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. meekw

    what enrage muslims ? ..g that stup smith haters white guy ..
    rather well ,,, it is when isrealis are planning an attack on iran along side the united states ...and now their plans
    are put to a halt ... because of this video thing ...
    of course ...its because the usa doesnt wanna attack iran these days ..hahaha
    cowards anti arabs haters ... looking to calm down the beast before attacking muslim states ...
    you knwo what .... its the free trade agreements that arab states are afraid to tear apart ....
    why respect their patent rights too ... manufacture their drugs lol ... copy their CDS .. join china against them
    lol coward saudi arabia

    September 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  2. Alex

    I have NO idea what enrages Muslims, But i do know that they are going to wipe out their own nationality. I can't believe they can be so naive that they destroy their own country, and kill their own people because of some film, or cartoon. Even if there is a Mohammed, I;m sure he would not approve of what they are doing.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • UD

      Being Muslim is not a nationality. Muhammad love this.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  3. Planck

    The New Testament is all made up.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      You atheists use Islam as an excuse to spew your hatred for God, the Almighty. You actually believe in the lies of the talmud. My camel-toe stretches from here to my front door. Keep walking with satan and see what cliff you jump off.


      September 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Get Real



      The real HS has not been here for weeks.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      @Get Real

      Just because you atheists come on these articles to steal my handle and lie about Jesus doesn't make you a collective mini-God putz.


      September 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  4. Planck

    In the recent earthquake in Pakistan rescuers recovered 10,000 bodies and tomorrow they are going into the second house.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  5. Planck

    Here is a joke for you:

    Muslim Women's Rights.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • eDUCATOR

      Even funnier? Christian women's reproductive rights.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • ArthurP

      eDUCATOR: Don't you mean ,

      American (Puritan) Christian women's reproductive rights.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  6. socialmediacontrol

    More reason to have nothing to do with Twitter.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  7. ArthurP

    "Lo that they who shall inscribe holy verses upon the pages to an Internet blog will be deemed sinners and upon their death shall be condemned to Hell where they will spend eternity correcting spelling and punctuation within all blogs." Arthur-1:3

    September 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • Planck

      Praise be to Tom Tom the Piper's Son

      September 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  8. Planck

    Rahim is a little Pakistani orphan who walks 5 miles to school each day. With your help of just 2 pennies a month, we can buy a whip and make the lazy bas.tard run!

    September 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  9. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    What really enrages Muslims?

    The question must actually be………….WHAT DOES NOT ENRAGE MUSLIMS?

    And, the short answer for that is ………….ANYTHING THAT’s DEEMED UN-ISLAMIC!!!!!! Even if practiced in America, Europe, India, Australia (e.g. Idol worship, our dresses/or lack of it, our movies, schools etc.)

    You don’t need to go to the ravines of Af-Pak or the streets of the Muslim world to realize that………….you can get that answer right here, amongst the so-called moderate, highly educated, much pampered COVERT ISLAMISTS such as CNN’s own Mr.FAREED ZAKARIA!!!!!

    And, the GREATEST DANGER to western civilization, and the entire non-Muslim world is MUCH LESS from those KORANIC educated brainwashed Muslims BUT people like Mr.ZAKARIA who are misusing the west’s great freedoms to SUBVERT it from within (termed SILENT JIHAD which is NOT waged with swords or guns, but the MIGHTY PEN!!!).

    Some people are misled by Mr. Zakaria's utterances that he's not religious etc. None of that matter for someone who understands the concept of TAQQIYA ver well. (check up on Wikipedia)

    GOD SAVE AMERICA IF Mr.ZAKARIA were to become the next US.SEC. OF STATE as it’s strongly rumored to be in a 2nd Obama admin.!!!!!

    September 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • eDUCATOR

      Yes, because Mr. Zakaria is under severe threat amidst his miserable position in life. Who's dissembling now?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Io

      wikipedia? is that the source of ur intelligence? or you just don't like the sound of Fareed Zakaria's name?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      lo: Do you think u need a lot of intelligence to write a one liner? I have no arguments with someone like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  10. john

    And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.

    But none is granted it except those who are patient, and none is granted it except one having a great portion [of good.

    And if there comes to you from Satan an evil suggestion, then seek refuge in Allah . Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing.

    HOLY QURAN 41:34-36

    September 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • fred

      So, I too have been told by some converted muslims that the 72 virgins are boys. Do you have thoughts or refrence as to the truth of that ?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      Sure... blame me. I WORK for Allah you dumb idiots. On the payroll. Health bennies up the ying-yang. Its just like working for Congress. So Allah preaches killing infidels, and I'm the one you point your finger at? You people really are pathetic.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  11. sheilamills

    I really don't think these riots and murderous behavior have anything to do with their religion. It appears that these people will riot over almost anything. They just use Islam as an excuse to murder and riot. I have read the Quran and I cannot find any passage that justifies this kind of insanity. I think what is disappointing is that the so called leaders of this religion don't make enough efforts to calm these people down. The Middle Eastern culture is on display in a very ugly way and no matter how great the culture might be all you can see are the fools and idiots who are disgracing it. Its inexcusable.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Wade

      Well correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't these Muslim protesters say there defending their faith in Muhammad? Doesn't the prophet give Muslims permission to fight back, even violently, if necessary...

