


      September 18, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • nasiman05

      What's your point?

      September 18, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  20. karbvi

    the sane people of the world have to get together to rid the world of this cancerous , insane thing called islam.

    September 18, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • QB

      More like saying, a group of people getting together to get rid of God ... Sorry, will never happen . But sure you can try it 🙂

      September 18, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The sane people of the world have to get together to rid the world of this cancerous, insane thing called religion.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Anon

      Hey QB, fu*k your imaginary desert god. The flow of information thanks to the internet is eradicating that concept.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:32 am |
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