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. Lauren

    It's a no-win situation. People will blame America if we get involved and they blame us if we don't. Even if America was never involved with any war, other countries would find a way to blame us for something.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  2. Foreal89

    I could careless. These people are worthless and offer nothing but grief and backward thinking

    September 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Only sheep need a shepherd

      "couldn't care less" you mean, correct?

      September 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  3. Cleanup Philly

    What did the Iranian convert to Christianity say? "I live in fear I'll be killed!" Badda Boom.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  4. Foreal89

    who cares

    September 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  5. ArthurP

    So some unknown American makes a move int the process of making is kills no one. Yet a bunch of people on the other side of the world who have not even seen it start killing people because of it and then they blame the government of the United States because their people are killing people.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • TheTruth

      Not an American, an Egyptian.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Scott

      The "film maker" is a naturalized U.S. citizen.


      September 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  6. jacob

    You can take the monkey out of the jungle but you can't take the jungle out of the monkey.
    America's tolerance toward the Muslim world sickens me. another failed Obama policy.

    September 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      All right jacob. Let's say there's an end to America's tolerance toward the Muslim world. What do we do then?

      September 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • William Demuth


      We have the Jews and the Muslims kill each other.

      For our part we draft the fundies and drop them in the middle of it

      We then give Intel to the Indians on the location of the Paki bombs, and let nature run it's course

      12 Million max casualties, 20 million homless and irradiated.

      Seems like a Win / Win if you ask me

      September 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • therealpeace2all


      Yes, i'd like to see what you propose given -Tom, Tom the Other Ones question ?


      September 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @Big Willy D



      September 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Guester

      What tolerance. You mean the stepped up drone attacks?

      September 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • ii2bcnii

      Jacob is right. Why should we tolerate a people who would happily behead any of us?
      Its ludicous.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  7. palintwit

    Muslims are the birthers and baggers of the Middle East.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Cleanup Philly

      Well since they destroy property, protest, and riot, they must be the "Occupy" of the Middle East.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Primewonk

      FUNDAMENTALIST Muslims are the birthers and baggers of the Middle East. Just like FUNDAMENTALIST Christians are the birthers and baggers of the US.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  8. Cleanup Philly

    I'm sure Chris Stevens laughed himself to death. Badda Bing!

    September 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  9. Reed Rolai

    I can't believe Americans who should ,if anyone, set the example for how good people should be. No, Americans feed the fire to the problems in our world with the crap they say about other people. America, you should be ashamed!!!

    September 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Ken

      Americans don't feed the fire of the world. We FEED THE WORLD. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • AmericaVoice

      Ken – I guess we shouldn't bite the hand of China then?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Huebert

      I am proud of my country's value of free speech, however, I am sometimes ashamed of the way our citizens choose to exercise this freedom.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Cleanup Philly

      This blame of America for words when the ugly deeds are killing, maiming, looting, and other violence in the Muslim world is a kind of new neurosis. Does anyone think Muslim violence will go away if we are all just really nice to them? Isn't that the mistake Obama made?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Ken

      America Voice – You don't see us blowing stuff up in China.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Alamohhamed

      Nope.. Don't care.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  10. Reasonably

    Do animals understand jokes?

    September 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • ArthurP

      Several of the higher primates do.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Huebert


      Where did you read that? I'm honestly curious because that sounds like a fascinating study.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • ArthurP


      It was on a Nova program (PBS) however if you research studies in the use of sign language to communicate with higher primates it should turn up. In once conversation the target primate was asked "Who made this?" referring to the bed of leaves the primate was sitting on. The reply was "I did". When asked who made the rest of the world the primate replayed "Some other ape".

      Note, not some God just some other ape.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • therealpeace2all


      " Note, not some God just some other ape. "

      Give the fundies time, they'll have the apes saying... "Goddidit" 😯

      Fascinating study... thank you for posting.


      September 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Huebert


      Thanks, I now have a NOVA program to find.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  11. ArthurP

    If the governments that run these countries would not abrogate their responsibilities in regards to the maintenance of the social infrastructure of their countries to the religious orders then this would not be as great a problem as it is today.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  12. CLBonner

    To hawaiiguest, I said it didn't I. So maybe you need to read more and try to find what has been stated. Once again GOD IS LOVE not hate. Hate is the devil's department, if you have read any religion you will find that evil is not a thing of GOD's doing. He created it but gives you the power over it.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  13. Reed Rolai

    You know folks, all of you who contribute to the mean, uneducated, senseless, destructive commets made about the muslim faith, you are the reason our world continues to be in turmoil. You contribute to the anger and destruction our world faces every day. Your comments are worthless, childish, bullying. Don't ever wonder why things are the way they are because you critics and bullies are the reason they are that way.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Cleanup Philly

      Sticks and stones are not words. Setting stuff on fire and killing people is not talk. It's time to get real. Who out there now has not thought that the world is going to war with this violent political-religio ideology, which declared war on us?

