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August 6th, 2013
06:26 PM ET

Islam's `Night of Power' and the terror alert

Opinion by Hussein Rashid, special to CNN

(CNN) - During Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, there is a night that I look forward to every year.

This night is called Laylat ul-Qadr, which translates as the “Night of Power” or the “Night of Destiny.”

It is the night when Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammed received the first revelation of the Quran. He was in a cave, praying, when he hears the angelic voice of Gabriel speaking to him, bearing him a revelation from God.

CNN's Peter Bergen thinks that this night has symbolic meaning for al Qaeda, and perhaps it does.

Bergen speculated that the holy night might be the reason behind the recent uptick in al Qaeda's activity and the corresponding closure of U.S. embassies in Africa and the Middle East. I remain unconvinced of the causal link that Bergen tries to establish.

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More importantly, such links between Islamic holy days and militancy allow al Qaeda to continue to define what Islam is. For them, Islam is not a religion with spirituality, but is a political movement, where the holiest of days are simply calendar markers to run campaigns.

The Quran asks of believers, “What is Laylat ul-Qadr?” While older translations favored “power” or “destiny,” newer translations of the Quran simply keep qadr.

To me, Laylat ul-Qadr emphasizes the divine wonder and awe that Muslims should feel, and it offers an opportunity, as Ramadan winds down, to commit oneself to the best of intentions and actions.

It reminds us, as believers, that it is a night when God’s power is immanent, and that we can choose our destiny. The one word encapsulates the relationship between Creator and created, and the multiple meanings of the word is part of the deliciousness that I savor.

In that moment when the Quran is revealed, God’s power is made apparent to Prophet Muhammad. We, as Muslims, understand the sanctified and holy nature of Muhammad, to be able to receive this revelation.

We also recognize his humanity, as he reacts with disbelief and awe. As Muslims, we stay up all night in prayer on Laylat ul-Qadr, to recreate that experience of Prophet Muhammad. While we cannot receive revelation, we hope to achieve that proximity to God.

Despite the important nature of this night, there is no consensus as to its exact date.

Tradition holds that it is an odd numbered night during the last ten days of Ramadan. For example, my community of Shiah Muslims – holds that it is the 23rd night of Ramadan.

Other communities will select the 19th or 21st. Some people will stay in prayer every odd numbered date during those ten nights to make sure they honor the occasion.

Because of this lack of specificity, and because of the traditional practices associated with Laylat ul-Qadr, I remain unconvinced of Bergen’s data correlation.

However, it is plausible, as I can imagine al Qaeda saying qadr means “power,” and arrogating the divine attribute for themselves. I am not willing to cede that ground to them.

​There is a beauty and spirituality in Islam that attractions hundreds of million people the world over. When I choose my destiny, al Qaeda will have no part in it, nor in defining my faith.

Hussein Rashid teaches at Hofstra University in the Department of Religion. He is an associate editor at Religion Dispatches, a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations and fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. The views expressed in this column belong to Rashid.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Holidays • Islam • Opinion • Ramadan • Religious violence • Terrorism

soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Turn the other cheek - Jesus

    Muslims, think about this, God said revenge is his, and Jesus said to turn the other cheek. Those make sense, don't they? There are 39 authors in the bible, all saying the same thing about God, yet Mohammud said they all lied... and said to believe them too. Which is it?

    It comes down to one thing, you are believing one man telling you that 39 others over centuries, are all liars. 39 verses 1, which do you think is right?... 39, or 1 ?

    Read the bible, the New Testament is critical... or believe 1 man who says 39 others are liars over centuries. 39 is sane... 1 is ...

    August 7, 2013 at 1:21 am |
    • LinCA

      @Turn the other cheek – Jesus

      You forgot the obvious other possibility. Odds are, your god is just as imaginary as the Tooth Fairy, and it is all bullshit.

      August 7, 2013 at 1:25 am |
    • Hasan

      Many many people also believed, once upon a time, that the Earth was the center of the cosmos, until a few rose to challenge the claim. Their claims were not accepted overnight, rather they were persecuted, called mad-men and defamed by the authorities.
      But the truth wins out at the end.

      August 7, 2013 at 2:00 am |
    • thecrazylifeofcassie

      The Irony in this post is killing me... 39 authors? And how many are original or even existed? How much of the bible has been changed and translated over millenia until its "original" content no longer even exists?

      All of it is nonsense written by primitive men in the desert 2000 years ago and has no place in our modern world.

