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. Reality

    Enraging Muslims et al goes way back:

    "The Two Universal Sects

    They all err—Moslems, Jews,

    Christians, and Zoroastrians:

    Humanity follows two world-wide sects:

    One, man intelligent without religion,

    The second, religious without intellect. "

    Al-Ma'arri – 1000 AD/CE

    September 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm |

    Short tweet:.....'Gen 1:1 In the beginning God...'

    September 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Have mud

      Oh yea if some old book says it it must be true. Please Mud, try not to hurt your brain by trying to read too many words in one sitting.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm |

      HIguy, on the evolutionary time clock it's not old. It's like .000001sec has passed. You are at the pinnacle!

      September 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Ken

      Genesis could just as easily read "Once upon a time...".

      September 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • hawaiiguest


      Do you have anything relevant to say? No? Ok then bye bye.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm |

      higuy, oh, okayy. One last short tweet at ya:'Gen 1:1 In the beg......' To beg or not to beg, that is the question.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  3. CLBonner

    So out of all that has been written here from all who responded, can we just say one thing. GOD is LOVE not hate. Read your books on religion and you will see that the only message that GOD has for you is LOVE. The key to heaven is LOVE. Look that up and see what you will learn about your life today. Do you who has written or read any of the statements here found any thing stating to LOVE which is GOD, he loves you and is very sad at the lives you are living today. The true religion is GOD, you don't need a book to learn, teach or talk to him.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Ken

      From one who doesn't believe in God it's rather difficult to tell whether he is either "love", or "hate". Both sides appear to be equally well represented by you followers.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • hawaiiguest


      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Really? Oh that's too rich. Please tell me you don't actually believe what you wrote.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  4. Scott

    What really makes the goat pokers mad is to find out that once they die THEY are one of the 72 virgins ... for a Jewish lawyer down in the inferno region 😉


    September 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • yaya land

      jesus!! that was AWESOME!!!!!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Scott

      No yaya. MUHAMMAD that is awesome 😉 Glad I could bring a smile to your face.


      September 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Ken

      Hey, weren't the ancient Hebrews who wrote the Bible also "goat pokers"?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  5. yaya land

    this was so much fun to read!!!! great diversion and very funny!! thanks to everyone for the varied input. keep it coming and i'll keep coming back for more!

    September 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • yaya land

      by the way, the comments were hysterical!. they were great!! loving every minute of it!!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  6. jesse

    Animals act like animals when they don't get their way period. You can look at most all riots and its caused by people acting like animals.

    If white people were to act like blacks or Muslims when something doesn't go their way this world would burn to the ground but we don't, and we continue to let animals get away with murder.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • RexRiley

      Uh, since when have actual animals behaved like that? You do a disservice to animals when you compare them to insane human beings.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  7. AvdBerg

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

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

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

    September 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      Go sell crazy somewhere else god-boy.... we're all stocked up here.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Joe

      Report abuse on all AvdBerg spam. I just did.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • AvdBerg


      What is your message to the people of this world?

      Our message is: Ye must repent and turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God (Acts 26:18).


      September 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Get Real


      Don't waste the energy it takes to click "Report Abuse". It is not hooked up to anything.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm |

      This poster is a TROLL on this site. They are well known liars and only want to sell their book to support their cult. Don't bother going to their website, it's full of lies. Click the report abuse link instead.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • ThaGerm

      I don't know about Joe, but my message for the day is Don't get Fished by Crazy!!!