      September 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  12. Mike

    But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

    Hebrews 11:6

    September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • eDUCATOR

      "God hates shrimp."

      Leviticus 11:9-12

      September 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  13. Mike

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    John 3:16

    September 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Get Real


      And your verified evidence for this is....?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • fred

      Get Real
      Do you think the entire New Testament was all made up? How is it no one claimed it was all made up in the 200 years following the death of Christ?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • richunix

      Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      September 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • john

      @Mike what do you mean by " his only begotten "
      Please read your Bilble you will sons by tons.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Get Real

      " How is it no one claimed it was all made up in the 200 years following the death of Christ?"

      They did. Those are the ones who remained Jews, and adherents to the Greek and Roman gods (and many others).

      September 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • richunix


      Yes, it was story passed on and embellished to make the reader believe there deity was better than yours. We don’t have a semi-complete Gospel until the middle of the 3rd century and the rest until the 9th century…remember dude no word processing until the 20th century. NO ONE (BAR-NONE) knows if what was written really happen or was even said.

      Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      September 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • ME II

      Perhaps because there wasn't a single accepted story/text until ~300?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Bob

      Mike, the whole Christian dead-son-of-god-on-sticks 'sacrifice' thing is a load of hooey. The whole premise of Christianity that the death of a son of a god would have been any kind of "sacrifice" and was required to deal with "sin" is utter nonsense. This is a supposed omnipotent being that we are discussing. Christians, think this through a bit: how come your 'omnipotent' creature couldn't do all that supposed saving without the loony son sacrifice bit? And for that matter, how was it a sacrifice at all, when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time it wants with less than a snap of its fingers? Pretty feeble god it is that you've made for yourself there. Give that some thought and maybe it will help you leave your delusions behind. You will remain a laughingstock otherwise, and the more you dwell in your silly delusion and ancient myths, instead of keeping up with advances in medicine and technology, the more America slips downward relative to the rest of the world in science and other fields.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      Yeah... thats provable.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • fred

      Get Real
      Much of Pauls writings are accepted by scholars. In those accepted works Paul goes into detail regarding the conversion of Greeks and Jews. Certainly he was chased out of various towns and jailed/beaten by the Jews for his Christian views yet others risked their lives when they accepted Christ. Why would the recorded disciples (including the 12 apostles) and others actually suffer torture for what they knew was a lie? Then there was the Sanhedrin that set Jesus up then converted when Paul testified that they killed the Son of God. Why would these Jews, who knew first hand of the false trial Jesus was put through, convert and suffer rejection and death from their own community if they knew it did not happen?

      I think of todays Muslims that will kill a family member if they convert to Christianity. I would never convert under those circ-umstances. We can speculate that 2000 years ago Jews for similar reasons were willing to face death after conversion because they believed a lie. I somehow think something far greater was going on.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • fred

      ME II
      A number of Pauls extant letters are accepted by most scholars which date closer to 55-70 AD

      September 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Grand Ole Party of Christian Taliban


      Would people blow themselves up for a lie? You logic is flawed. Get help

      September 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Get Real

      "Why would the recorded disciples (including the 12 apostles) and others actually suffer torture for what they knew was a lie?"

      Why would 909 followers of Jim Jones leave their native country and die for/with him?

      Don't make me list all of the other mistaken folks throughout history who have died for a delusion.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • fred

      Grand old party
      You cannot include the 20,000 orphans that were trained from childhood using Saudi money and twisted con men to be robots. You cannot include Palestinian children that from childhood are taught the glory of being a martyr.
      The converts of Paul’s day were older people that had a faith based on generations of Hebrew and Jewish tradition that would not tolerate another “God” than the God of Abraham. They were not robots from childhood following an existing blind brain washing.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • ME II

      "A number of Pauls extant letters are accepted by most scholars which date closer to 55-70 AD"
      There was no accepted single source until ~300. In other words, how do you claim the NT is made up until there is a NT?

      If you are talking about general events, then wouldn't the persecution of Christians in general be in effect a disputation of the truth of their story?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • fred

      Get Real
      Jim Jones bunch were lost in drugs and not put in jail to be tortured in order to change their story. These early converts were chased down and tortured with some burned at the stake. That is some delusion worth hanging onto.