      August 7, 2013 at 2:11 am |
      • Turn the other cheek - Jesus

        39 authors of the history of one nation over centuries. The history matches both in that nation and around it. Then one man shows up and says everyone lied, but to also believe them... 1 man saying 39 others are liars, but to believe them... except they are supposed to believe him and not them... Mohammud could not make up his mind about what 39 others over centuries recorded.

        39 others were consistent about God.

        Muslims, if you're tired of all the fighting, revenge, killing, hatred... read the New Testament, read the truth.

        August 7, 2013 at 2:39 am |
    • Talkingeth in ye Oldeth toungueth, forsooth.

      39 authors ? What an entirely ignorant comment. You actually think each book had 1 author ?
      Try Bible for Dummies 101.

      August 7, 2013 at 4:41 am |
  2. grecoroman

    everyone who is hating on islam claims to quote this and that from the religious book as if they have a PhD in it.
    wonder if those who hate read their own religious texts as much in detail. (and they only read stuff to criticize/distort/manipulate the actual meaning of the message and never to understand)
    if they did read their own religious texts they'd find a lot in common expect they'd find more faults in their own.

    August 7, 2013 at 1:10 am |
    • grecoroman

      except* they'd

      August 7, 2013 at 1:11 am |
  3. pat

    POTUS says damned be those who disrespect the prophet Ha ha ha...really? The Prophet was a middle aged pedophile that would be thrown in jail in this country! Well, maybe not in California...just sayin! Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

    August 7, 2013 at 12:13 am |
  4. pat

    I have met my enemy...and my enemy is ISLAM! And when POTUS bows down to Islam, which he has, then HE is a Traitor!

    August 7, 2013 at 12:06 am |
    • anchorite

      You are a special kind of lunatic.

      August 7, 2013 at 12:42 am |
    • nick

      go suck on an egg Pat, typical white trash Republican

      August 7, 2013 at 2:23 am |
    • sam stone

      pat, you are insane. consult a mental health professional, or the business end of a 12 gauge

      August 7, 2013 at 5:26 am |
  5. Neither

    Atheists are just as clouded as "religious people". No room for error because their egos take up too much room. This article is about a group of people's beliefs and the political turmoils that have been lining up with them. Leave it at that.

    August 6, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
    • anchorite

      Well, whose ego is bigger than he is now?

      August 7, 2013 at 12:43 am |
  6. Reality

    Once again we come to save 1.3 billion lost Muslims from their Three B Syndrome, i.e. Bred, Born and Brainwashed in Islam but this time reducing the Five Steps for Deprogramming Islam to One Step in order to by-pass most of the language barrier:

    Gabriel never existed!!!!!! No Gabriel, no communiques from heaven and therefore Islam has no foundation!!!

    from Google Translate:
    غابرييل لم تكن موجودة!!!!!! لا غابرييل، لا بالبيانات من السماء، وبالتالي لا يوجد لديه أساس الإسلام

    And of course no Gabriel makes Ramadan a waste of time.

    August 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
    • Reality

      AND THE INFAMOUS ANGELIC CONS CONTINUE TO WREAK STUPIDITY UPON THE WORLD

      Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)

      "Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

      Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

      Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

      Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As do BO and his family)(As do Biden and Ryan)

      The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

      Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

      August 6, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
    • nick

      Typical American Jew

      August 7, 2013 at 2:24 am |
      • Reality

        Au Contraire to all the red necks:

        Putting the kibosh on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

        • 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.

        • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, tinkerbells? etc) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism.

        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. "

        August 7, 2013 at 7:48 am |
  7. Sasha

    What a useless piece of garbage this article is, a pathetic attempt to portray Islam in a positive light while downplaying the connection between the end of Ramadan and attacks on the West. Could we all please stop pretending Islam is a real religion??? PLEASE??????

    August 6, 2013 at 11:35 pm |
    • Michael

      Does this mean that we get to hold the Inquisitions, witch burnings, forced conversions, and countless other acts of terror on Christianity? Wouldn't want there to be a double standard, after all...

      August 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
      • Reality

        Only for the new members of this blog:

        Putting the kibosh on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

        • 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.

        • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, tinkerbells? etc) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism.

        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. "

        August 6, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
        • LOl

          sounds like somebody's a little bitter because they don't have a spiritual bone in their body =)

          August 7, 2013 at 12:30 am |
    • I'm feeling bloated and have a lot is gas.

