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September 11th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Opinion: American Muslims live in fear 11 years after 9/11

Editor's Note: Sumbul Ali-Karamali is the author of The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing, and Growing up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam. She is on the steering committee of Women in Islamic Spirituality and Equality and is a member of the Muslim Women’s Global Shura Council, both of which aim to promote women’s rights and human rights from an Islamic perspective.

By Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Special to CNN

(CNN) - My father always told me never to talk about religion, politics, or other people’s children. He was part of a generation of American Muslims who wanted to stay quiet and assimilate into American life and not rock the boat. Growing up in Southern California, I tried to follow his advice.

But after 9/11, I found that I, along with other American Muslims,  have had little choice but to talk about religion.

Although countless Muslims have condemned the acts of 9/11 in the United States and worldwide, American Muslims became objects of suspicion.

The 9/11 terrorists broke numerous laws of Islam and were denounced as mass murderers by Islamic religious leaders.  Even so, Islam is viewed as a religion preaching violence.

In the aftermath, amidst the fear and anger, many American Muslims realized that the reason Americans were so quick to believe the worst about Muslims after the horrific attacks of 9/11 was that Americans knew little about even the most basic tenets of Islam.

And we realized that if we didn’t explain our beliefs and traditions, then other people would write our stories for us.

Despite our efforts, that’s exactly what has happened.

Although 9/11 did compel some Americans to learn more about Islam, it also triggered a wave of anti-Islam feeling that has burgeoned.  And though there have been interfaith initiatives, books on Islam, documentaries, education efforts, and shows like "All-American Muslim," polls show that Americans’ negative views of Islam have increased since 9/11, not decreased.

Such trends cannot help but discourage even the most optimistic of American Muslims; many of us are more fearful now than a decade ago, and entire Muslim communities feel besieged.

Anti-mosque incidents have escalated in recent years. Earlier this summer, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri, burned to the ground. Last year, Roger Stockham was arrested with explosives outside the Islamic Center in Dearborn, Michigan. An arson fire seriously damaged a mosque in Wichita, Kansas, last year. And incidents of mosque vandalism have become more common.

Hate groups have been on the rise, too; one of the most horrific hate crimes was the murder of Shaima Alawadi, a young mother who had received anonymous notes calling her a terrorist.

Almost every Islamic studies professor or speaker I personally know - whether they are Muslim or not - receives hate mail and sometimes death threats.

How has this happened in our country? There are many reasons. It is not simply a lack of information about American Muslims, but also misinformation and, in many cases, outright fabrications about what Islam entails and what Muslims believe. An example of one of the most ridiculous is the assertion that Muslims cannot abide dogs; we are so evil, apparently, that man’s best friend is our enemy. (See Muslims with Dogs, a website that flippantly dispels this nonsense.)

The Center for American Progress issued a report in 2011 which documented a small but extremely well-funded network of anti-Islam fear-mongers who have worked diligently to spread misinformation about Islam. Directly or indirectly, these fear-mongers fomented the “ground zero mosque” hysteria, promoted the film “The Third Jihad,” which the New York Police Department showed as a training video - and was strongly criticized for doing so - and have been responsible for Islamophobic advertisements on public buses all over the country.

This anti-Islam rhetoric has been connected to violence, too: Anders Breivik, who murdered more than 70 people in Norway, cited anti-Islam bloggers numerous times in his manifesto, in which his stance against “Islamization” was a clear theme.

It’s not just a lack of information on Islam that American Muslims have had to battle, it is an increasing body of vitriolic myths and tall tales about Islam and Muslims that we continually have to explain or dismiss.

Particularly frightening is the eagerness with which public figures and political officials have leapt onto the Islamophobia bandwagon. Peter King’s “Muslim radicalization” hearings,  Michele Bachmann’s baseless accusations of public officials being linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, and the NYPD’s long-term spying on Muslim communities (which produced no leads) are just several examples of the increasing demonization of every Muslim and, increasingly, the entire religion of Islam.

Rising anti-Islamic sentiment in America troubles Muslims

Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, and Muslims comprise more than one-fifth of the world’s population. No religion can flourish for 1,400 years  without being flexible and adaptable.

The defamatory rhetoric directed at Muslims and Islam in this country has little to do with the actual religion or its adherents and everything to do with fear of the Other.

For American Muslims, the past decade has been tumultuous. We have emerged from private life to public life, into the public sphere in an effort to aid understanding between the communities of our multicultural country.

We do it not only for ourselves, but because irrational fear of Islam and Muslims is bad for all Americans: it frays the social fabric of our society; it creates divisions between Americans; it affects the health of our democracy; and it affects the wisdom of our policy choices.

In the last decade, I have encountered numerous Americans who understand this and who, despite the fear-mongers, have made remarkable efforts to connect with Muslims.

Recently, I spoke at a Jewish temple as part of their educational series.  They broke into spontaneous applause during my talk on Islam and women,  and gave me a standing ovation at the end.

They were one of the many moving examples of generosity and openness I have encountered in the past decade. And that, despite the discouragement and fear, is what gives me hope for the future.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Sumbul Ali-Karamali.

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  1. Jon Leyden

    14th century Byzantine emperor as saying: Islam had only brought evil to the world and that it was spread by the sword. Well guess what!

    April 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TheLastJessica

    This is great. For the muslim men. They deserve to live in fear, they're terrorists. They killed thousands of people that day. But I feel sorry for all the muslim women out there... Getting beaten every day... Poor women...

    February 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enlighten

      I am a muslim man and I am am not a terrorist; where do you get your information?

      February 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
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  4. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Dear joeymarine...
    I am a Muslim... Got all your messages... just wondering do you have any problems with Muslims?

    October 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
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  7. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Dear Richard the Lionheart....
    Well 2-191 has been already clarified few days back... looks like you were not following up...
    Read 2-190 before you read 2-191...Taking text out of context is misleading... if you still need help then let me know... Read 3-55 before 3-56... it's regarding Christ... that shows how ignorant and careless you are.... YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW THE SUBJECT MATTER...
    It's easy to blame...without knowing the facts about a certain religion...
    I can guide a horse to the river but can't make it drink....
    Just don't jump to conclusions... By the way no one cares about what you think about Islam...

    September 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jihadjoe

      Hi there...hey can you plese tell me if it's ok to build a catholic church in Iran next to a mosque? Can you tell me why sharia law condones the brutalities against so many women? Why does it seem like a muslims favorite pastime is staging violent protests and acting like animals when they are put in front of a cnn camera?? and what in the world is up with setting everything on fire? Flags, tires, automobiles, PEOPLE???...and on the subject of violent protests, Why O' Why do muslims stand out in the streets jumping up and down with AK-47's in their hands ,... always, always, always, chanting "Death to this person, or Deat to that one"???? even if the person they are protesting against didn't kill anyone, or even really commit a crime? and Islam and the muslim majority are peaceful? Pleaturn on your local news and watch for 5 minutes...you will see who the violent ones are..and if these radical muslims are mis interpreting the koran, then someone needs to rewrite it so it they can understand it properly and not go round killing everything..

