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

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  1. Reality

    What enrages non-Muslims?

    http://www.muslimaccess.com/quraan/arabic/005.asp et al

    The following passages in the koran:

    o "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)

    "Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons...he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home..." (Surah 8:12-)

    "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

    "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

    "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-)

    "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

    "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

    "Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

    "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

    "Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

    "'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

    "Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)

    "Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

    "Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)

    "Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?...Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents...They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets...Blessed be the name of your Lord..." (Surah 55:52-66-)

    September 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  2. Wastrel

    If the people tweeting these jokes are really Muslims, then they are the Muslims I respect.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Primary

      Lots of smart people on this discussion but all of them with an agenda that I strongly suspect existed before the whole Muhammed-movie/riots/deaths tragedy happened. Nice to see a clear, seemingly unbiassed, opinion.

      September 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  3. Adam

    Religious, non religous people. Let's all get along, since we are all created by GOD.
    Let's all be a big happy family. Peace

    September 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • ME II

      Don't know about you, but my parents created me.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  4. Mystery

    These Muslims have made Islam a joke.
    It's their fault that I see a possible terrorist in every Muslim.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  5. Uh

    What muslim rage? This was an excuse for muslims to party and celebrate 9/11 in their own way.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  6. Christianity source of Christianfilthyracism.

    Only by Christianity absurdity of a Christian, Christian and pagan. Filthy Christian Captain Crunch dog. Filthy pagan hindu pig dog. Filthy Randy Jackson dog. Filthy hebrew national beef dog. Filthy Ron Jeremy foot-long dog. NO DOGS! Who let them be out? Quran means nothing else but path of triple abdullah absolute quantified. please visit ahmadinebinpaid.com/blog.html and click on word Choice to open file. But turn virus protection off before.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Uh

      Woof woof.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • theorycraft

      yeah, don't forget to turn off anti-virus... you'll need it to witness the awesomeness....

      September 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • justice4sarah

      I will respect all organized religions as I have all my life, I have nothing to say bad about any of them, that would amount to anything of substance. The best I could ever hope for and what I try to express to other non-members of any organized religions is that I hope one day all the organized religions of the world, know, understand and start respecting all the people that do not believe as you do. We are the freethinkers of the world, People like me, an American born citizen, that has lived a productive and respectable life, going on 56 years now. Yet, I have to endure this religion fueled hate, day, after day, after day. Please get your houses in order and be more considerate of others, please. And please, try to not kill anyone else that has nothing to do what so ever in your organizations. If you must keep killing people, please keep this within the organized religion arena, that is all, thank you. PEACE

      September 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  7. Least

    How interesting! A US ambassador to a country without a proper government is killed with his guards. If I were a smart guy, I would play on the rage of some of those muslims. I would arrange an idiotic video of some kind. Use social media to distribute and make it famous. Then wait for the demonstrators to show up, in non-governmented Arab countries like Egypt, Yemen and Libya. Arrange a killing team to hunt the US mission syncing it with the demonstrations Its' like I am watching 24 or the Unit.
    The question is who is the arranger?
    China and Russia trying US to pull its position for supporting newly emerging governments in the Middle East.
    Israel trying US to rethink its position on attacking Iran, reminding him that Muslims are not to be trusted.
    US deep state, trying to pin down Obama before the elections.

    Who ever did this very much knew what to target and how to do it. One thing for sure it was the US, that was targeted and some idiots rioting in the streets were the major cover up.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  8. Ric Stevens

    Wonders Why We DON'T have more peaceful Demonstrations HERE in the states. We should protest/condem THIER reactions. But Heaven forbid you speak out against someone not White/Christian/Straight or Male... It is sad that PC here has gone so far. I have no problems with anyone as a group or individual until they get all up in my face.. OR start burning throwing rocks shooting etc. I'd totally protest.. but Being the White make with a shaved head I am.. would feel a bit awkward trying to tell people I am NOT a skinhead

    September 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  9. Kareful-Kay

    Remember that telephone game you play as a child. A bunch of people sit in a circle and someone whispers a statement into the person next to them, and then that person whispers the statement into the next person, etc. By the time it gets back around to the original whisperer, the statement is completely distorted.

    That is how religion worked, IMO.
    There used to be ONE "religion", but many many many years laters, and many many many versions later, we now have several religions that are somewhat relative, but different. Well there ya go.