      Not a real religion? By your standard, no religion is real, then. Especially christianity. Probably one of the worst pyramid schemes ever invented. And there isn't even anything to buy, except for some lousy, filthy work of fiction called the "bible."

      August 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm |
      • pat

        Take BEANO before eating, or listening to ISLAMIC Windbags!

        August 7, 2013 at 12:08 am |
        • nick

          Neech im mak before you read your bible or whatever you practice ya shermuth, you feel me

          August 7, 2013 at 2:26 am |
    • sam stone

      It IS a real religion, Sasha

      Saying otherwise is nonsense

      August 7, 2013 at 5:28 am |
  8. Dyslexic doG

    abject foolishness ...

    August 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
  9. Ichigo

    These are some beautiful pictures. Peace!

    August 6, 2013 at 10:56 pm |
  10. Lycidas

    You worthless atheist idiots all with an extra chromosome (putting it nicely) need to go find a stupid atheist forum to post on. We are sick and tired of you stinking up the belief blog. Get out.

    Thanks.

    -Management.

    August 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      you poor, sad, deluded individual ...

      August 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      The main thrust of the atheist comment is "you claim a god, show us the evidence". So there's the answer. I know when you're Uncouth you say you never claim a god, but why else would the request for evidence or the atheist posts be so upsetting to you, if it didn't challenge your belief in ways that you cannot answer?

      August 7, 2013 at 11:47 am |
  11. paul

    what a nice fairy tale

    August 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
    • LOL!!!

      Drone em all.

      August 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
      • LOL II

        Let's make sure you are there too.

        August 6, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
    • Talkingeth in ye Oldeth toungueth, forsooth.

      Needs more zombies and dragons though, and maybe some hunky gay vampires.

      August 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
  12. Colin

    "It is the night when Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammed received the first revelation of the Quran. He was in a cave, praying, when he hears the angelic voice of Gabriel speaking to him, bearing him a revelation from God."

    Can you believe that Muslims believe this utter horsesh.it. A being, powerful enough to create the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies, whispers the secrets of life, death and morality to an illiterate, violent Arab pedophile iin a cave. The pedophile later rides a magic horsey from Mecca to Jerusalem and back in one night.

    This is every bit as crazy as the garbage Christians believe.

    August 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • OOO

      They even use the same intermediary, Gabriel.

      August 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
    • nick

      Another brainwashed American Jew

      August 7, 2013 at 2:27 am |
  13. Colin

    I am not aware of a Muslim country anywhere in the World where (i) women are equal with men; (ii) non-Muslims enjoy the same rights as Muslims; or (iii) religious freedom and freedom of speach is guaranteed to thCe citizens; (iv) in the top 25 countries in the World in terms of (A) standard of living; (B)low level of political corruption; or (C) education.

    I could be wrong, and would be happy to hear of one, but I am aware of none. It is a repressive, backward, violent and intellectually stultifying religion. Even by the appalling standards of religion, Islam stands out as the worst.

    August 6, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
    • Jalnar

      Do you mean predominantly Muslim country (like the US is predominantly Christian) or offically Muslim country? There are some wealthy officially Muslim countries, but mostly with horrendous civil rights and less well off secular predominantly muslim countries that actually have fairly good civil rights (Turkey, Indonesia). Iran was actually much better for women's rights than outsiders thought...until they passed some idiotic education discrimination policies last year.

      And of course a few really wretched places like Afghanistan and Pakistan that have nothing to offer at all.

      August 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm |
    • Jimmy

      First of all, Nationalism is not part of Islam. These so called muslim countries are not actually practicing Islam as many individuals value their nationality over their religion. All this chaos and confusion is actually predicted in Islam, so your arguments don't prove anything. Furthermore, all those stats are gathered by western countries so there's an obvious bias. Lets break down your assertations. (i) women are equal with men -- Well women aren't equal than men, Women clearly have different hormonal levels than men which give them different physical shapes and behavior. (ii) non-Muslims enjoy the same rights as Muslims; --In western countries, there are various discrepencies in law based on a persons income, social status, ethnicity etc etc every country in the world has these varying laws (iii) religious freedom and freedom of speach is guaranteed to thCe citizens; --- In Islam, religious freedom is given, and no country has absolute freedom of speech, it is illegal in many countries to research the validity of the holocast, this is not freedom of speech. (iv) in the top 25 countries in the World in terms of (A) standard of living; (B)low level of political corruption; or (C) education. -– these stats are taken from western countries so there's major bias

      August 6, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
      • evolvedDNA

        Jimmy.. you missed the point of equality. Women have no equal rights in those countries and it has nothing to do with shape and physical abilities. religion keeps them as second class human beings based on the words of a alien . Women are treated a chattel, and worth less than a man or boy.. pure stoneage thinking. Do you think that a woman has less intellectual abilities than a man?