      October 13, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Jihadjoe....
        I like your questions... There are very good questions... I want to give a good response too... so please wait for my response... Thanks... By the way how come your question is not seen on the blog... just curious...

        October 13, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Jihadjoe...
        Q: Can you please tell me if it's ok to build a catholic church in Iran next to a mosque?
        A: It was ok till King Shah of Iran was there... he was a Muslim... But now it is not allowed after ‘Shariya’ law was implemented... Yes you can build in Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordon etc...
        Q: Can you tell me why Sharia law condones the brutalities against so many women?
        A: Misuse of Shariya Law by few bad rulers influenced by few rich in that country condones the brutalities against so many women... Taliban tops the list... It’s a misuse of Shariya Law by few bad rulers... I don’t agree with that at all... it’s not Islam...
        Q: Why does it seem like a Muslims favorite pastime is staging violent.../// ....you will see who the violent ones are...?
        A: As you said they are “Radical”... Islam doesn’t support that... I hate them too...
        Q: if these radical Muslims are misinterpreting the Koran, then someone needs to rewrite it so it they can understand it properly and not go round killing everything...
        A: There is nothing wrong with Quran... otherwise every Muslim would have been misguided... to understand this... take an example of simple fire... can burn the house or can cook your food or give you heat in winter... it’s the misuse of a gift from God... These radical Muslims or Christians or any other religion are curse to humanity in the name of religion....

        October 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scottie41

    To Nasrullah Mohammed

    Agree with you that there are not 100,000 terrorists in Indonesia, or Malaysia for that matter, and I did not suggest there was. The Indonesian terrorists probably number in the hundreds. The muslims who killed the Ahmadiyya and the three christian schoolgirls were not terrorists. They were nutcase muslims, and my Indonesian muslim friends despised them.

    BTW I made no comment about Islam noit being a religion of peace.

    September 28, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear Scottie41... Thank you sir... my mistake... I apoligize... Really appreciate the correction...Thanks again...

      September 28, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottie41

      I should also add that we met many really nice, good hearted, honest, caring muslim people who I believe would never hurt anyone. My wife and I (me a white Presbyterian and my wife a Filipino Catholic), were treated well and never treated badly. We never discussed religion with Indonesians, except with my H&S manager – a very gentle very devout muslim. He has family in the US so he is comfortable with non muslims.

      September 28, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. ytuque

    The writer describes the killing of Shaima Alawadi as a hate crime, but she neglects to mention the Alawadi family are the prime suspects.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear ytuque... If you think she neglects to mention the Alawadi family are the prime suspects then she is doing a mistake... No arguements... But we should concentrate on bigger picture and stop fighting among us... If we join together to fight the main crime then we can defeat them... Thanks...
      ...

      The writer describes the killing of Shaima Alawadi as a hate crime, but

      September 28, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Scottie41

    I lived and worked in Indonesia for 8 yrs in Java and Sulawesi. I also visited Ankara, Ismir, Istanbul and Bodrum in Turkey and Kuala Lumpor in Malaysia. They are considered to be the moderate mulim nations. However that is changing! All three are quickly becoming much less tolerant of non muslims and muslim sects. A couple of years ago an Indonesian muslim mob corraled a group of amadiyya muslims and killed all of them in broad daylight, all of which was caught on camera. Was anyone put in prison – no! In Jakarta Indonesia Christians are not allowed to build a church. They must pray in the ballroom or an ante room of a hotel. (I know that there are Catholic and other Christian churches in Jakarta)

    I was in Jakarta when the Marriot hotel was bombed (twice) and also the Australian embassy. There was genuine grief from some ordinary muslims, but the big four muslim political parties did not condem these acts of violence. Neither did the Indonesian parliment, so I was not surprised when the US embassy in Kakarta was attacked last week.

    If Ms Sumbul Ali-Karamali wishes non muslims to respect Islam and muslims, a good place for her to start would be by denouncing the way muslim countries treat non muslims, and doing something to help the non muslim women in these countries.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sam

    If Imams are responsible for misinformation about Islam, then how is tat they are still regarded as the teachers? How one becomes an Imam? Any training; if si who monitors those schools? Another thing: was there any movement to revitalize Islam with changing times like other religions did?

    September 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear Sam,
      You missed the train man...
      First of all you need to understand that these Imams are not the regular Imams you see every day... These guys are hiding in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yamen and few other places... For example Bin Ladin was a Imam too ran away from Saudi Arabia...

      These are self proclaimed Imams in hiding and planning against all non Muslims... their main goal is to disrupt regular life of all the guys including Muslims who don't support them... So they kill their own people with suicide bombing... Bottom line all these guys are far far away from Islam... Taliban is one of them... Thanks...

      September 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        I always thought that Imams are the preachers in the Mosques, and teachers of religion to children. If children are taught by such people what do we expect other than the terrorists? As I see it, the education must be wholistic, not just studying of Quran only.

        September 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Sam...
        Calm down... you missed it again... There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world... if the system would have been incorrect then all 1.6 billion would have been terrorists... So that's not the case...
        In few poor Muslim countries like Afghanistan and villages around borders of Pakistan and Yamen, Nigeria etc there are no schools or Masjids(mosques)... So these self proclaimed hate monger Imams take refugee and hide in these places...
        There main aim is to spread hate by whatever means to achieve their goal...
        That's why drone attacks has been successful...
        There are 205 million Muslims in Indonesia... we don't see terrorism there... because Quran is tought there in all schools.
        But in Pakistan... there are 178 million Muslims... assume 0.001% are terrorist = 178,000 which is way way big number than reallity... why because there are few areas as I said above... where Quran is not tought...
        There are 177 million Muslims in India... we don't see terrorism there because Quran is tought in all homes...
        There are 149 million Muslims in Bangla Desh... we don't see terrorism there because Quran is tought in all homes...
        There are 80 million Muslims in Egypt... we don't see terrorism there because Quran is tought in all homes... and so on...
        So the present system is perfect except few areas as I mentioned above...Hope you got it correctly this time... Thanks...

        September 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Truth

        CNN please be right and do not post on dicussion preferential comments from your staff.

        September 27, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Truth... As you know "Truth is bitter"... by the way thank you sir take care...

        September 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Egyptian Agnostic

        Nasrullah,
        Are you ready to take my challenge to prove that Islam is NOT a religion of peace? I will use nothing but Quran and Hadith

        September 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Egyptian Agnostic... Did you get my response which I just sent to you... for some reason it did not show on my blog... I don't know what's going on... Please confirm... Thanks...

