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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.

soundoff (2,576 Responses)
  1. anna

    They can easily solve their problem -

    September 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nilla

    Isn't it great that we can all become experts on other people's cultures without actually trying to learn anything about them?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • danita

      An eye is sometimes good enough...

      September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ahmad

        least learned people believes they know most (look will tell everything) while most learned people always look to learn more (like try .. learn .. educate).

        September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Aniiko

        An eye is good enough?

        I find that hard to believe when Arabic speakers speak in this country people are assuming they must be talking about terrorist activities. The sad part, is that many cases have had the police and fed officers involved for no reason. How can you say someone is speaking negative about a country when you don't even speak arabic? Urdu? Parsi? Pashtu? or Dari? Maybe as a country people should have Arabic or Urdu as a second language because then we can stop making assumptions about someones context based off their clothing attire.

        I am not for muslims but nor am i for ignorance...

        September 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      If Muslims are so in love with the culture and tenets of Islam why do they come here? We don't want them.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • NOT MY CHAIR

        and my America really wanted your ancestors?

        September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jack 2

        because they werent wanted where they came from

        September 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Potrzebie

        In the late 19th century it was those Catholics that the "true Americans" vilified. Nothing ever changes.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • MawcDrums

      I educate myself on all kinds of faiths, and I'm an atheist.. I'm always reading something on the internet or in a book about religion. (or watching videos about it on youtube LOL)

      September 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. not so simple

    blane: that is not true at all. The muslim's house you went to might belong to the extreme conservative that do not believe in gender segregation. Upstairs was probably his wife. Still not defending them. A little whacky and wiered but I promise you it had nothing to do with you being christian. I am sure he does the same thing to his Muslim visitors.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sam

    Give me a good, kind Muslim anyday over an athesist.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • nilla

      I judge people on their deeds. A nice, logical-thinking atheist is better than a narrow-minded, nasty Muslim any day. But likewise, a nice, logical-thinking Muslim is better than a narrow-minded, nasty atheist.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • MawcDrums

      I'm an atheist and I'd like to know why that is? So you'd prefer to have someone who puts all of their trust without question, or evidence, in a 2000 year old book, instead of someone who is intellectual, researches issues, and makes decisions based on evidence instead of faith?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • NOT MY CHAIR

        a logical belief that there is nothing else besides the life we make for ourselves, is scary to people who make a crappy life for themselves and rely on an after life for happiness

        September 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • MawcDrums

        :)

        September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Potrzebie

        I believe in a God, I just don't believe in religion. Read the Old Testament sometime (including ALL of Leviticus). It's lies, misogyny, slavery, murder, incest, genocide...etc, all justified because "God told us to do it." History is written by the victors.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marcus Alexander

    The problem is that Americans dont care about all the innocent people our country has killed over in the Far East. We call them collateral damage, but these people are human beings. Women and Children. So when our own kind are murdered by extremists, Amercian Muslims dont come out and say "This is wrong, we don't support this" because we as Americans havent come out to condemn the killngs of innocent people over there. Its all about perspective.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KEVIN2121961

    The fact that ANY muslim group anywhere in the world are still fighting us and saying anything negative about the US since 9/11 is suicidal for every single muslim in the world.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. hmmmmm

    ok, you want muslims to search out the bad muslims and turn them in? why don't you search out the freaks that go postal on innocent people right here, they're christian so its your duty

    baaaa baaaa

    September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • MawcDrums

      Agreed.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • nilla

      The fact that is almost always glazed over is that most of these people who "go postal", like the 9/11 terrorists, share a common trait – their gender.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rotten Apple

      Well we would but for Christians it's like finding a needle in a haystack. For Muslims you just need to point to a Middle Eastern country on a map or look in the mirror.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tyrion

    On the anniversary of 9/11, when we witnessed muslims, living in America, dancing in the streets at the news of us "infidels" being killed, you want us to feel sorry for you and play the victim. You are ridiculous and I can't believe CNN would run this story today. Don't condemn the attacks, help us stop them. Until I see a muslim betray another muslim in order to prevent violence, I hope you do live enough fear to act correctly.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • george thompson

      'religion' is corrupt just like many things that require leaders and leaderships............to thy known self be true!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Potrzebie

      That didn't happen in America. You're part of the problem she's describing.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. grvol

    The one image most Americans will never forget about 9/11 was that of the thousands of Muslims in every Muslim city in the world taking to the streets and celebrating..... These pigs should be afraid. Very afraid.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahmad

      You must be watching edited version of FOX.
      No one in the world celebrate killing of other humans unless "other humans" went inside their home and killed there. American has to review its role and find why it is considered as WORST Supper power ever and has least respect as a SUPER power in all time history.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brian

        What about non muslims in Nigeria, Thailand, Burma, Philipines, Sudan, somalia, Pakistan, Egypt, Pakistan, kenya... etc etc. What lessons do they need to learn?