        August 7, 2013 at 12:20 am |
        • Jimmy

          First of all, I didn't miss the point. He specifically said women are not equal than men in Islamic countries. He did not say women don't have equal rights or justice than men. Second of all, where do you get the idea that women don't have equal rights or justice in Islam? By peoples actions, biased news coverage? If you look at domestic violence in western countries it's primarily men assaulting, raping or abusing women. And this is in wealthy nations. It happens alot but it's not shown in news outlets. In poorer nations it happens more frequently due to lack of enforcement of laws therefore lack of fear of being caught, but the concept is the same, men being aggressive on women. Do you think Islam condones this or is this something that men do against the law? The problem of society is they make harsh judgements on others without giving it some thought. They get their information from these clear politically motivated news outlets and deem that as truth. This is the major problem with this world.

          August 7, 2013 at 12:45 am |
        • Thinker...

          The problem is that theocracies tend towards brutality and oppression. Islam as a religion isn't really that different from Christianity or Hinduism etc. The problem comes when letting a religion run a country.
          An example regarding ra-pe, which you rightly said happens everywhere; in a western secular country a ra-pe claim is investigated forensically and using fair standards. Under some countries’' sharia law, a ra-pe conviction requires either the rapist to confess or for four male witnesses to come forward. If this does not happen and the victim refuses to recant, often both parties are convicted of unlawful se-x and thrown in jail. This is an example of the legal system condoning ra-pe. Also in Islamic theocracies a victim of ra-pe somehow shames her family rather than the rapist shaming his. The view is he couldn't help himself because she must have done something to invite the ra-pe. That is just plain silly; if you can't control your own body you should probably get help. Unfortunately Abrahamic religions tend to foster this view with the concept that humans are inherently bad and must constantly repent/beg forgiveness/etc for their horrible natures. Negative thought begets negative action.

          August 7, 2013 at 11:25 am |
    • nick

      Its because you're an uneducated fool thats why. The media has brainwashed you just like the other millions of idiots that hate Islam. The sad thing is that 9/11 was done by the American govt, your American govt did this to its own people, so how would describe your own American govt after knowing it did a cowardly act on its own people

      August 7, 2013 at 2:29 am |
      • midwest rail

        Naturally, you have proof of your assertions – don't you ?

        August 7, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  14. His panic

    Those who trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son will not Panic. All others will indeed Panic. They will fall victims of anxiety, fear, hysteria and Panic. All of the aforementioned can lead as it has to brawls, riots and stampedes even to wars. However those who trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Son WILL NOT PANIC All others will Panic.

    August 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Talkingeth in ye Oldeth toungueth, forsooth.

      God had lots of sons. I really wish you people would get your story straight.
      Those Who are Led by the Spirit of God; these are the Sons of God. Romans 8:14

      In Hebrew culture, a "son of god" meant he was a righteous man. It wasn't until decades after Jebus lived that the Christians cooked that one up. In Hebrew culture a "divine" being was not necessarily a god, and CERTAINLY was not equal to the war god, (Yahweh).

      August 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
      • Thinker...

        Living in a polytheistic society whith plenty of stories of Heroes (literal sons of gods) tends to warp such concepts. It is amazing how many polytheistic trappings ended up in a religion that stresses monotheism. The seraphim and cherubim for example. The war with lucifer. An omnipotent being has no need to create messengers or the like since it is OMNIPOTENT and can be everywhere at once. Nor could anything wage war against such a being. THese sorts of stories show up all the time in polytheistic religions though.

        August 7, 2013 at 11:32 am |
      • His panic

        I think that you are in a state of anxiety. If you really trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son you would not be.

        August 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
  15. Layla

    If Mr. Rashid doesn't want Muslims to be associated with Al Qaeda, perhaps the Muslim world should do more to get rid of them. Until then, like it or not, they're going to be linked in the Western World.

    August 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Thinker...