        September 28, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Egyptian Agnostic

        No I did not

        September 28, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Egyptian Agnostic... Did you get my yesterday's response...

        September 28, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Egyptian Agnostic... Did you get my previous response or not... please confirm ...Thanks...

        September 28, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Egyptian Agnostic

        I didn't get any....

        September 28, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Egyptian Agnostic... OK... Let's try one more time...
        First of all if you think Islam is not a peaceful religion then please goahead and prove it.... why do you need my permission... In fact you can put it on web site or contact any TV station and get interviewed... If you get a chance on TV interview then you can ask them to set up a live broadcast challege... Don't you think that will be very DRAMATIC... I would love to do that...
        So whatever you think is best for you, please do it... Let's see how much you know about Quran... Do you know why..
        1) There are 114 chapters in Quran...
        2) What do you know about .... 2-1 (Chapter 2- Verse 1)
        Hope you will receive this email... Thanks, Take care...

        September 28, 2012 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Egyptian Agnostic

        What do you think are the chances for a King to submit to such brief defying messages? Do you think that those leaders got a fair chance to accept the newly born religion? Here are some questions that came to my mind when I tried to put myself in their place:

        What did they know previously about Islam or the prophet before this brief message. The answer is nothing. How much time did it take you to read the entire Quran and understand it knowing that Arabic is your mother tongue? Don’t you think, the least is to send with the messenger a copy of the Quran/Hadiths translated in their language and give them enough time to read and meditate before even mentioning the war/jizyah options? You might tell me, but the Quran was not translated at that time, it was not even fully compiled. That is even worse! Threatening a whole nation with war while you cannot even provide a single copy of the new religion teachings in their language or even in yours! What do you think if Umar Ebn El Khattab was one of those leaders. How his reaction would be? Remember that Umar was called by the prophet “Al Farouk” for his extraordinary sense to differentiate between right and wrong. Do you know that it took him 6 years to accept Islam and during that period he was one of the Islam worst enemies? Yes, 6 years, coming from the same tribe as the prophet, living with him in the same city. How can we expect from those kings to just accept it through a message of 2 sentences from a total stranger to them and that contains mainly threatening? It seems to me that the effort to avoid the war was left entirely on the non Muslim side. I do believe that the Muslim side if sincerely wanted to avoid the war would have done a much better job to convince the other side by providing more information and more time. While saving the individuals of those nations was claimed to be the ultimate goal, they practically became the fuel for those wars and thousands of them died without even knowing anything about Islam.

        September 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Egyptian Agnostic

        Hi Nasrullah,
        This site sucks, not all the comments are showing. If you would like I can send you the full uninterrupted comment to your email. Would you send it to me?
        Thanks

        September 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Egyptian Agnostic... Sir, my apology for the delay in getting back to you... I came late from Friday prayers and was responding to Mr. Lionsheart... Sorry...
        I just glanced through all your emails... Please don't send any Arabic material... let's stay strictly with Englsh only...
        Please note that the purpose of this blog is to share and clarify few misunderstandings out there... To make it interesting for all guys on this blog we need to be very specific in our approach... I defend Islam and Quran that's my goal on this blog... Any deviation... I am not interested...
        So please let me know... Why do you think Islam is NOT a peaceful religion...?
        Also please respond to my two simple questions...
        1) Why there are 114 chapters in Quran...
        2) What do you know about .... 2-1 (Chapter 2- Verse 1)...
        Please let's make it simple and interesting discussion...
        Please refer all your questions to Quran only... So that all guys on this blog can follow... Regards...

        September 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Egyptian Agnostic

        You don't have the right to dictate what I should/shouldn't use as sources for my speech and the least thing I would be interested to know is why the quran has 114 chapters or any number, what I care about is the violence that fills it and those non sense letters at the beginning of some chapters most scholars agreed they have no interpretation for sir....keep spreading your fairy tales about Islam the religion of peace, Muslims allover the world are proving you wrong everyday, and the more the time passes the less you will be able to convince anybody with you stories, by the way you are very active on this site....do you do that for living?

        September 29, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Egyptian Agnostic...
        RELAX... COOL DOWN... AND READ BELOW...
        I am an engineer... I am active on this blog because I defend Islam...
        Quran is my source of reference... Many people misquote Quran and I just clarify to help them understand better...
        I was not dictating... I was suggesting... we can agree to disagree... so what's the big deal...
        So 114 chapters in Quran and Verse 2-1... Is just nonsense for you... great...?
        What you think is nonsense is very important knowledge...
        If you don't get the fundamentals of the book then how do you think you can talk about the book...?

        September 29, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Egyptian Agnostic

        i am relaxed Nasrullah, I just don't see the point of discussing the "magical" 114 number or the "magical" few letters that starts the chapters, they don't change the fact that Muhammad and his successors have waged bloody wars to impose their faith, read history and the justification for the aggression from Quran and Hadith. If you are not talking about that you either do not know them or you chose to hide them to fool people....that might work for sometime but not forever....bye

        September 29, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Egyptian Agnostic... did you get my respone... as it doesn't show on the blog... thanks...

        September 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Egyptian Agnostic

        no and I am not interested since you are insisting on talking about magic, I do not buy this kind of things

        September 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear all...
        Looks like this blog is going to close soon...
        It is very important for me to apologize anyone out there I would have hurt unintentionally or intentionally.
        We had hell of a discussion... I liked it...
        What I noticed is... we all wanted peace... but we were arguing and blaming each other...
        I think we all need to grow above all feelings, religions, believes and act like human first...
        I saw lot of hate out there... did not understand why... we don’t even know each other...
        If I can say to all I would say only one thing...
        Let’s forgive the past and work together for a better future... no one is perfect...
        We need to end this process hear and give our new generation a chance to live in peace...
        After all... 100 years from now ...we are all history...
        Thanks and regards...

        September 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scottie41

        You say there is no terrorism in Indonesia. Since 1998 when Suharto was forced to step down, the country has increasing become less tolerant of non muslims. There have been bombings by muslim extremists in Bali (twice) which is 90% Hindu, Jakarta (Marriott twice, Australian embassy, and a small restaurant in Jakarta to name a few). Also in Poso Sulawesi, three christian schoolgirls were beheaded on their way to school.

        I am not suggesting Indonesia is another Pakistan, it most certainly is not. However, it is a fact that it is becoming less tolerant of non muslims, and I believe the reason is the money and influence coming from Saudi Arabia.

