Comic talks Muslim humor and Islamophobia
Riaad Moosa has been known to crack jokes on the death of Osama bin Laden and his experiences of being singled out for searches at airport security.
November 14th, 2012
05:42 AM ET

Comic talks Muslim humor and Islamophobia

By Robyn Curnow, CNN

(CNN) - If laughter is the best medicine then few are more qualified to offer a prescription than Riaad Moosa.

The South African comic-turned-movie-actor is a fully trained doctor, but it's his Indian heritage and Muslim faith that provide the basis for his stand-up material.

"I'm a comedian who happens to be Muslim [and] my comedy stems on all forms of my identity," he says.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Entertainment • Islam

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  1. Bernard Miura

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    May 19, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
  2. Abortions are Extremely Funny

    Poor guy. Must have been tough, being pulled aside in an airport to be searched. Not as tough as having inbred sand niqqers flying airplanes into our buildings, though. You people are inferior in so many ways.

    November 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  3. TeaPatriot

    Is he gonna go ka-boom?

    November 15, 2012 at 8:22 am |
  4. Mohammad B Mahu

    Hawaii guest should get the joke.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm |

    Humans, goons, can I have your attention please? I am the terrorist, turned internet comedian, am I not making you laugh? I come from a family of Taliban clowns, if you did not know my background, ignorant.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  6. Answer


    "I'm a comedian who happens to be Muslim [and] my comedy stems on all forms of my i-d-e-n-t-i-t-y,"


    A person's personal i-d-e-n-t-i-t-y doesn't matter in the context of laughing at all the religions.
    If a person can't or won't mock the core of their disease -the religion itself- then it's just pandering for laughs. This is just a sad way for one person to get others to like them. You can't make others like your religion because religion is a disease.

    November 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  7. Mohammad A Dar

    I have stolen an ID of a terrorist. Ha ha ha ha (I am not joking). SILENCE I KILL YOU.

    November 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm |

      a hindu, dead can not kill any one , but to be a hindu, miserable in his hinduism, ignorance. So is your problem, hindu, ID thief.

      November 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar


      November 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • NoNeedForAName

      I lol'd.

      November 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  8. Satans dong

    so a Muslim blows himself up in a local market killing and maiming scores of his own countrymen because they were Sunni an he was Shiite. Hahahaha...get it!!!?? Hilarious.

    November 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  9. Reasonably

    There is nothing tolerant about a religion that gives death threats over people drawing cartoons of its prophet and that wants to impose sharia law throughout the globe.

    November 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Satans dong

      Mohammed was a pedophile. Draw him fvcking a nine year old. It would be historical accurate according to the Koran. There ya go!

      November 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Honey Badger Dont Care

      There is nothing tolerant about a religion that would cla ssify a person as a second class citizen just because they love someone of the same gender as them. There is nothing tolerant about a religion that wants to force others to believe the way that they do even if they aren't part of their religion.

      There is something really messed up with a religion that allows their highest ranking practi tioners to break the law and they cover it up so that the perpetrator gets away with it.

      There is something really messed up with a person who can allow a system like this to continue doing what it does even though there is no need for it.

      November 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm |

      hinduism absurdity of hindu, child of incest by hindu filthy holy tradition, in following of his hindu filthy pot head Enoch, cross man god RAM, way of hindu's filthy s to maintain hinduism, racism like their other hindu stupid god monkey. hindu's ignorant s, an insult to be called huamn.
      word hindu is based on Latin word hindered, negative, Hun, great, Han, to be in greatness, hin, negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity.
      Please visit limitisthetruth.com to learn hinduism, illegality of hindu's criminals to create mayhem among humanity.

      November 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  10. Honey Badger Dont Care

    Lets see him make a joke about Moohamed and see how far that islame likes a joke.

    November 14, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Mohammad B.A. Mahu

      Allah like ha ha.

      November 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
  11. Sane Person

    I'm surprised comedy is not "haram" (forbidden) in Islam. Seems like anything not directly related to worshipping Allah is usually forbidden.

    November 14, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  12. ..

    I have a muslim joke for ya

    show me a muslim and i'll show you a possible t3rror1st

    November 14, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Satans dong

      Show me a bigot and ill show you the lowest rung of human life. True story bro.

      November 14, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    See me heal my dog with prayer at saladandchips.com

    November 14, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  14. niknak

    He will have a phat fatwa put on his punk azz. Lets see how funny he thinks that is.

    November 14, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • Satans dong

      fat phatwa myths fvcka, internet gangsters are niknakas

      November 14, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 14, 2012 at 7:32 am |
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      November 14, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      November 14, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  16. Reality

    There is nothing funny about Islam but there is a cure.

    Only for the topic "funny man"/"doctor":

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi----–

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
    be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    November 14, 2012 at 6:52 am |
    • Mohammad A Dar


      November 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Reality

      Putting the kibosh/”google” on religion to include Mormonism:

      • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

      • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

      • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

      • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

      • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

      • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

      • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

      Added details available upon written request.

      A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

      e.g. Taoism

      "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

      Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

      November 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Dumbest person on planet.

      November 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Answer

      Keep on rolling them under Reality.

      *high five*

      November 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
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