        September 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Potrzebie

      That happened in a FEW Muslim countries. Not "Every city in the Muslim World."

      September 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jay

    you know who lives in more fear? Muslim women. With constant attacks on them for the most mundane of human rights. Honestly, they have to wear a quilt over there entire body or risk being killed. How messed up is that?

    Please call out the muslim faith on there horrible human rights record, lack of respect and tolerance for anything but there own hardline mentality and ask where are those muslims who speak out against it?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jose L Pineda

    Ok Sumbul, we get it. May I point out thta "tliving in fear" is a choice? You may not be able to control having the emotion, but sure like heck can decide how to handle it. Also, we already have enough victims in this country: white men who feel victimized by Affirmative Action. Black people who are constantly reminded of their oppression by ... oh yes: white men! Hispanics who feel if you are not here legally, it should not matter to the rest of us who got here legally. Women who don't get paid as much as men. Teachers in CHicago, who are among the highest paid in the country while delivering a sub-standard product. Etc, etc, so, and so forth. It's hard to gain sympathy when many of us in America saw your fellow Muslims dancing in the streets after the planes hit. The head cutting didn't help, although ironically, MExican drug lords are just as proficient at decapitation, they don't port it on You Tube. SO please, if you're not happy here, and fear is your overriding concern, I hear Sweeden is really nice this time of the year. Cuba has a great medical care system. And the richest muslim (and one of the richest men in the world) lives in Brunei. Feel free to emigrate to any of those paradises. Go sell crazy somewhere else, lady; we're all filled up here!!!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. danita

    So called US muslims don't you worry, you've got your big brother Obama looking out for you... Also are the ex- jail birds we have in the US who convert to being muslim while in prison really muslim or just a way to claim a new life... I know Obama is a true Muslim.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. timmy

    All the haters please tell me how a muslim country like Pakistan elected a female to lead them Benazir Bhutto and we still can't elect a female president in this country.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • danita

      we don't have enough people who like Sarah or Hillary so far. It turly backwards that we need women to lead the men and children.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • HR

      Why don't you tell me
      1. Why in the same country, a rape victim needs 3-4 witnesses otherwise she(victim) can be put in jail.
      2.Why in the same country polygamy is still allowed.
      3.Why in the same country honor killing is legal(more than 95% victims are women)

      Tell me how many women are there in parliament even in Benzair's party ?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kulashaker

      Whatever moderation you see in Pakistan and Bangladesh, it is because culturally these countries are influenced by India which is a relatively open society. Had they been in middle east they would have been similar to Syria or Lebenon or Libya.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Raymond

        Check your facts: Syria, Lebanon and Libya are relatively moderate as compared to Saudi Arabia.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rick

    the muslim condemnation of muslim acts of terrorism such as shoe bombers, underwear bombers, palestinian rocket launchers, subway bombers, acid throwers, well poisoners, car bombers, church bombers and even mosque bombers by shia v sunni and sunni v shia has simply not been loud enough, clear enough or long enough to be convincing. so long as CAIR continues to fund phony charities whose money goes to Hezbollah to buy weapons to kill jews as well as christians and other "infidels", no one is going to believe the kind of self serving rhetoric set forth in this article. the writer should watch some palestinian TV and the hatred it spews and teaches to the palestinian children and she might understand why rational people have a hard time accepting muslims as a rational 21st century people. she needs to address her concerns primarily to her own people before blaming the rest of us for what her own people have wrought.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MawcDrums

    Thank you for posting this CNN, especially today. Christianity vs Islam. Round 5,469. Fight!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Seth Hill

    When peaceful Muslims start finding out which Muslims are planning terrorism, and turn them over to the cops, then I will no longer fear Muslims. (The 9/11 hijackers lived here a long time; someone must have suspected them, but no one said anything.)