        September 28, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Scottie41... I am with you 100% and you are not alone... that's what I am saying... You and me should fight together against these terroriest groups... There is no fight between us... I live in San Diego... I can give my phone number... Call me or any Muslim he will join you to say against these murderers... But never say Islam is not a religion of Peace... If you say that then we need to resolve that first... Say these terroriest are not following their own religion... Because no religion in the world says kill innocent people... No religion in the world is against humanity... Only misguided few are certainly against humanity...
        There are 205 million Muslims in Indonesia... if look at the percentage of terrorist it is not even0.0005%(that is=102,500)
        But there are no 102,500 terroriest in Indinesia... Looking at the percentage you can say there is no terrorism in Indonesia... That's what I was talking about...

        September 28, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Loren

    When the author states "The 9/11 terrorists broke numerous laws of Islam and were denounced as mass murderers by Islamic religious leaders", the first part of her statement may be true, but she is delusional if she believes the second. While there may have been a handful of Islamic religious leaders who denounced them, they were drowned out by the overwhelming chorus of religious, political and other leaders of the Moslem world that celebrated the terrorism and other acts of terrorism since to give any credence to her claim of denouncement.

    As the past decades have repeatedly shown, followers of Islam have shown no compunction in the use of violence against those who don't follow their faith. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it must be a duck. The denial of this reality will not change the facts of this history: too many followers of Islam have used violence for it to be merely a dangerous few. And to say that Christians have engaged in this behavior in the past is beside the point, no Christian nation condones such behavior and have sacrificed the lives of their sons and daughters to stop this violence, witness Kosovo and Bosnia. Where are Moslems doing the same to stop violence against Christians or followers of other faiths? Iran? Pakistan? Nigeria? Kenya? Ethiopia? Pakistan? Syria?

    Until every religious, political and economic leader of the Islamic faith condemns and takes action to prevent the continued violence perpetrated and perpetuated in the name of Islam, the world has no reason to believe that Islam is a religion of peace.

    September 27, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear Loren,
      I see your point... Muslims should show patience... instead getting offended... But your statement would have been better with a touch of humanity and care...
      Thank you...

      September 27, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
      • forreal89

        Your responses are well written. AS an American, I am offended that 9/11 is overshadowed by Muslims living in fear. Frankly I do not care. ANy Muslim worried about his own safety should leave the country. You people go around and try to validate your existence in the USA which I view as arrogant and a potential threat. It is amazing how arrogant you people can be. Muslims hate America and do not respect the country yet they beg for us to understand how we need to accept you and honor everything you do. You come from a line of maniacs and I hate seeing you people in our country.

        October 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear forreal89,
        I am a Muslim and I don't live in fear. I am sure there are many like me...
        Yes, I see your point... I agree too... But don't you think your argument holds good for anybody... regardless Muslims or non Muslims should leave any country they don't respect... America or Saudi Arabia...
        There are many non Muslim Americans and many othersfrom all over the world work in Saudi Arabia... I heard few of them speaking bad about Islam and Arabs...
        So my point is... if you travel to any part of the world, you will always find ungrateful and grateful people...
        For that matter in our own families there are few brothers and sisters...who talk bad about their parents...
        Bottom Line is this... your comment is true but generalizing everybody into same category is wrong... Thanks ...

        October 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rox

      Loren, You hit it right on point. Until the few American Muslim ALL stand up and condemn the many violent acts, we can never view Islam as a peaceful religion.

      September 27, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Rox... I agree... we all should stand up against all violent acts... It's not about any religion anymore... it's about America setting an example to rest of the world to grow more unity and love... Humanity First Religion Next...

        September 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      Loren, Muslim leaders did immediately and vociferously denounce - and continue denouncing - acts of terror. You, in your insular shell and cherishing your bigotry, have simply chosen not to listen.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      There are been NUMEROUS Islamic leaders who have been condemning the violence you speak of. Just because you're not listening doesn't mean it's not going on. The only thing worse than ignorance is the illusion of knowledge, which in your case appears to be very true.

      September 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Dear mugwump... Love is God... God is love... but you need a beautiful heart with lot of love for others to 'Feel' God...
    Your inability to feel or see something doesn't mean He or it doesn't exist... Thank you...

    September 27, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Dear mugwump... When you die you will know where the God is... OK... Thanks... nice talking to you Baby... go to bed..

    September 27, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Born here

    That`s a wierd extension of logic and a big reach....are you always this impulsive and do you always plunge ?

    September 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Born here

    God fearing Christians live in fear of Judgement Day. Jews live in fear of Iran with nukes. Muslim women live in fear of
    murder by male family members. Muslim men live in fear of drones and discovery by US troops and the FBI. I am not empathetic. The world turns, life goes on.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Mr. JackJumba.... you asked a very reasonable and a legitimate question.... now it's my duty to respond to you... So please wait for my response... please be patient...
    By the way... I really appreciate you for sending me that link... you really did me a big favor... Thanks...

    September 26, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  18. Jean

    So do some Christians! This used to be a predominately Christian country and now look at it. A country where Muslims have more protection than Christians. That tells me one thing, the Bible is all true!

    September 26, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      As neither a Christian, Muslim or Jew, it seems to me that the only people being persecuted here are Muslims. To any objective observer it is the Christians that are a threat to their fellow citizens.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear Jean... Why and what makes you think that Muslims have more protection than Christians... Just curious... Thanks...

      September 27, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  19. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Dear the shower... I am not sure you whether you are serious or making fun of Islam... Anyway...
    No... THAT'S NOT CORRECT... THERE IS NO SUCH BELIEF...
    Now if you are making fun... then it's not funny at all...
    By the way... Cleanliness is half the faith in Islam.. we give three showers to a man and five showers to a woman before they are burried... unless he is a Shaheed...

    September 26, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  20. Sana

    In all political parties, there are good people and not so good people.
    In all religions, there are good people and not so good people.
    In all nationalities, there are good people and not so good people.
    In all communities, there are good people and not so good people.
    In all families, there are good people and not so good people.
    In all internet comment sections, there are good people and not so good people. What if everyone seeks after truth,light and knowledge and stops TAKING offense rather than giving it.
    N. Mohammad, I appreciate your patience and have been much enlightened by your thoughts and insights. This article has made me feel more connected and focused on the common values I hold sacred and dear with those of Islam. It doesn't mean I will convert or sympathize with the terrorists or murderers ANYWHERE of ANY religion or of ANY culture, it just has built a better understanding of peaceful people trying to live the American dream, in their own way.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear Sana.... Thank you and I really appreciate it... it's not important to convert anybody to any other religion.... But what is more important is to create humanity in a society that we all live and die every day ...that should matter the most... After all... Religion and Faith are personal Believes... should not be discussed and should not be disrespected...
      Thanks again...