      If they die and are willing to suffer extended torture for themselves and family for a delusion that is a very strong resolve.
      Why would Paul and those who began the church shortly after Christ go to the trouble? They were all afraid as the Jews and others were hunting down any that believed then suddenly Paul is hit with a light and the Apostles see Jesus resurrection along with 500 others. I imagine you propose they think they saw Jesus for those 40 days. Their belief was strong and off they went.
      Now, given the belief that sprung up from Mohammed’s vision and say Joseph Smith vision people do get caught up in their delusion. I can see where these two beliefs came from and their twisting of the base scripture. I assume you think the Christian faith was a product of the same process of delusion.
      Man since Neanderthal has looked for “God” and an understanding of God. Islam and Christianity build upon ancient truths. Most lies carry off best when containing some known truth so I understand the old Hebrew Scriptures making a good foundation. You can argue that it is all delusion and man is just susceptible and there is no truth. Well that is exactly where we end up when God is simply a delusion (there cannot be absolute truth only that which is true for the moment). In order for truth to exist there must be a higher source or standard that establishes absolute truth.
      Do you claim there is no such thing as absolute truth?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • fred

      ME II
      Yes, the Sanhedrin went to great lengths in order to “cover up” or burn any evidence of Christ or the event. In the Book of Acts we see Paul up against the various Jewish power centers presenting Christ. This may have taken the form of disputations akin to those of the middle ages but they seemed very impulsive so I can see more throwing of stones rather than words.
      The New Testament put together in say 300AD contains without much change extant writings confirmed by the Dead Sea Scrolls and accepted letters from Paul. If the core of the Old Testament and Pauline letters are almost exactly the same why assume other parts were changed to suit some motive other than truth?

      September 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • ME II

      "How is it no one claimed it was all made up in the 200 years following the death of Christ?"
      "Yes, the Sanhedrin went to great lengths in order to 'cover up' or burn any evidence of Christ or the event."

      You may want to call it a "cover up," but you can't claim both the lack of disputes and the existence of disputes as evidence. At least not while debating logically anyway.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • fred

      ME II
      Ouch, correct and noted, the accounts of Jesus were disputed. Thanks

      September 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  14. john

    They wish to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will not agree except that He will perfect His light, even if the disbelievers get annoyed.

    QURAN 9:32

    Fain would they extinguish Allah's light with their mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it).

    Fain would they put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah disdaineth (aught) save that He shall perfect His light, however much the disbelievers are averse

    September 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  15. john

    Indeed, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to avert [people] from the way of Allah . So they will spend it; then it will be for them a [source language="of"][/source] regret; then they will be overcome. And those who have disbelieved – unto Hell they will be gathered.

    QURAN 8 :36

    September 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • ArthurP

      Revelation 21:8 "But for the cowardly and UNBELIEVING and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

      September 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • OOO

      There is almost nothing worse on a blog than wading through Holy Book verses.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Get Real


      And your verified evidence for this actually occurring is....?

      September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Timmy

      Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy." And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the lambs and toads and tree-sloths and fruit-bats and orangutans and breakfast cereals ... Now did the Lord say, "First thou pullest the Holy Pin. Then thou must count to three. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then lobbest thou the Holy Hand Grenade in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it."

      Book of Armaments Chapter 4 verses 16-20

      September 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  16. ArthurP

    November 1 is "International Burn a Holy Book Day". So choose the holy book of your choice a set it ablaze. Remember to post the video of it burning all over the net.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  17. john

    You will surely be tested in your possessions and in yourselves. And you will surely hear from those who were given the Scripture before you and from those who associate others with Allah much abuse. But if you are patient and fear Allah – indeed, that is of the matters [worthy] of determination

    Quran 3:186

    If good touches you, it distresses them; but if harm strikes you, they rejoice at it. And if you are patient and fear Allah , their plot will not harm you at all. Indeed, Allah is encompassing of what they do.

    Quran 3:120

    September 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  18. Chris T

    These clowns get mad at everything under the sun. Its hilarious. Its like they have nothing better to do. And of course, the non-violent ones are never to be found when stuff like this happens.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • ME II

      Here's a few...

      "Local Muslim, Coptic leaders condemn violent protests"

      "NJ Egyptian Muslims, Coptics show of unity"

      "Islamic leader condemns violent reaction to video"

      September 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • eDUCATOR

      You got schooled!

      September 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Nasrin E Boroumand

    In agreemeant with AverageJoe76 'Religion starts out good, but tends to divide each and everything at its end." I would like to give an example: Religious teachings–not dogmas, which are non religious in reality–are like a priscription of medicin for a particular illness and problem in a particular society for a particular and limited time. If the same good and useful medication be used for another illness, at another time, and in another socio political and human condition and situation, then it certainly becomes the cause of more problems and ultimately it kills. We have to search for the Priscription for todays ills and prblems and let go of what the much Loved Doctor prescibed a long time ago for a totally different time and era and probles.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  20. ME II

    Please read Ali's article, referenced in the above article, http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/09/16/ayaan-hirsi-ali-on-the-islamists-final-stand.html.

    "America needs to empower those individuals and groups who are already disenchanted with political Islam by helping find and develop an alternative. At the heart of that alternative are the ideals of the rule of law and freedom of thought, worship, and expression. For these values there can and should be no apologies, no groveling, no hesitation.
    Once I was ready to burn The Satanic Verses. Now I know that his right to publish it was a more sacred thing than any religion."

    September 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
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