    September 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  17. capnmike

    They feel besieged.THEY feel besieged? WE are the people the promotors of this sick filthy excuse for a religion are trying to murder. If they feel so bad about it, why are they not being more active in condemning those stinking hate-mongering brainwashing "Imams" who are teaching hatred of us and training 14-year-old kids to be suicide bombers?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MawcDrums

      And Christianity doesn't brainwash and indoctrinate their children?? They may not be handing the kids AK-47s, but they're still abusing them.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Syncretist

    Sad day indeed. Violence, hatred and fear; a vicious cycle that is not showing signs of getting better. I am a muslim and find fault with the actions of many muslims, just as I find fault with the actions of many non-muslims. I came to the USA inspired by the freedoms enjoyed by the US people, I was impressed by the ACLU, and frankly that is one of the few organisations that ever get my discretionary dollars, but things are getting scarier over the last few years. Each year I hope that people will come to their senses and each year I hear of more muslims dying and more fearmongering and misinformation. Drones and bombs killing people remotely are as cary to me as suicide bombers killing them personally. The number of dead for muslims over the last ten years that died at the hands of US forces is at least ten if not a hundred times than those that were killed by terrorists. how many innocents has the US killed sofar and when will it stop? I feel personally blessed as my friends and neighbours are tolerant nice people and I have not suffered too much discrimination but my heart goes out to all people that suffer from discrimination whether christian, muslim, LGBT, hispanic or african american.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  19. StanSitwell

    You're not going to get any sympathy from me posting this on the anniversary of 9/11, living out there in Southern California enjoying the American sunlight. Where were you 11 years ago? I was sitting anxiously at home waiting to see if my dad was going to come home from work or not.

    You may call it prejudice, I just call it the law of averages.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      I had to fire a muslim employee because he thought more people should have died on 9/11. I have also gave him a bad reference every chance I have gotten. I wish he would try to sue me!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  20. James

    This is a bunch of crap. Way to disrespect the memories of those killed by Muslim Extremists that were celebrated throughout the Muslim community worldwide on 9/11. How about writing an article condemning the extremism and such archaic and barbaric Muslim traditions such as stoning and Honor Killing? Oh, you won't? Probably because these "muslims living in fear" will actually have to fear the same Muslims that slaughtered innocent Americans on 9/11 and continue to do globally.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jackthegeek

      Islam is so divided and lost from the original teachings. They are intolerant, they pratice honor killing as part of religion, treats women like a piece of crap even in this country. Moreover no matter how America has been helping their countries financially, they still turn against us. Why would they expect peace??

      September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      I won't argue that fundamentalism in Muslim cultures need to be fought against within Muslim communities, but it's hard to take anyone from the US serious when they say that when one of our two major political parties is essentially a fundamentalist Christian organization. There are many passages in the Bible that deride women, condone slavery, condone the killing of disrespectful children, condone genocide, and many other ugly things. Until we Christians in the US stand up to our own fundies, how can we ever expect Muslims to stand up to theirs?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose L Pineda

      No kidding. They could have published this on the 10th or the 12th. But NOOOO! It had to be today. CNN was "smart" in igniting our passions on a highly symbolic day to get us talking and arguing. AS more people get emotional, more people get ot see the ads on this page, which is how CNN makes money. Believe me, this article showing up today is nothing more than a way to sell more advertising.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Dave Smith

    It absolutely astounds me the lack of sensitivity and common sense Muslims have in this country. Your religion teaches intolerance and debases women. Your religion keeps many societies firmly grounded in the 12th century. Your religion is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • nilla

      Have you ever read the Bible? Now go yell at your Christian coworkers for wanting to stone their daughters for getting raped.

      Do you really think Christians are the only religious group that doesn't follow their religious teachings and culture to the letter? Try putting the shoe on the other foot for once. People like you are the real problem with America. You're showing the same level of critical thinking the 9/11 terrorists used when attacking innocents.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  22. LI

    I assume a lot of these hateful comments are coming from those that profess to be Christians. Shame. We need to look at our own history and violations of our own beliefs before we make blanket judgements and condemnations. Otherwise we commit the sin our Christ most hated, hypocrisy.

