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. Free World

    I put no stock in religion.

    By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of god.

    I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers.

    Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness.

    What god desires is mind and soul, and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man – or not.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  2. reggiemcveggie

    I'm sure they hate it when i use the Koran to wipe my rear end.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • I_get_it

      You should alternate with Quran and pages from The Bible and The Book of Mormon.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • AmericaVoice

      reggimcveggie – the Koran and the holy Bible are about 70% similar..know what you are saying before saying it or writing it you MORON.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  3. Madeleine

    The twitters show how much "denial and projection" goes in the muslim world, They just can't accept the fact that these rages are unfortunately an expression of the vast majority as Ali explains. People want to believe otherwise but our experience this 21st century shows and again and again that a majority of the muslin population are hyper sensitive and easily angered.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  4. Brad

    I'd be happy if they decided killing people isn't the way..isn't Mohameds teachings or the teachings of Allah! I'm not a Muslim but I have read the book and the GOD of Islam doesn't teach killing in his name or suicide. Its time the Muslim world awoke from it's hatred OR at least kicked out the leaders of their countries because these guys are just ruining what Islam stands and hurting the chance for the whole world to become peaceful.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Ahf66

      Apparently, you didn't read the Koran in Arabic..

      September 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Brad

      ahhhhh...please enlighten me then all-knowing-one!

      September 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • AmericaVoice

      I think Ahf66 go the Fox News version...

      September 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • Lee s

      Brad that is such a noble thought. You should go to a majority muslim country and tell them how you feel. Try it. I dare you.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • AmericaVoice

      I think Ahf66 got the Fox New version...

      September 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  5. yannaes

    Here is a joke: How about if Western media stop writing about Muslims, and just let their propaganda machine live in its own vomit.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • SunGod

      Muslin reply: no you live in your own vomit leave us to youtube

      September 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • yannaes

      American reply..at least we know where our vomit comes out of...and the Muslim we know where your's is out of, the pits of hell.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • SunGod

      Religion is vomit...that sounds better

      September 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Brad

      Hmmm, how about this: How about the WEST decide its not gonna step into Islamic affairs and in return, the Muslims decide they will accept how the WEST lives and just worry about raising their own children and not trying to enforce their will on us.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • andyva

      What do the guys yell at the girls in a Taliban strip club?

      September 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • AmericaVoice

      How about western media report the truth! But that can never happen..the truth doesn't make money.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • SunGod

      Thats a reach at best, the poor will alwyas hate the rich and so on unto the end of time. same goes for religion on religion. The end of religion and the end of money is the only way to end sensless acts like this.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  6. dd2

    These are hilarious.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  7. AvdBerg

    The above subject article is a good example how distorted things have become in society with the media industry as the main culprit.

    The local media, including CNN, Fox and your local TV stations and newspapers are a very important element of social and political behavior, as society is shaped by what it sees, hears and reads and it is conditioned by the events that influence the mind of every person. You reap what you sow.

    To allow anyone to be directed by public opinion is dangerous because most public opinion is the view of the media. If the media does not like something, their bias taints information getting to the public, and this forms public opinion. Public opinion is never based on research and facts. The public uses the media for its sole source of information and for this reason social behavior will continue to deteriorate and wax worse and worse (2 Timothy 3:13).

    For a better understanding of the role of the media we invite you to read the articles ‘Influence of the Media’ and ‘CNN Belief Blog – Sign of the Times’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    The media does not provide accurate information on ‘Religion’ as it continues to ignore the truth and the history of deceptions (John 14:17). They only report how they want you to hear things. They have created the big chasm that now exists without offering any solutions.

    Consider the truth about Catholicism, Mormonism, Judaism, Evangelicals, Christianity and Islam and all other religions and ask yourself the following question.

    Are so-called Catholics, Mormons, Israelites, Evangelicals and Muslims and all those that call themselves ‘Christians’ followers of the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God, or do they follow after an image of a false god and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Gal. 4:8)?

    For a better understanding of the history of Catholicism, Mormonism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam and its spread throughout the world, we invite you to read the articles ‘The Mystery Babylon’, ‘Can Christianity or Any Other Religion Save You?’, ‘World History and Developments in the Middle East’ and ‘Clash of Civilizations’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Mitt Romney’s faith does not stand in the teachings of Christ but rather in an image of the spirit and the god of this world and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Gal. 4:8).

    For a better understanding of the history of the Mormon Church and Mitt Romney’s quest for the Presidency of the USA, we invite you to read the articles ‘Mormon Church – Cult and Spiritual Harlot’ and ‘Barack Obama – President of the United States of America’, listed on our website.

    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 1:09 pm |
    • Joe

      Report abuse on all AvdBerg spam. CNN will eventually act to get rid of that spamming jerk.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • SunGod

      So you don't want people being fed media bias but direct them to read a page form a media site you condem? Then go on and mention Romney like ten times take your politics and bull crap to another story you fake!

      September 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  8. SunGod

    Could you imagine if the US was allowed / expected to act the way muslims do over a you tube video? We would have dropped nukes on the middles east and been done with that trash ten years ago.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • AmericaVoice

      SunGod – We did react to nothing, whatever happened to the weapons of mass destruction that was all a lie. We killed innocent women and children, and destroyed a country? The media here will always portray and everyone is evil and we are the good guys. Boy we have either short memory or have been brainwashed...I think is the latter... WAKE UP AMERICA!