      September 26, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Carol Whitworth

        After 9/11, I expected Muslims around the world, especially the American Muslim community, to respond
        with dismay to the attacks. There was silence. Sure, there were some talking-head editorials on TV,
        and a few insisted that Islam was a religion of peace. But where was the cry from Muslim leaders in
        America that that the terrorism is wrong? My daughter, then 10 years old, thought that meant
        Muslims felt that the attackers were not wrong, in the Koran-ical sense.... and it's best to keep
        quiet about THAT. If there had been a surge of protest from the Muslim community, I could have
        argued with her. I still don't know what to think.
        I still do not know what to think.

        September 26, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Carol Whitworth... Always think good... untill they prove themselves wrong... otherwise they will prove you wrong... Please don't argue with your daughter... she is grown enough to understand what it is... Thank you Sir...

        September 27, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
      • MarkinFL

        There was a denunciation by that majority moderate Muslims. But that was not newsworthy and no one really wanted to pay attention to it. For a Muslim to get press they have to blow up something. My favorite neighbors at the time were a Muslim family and they were absolutely appalled and to me seemed equally upset by 9/11.

        September 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  21. CITY

    I for one am opting for natural disaster to end this world or alien take over..

    September 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Leonardo

    A real genius huh? How many of the last 20 terrorist attacks were from someone affiliated with the Muslim religion?

    September 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Go ahead and list the last 20 terrorist attacks and tell me what religion the person carrying out the attack is. You don't even know, you just stated whatever came to your small mind. Just in the last year there have been three mass shootings in the U.S. alone and every single one was conducted by a white non-Muslim male. You only proved my point about many of the people on this board making ridiculous, uninformed, ignorant comments. I'll say it again....get some facts then come back.

      September 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mel

    After reading extensively regarding Muhammad, his life and his claim to fame: It appears that this man was merely a false prophet and unfortunately people are following the lunatic... Simple 5th grade reading comprehension is all it takes people. Guess they still believe the world is flat...Wow..

    September 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      Wow, Mel, that is some comment. Just what did you read "extensively" to come to such profound conclusions? The Sunday comics? Or some delusional website, like that of Pam Geller or Robert Spencer? You certainly didn't read any serious or scholarly concerning the Prophet.

      September 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Egyptian Agnostic

        Hi wjshelton,
        I am Egyptian, and I have read the Quran and Hadith in arabic (the language of Quran and my mother tongue) I would be glad to share with you my knowledge if you would like

        September 27, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • jfairweather

      It looks like you have not read enough. If you want a concise picture of Muhammad, refer to Jesus' reference to the spirit of truth. Muhammad insisted that he was a Messenger of God and not the source of His own revelation, which is exactly what is described by Jesus. It is interesting to note that the individual in this passage described by Jesus (yes, an individual – Jesus used the male personal pronoun "he" and "his" a total of nine times in the passage) is referred to as the Spirit, considering that when Muhammad referred directly to Jesus, He referred to Him as the Spirit. Any prophet who appears is called false by the followers of the prophet who preceded him. Please remember that Jesus is seen as a false prophet by followers of an earlier dispensation.

      September 26, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  24. Greg

    Dear Sumbul Ali-Karamali,

    Muslims will continue to live in fear because of all the recent events that are happening. The film that has apparently erupted a jihad, has created even more of a reason for Muslims to be living in fear. So until Muslims stop declaring war on every little thing that has to do with their religion Muslims here in the US will always live in fear.
    So if you want to stop Muslims living in fear here in the states stop the insanity in the middle east.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear Greg... Honestly I don't think anyone is living in fear... that's not true... so please take that topic of the table.... "insanity in the middle east" ...well actually you can say it goes beyong Middle East...
      I think we all should learn how to ignore few things in our real life then everything will be OK...

      September 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Dear aviator... I saw the vidro you posted... thank you for that... as a Muslim I can tell you that's not Islam... these guys are shame to Islam... but the point is 5 or 6 guys shouting like mad guys doesn't represent Islam... you should understand that... see beyond these few crazy guys... As much as you are disgusted... me as a Muslim... I am more disgusted with this kind of Muslims... they are the real problem for Islam... I am sure all these guys are in jail or left the country... my problem is when people start thinking that they represent Islam... they don't... they are crazy few people happen to be Muslims... SHOULD BE DEPORTED... AND IGNORED...
    Now blaming Islam and each other Muslim for the action of few crazy Muslims is not correct... that must stop...

    September 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leonardo

      How many terrorist attacks throughout the world in the name of Islam is it going to take? There have been several RACIAL attacks in the name of Islam so don't act like this is a fluke.

      September 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Leonardo... stop attacking and counting incidents...
        Second thing I never said this a fluke... I said as you can see only 5 or 6 guys shouting like mad guys... do you really take these guys seriously... don't you see that they are crazy... you should learn to ignore few things in life to achieve bigger goals...

        September 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • aviator

      Dear Nasrullah, I admire your perseverance in defending Islam in this form! Unfortunately, you may eventually run out of excuses to explain the actions of some misguided persons belonging to Islamic community, as per your logic. The fact remains that majority of followers of Islam have one point agenda, whether sanctioned by their religion or not – world hegemony at any cost; that is the fact whether you like it or not.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear aviator, I admire your perseverance too but unfortunately, you may eventually run out of excuses to prove me wrong...
        Islam has no such point or agenda called "world hegemony – at any cost".... that is the fact whether you like it or not.
        Now here is the truth... Read Chapter 109... it's a small chapter with small 6 verses only...
        It clearly says to tell... ... All Non-Muslims that...
        "Neither You(Non Muslims) are going to pray to whom I (a Muslim) pray...
        Nor I am going to pray to whom You pray...
        So You be on your religion and let Me be on my religion...
        Please refer it on line and let me know... appreciate it... Because this is a classic example how terrorist mislead ignorant Muslims... Thanks...

        September 26, 2012 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  26. nycnyc

    Why would muslims be scared ? Did someone fly a plane of Muslims into a building full of muslims recently ? Have other religiious groups declare jihad on Muslims lately ? poor baby.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear nycnyc.... This is not a fun time baby....
      What do you think happening in Iraq and Syria... these guys kill people in the name of Islam... as a Muslim I tell you...
      I am more disgusted and ashamed of myself even to see what they do... Bottom line is THAT'S NOT ISLAM...

      September 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lekarshi

        I wonder what Islam is then ? The Islam you are referring to pretty much does not exist. Since the time of its inception it has been at war in some form of the other. The original Persians were slaughtered and converted. The muslims of the sub-continent of India are nearly all converted by force. The prophet might have been a good man and a messenger of God etc. but there is no dearth to controversy around him. Islamic nations distort history so much its abhorring. There certainly are some moderate muslims, but they are the minority. If Islam was so peaceful it would at least spare its Shia, Ahmedi and Ismaili cousins, but alas no, even they are not spared.