    Just one of many examples, the area I live in is full of Civil War graves of Americans who were adamantly told by there Churches that God was on their side and to war against their fellow Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc. (to be fair, the Church of Christ was one of the very few exceptions). Tens of thousands of professed Christians died in the slaughter here, all at the hands of their fellow "Christians."

    September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Tim

    Give me a break. Articles like these are so dangerous because they re-write history as if Muslims are under attack in America. They're not. Sorry there have been isolated incidents, but to try to paint them as an oppressed group does disservice to actual oppressed groups in this world.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  24. WVLady63

    Being muslim does NOT mean you are passive or law-abiding. Muslims have a bad reputation in OUR country and they should! The only thing muslims have given America is bombs, insecurity, fear and terror. If the muslims in OUR country don't like how they live, THEN GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM AND GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!! Their "religion" teaches hate and murder not to mention ignorance. Yet, they think they can come here with THEIR religion and take over.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • SPW

      The Qur'an equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity. We pray for the families of all those who lost their lives in this unthinkable act of violence as well as all those injured; I hope to reflect the feelings of all Muslims and people around the world whose sympathies go out to the victims of this sorrowful moment. – Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens after 9/11

      September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rekenstrana's Homunculus

      That fear, insecurity, and terror have been cultivated by many Americans, especially politicians.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  25. SPW

    People want to know how America is backwards, read the bigotry in the posts that are on this page and other comment sites across the internet.

    Give them a veil of anonymity and they will show their true colors, as red as the devil they would say.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  26. CaDude

    Fear of what?
    We all have fears.....

    September 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • oops

      i'm afraid to venture in to some parts of LA

      September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mark

    My post keeps getting taken down... What happen to MY FREEDOM of speech??? The US is a country based on FREEDOM! Islam is the opposite of freedom. You can't question it and you can't leave it, if you do, you're dead. Muslims don't know what freedom really is, how can they expect to uphold AMERICAN values???

    September 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • SASP

      IF you are posting comments here which contradict the story that Islam is the victim, or your post speaks the truth about Islam as an oppressive religion pontificating hate and segregation, then your post will most likely be removed.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • RV

      How is the Mormon Religion any different than what a lot of readers believe Islam hides in its beliefs? Even if your child is getting married, if you are not a member of the church, you cannot enter the church to watch.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Mohamed

    And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists " Christians" wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • StanSitwell

      Except to women. And gays. And non-Muslims. Actually everybody except Muslim men. God isn't listening to your prayers. He has his inbox sent to auto-forward your messages to Satan.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Common Sense

        Huh...sounds an awful lot like the kind of hatred being spewed forth by Evangelicals....

        September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Terry Brookman

    Well thats a reason to start bombing their neighbors, I was afraid so I killed him first, or we are are so cloistered and refuse to blend in so we need to kill. That is the way they are everywhere and will not be satisfied until everyone adapts to their way of life, BS. If they use that excuse they will have a reason to fear.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  30. brianNH

    "Even so, Islam is viewed as a religion preaching violence."

    quit your whining!!! Islam IS a religion preaching violence, hatred, and intolerance

    September 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  31. RobL

    They should live in fear.

    Even main stream Muzzies should be suspect. Ever hear of taqiyah? These miscreants will lie through their teeth until they are able to destroy the West, and that is their goal.

    The world will be a better place when they all return to their Arab/Muslim homes in the Middle East, and leave western society forever.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Did you listen to what you say? It makes not sense. Arabs are the minority when it comes to Islam. This point proves that you really don't understand what Islam really is. The majority of Muslims are Asian and Indonesia has the largest population of Muslims. Secondly, the word taqiyya was developed by shi'a to hide their faith. It is actually not part of Shari'a and there is no reason for us Muslims to hide our faith. I wouldn't deny my faith or lie about it. You need to either learn Arabic and Islamic history, or actually learn from someone who is not Fox news. Its obvious they don't know anything about Islam, nor do they have an people who actually have knowledge about the subject.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      To any Muslims & rational thinkers who might come across this – one of the kindest men i ever met practiced Islam. I was a vendor at his car dealership, and he and i would have some incredible conversations about what it is to be American and what it is to be Muslim. He would offer me his own lunch if he saw i forgot mine – "Your guests must eat before you do, that's what Islam teaches us." He's a good man. His faith helps him be a good man. American Muslims are good people, and anyone so callous as to say "they should be afraid" are masking their own fear and ignorance.