      September 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  8. ArthurP

    Americans are funny people. They would rather be beholding to a bunch of people who would rather see them dead as look at them than build the Oil Sands pipeline from Canada.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Ken

      You're assuming that we Canadians can stand to look at you? 🙂

      September 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  9. ArthurP

    November 1st. 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 2:52 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      Then what will I burn to keep me warm all winter?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Ken

      I thought you had central heating down there Lucifer?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  10. Hassan

    A lot of you are either dumb or misinformed... To those who are saying they've never seen other groups of people riot or protest because of an offence on TV, well the other way to say that is Muslims are the most of these groups that have hearts to defend their beliefs and the most who care about the greatest icon who tought them these things they believe in.. Their prophet Mohammad, who they're d...efending, is someone who could do anything to protect them and if any was wronged, to help him, defend him, and solve issues for all these people.. He didn't even see an of these people living now, but he said they were his beloved... So they would definitely be filled with love for him and desire to defend any offence to him... And to those who are saying they proved the movie right, go and ask Muslim scholars... KILLING THE AMBASSADOR, BURNING THE FLAG AND VIOLENCE ARE TOTALLY ANTI-ISLAMIC.. and finaly... Google is there, Books are there, A lot of Sources are there, so use them to read about the prophet Mohammad for some truth.. UNLESS YOU ONLY HAVE TIME TO MERELY JUDGE MUSLIMS AND BELEIVE THAT MOVIE.... I Know Most People Will Ignore All Of This.. but some people still have brains.See More

    September 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Bob

      Hassan, the mere fact that other people sincerely interpret the teachings of Islam very different from how you do is yet more evidence that your Allah has weak communication skills, and therefore wasn't an omnipotent being to begin with, no matter what Mohammed said. Actually, Allah doesn't exist and never did. Similar conclusions can be drawn about the Christian god, and the usual free will arguments that believers will no doubt try to trot out are even more negative for the case for either god.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Glinda N.

      Perhaps it is the Muslims who need to access Google, books, and a lot of those sources out there so they understand that "KILLING THE AMBASSADOR, BURNING THE FLAG AND VIOLENCE ARE TOTALLY ANTI-ISLAMIC"

      September 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • octopus

      lol. they riot to defend their 'beliefs' but when their brothers explode themselves and others they remain quite – what's to protest, right?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Robert

      Hassan, so you're saying muslims do see muhammad as an idol to be worshiped?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Rachel

      Hassan, that was well worded! It is obvious that you feel emotional about the ignorance people have regarding Islam. I am also infuriated, as well any one who believes in respect, equality and love should be! Historically, there have always been people who act in fear & ignorance, as well as those who perpetrate violence in the name of religion for the sole purpose of controlling masses. Islam, like Christianity or Judaism teaches what God (Allah, Jehovah etc) is defined to be and what God orders for the lives of mankind. There are characters of note in religion such as Mohammad who represent such pure devotion to God AND to the people that one is compelled to love and honor this individual. We are all more alike in our views and lives than we give consideration to. I do not believe that Islam holds the TRUTH for ME but that is not to say that it cannot hold the TRUTH for someone else, and to them, that TRUTH is just as real as mine is to me. My prayer is not that everyone become a carbon copy of my thinking but that we can all together find the way to common, mutual education of eachother and with that, respect of difference.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Jack 3

      We would have brains if we let ourselves be brainwashed?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Brandon

      Bob, is it God's fault that language and dialect changes over time? If the Bible was written in Arabic and the Quran was written in English people in America would still be against what they don't know. Its the definition of ignorance.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • ModMus

      Well said Rachel and Hassan

      September 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • ModMus

      Glinda N.,

      Agree with you. Many muslims don't understand their own religion and are exploited by extremists.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  11. fiftyfive55

    If the U.S.A. was not in the mideast,we wouldnt have any dealings with muslims at all,Israelis either,If we kept all our foreign aid and soldiers home we'd have a lot better economy and wouldnt even need 1/2 the military we have now.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  12. Barry G.

    “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    Jesus Christ (The Gospel of Matthew)

    September 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Grand Ole Party of Christian Taliban

      I see you quoting Harry Potter again..very nice

      September 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Anne

      Go read Joshua

      September 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  13. inachu

    So called christins teach love and peace yes?

    Dio not say that to evangelicals as they want war and blood at any and all costs.
    Evangelicals love the end time cult ideology. It is the evangelicals who want eternal blood wars with muslims.