      September 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Sam

      Sorry, Reed, but Muslims do that on their won. They are responsible for their own behavior, as are the rest of us. No one makes another murder or commit violence. My guess is that Muslims will alway find something to be angry about, even if the entire US disappeared tomorrow...we don't call it the Religion of Permanent Offense for nothing.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • jacob

      oh really?

      I guess you've never picked up a Koran or associated with the Muslim people. My advice to you is to stop watching CNN and more dialing into reality.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • LB Colorado

      O.M.G. – Shut up.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  14. Reality


    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers, Flight 93 and the Pentagon?

    And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror?

    The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means.

    Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    September 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Jay

      have you read the torah. or the old testament found in the bible. It too discusses the punishment of the non-believer. If eradicating muslims is based off of your theory of "killing the infedel" then you will have to eradicate Jews and Christians at the same time. Get educated. No book of God teaches to kill others, man kills.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Reality

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

      September 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  15. Obama The Muslim

    Obama is a Muslim too! He doesnt even have a birth certificate!!! And you elected him. Now look at the shape America is in. Obama Bin Laden will bring this country down to the ground.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm |

      osama was a rich dude. obama got his riches on a different path.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Huebert

      He is not a Muslim and he has a birth certificate. I know you won't believe this but it is true. Do some research if you like, but remember to use actual sources, not crazyconspiracytheories.com

      September 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • Robertrr

      The haters always have to blame someone.
      You are just a prejudice you know what.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • alterego88

      troll ^

      September 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • AmericaVoice

      FOX CRAP News is not a reliable source. Get your facts right before posting

      September 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Bethes

      He might be Muslim like his father was. I don't think he is Christian at the very least.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • SpotOn

      Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Jimb0san

      Birth certificate verified, he was given grief about comments his PASTOR said which doesnt make him muslim, and Osama bin ladin is dead so him teaming up with Obama is quite impossible. please jump in front of a bus : )

      September 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Patriot

      First he is not a Muslim, second, even if he was a muslim there is no law stopping him from becoming US President unlike many other parts of the non-christian world, third, he has been an outstanding President not withstanding what Fox reports on tv.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Alamohhamed

      Nope. Cliche poo talk.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • old ben

      You know someone like this poster (and right now, the entire Repub. party) is desperate when they have nothing more to go on than to rehash old lies. It funny to watch them jump from one old lie to another. I guess the other thing they can try is to convince, in some twisted way, how any of Romney's generalizations can somehow be good for the middle class or the poor. Everything about him – how he is and how he was – indicates a lack of interest in helping anyone but himself.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm |

    Middle short tweet:'...............'

    September 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  17. i haz a pregunta

    islam is a poop. my level of respecting poop is zilch. Islam is to angry jihadists as poop is to bad smell. they both come with it.

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

      Incredible level of intelligence shown...

      September 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Reed Rolai

      Grow up !!

      September 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • AmericaVoice

      Very smart and bold behind that keyboard aren't you.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Alamohhamed

      That's just the same as all Americans being condemned over a stupid video. It's completely counterproductive to human civilization to waste time, energy, and life on such ridiculous concerns. It goes both ways.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  18. palintwit

    One time while vacationing in the Middle East I saw a muslim by the side of the road with his arm all the way up a camel's butt. "Car trouble?" I asked. Badda-bing ! Badda-boom !

    September 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • David

      He said no, just trying to figure out why my ride is back firing!

      September 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • AmericaVoice

      Your wife name camel? Badda-bing ! Badda-boom !

      September 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm |

    End short tweet:'Rev 22:21...... you all. Amen.'

    September 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm |

      That's why some say y'all and some say thou.

      September 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  20. Ken

    This is all Sarah's fault. You know, Sarah, wife of Abraham? I she had let Issac and Ishmael live together as brothers, we wouldn,t be having all of these problems. But she had to be mean and throw Hagar and Ishmael out of the tent.

    September 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • therealpeace2all


      True that ! 😀

      And then you have the whole Adam & Eve thing with the talking serpent, etc... What a fvcking mess our ancestors put us in, yes ?

      Where is our savior 😀


      September 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Rachael

      I thought Abraham was the pervert who wanted a concubine? And then his children to his wife took slaves in
      Egypt-then complained about being overthrown. Then of course later all the Hebrews realized that the children they had to their concubines could possibly rebel and take over-that's why they started sacrificing their children. And of course this caused them to become slaves again. then they were freed and now they are committing genocide and having slaves again. And of course this is causing more war-isn't this the vicious cycle that the entire Torah was telling them about??!

      September 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
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