      I'm atheist, white and 27 years old.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Habeeb

      I am reading a lot of hatred with most of the opinions.

      So lets get this straight:
      - All Muslims are not ARABS. Therefore the suggestion that all of them go back to the Middle East doesn't make sense. Please update your geography lessons to state your facts again!!
      - Stating ISLAM is a religion of violence is grossly INCORRECT. Obviously at this time in the world, religious extremism has taken over the religion and giving a wrong perspective to the religion. Please don't state Qur'anic verses that state violence, if you are not aware of the story behind the revelation of the verses. It's not that hard to gain knowledge in this country. Support your local library, and they do have a copy of the Qur'an for you to read.
      - Of all the religions practicing in the US, only two religions have been subjected to more hatred because of 9/11. They are Sikhism and Islam. The folks who practice and preach these two religions have been subjected to disrespect and lies from the society we call the greatest nation on earth. Really!! So why not have this editorial piece displayed today. It is because of 9/11 that these religions are being subjected to lies. This is the best time for this editorial.
      - I agree with folks who state that Muslims in US are not standing up for violence in the name of ISLAM. I think that Muslims should get more involved within the realms of society if we plan on living here.

      Lastly, Americans including me are not superior to any other human being on this planet. We have people dying in the thousands every year, in all parts of the globe, but there is no media hype, no moment of silence for them, but when it comes to US citizens, our government wants the whole world to rally for us. What nonsense. If we are the greatest nation on earth, have a moment of silence for every human being killed by violent attacks.

      Thanks for your time reading my opinion. Now back to the fear mongering, far right views!!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Waliyullah

        As Salaamu Alaikum bro. Habeeb; Thank you so much of defending our religion with sound knowledge and good reasoning, May God reward your efforts tremendously.

        September 13, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  32. falsehorizons

    I was born into a muslim family and wanted nothing to do with the religion. Fortunately I had a wonderful parent who gave me that freedom. I'm happily removed from that culture and ideology and marrying into a family with a different faith who do not need me to convert. To the people reading, have some sympathy for those born into something they are removing themselves from. There are so many of us who have grasped freedom for ourselves, the last thing we need is your hatred too.

    Muslim women are told to be quiet about things they don't like in this religion because they will be shunned or threatened by their own culture and families. It is that simple. I'm sorry but not all ideologies are equal. When you can keep your beliefs to yourself without threatening those born into it to STAY in it, then I will be more open to you. But I know from experience that is NOT the case.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. bobcat2u

    American Muslims living in fear.

    I got news for you folks. Your families in the muslim countries are living in a lot more fear than you are. I mean your own people are blowing up your own people on a daily basis. At least you that live here aren't being attacked on a daily business. You aren't being exposed to any more violence than the rest of us are. So I highly suggest you live your life like the rest of here in the US. One day at a time.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rak79

      Thanks for the news flash bobcat, if you have enough sense to know this, why can't people like you actually realize that there is an extremist element that is danger to more Muslims then anyone else? Why do people think that's the real Islam and not the one that most people following the Islam who just want to take it one day at a time is the true essence of the religion?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Archyle

    I respect Islam for not adapting to its environment the way modern christianity does...However the religion was built on a man who went from the leader of a cult to a blood thirsty warlord. His "Holy" book reflects that. The (chronologically) early passages are all about peace and tolerance when he was a small time cult leader in Mecca, the most cosmopolitan and diverse city in the middle east at the time.

    However as his power waxed and he got more followers, who liked the idea of subjugating women and owning them as property, he decided he could use this to become a powerful ruler on earth. And that is what he did, he amassed his power in Medina. I am all for obedience to God, but there is nothing "divinly" inspired about leading a brutal campaign of the slaughter of thousands or allowing them to keep thier own religion if they pay you a handsome tax....

    sounds real divine to me...

    September 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  35. bamagrad03

    Today CNN? Really? Today?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Smith

      I agree. Of all days to publish this drivel, they had to pick this one?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Thezel

    I'm glad you don't wear a veil, sunshine. you're cute.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  37. David

    CNN, it is outrageously tasteless to post this piece today.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • george thompson

      And are you really surprised that this liberal moonbat in the tank news agency DID print it?????????