    Except Islam, where did that come from? Islam was the bad kid that distorted the original statement on purpose so that it would not end up the same.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Pete

      Abraham banged Hagar, and had Ishmael. Sarah got mad so Abraham made Hagar and Ishamel leave. Now we have Muslims. That is the short version.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  10. jabbyton

    What they're really upset about is bacon. Can you imagine the jealous rage you would go into if you smelled, but weren't allowed to eat bacon?

    September 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  11. Chuck in Jasper Ga

    That is the reality of the matter. The belief that "blasphemers" must be punished is not what a few Muslims believe, it is what the majority of them believe. Not to mention they can not stand up and oppose oppression in their own countries because they will be beat down or in some cases worse, so they lash out at who they can lash out at and get away with it. It gives these neanderthals a sense of power to be able to rise up in unity to something, anything. It is party time to them which is not a normal event in Islamic nations.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Shafidee

      Dude, you rock!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm |


    September 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Chuck in Jasper Ga

      Bull. A person can not even possess a Bible in most Islamic Countries to include our "ally" Saudi Arabia. If you are caught with one you can be beheaded as "blasphemer". Of course they don't burn them, there are not any to burn. Instead they create images and burn them, just like they do the American Flag. Sell that garbage somewhere else.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • truth be trolled

      Because they are more superst!tious than other people. They have not evolved socially as much as the rest of the world, so why would that be a surprise?

      September 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Seyedibar

      How many muslims does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, they just sit in the dark and blame the jews.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • jabbyton

      And if I did, I'd say, "hey, look, there's some nut burning a book". If they were physically trying to burn me then I would probably get upset. Otherwise, just a book and just words. Someone should interject the sticks and stones thing into their textbooks.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • dike

      Hahahahahah.. but you will see a Muslim burn a person who believes in the bible... which is so civilized....

      September 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Religion is not healthy for children and ALL LIVING THINGS

      No one cares. You see, as a hobby, I burn your holy Q'uran and the bible. Does that break your heart? Does that fill you with rage? Too effin' bad. You got a problem with that? Stop by... the door is always open and the guns are always loaded.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • FactCheck

      Took me all of 5 seconds .... Ever sure is shorter than i thought it was gonna be.


      September 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Reality

      Google "Muslims bible burning" to get all said references about Muslims burning the bible but note that once the "bowers" of Islam see how they have been conned by their imams and ayatollahs for the last 1400 years, they too will burn their copies of the koran i.e. the angel Gabriel never existed so there is no way that the warmongering, womanizing, and hallucinating Mohammed got any koranic passages from some god.

      Tis part of the infamousangelic con game. Joe Smith was the latest to pull it off with his "angelic" Moroni. The significant stupidity and gullibility of it all!!!!!

      And ditto when the "pew peasants" of Christianity finally realize the con that has been pulled on them as they too will burn their bibles. I have not burned my copy but have relegated it to the mostly fictional section of my reference library.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Guest

      Have you not heard of Google or Youtube? http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/09/14/Egyptian-Muslim-Leader-Burns-Bible-Threatens-Christians

      September 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  13. Rick

    Mohammed is the only God,The One and Only.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Kareful-Kay

      ahhh! you've got jokes!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Seyedibar

      Nope. There are thousands of gods that man has worshiped. I personally can name a few hundred.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Chuck in Jasper Ga

      Nope. That would be Tom Brady.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Uh

      I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not?
      Mohammed or Allah?

      September 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Cizs

      Muhammad was a "prophet" dude!! Its probably blasphemy to call him a god!! Off with your head...!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • BestGram

      And if he is "all powerful" he will met out his own punishment for blasphemy...he doesn't need humans to do it for him. And since I haven't seen any humans murdered by God for such an action..does that mean there is no God?

      September 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • MohamadWasAProfitNotAGod

      Ok, your a troll. The Muslim religion considers Mohammad the true profit, not a god.

      Abraham is the father of all 3 major religions, but I'm sure you are afraid to recognize that.

      People say that Christians are ignorant of their true beliefs, well you just showed that so are some Muslims.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  14. derp

    The entire non muslim world should hold a global "po op on a koran day".

    Then just sit back and watch these barbarians go berserk.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • justice4sarah

      Not everyone belongs to your organized religion world, you should play among your club members and leave the rest of us out of your madness.

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

      Totally agree. The problem is my po op will get dirty from touching the K oRan

      September 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Conrad Sinclair Barry

      NOW! That's an idea....if the idiots want something to "RAGE" about give it to them. They are children!! Children throwing a tantrum because they have no control of their world....they are quickly being shown how antiquated they are.....they are centuries behind the world....................and like children they throw a tantrum to make everyone wipe their nose!!