        September 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        Are you implying that western countries, like the US, DON'T distort history?

        September 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Mr. Lekarshi... I wonder what you are... and how serious you are in knowing the answer... how much do you know and how much you don't know....Anyway let me try and see where it goes... But read patiently if you like to know the truth...
        So here is the answer for your questions....
        Islam is a religion of peace... then how do we explain all the violence in the name of Islam... Islam and Muslim are two different things... The main problem we have is the Imams with little knowledge, misguiding ignorant Muslims with no knowledge.... these Imams are hypocrites... they lure people when they see a situation of conflict between two groups... they play with peoples emotion... there speeches are very convincing and they take text out of context and quote Quran verses... ignorant people just trust them and fall into trap of emotion... So these Imams shall be banned from giving any speeches...

        To prove my point I will give you an example... Take Bin Ladin... he was banned in Saudi Arabia so he took shelter with Taliban... a perfect place with lots of ignorant people... they trusted him and fell in his trap... for your information Binladin was a playboy... a rich businessman till one day he thought he is a Imam... and fought with the help of CIA with Russia and became an expert in guns and making bombs... then he wanted to kill Americans when first Iraq war started... Long story short... a playboy turned in to self proclaimed Imam and caused most of the destruction... Like wise there are many Imams in Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan... these are the main places where the terrorism started... now don't mistake Palestine issue with these guys... that's a different story altogether...
        India has 350 million Muslims... why there is not much terrorism there... because Imams in India are good... but time to time you see fights between Hindus and Muslims... that's pure because of political reasons... the politicians lure ignorant people not the Imams... The Islam does exist in India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordon, Kuwait, Bangla Desh, Indonesia, Philippines... and so on... except few places I mentioned before where terrorist activities are encouraged... REST OF THE PLACES ARE FINE...
        About India you said the Muslims of the sub-continent of India are nearly all converted by force. NO... NOT AT ALL... Why because if you know Indian history then you must know...King Babar, King Humayun, King Akber who even married a Hindu woman from Rajput family and she was allowed to stay Hindu... next his son Shah Jahan who built Taj Mahal... peace loving guy... till his son Aurangzeb implemented Sharia law and destroyed many Hindu temples... that was a mistake... he did... he did not understand Islam... finally British took over India many years after his death... so how Islam spread in India... For your information there are Four Big Imams came to India... One in Ajmer that's in the West 2nd in the North that's Nizamuddin, 3rd in the East in Calcutta ( I don't recall his name) and 4th in the South in Gulberga 'Khaja Bande Navaz' ... they were holy men had used no force... that's the truth about India...

        There is no such thing called "Modern Muslim" that's wrong too... As I said in India alone there are 350 million Muslims... Indonesia and Philippines... etc...

        Shea, Ahmedi and Ismail cousins are safe in India and in rest of the world...

        Except Shea and Sunny are fighting in Iraq... That was a gift from Bush... Iraq invasion... Before that under Saddam Hussein both lived peacefully...

        September 26, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear Egyptian Agnostic... To prove somebody don't act like a criminal... Relax... Now have some water...
        Listen you idiot...Real good people don't talk like you... This is not about your mother tounge this is about Islam... Knowing Arabic doesn't mean you understood Islam... Do me a favor... Yes go ahead and start barking and I promise I will listen... OK... Now please start and keep barking till I tell you to stop... Good Luck Egyptian Criminal...

        September 27, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  27. Jose M. Pulido

    "An example of one of the most ridiculous is the assertion that Muslims cannot abide dogs;", Ms. Sumbul Ali-Karamali claims.
    If you call yourself a journalist, you should know by now that professional journlaists always show a relaible source of information to prove their claims. What person with authority in the matter inthe USA has made such a claim "that Muslim cannot abide dogs?" An article without sources is worthless and amateurish. I am surprised CNN allow these unprofessional articles to be published on its web page.

    September 25, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  28. Bob

    I'm sick of people lying and calling Islam a peaceful religion. If you read the Quran, you will know better.

    Quran (8:12) – "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them"

    Quran (9:29) – "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

    September 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear Bob... I am a Muslim and I tell you Islam is a peaceful religion... so I will clarify the two references you just indicated...
      8:12... First of all never mention incomplete verse... you took away THE BEGINNING of the verse... then presented the half verse to prove your point... Now what you missed is important... You missed the main object as well as subject... In this verse Allah is informing us about what he said to 'Angels'... This verse is regarding the 1st Crusade... when NonMuslims attacked Muslims... (not when Muslims attacked NonMuslims...) it's history my friend...
      9:29... This whole chapter is talking about agreements between Muslims and NonMuslims... This is about 8 years after the 1st Crusade...when Macca was won... Now just for your information Macca was won without a war...So agreements were made between Muslims and local NonMuslims around Macca and Madina... and so on...
      This Verse is also based on conditions... this is also a part of history when Islam was implemented... So Relax...
      Quran has 114 Chapters and 6,238 Verses... please don't quote two or few verses and say it's Quran... If you want to say something about Quran then... First understand 6,238 Verses.... just glancing or reading without understanding is dangerous... As you know... Little knowledge can be dangerous...
      What we need is more understanding... more humanity... not pointing fingers...
      SO IN SHORT....
      8:12.... It's history... It's the 1st Crusade...
      9:29... It's history too... When Islam was implemented...

      Thank you...

      September 25, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
      • LizardKing

        Your rebuttal has nothing in it that says islam does not spread itself through terror. What was quoted from the koran was very general and has been taken by extremist as the word of the prophet, in which to spread islam by the sword alone.And by "The First Crusade", I hope you mean against the other arab tribes on the Saudi Pennisula, right? Not the First Crusade that occurred in 1098?

        September 25, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear LizardKing.... that's correct...

        September 25, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • histori

      Do a web search of "muslim conquests" to understand the primary tool used by islam to expand into other countries. That's how they started and that's how they continue to be. It's just part of the religion and its core beliefs.

      September 25, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear histori... well "Muslim conquests" and the primary tool used to expand into other countries is history now...
        That's how Christianity and Judaism started too... But it's wrong to say that... it is continued...
        It's not a part of Islam or Christianity....... It's not the core beliefs either... it's an individual decision what religion anyone like to be in...

        September 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • jfairweather

      The same exact thing is in the Bible. The issue is one of context. The Hebrews did not just walk dreamily into the promised land, picking daisies as they went. They battled all those who resisted their invasion and embraced those who chose to accept the divinity of Moses. This was ordained. What was not ordained the one and a half centuries of aggressive wars by Christians a thousand years ago. Read about the sacking of Constantinople one day. They looted with abandon and shut people into buildings and burned them alive en masse.
      This was not ordained and terrorism is not ordained. You don't hold up the inquisitors of Spain as representatives for all Christianity and neither should the extremists of the middle east be seen as representatives of Islam. No one has any business casting stones here.