      September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Kulashaker

    To all Muslim crybabies, please also shed a tear for all the Christians living in Middle east or migrating Hindus from Pakistan. FYI, the very foundation of Islam is on deceit and violence. This is what was dictated to their Prophet by Allah. If you take that out it, it's not Islam anymore it would be something else.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  39. jacob

    How many Muslims around the world cheered and celebrated on 9/11?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kalynn

      I'd say more than half of the Muslims cheered when the towers and American lives were destroyed. I also think it was totally inappropriate to make this story the headline on this, the anniversary of 9/11.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rak79

        Hey did you do a scientific calculation to get to a little over a half celebrated? Pathetic nonsense.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  40. John

    Poor, poor, poor decision on this day editors

    September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jason

    America, the nation of liberty, justice, and freedom for all... except for blacks, and Asians, and the natives, and Jews, and Catholics, the Irish as well, and the Southern Europeans, Eastern Europeans, Germans, Latinos, Muslims, Arabs, and women who have to fight for their rights. But hey, at least the white protestant males from the Western and Northern European countries haven't been abused... yet.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Amy

    It is ridiculous that you would post this on the anniversary of 9/11. Insensitive and a gross misjudgment of what is important to America on this day.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MawcDrums

      It's ridiculous of you to say that people in America aren't concerned for their fellow citizens who are muslim. I'm an atheist and I don't want muslims to live in fear of christians in this country. Who cares that they posted this on 9/11. I'm sure some muslims that weren't part of the terrorist attacks died on 9/11 too.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Amy

        Great. I'm an atheist too. Who cares? I am all for having this dialogue. Not today. Today is not a day for posting a long article about how afraid and oppressed Muslims are in this country. It's insensitive.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • MawcDrums

        It seems like related subject matter to me. I feel like this story is very appropriate given the time that has passed since the event and the overall opinion on muslims in this country.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      What what are we supposed to do then? Go and bash a group of your own citizens instead of uniting and trying to comfort the victims?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  43. azures

    christians condemning other religions for their violence, draconian beliefs, and marginalizing of women and minority groups? lmao, omg, im gonna die laughing lololol.

    i guess they would know, no religion has spread more fear and hatred in those world than good ol' christianity. jesus would be so proud.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthSayer

      what ignorant mindless left wing morons like you refuse to accept is that Christianity quit doing that hundreds of years ago.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Common Sense

        So, it's not primarily Christians that are keeping gays from having equal rights, telling women what they can and can't do their their bodies, and destroying our ability to create new scientists with Creationist nonsense? Who is it then?

        September 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  44. EddieHaskell

    If you're scared here, GET OUT!!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Riz

    It's amazing as to the level of intelligence that exists on this website. I would think that people would have more meaningful conversations over this topic than make hateful remarks. Gosh according to the people on this website everyone should keep hating etc. Such stupid logic! Gotta love the comment one guy posted.. white=trash, mexican=car thief etc... guess we should all come up with nicknames as such! It would really make this world a better place. LOL! Lame!!!! One word sums it up!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • azures

      i was told by a very enlightened fellow that cnn is blitzed by insanity thanks to fox news' site closing their comments, due to the insane level of racism and inflammatory language. cnn has become a safe haven for their refuse.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  46. aj

    It's not just muslims that live in fear. It's ALL NON CHRISTIANS. I'm an atheist and I live in fear every day. Religious people are friggin crazy. If you have a darwin fish on your car they will vandalize it, and come right up to your car even if you have a kid in the car.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthSayer

      It's idiots like you who make me embarrassed to say I am an atheist.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Common Sense

        I find that exceedingly hard to believe.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  47. techie

    everybody is a victim now. The blacks are a victim of the whites, Whites are a victim of affirmative action, the Republicans are a victim of Obama, The democrats are a victim of the rich, the Muslims are a victim of the Christians, the Christians are a victim of the Progressive liberals. The Hispanics are victims of everybody. Drug Users are a victim of dope, Children are a victim of their parents. We should just be called the United States of Victims.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • EddieHaskell

      Thank You. Wish I said it. God bless you!! Keep the faith. Go ahead, make my day!!!!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthSayer

      You can't get free hand outs in this country with out first being labeled a victim.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  48. deep blue

    On the day of 9/11, President Bush said, "we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining."
    We are a country that welcomes people of all faiths. When you oppress your fellow Americans because of their faith, you are casting a shadow on our light of freedom. You destroy what we fight so hard to protect.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      Yes we should pursue terrorists that choose to attack our country, but the vast majority of Muslims in the United States are just fellow Americans that love our country as much as you do.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get Real

      When you oppress your fellow Americans because of their faith, you are casting a shadow on our light of freedom.