    Get rid of evangelical end time cults and there never would be a 9-11 and the WTC would still be standing.

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

      Muslims can not even get along with themselves much less with someone of another faith. The different sects of Islam have been killing each other since the 14th century and show no sign of stopping.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  14. john


    6:108 Revile not ye those whom they call upon besides Allah, lest they out of spite revile Allah in their ignorance. Thus have We made alluring to each people its own doings. In the end will they return to their Lord, and We shall then tell them the truth of all that they did.

    6:108 Allah'tan baska yalvarip-yakardiklarina (taptiklarina) sövmeyin; sonra onlar da haddi asarak bilmeksizin Allah'a söverler. Iste böyle, biz her ümmete yaptiklarini süslü (çekici) gösterdik, sonra onlarin son varislari Rablerinedir. O, yapmakta olduklarini onlara haber verecektir.

    6:108 N'injuriez pas ceux qu'ils invoquent, en dehors d'Allah, car par agressivité, ils injurieraient Allah, dans leur ignorance. De même, Nous avons enjolivé (aux yeux) de chaque communauté sa propre action. Ensuite, c'est vers leur Seigneur que sera leur retour; et Il les informera de ce qu'ils oeuvraient.

    6:108 Und schmähet nicht die, welche sie statt Allah anrufen, sonst würden sie aus Groll Allah schmähen ohne Wissen. Also ließen Wir jedem Volke sein Tun als wohlgefällig erscheinen. Dann aber ist zu ihrem Herrn ihre Heimkehr; und Er wird ihnen verkünden, was sie getan.

    6:108 No insultéis a los que ellos invocan en lugar de invocar a Alá, no sea que, por hostilidad, insulten a Alá sin conocimiento. Así, hemos engalanado las obras de cada comunidad. Luego, volverán a su Señor y ya les informará Él de lo que hacían.

    HOLY QURAN 6:108

    September 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  15. Barry G.

    Don’t they realize that their hate and violence gives their belief system a bad name?

    I follow one who taught us to love our neighbor and pray for those who persecute us; one who prayed from the cross for those who were crucifying him; one who laid down his life, so we may have forgiveness and eternal life.

    I follow Jesus, whom I believe is the son of God. His way is the best way.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Anon


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

      lol @ Anon....very funny and a good example of the fragile christian mind.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  16. visitorscoop

    ATTENTION NEWS FLASH !!!!!!!! There is no god named Allah (Alan or Frank maybe but defintaly NOT Allah hahahaha!!) Muhammad was a vicious cult leader and war lord that married a child. Islam is NOT the religion of Peace – never was and never will be.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • UD


      September 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • TJ

      ATTENTION NEWS FLASH !!!!!!!! There is no god

      September 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  17. HeavenSent

    I see the atheists are out in force trying to compare satan's religion with Christianity. Good luck idiots. God's word was given to us in his letter to us, the Bible which is 100% true in every facet. I have to keep flea and tick remover in my shower. Time to start your walk with Jesus.


    September 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Glinda N.

      The bible was written by men. That's right, by actual human beings. It's hearsay at best, but most likely fiction.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • RealityMan

      The bible was written by man, both sane and insane (yes insane. Anyone who talks to invisible people are clinically insane). There is no more proof of a god than there is Santa Clause. In fact, there is MORE proof for the existence of Santa than some "loving" god who let's his creation suffer. The Bible, Quran, and Torah all tell of a confused and viscous god:

      Adam and Eve? god is supposed to be all knowing. That means he KNEW the serpent was in the garden. And since god is "all powerful" he allowed the serpent to be there. Adam and Eve were supposed to be unknowing of anything evil or good. If the story is "true", then god played a sadistic game with them knowing that Adam and Eve would give in to temptation.

      Job? Well again, a sadistic god toying with a person's life just to prove a point.