      September 26, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  29. TiredofCrazy

    II think part of the problem is that we as Americans are constantly bombarded with images of Muslims protesting violently and destroying their own communities and fellow countrymen and that just reinforces are beliefs that all Muslims are violent. Also because the loudest violent minority gets all the attention from the media the moderate voices of Islam are drowned out so there is this image of all Muslims being violent and intolerant. Also when we turn on our TVs we see these protesters burning the American flag which angers us and makes us question why do we send our tax money to these people if they hate us so much? Unfortunately this is a small minority of extremists getting all the attention, but it works both ways the recent protest for example at American diplomatic missions, all these protesters think that this film "innocence of Muslims" somehow represents our government or our people this film has nothing to do with me, but you better believe that Freedom of Speech is extremely important to me. I have never seen the film I do not want to see it and if these protesters had never brought it to the attention of the media then it would have never even been heard of. Also it seems from my point of view that Muslims demand respect for their religious beliefs, but Christians and religious minorities are treated very poorly and are not given equal rights in Muslim majority countries, so it’s a hard thing for us to swallow to respect your religion when you do not hold yourselves to that standard. I serve in the military and I have been to Kuwait, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Jordan, and Bahrain I can tell you’re from my personal experience that most Muslims are just like average Americans trying to make a living and take care of their families. The misunderstanding on both sides and allowing these small minorities to control our lives is ridiculous!

    September 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear TiredofCrazy... I am a Muslim and I like your argument...As far as I know except Saudi Arabia all other Muslim majority countries should treat other religeous minorities properly... Please correct me as myself like to know which other places you had problems or you have information... I really like to know that... Thank you sir...

      September 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  30. valwayne

    I'm a little puzzled as to why Ms Ali-Karamali is puzzled that Islam would have a negative image in the U.S.? Almost daily you can pick up a paper and read about an honor killing in Britain, Canada, the U.S., and we don't even hear about them in Islamic nation's for the most part. Muslim women throughout the Arab world are treated with less respect than dogs or cattle. Women can actully be imprisoned or executed for being raped in many Muslim nations, even stoned to death? In Saudi Arabia, the Holy Center of Islam, a woman cannot leave her own home without being in the company of a male relative, and woman aren't allowed to drive? Throughout almost all of the Islamic world converting from Islam to Christianity brings a death sentence, as does anyone daring to preach Christianity or any other religion in a Mulism Country. And to be perfectly honest I rarely see any moderate Mulslims on TV or in Print unconditionally condemning the Extremists engaged in terror, or or those calling for Fatwahs and death for a cartoon or book, although What I usually see is a lot of statements semi-denouncing terror, but also party excusing it as caused by the policies of the U.S. or Israel. I have some sympathize that more prominent Muslims don't speak out since doing so seems to put them also at risk, but what does that say? On the other hand there seems to be no limit in most Muslim countries on the hateful things that can be said or taught about Jews or non-Muslims. There was a recent article about an Egyptian Reality show where Egyption celebrities are in an interview only to have it disclosed to them that the interviewer is an Israeli Jew. The fun seems to be watching the reaction of the celebities as they launch into anti-Semitic diatribes, even assaults, until told that they are being punked, at which point everyone has a good laugh with those who are most viciously anti-semitic. And what is taught in most Muslim countries regarding tolerance for Jews, or really any other religion is horrific. Any discrimination or violence toward people of any religion in the United States should not be tolerated, but when I read the papers I read about more vandalism and violence directed against Synagogues and Jews in the U.S. than I do about Muslims and Mosques? The instances of intolerance directed against Muslims in the U.S. seems completely inconsequential to the intolerance coming from Islam toward anything and everybody that is not part of their religion. I applaud Ms Ali-Karamali for denouncing the intolerance, but it appears that her sentiments are but a drop in an ocean of hate? I keep hearing that Islam is a religion of peace, but what I see daily going on in most of the Islamic world doesn't look tolerant or peaceful?

    September 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Dear valwayne... Islam is not to be blamed if Muslims don't follow it... few among you refer to Quran... but as you know taking text out of context can be misguiding... a priest can abuse a child but you can't blame the Christianity... what is needed is real knowledge... not cynicism... a time might come.. when human race may act ike animals... and few among us may think that.... that's humanity....

      September 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Hi you...dear dr.music... what's your problem man... do you have any mother, father, brother, sister, friend or not... Behave yourself man... otherwise there is no need to abuse your languge again and again... Do you think that you are smart and hurting us... the fact is you are hurting yourself... wake up and relax... I consider you ignorant and a raciest...
    You might have read but you did not understand Quran... Anyone can abuse but few only can forgive... now try the otherside... it's never too late for good... By the way the ...COBRA IS BETTER THAN YOU... Thanks...

    September 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Martin

    Anyone that believes in imaginary beings, worships them and makes conscious decisions to ignore the reality and scientific evidence surrounding them is to be feared and not to be trusted since they are utterly insane and completely unpredictable.

    September 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      Mr.Martin, Wow... big bold statement with little broken knowledge... good luck with that... but can you please clarify... that if as a Muslim I believe in one God, all books including Quran, all Angels, the Judgrment day, Hell and Heaven...etc.. Are you tellng me that because there is no scientific evidence... I am utterly insane and completely unpredictable... is that correct or you mean something else... thanks...

      September 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        The problem with Islam:

        THERE IS NO MUSLIM-MAJORITY COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH WHERE CHRISTIANS, JEWS OR HINDUS CAN LIVE IN PEACE AND SAFETY.

        And there is no way for you to dispute that. It's a fact. That's why America does NOT want any more Muslims. You trash every country where there are enough of you to make up a dangerous mob.

        September 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • wjshelton

        Oh, I can certainly dispute your blanket, wide-brush claim, January. Let's start with Albania, the only Nazi-occupied country in Europe during World War II in which the Jewish population actually increased. And why did it increase? Because Muslims saw it as their duty to hide and protect their Jewish brethren, including those who were not Albanians but fled their from Christian countries that were turning them into Nazi authorities. Albanian tolerance still holds true today, not that you would be willing to admit that. It would go against your own ingrained intolerance, wouldn't it?

        September 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Dear january2454... that's not true... hre are few places I know...
        Dubai... Abu Dhabi ... Kuait... Qatar... Egypt... Bangla Desh... Pakistan... Jordon... Khazistan... and so on...
        Syria has even christian vice president who was killed recently...
        Iran was a free country till King Shah was over thrown...... but even today many christians are in Iran...
        Iraq... till Bush became president...but even today many christians are in Iraq...
        Thanks...