      Gee, that's certainly what Muslims in America seem to be doing on a daily basis.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • deep blue

        Listen to yourself. What has Ms. Ali-Karamali done to oppress you? Absolutely nothing! So why blame her? Why blame the billions of Muslims who have done nothing wrong? If you can't distinguish between terrorists and innocents in your hatred, perhaps you need to broaden your view.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Common Sense

        When was the last time you were assaulted for being a Christian? Have you had to follow Sharia Law at any point in your life?

        This whole "War on Christians" screed in this country is embarrasing as it makes all Americans look st upid.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  49. MawcDrums

    THIS IS AMURRICA CNN. GET THIS HIPPY CRAP OUTTA HERE!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Christopher Wayne

    I am reminded of an interview right after 9/11, when an Iman said that he would not report the members of his Mosque if they were planning a terrorist act. He explained that he has to stick with his fellow Muslims, whether they are right or wrong. Add that to a religion that talks about killing unbelievers and you have an issue.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • biglio

      this is exactly like the church not reporting the pedophiles or not reporting a murder learned under confession...i don't see any difference.....

      September 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  51. DocReality

    Unbelievable. The 11th anniversary of the most disturbing act of terrorism ever inflicted and CNN decides to run this piece? What a disgrace. Muslims live in fear? Why should you? You have a president who's doing everything he can to make you more comfortable here.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  52. forreal89

    wow what nerve we are morning 9/11 and this Muslim is complaining about being scared. This is typical arrogance of the muslims population.

    IF YOU ARE IN FEAR LEAVE.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Eddie Haskell

    If you don't feel safe here, LEAVE!!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  54. doughnuts

    What a load of crap. Jews are the victims of faith-based hate crimes far more often than Muslims (67% versus 12% according to the FBI), but you don't see them running to CNN bleating about being victims.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthSayer

      Quit using facts, it will only confuse the left.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Yasser

    dude. he is not ignorant. he just miss understanding. calm down :)

    September 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Matisse

    The days of religious freedom for Muslims and connected extremists is over in this country. They have repeatedly proven theirs is a religion of hate, intolerance and violence. Now is the time in this country, to take the positive elements of this religion and create a new sect a new name for for those who wish to worship in a manner in which does not threaten those who do not subscribe to this religion and do not wish to be oppressed by a religion that discriminates against the very people who are devoted to it. If there is no change, no dilution of this religion there will be no place for it here in this country.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Socrates

      Zarathustra has spoken.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bam

      including ANYONE that looks like muslims aka hesetic? jews, Indians and hairy italians.

      get religion out of politics get religion out of the USA. religion = hate.
      American the land of the FREE as long as u r the CORRECT religion.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahmed

      Funny.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Matisse

        Ahmed, you can believe it's funny but I will never hurt you, oppress you or shun you...

        September 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dali

      Evil diluted is stil evil!!!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Matisse

        The positive elements of this religion are not evil and it would be ignorant to believe the entire Muslim religion and all who believe in it are evil... There is good within this religion, find the good and make it better, this is the essence of being American .

        September 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  57. MawcDrums

    "Religion of Peace"

    September 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Carlos

    Honestly I do not condone the hate for anyone due to race, skin tone, or religion... HOWEVER Muslim nations make it a habit to incarcerate, murder, expel, silence, and to inhibit anyone from any other religion other than Islam in their nations... Even in Saudi Arabia, one of the US's strongest allies in the region you aren't allowed to wear religious items such as crosses, or Stars of David around your neck...

    Cry me a river, if you are a Muslim living in this country and do not like it then you must consider the reason why you moved here to begin with and maybe consider moving back...

    Like I said, I don't care who you are or where you come from, but don't complain when you're in a nation that allows your freedom of worship, religion, and speech to be heard and spread.. try that in your "Home Country" and see what happens...

    September 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy

      i heard two wrongs make a right

      September 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • schmez

        So do three lefts.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Carlos

        Never said we should kill anyone, simply said if you hate it so much here the door is always open :)
        In any event if you ever have the wonderful chance to visit one of those countries (did it while serving this one) you will see what I mean.