      September 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • chuckmartel

      Right. The muzzies don't put offensive material on the internet: Jihad for US, jihad for dummies, suicide bombing 101, etc.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  9. Muhammad Farhan

    My dears you are degrading Muslims, they are human's like you and you are asking them animals. One who is asking Muslim's an animal does he have some education. It is enough shame for you that you've lost all of your shame.

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

      No "human" would kill another over you tube that is just plain retarded all religous nuts must have some mental disease to think its ok to riot about your prophet being made fun of.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • steelerguin

      The "shame" is killing innocent people over a caricature. Muslims should be ashamed of their actions in shedding innocent blood.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Freddiefukerupper

      I pray everyday that Israel will start launching the missiles...........soon.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Jeff Williams

      I'm fine with Muslims degrading themselves. Good job, by the way!

      September 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Faith No More

      Your post makes no sense....just like your F'd up religion.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  10. ART

    Look you cannot reason with crazy. These people have nothing and if they keep on behaving the way they do they will never have anything but hatred in their harts, unfortunately they have to blame someone or some thing and I guess America is it.

    September 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • AmericaVoice

      ART – I guess you don't know the kind of $h_t we do around the world? Open your eyes.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  11. evan

    the joke is cnn trying to project these lunatics as people

    September 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • AmericaVoice

      evan – the joke is you think we are normal and everyone is a lunatic....now thats funny...

      September 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  12. Jim

    The 71 virgins turned out to be a 71 year old virgin.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Jeff Williams

      I heard it was 72 catholic priests.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • HenryO

      Funny, Jim! Best one yet.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  13. Response


    Its authentic. THe 72 virgins hadith is mentioned in many soruces and muslim schoalrs conider it authentic.

    see: wikiislam.net/wiki/Authenticity_of_72_Virgins_Hadith

    September 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Kareful-Kay

      So you know for sure? You already had your 72 virgins? How was it? Worth being the most vile living creature on this planet?

      September 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • UD

      Where do they get all of these dead virgins? By my calculations that would be roughly 576 million virgins a year to cover the male population of yearly deaths in Islam.

      So around 1500 years multiplied by 576 millions virgins....conservative estimate, paradise has gone through about 864 billion virgins. That is a lot of virgins. How long can this go on?

      September 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • Kareful-Kay

      They recycle; rinse and reuse.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  14. UD

    The Muslim world, like the Christian world, is manipulated by religious leaders in order to profit like any other business. It is easy if you have an audience that wants to hand you power, either because of promises or threats. In each case, the self-fulfilling prophecies of the "holy" books make the task simple.

    This is not dissimilar to the Republican cult...the worship of cash. Once one tastes the greed, they will hand power to those that would keep the money flowing in.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Jimmy

      So the way to not worship cash would be to redistribute it!
      And you I suppose would be first in line?

      September 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • HenryO

      Yup, all 400,000 Christian churches in America are led by leaders who only want money. (Rolling eyes) You sir, are a stereotyping idiot.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • DCinAllen

      yeah no. You couldn't be any more WRONG. Even with all of the 'mega churches' in America, the average pastor receives no more than $2,500 per year, IF THAT. Unless you are T.D Jakes, you'll make FAR more money in your lifetime holding down a 9 to 5, without the requesite self-sacrifices that go with it.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • UD

      Nope,I am doing just fine thank you. But I have compassion for those less fortunate. I like to think of it as.....being a human being.

      Nope, that is not what I said but thank you for playing.

      Whatever they make, it is too much to pay a liar.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  15. Evy bergman

    Not one more dollar , and not one more soldier, should be sacrificed to these murderous countries and people.
    We don't belong there, they don't want us there, nothing will ever satisfy their violent rages and protests...
    It's pathetic that we have to tiptoe around hurting their feelings, when all they do is kill in response to anything that
    offends them. There can never be a meeting of minds between them and western civilization. They don't deserve an
    ounce of respect, and for them to call theirs' a religion of peace is the biggest joke in the universe. Let our dollars be
    spent on our citizens, and our borders, and our anti-terrorist safeguards.

    September 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Ykcyc

      That would make entirely too much sense. You are asking too much of our government.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  16. Pika

    Why did the little muslim boy grow a mustache? -So he could look like his mama!

    September 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • Pete

      No that's back hair. Mustache is Italian.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
  17. Kareful-Kay

    What's funny is the whole 72 virgin thing is never mentioned in their book! You would think one guy might ask for that page number and be like "are you sure we get this?"

    September 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • tak

      wrong, go read the book!

      September 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • DCinAllen

      It's actually in there. Jihad is actually in there. There's not really a doctrinal shift from the active activities they are engaging in. Neither is there a resolution. The most vengeful part of Islam is always there because it is always commanded in the teaching.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  18. Pika

    Why is there so much food at a muslim wedding? -To keep the flies off the bride........wakawakawaka

    September 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  19. The Stugatz

    Everything "enrages" them. Because theyre uneducated, angry, violent animals.

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

      Actually Stugatz, they are humans just like us. Never forget that. Their response is in keeping with the law of their faith. I happen to think that they are WRONG all together, however, that is their response. But then again, it's par for the course when you consider that PETA actively RAMS fishing boats. I consider THAT activism just as EVIL.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • sure

      You seem enraged. And I wouldn't be surprised if you've ever or will ever call for nuking the mideast, which is pretty violent.

      September 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  20. NorCalMojo

    So where are the jokes?

    September 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
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