        September 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  33. vmr

    Americans elected a muslim president (at least 50%) as a leader but muslim leaders and muslim people in middle east countries doesn't show any respect but burn the american flag while accepting american dolllars. If the behavior countinuues like this how american muslim people will get respect in this country. The american muslim people should take a pro-active role and educate their native country people.

    September 23, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      If President Obama is Muslim, then I am the Pope! Please cite your sources for your claim or ... Never mind. CNN doesn't allow profanity, so I won't write what I really want to...

      September 23, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  34. Ed M.

    Islam, by its playbook the Koran, preaches unending war against all infidels until they either convert, pay the protection racket "tax" to Muslims (jizya) or are killed off in Holy War.

    Islam is built on ceaseless violence against all unbelievers.

    It is not to be trusted and its followers cannot pretend the Koran preaches otherwise.

    September 23, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      Ed, you obviously have never read the Qur'an.

      September 23, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  35. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Mr. Leonado... what are you talking about... Name Calling... what name calling... I did not do that except I just gave them back their own name calling to others... they did that first... I didn't Label anybody... except someone was speaking like a raciest... It is not childish it's the truth... I never said I am any special... but certainly against terroist, voilence and hate... how about you...

    September 23, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  36. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Mr. Leonardo... It's sad that your past experience has beed bad... I am a good citizen... I respect America... The people who are forceful are wrong... doesn't matter Muslim or not... Bragging about anything is also wrong... I am with you on that... But those who think Islam has no freedom are wrong too... it all depends how you look at it...OK... Thanks...

    September 23, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  37. Nasrullah Mohammed

    Hi Man... there you go again... I said relax... your meaningless talk is just like next door dog barking all the time... Black or White all are human all are going to die... looks like you eat no food but hate... By the way I live in San Diego... if you live close enough let's meet and talk... why hate... you made your point ... now relax... ok...

    September 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Dalila

    Muslims with fear !. Is this a joke? we , all the world are in fear because of their stupidities, I am from Panama and muslims and terrorist here are just the same, and in effect just the same.

    September 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Steven Reede

    It's sad that the news of violent mobs, 9 year old girls being married off to 50 year old men, death threats for drawing a picture of a man (not God, a prophet), killing a producer for making a movie (Van Gogh) all reinforce that the stereotypes are in fact true.
    If Muslims in America feel any fear from Christians I'm sorry but your fellow believers are making it difficult for Americans to believe how tolerant and loving Islam is as a religion.

    September 21, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nasrullah Mohammed

      It really doesn't matter whether Americans or anybody else believe how tolerant and loving Islam is as a religion.
      What matters is the truth...

      September 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steven Reede

        I'm sorry Nasurllah but what American's believe is exactly what is important in accepting Muslims into the fabric of society as the author desires. The belief that Muslims produce violence is what drives the fear that spawns the actions the author is writing about.
        If Muslims want American society to accept them then actions speak louder than words, and the actions that get the most attention are violent and destructive.
        I'm married to a Muslim woman from Iran, I love her family and they love me so I know the positive side of that religion but I also know that she can not return to Iran with a Christian husband for fear of a stoning death at the hands of the "loving, peaceful" Islamic clerics ruling Iran.
        I don't know where you live Nasrullah, but try living in Iran as a Christian or Bahai and then let me know how accepting Islam is of other religions.

        September 22, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        Hi Steven Reede... you are a very reasonable person... I live in San Diego... be my guest... Iran may not treat you... but it doesn't mean all Muslims hate you... let me know if you are serious to meet... may be that will reduce or solve your pain... you are welcome... Thanks...

        September 22, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • sam

        Steve,
        Maybe you should read more about Islam from its proper sources rather than base it on story or experience. I can't say priests are child molesters, and if so now ever priest should be out of church for good! Islam proved itself to be a problem solver of humanity.

        September 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steven Reede

        Gee Sam,
        Isn't the Quran a good enough source? I'll admit I read in English but still my opinion is not based on hearsay. My statements about Iran are correct as are the other statements in my postings. Maybe you should try reading the Bible and understanding the Christian side of the equation.
        If Muslims want to be accepted in America, treated as equals and not looked at with constant thoughts of possible terrorism they need to vocally denounce the violent acts by extremists, prevent honor killings, child marriage to old men, stoning women to death on the testimony of a single man while it take four women to counter the testimony of a single man. Would you like me to continue with FACTS rather than speculation?

        September 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  40. John Geheran

    Is it possible to have a civil, open and honest discourse about Islam with the average Muslim? There is so much to be critical of Islam from its early history (e.g., how Islam was spread) to Its sacred texts, ahadith as well as Muslim behavior in the modern world. While Christianity and other religions have experienced their dark moments, Islam stands out as the only belief system that has intolerance, proscriptive violence and rabid hatred of non-believers firmly embedded throughout its literature. But the dualistic nature of Islam is used to effectivly mask its totalitarian philosophy.

    September 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjshelton

      John Geheran, when you interlace your question about a having a "civil, open and honest discourse" discourse about Islam with phrases like "proscriptive violence and rabid hatred", you yourself have blocked that discourse. As a Muslim, I see that you are NOT open to that discourse. You have already judged us as evil and have no interest in hearing anything from us other than what would confirm your prejudice. Rephrase your question, rethink the basis for you question, and I might consider conversing with you, but until you do, I have no interest in futile, useless discourse with a bigot.

      September 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        dr.music.... you are no dr.music... you are a raciest and full of hate... first of all no one can ban Islam on this earth... second thing if America says Muslims can pray then I will America without any doubt... third if you put a gun or a tank on a Muslims face and ask him to convert he will die only as a Muslim... those who change there faith with the fear are not Muslims... you are a person with hate and living in darkness... I don't abuse my language as you do... by the way you are not even a good chritian if you are a christian... you are a shame to yourself... actually all the bad words you wrote reflects you not any Mulim... now go to bed... good night and try to improve your humanity... thanks...

        September 22, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      You are right, of course, John.

      It is self-evident to all who have eyes and ears that Islam is a plague on all of humankind.

      September 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nasrullah Mohammed

        There you go again... in short ... its not Islam but it's you Mr. january2454... a plague to yourself... correct yourself...

        September 23, 2012 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  41. M

    uh, I'm not a Muslim, but a Christian, and I live in fear of them. But then again, it is certain devoted whacko ones that go through years of training to fly planes into buildings... not ALL the muslims.
    Figured this story was on yahoo, as most of theirs are pretty obvious non-stories....

    September 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Illuminatus

    Dear fellow humans, the time when we will be able to reach the next step of our physical and metaphysical evolution is the moment we will be able to get rid of all forms of religion, once and for all.
    We have so much potential, what a waste of time and energy on so futile concerns...
    I truly hope mankind eventually will find the way onwards.

    September 21, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
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