      Grow up Muslims!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • derp

      "Not everyone belongs to your organized religion world, you should play among your club members and leave the rest of us out of your madness"

      I'm atheist bone head.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  15. Cheap Shooter

    i have a friend of mine who said, " iam changing from Islam to something else. I cant continue believing in a religion which kills others while saying Alla Wacky Bar Room or what ever they heck we say. Also we are so insecure about our leader. Whenever they talk about him we shout , throw stones , riot. etc. Heeeeelp

    September 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Ayatollah ben Dover

      "i have a friend " Stop right there. I call BS.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  16. Someone

    If this guy wants to get real, maybe us "Americans" should go storm their embassy.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Ayatollah ben Dover

      Yeah, that's gonna be real helpful.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Ema

      Go ahead ? Talking is cheap!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  17. Tendofreak

    I've just got one question of Islamist. Did Mohamed really marry a 9 yr old girl? if so...thats just wrong in sooooo many ways. Wrong wrong wrong

    September 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Jihad Johnny

      She was six, you are holding her birth certificate upside down...

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

      Virgin Mary was the ripe old age of twelve. lol

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

      Check your grand grand grand mom, you will find her get married when she was five years old, please when check come back and say the tructh.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • brian dougherty

      No, she was 7 but the marriage was consumated when she turned 9.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Ayatollah ben Dover

      Read the Old Testament. Plenty of old men marrying young girls, including St. Joseph. They also had multiple wives, including slave wives called 'concubines.' Our society today is more moral than that of Biblical days.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • paulm5545

      Jihad Johnny ~ Geez, you made me spray my coffee all over the table. Now THAT was funny. Good one!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Primewonk

      But it was OK when the Holy Spôôk ràped a young girl impregnating her with himself so that she could give birth to himself, so that he could sacrifice himself to himself?

      September 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • NK

      Absolutely not. She was 17 year old and in some references she was 18. In those days, 1400 hundreds years ago, parents used to buried their daughters alive out of the fear of losing honor and money. To change that extreme evil culture, he married more than once and gave all his wives respect in order to set examples under different contexts. Please read more about what that evil culture was before prophet Muhammad came and how he changed it before establishing your opinion.
      The horrible things Muslims are doing right now are nothing to do with his sayings or life.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Religion is not healthy for children and ALL LIVING THINGS

      Not for a "god" its not. Ya see... fairy tales are free to do whatever they like. In my fairy tale, if you're caught reading the q'uran your eyes are gouged out, you are spun around five times and left to wander. Watch the hijinks ensue!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Ema

      It looks like you guys have the birth certificate of Aisha after 1400 years wawo! Until now I have no idea when my grama was born !

      September 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • justice4sarah

      Looks as through you have turned a blind eye to Judges 21:10-24 NLT Regardless, this is your religion and I will respect all organized religions seeing how there are so many members in these clubs. The best I could ever hope for is that all the organized religions of the world, know, understand and start respecting all the people that do not believe as you do. People like me, an American born citizen, that has lived a productive and respectable life, going on 56 years now. Yet, I have to endure your madness day, after day, after day. Please get your houses in order and be more considerate of others. And please, try to not kill anyone else that has nothing to do what so ever in your organizations, that is all, thank you. PEACE

      September 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  18. Jihad Johnny

    What enrages Muslims is hurtful, insensitive comments when we behead people, raid embassies or blow up schools. We have feelings too you know. We follow the religion of peace, so please stop the insensitive comments... Or we will go all Jihaddy on you...

    September 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  19. paulm5545

    I disagree with the article. She said Muslim Rage reared its ugly head, apparently in response to the video. I don't think so. If you believe that, then you would also tend to think this was the only video on YouTube poking fun at Mohammed. Go to YouTube and type in, "Make fun of Mohammed," and you will see video after video of people tearing apart Mohammed.

    This Muslim Rage is not about a video. Most of these people protesting probably have never even seen the video. This was about an attack on the anniversary of 9/11. This was not a crime or murder. This was an act of war and non-combatants were killed.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Ayatollah ben Dover

      "Go to YouTube and type in, "Make fun of Mohammed," and you will see video after video" Honey chile, these guys are not carrying smartphones with Google. An Arab limbaugh ranted about it on his radio show to his followers, who got angry and began burning stuff. You know, like when your team wins a big game and you just set some cars on fire and break every store window? Most of those people don't know what Google is. "America has insulted the prophet" is all they need, just like all it takes here is "Obama is from Kenya" does it for our crazies.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
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      September 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  20. barfly

    ah, muslimes

    September 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
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