      How should they go about doing this? The countries with the worst terrorism problems also are fairly poor to desti-tute, are tribal societies, and have massive corruption problems. When the populace can't trust the security forces, either because of corruption or tribal differences, a power vacuume is left that the terrorists move in and fill. The USA has home grown nuts like the neo-nazis and KKK but for the most part these groups have very little to no power because the citizenry feel empowered by the knowledge that the police will help.

      August 7, 2013 at 11:39 am |
  16. I Comment Using Oxymorons

    Intelligent atheist.

    August 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • Just the Facts Ma'am...

      Can I play?

      Here you go...

      Clever Christian

      Brilliant Baptist

      Astute Mormon

      Trustworthy Catholic

      Quick witted Protestant

      Muslim Suffragette

      August 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • Talkingeth in ye Oldeth toungueth, forsooth.

      So do I.
      Reasonable faith.

      August 6, 2013 at 10:17 pm |
  17. niknak

    Of all the religions, islam is the absolute worst.
    They are all bad, and xtianity did its share of nasty things, but what happens to people, especially woman, in Islamic countries is beyond horrible.
    I have been to 5 muslim run countries, and they all suck.
    That religion is totally incompatible with a modern world. Maybe it was fine for the stone age, but not today.

    Which is a shame because there is some great artists, musicians and food from that region.

    August 6, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • hee hee

      Which religion is the worst depends on the century and country.

      August 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • Just the Facts Ma'am...

      My sister married a Jordanian muslim and he seems fairly nice, but I would have to call him a reluctant chauvanist. It is like he wants to treat my sister with respect and love but his religion forces him to put his foot down and do what he wants instead of listening to her because when she suggests something he can only see it as a challenge to his authority and when I point this out he back peddles into "It is not what I want but what Allah wants, and he made me head of my family whether I or you like it or not." I think he is not quite as harsh about it as he could be because he was pretty young when his family moved him to the states and he seems to have a good relationship with his mother, but it still feels so wrong in this age of equaility to put my sister "in her place" as it were. Other than the reluctant chauvanism I don't think you could tell them apart from any other American family though.

      August 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
      • niknak

        My sister married a guy from Morocco, which is or was kinda like Turkey in that it was islam light.
        Secular run country, but run by muslims.
        He too seemed nice, until they got married.
        They had a kid, and then he turned into a huge a hole. Got to the point my sister had to have him locked out using a restraining order.
        Luckily, they were living in Paris at the time, and they won't let a spouse bring a child out of the country without getting permission from the other spouse. He tried to get the boy out, but failed, and then tore up all the furniture in the apartment, wrecked the car and went back to Morocco.
        My sister is now a single parent and is always fearful he will return to harm them.

        Just watch, countries like Turkey will go hard line too and turn into a sht hole like all the others.

        All the Islamic countries will fold and collapse. I just hope they don't take the rest of us down with them.

        August 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
        • Jalnar

          Let's see what happens in Egypt which may either be taking a step back from the brink or headed for chaos.

          August 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
    • Jalnar

      They're often pretty outdated, but still usually in most forms better than, say, the Westboro Baptist church and its ilk or the versions of Hinduism that still enforce caste discrimination...or any religion with human sacrifice. Worst is a pretty dramatic term.

      August 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
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    August 6, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
  19. Cults give me gas

    A useless cult that was founded on other useless cults that were proved to be fiction... lol

    I really can't stand the sand.

    August 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
  20. angelic voices then and now

    .....while hiding in a cave, he [Muhammed] heard the angelic voice of Gabriel, ya like in Tora Bora, Osama bin Laden heard the angelic voices too!!, angelic voices of Apache helicopters.

    August 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • hee hee

      What's the point of this comment, if not to say that all Muslims are like bin Laden and deserve his fate? Whatever disagreements you might have with the religion, you need to get out and meet some actual Muslims. It might reduce your thirst for blood.

      August 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
      • angelic voices then and now

        well you like it or not but your buddy Osama changed your muslim world once and for all; show me one non-muslim country where muslims are considered a respectable community. since 911, hee hee hee.

        August 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • Talkingeth in ye Oldeth toungueth, forsooth.

      People who listen to the messengers of the god El, (Gabri-el, among others) in caves, are psychotic.
      There is no evidence the Qur'an existed as early they say it did. Many of the surahs as plagiarized from already known Arabic poetry. Read the "Satanic Verses". No wonder they got so upset.

      August 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        There is no evidence to support the supernatural aspects of any religion. In other words, it's all bullsh!t.

        August 7, 2013 at 1:33 am |
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