      The Sacrafice of Isaac? If god is all knowing and can see into mens' hearts, it was a sadistic game god played on Abraham to tell him to kill his son.

      The great flood. What kind of sicko annihilates an entire planet's ecosystem just to kill off the "evil" in one population? Mass murder and suffering on a global scale of all species just to remove the "bad people".

      I'll leave you with this little thought: If king Herod is considered evil for killing the male children in his bid to kill Jesus, isn't god even MORE evil for torturing a whole nation (Egypt) with 10 plagues and killing their first born sons? Torture and Murder of non-believers is still torture and murder.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Patty

      So the part of the bible that condones slavery is true?

      September 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  18. john

    Revile not ye those whom they call upon besides Allah, lest they out of spite revile Allah in their ignorance. Thus have We made alluring to each people its own doings. In the end will they return to their Lord, and We shall then tell them the truth of all that they did.

    HOLY QURAN 6:108

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

      Ah, the lure of everlasting bliss.

      Here, fishy, fishy. Bite!

      September 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
    • Jay

      John- according to eminent Muslim theologists many of Quran's verses were cancelled (mansukhh??) and there are some that contradict each other. So can you pls check whether or not you are referring to verse which has neither been cancelled nor has it been contradicted??

      September 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • MG

      Baa, baa, black sheep,
      Have you any wool?
      Yes, sir, yes, sir,
      Three bags full;
      One for the master,
      And one for the dame,
      And one for the little boy
      Who lives down the lane.

      Mother Goose: 17:31

      September 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      That is a racist nursery rhyme.
      America should ban it's publication immediately or there will be riots from dark-skinned sheep herders around the world!

      September 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  19. Planck

    Many of my readers may not know, but natural disasters were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Muslims last year. And more importantly, my wife chipped a fingernail this morning.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  20. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Here are three must reads:

    HOW HATE IS INGRAINED IN PAKISTANI TEXT BOOKS READ BY THE MAJORITY (NOT Merely in Iislamic schools).....written by a Pakistani Muslim in their #1 newspaper Dawn:


    MORALITY & ATHEISM – By Irfan Hussain, one of Pakistan's most famous Muslim columnists.
    He says the atheist west is infinitely more tolerant than the Islamic world.

    THE LIMITS OF TOLERANCE again by Irfan Husain, on how Muslims living in America, & Europe are MISUSING the West's freedoms. Again in Pakistan's #1 newspaper. – ABSOLUTE MUST READ (for Mr. Fareed Zakaria)


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

      Amit- Irfan's analysis fits all religions. Folloiwng is a quote from Mark Twain-enjoy:

      So much blood has been shed by the Church because of an omission from the Gospel: "Ye shall be indifferent as to what your neighbor's religion is." Not merely tolerant of it, but indifferent to it. Divinity is claimed for many religions; but no religion is great enough or divine enough to add that new law to its code.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA


      Yes. But he singles out Islam as much more intolerant. Read his article "THE LIMITS OF TOLERANCE" – it's a MUST READ for everyone.

      September 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Simran

      The Islamista are just about 600 years behind Chrisitians.

      It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics. [Robert A. Heinlein, Postscript to Revolt in 2100]

      September 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm |

      The problem is that for most Muslims just like radical evangelical Christians religion is about country, above human life. That's the real tragedy. Politically, Muslim radicals have been able to get away with it as they live in countries where you have corrupt even criminal politicians who do nothing to curb terrorism or extremism as they look at them through religious lens. Even christian fanatic missionaries in south asia get away with the crap that no one will tolerate in the US.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm |

      Typo- The problem is that for most Muslims, just like radical evangelical Christians, religion is *above country, above human life. That's the real tragedy. Politically, Muslim radicals have been able to get away with it as they live in countries where you have corrupt even criminal politicians who do nothing to curb terrorism or extremism as they look at them through religious lens. Even christian fanatic missionaries in south asia get away with the crap that no one will tolerate in the US.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
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