        In any event, today is a day to remember those killed by a group of extremists, so let's not take away from that...

        September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos?

      Ever think that maybe they were born here?? Carlos...hmmm...sounds Latino....must be an illegal from Mexico

      September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Carlos

        Quite far from the truth, Spain is the nation and been a citizen for quite some time... I have spent time the US military as well serving this country, so what else do you need to say to make yourself sound smart?

        If you're going to say bad things about Mexicans, then what difference would it make that I have an issue with Muslims complaining about their well being and subsequently living in fear??

        September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rak79

      That's some serious ignorance man, my parents are from a country that is 85% Muslim and has large Hindu, Buddhist and Christian populations (Bangladesh). Even in Muslim dominant countries where other religions may have faced violence, it's not the will of the majority, its the extremist vermin who are causing trouble. Those countries unfortunately do not have the foundations the US has to handle this problem. US Muslim leadership (e.g ISNA) have strongly advocated minority rights around the world. Wake up people and please read a little more to learn what's going on in this world.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  59. schmez

    When "moderate" Muslims do more than just meekly denounce the extremist element, then I will be more respectful. Bill O'Reilly was right: "...MUSLIMS killed Americans on 9/11..." Not Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Coptic Christians, etc. Looking for sympathy on the anniversary just adds more fuel to the fire. NEVER AGAIN!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  60. TruthSayer

    Islam is a religion of peace. Shiites loving Sunni's, Fathers loving their daughters and wives...Oh wait, perhaps the truth this author is prejudiced against accepting is the more a civilized people learns about Islam, the more fear they will have towards it.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Hobie

    The problem that Americans have with Islam and Muslims is that they are always the ones committing terrorist acts against the U.S.!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Socrates

      Really? Invasion of Irak, 250.000 civilians killed. Bush, the smart dude, created this invasion with Tony Blair in search of WMD. They knew there was nothing. Who is the terrorist?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Mu'aatha

    Mark, please get your facts right. Islam is the largest religion in the WORLD unless you put ALL facets of Christianity together. why would you be so hateful? you are mistaken. and hateful. how dare you?!!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Phattee

    You do realize you just proved the author's point, right?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Bunkie Moon

    Muslims are afraid of Americans learning the truth about Islam .
    This is why articles like this are written , and published by the Dhimmi Media .
    Taqiyya propaganda at its finest .

    September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahmad

      This is not true. What Americans are unable to differentiate between is "religion" and "culture". 200 years ago American was not the educated place. this didn't meant Christianity was not the learned place. it was history and culture of this place. Now fast forward, Afghanistan is a backward country that lacks education (even about islam) so why people equate Afghanistan with Islam ?
      You compare book with book, teachings and teachings. When matching apple to apple, Islam was sent by same God that sent Christianity ( Jesus is considered as 2nd most important prophet in islam). so why fight ? long live America !

      September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Welled

    The murders of 9/11 remain and the murderers have not been caught of course. They have buried all of this under mountains of information that hides that fact and of course they want to make the world forget. In your news Syrias going strong. Conflict over governments out and the new one is in not the puppets they wanted either. Thats the way America does things. The murderers remain free until this day.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • $audi $upport

      The murderers AND their financiers.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Mailin Wong

    While 99.99% of Muslims are moderate people, the fact that they keep quiet and do not protest against violent act that have involved their religion is very puzzling...

    September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      They do protest. The problem is the Media only shows the .001% of the nutjobs.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mu'aatha

      Muslims have spent eleven and MORE years apologizing. was i the only one who saw ALL the full-page ads in major papers like the L.A. Times?? what more do you WANT from us? is not peaceful behaviour really enough?? MUSLIMS were victims of the 9/11 bombings, too. or is it so easy to forget us as other than "bad" people? we apoligize and KEEP apologizing. when will YOU be satisfied?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      Uh, the moderate Muslim community has been VERY vocal against the radical extremists, and they've held protests and talks and demonstrations against jihadists and violent fundamentalism. YOU are just NOT PAYING ATTENTION.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  67. 2e

    It is not fellow US citizens moderate American Muslims need fear- it is extremist moslems wordl-wide. Perhaps it would be accurate to say not only extremist moslems, but conservative muslims. Given that there are about 1 billion moslems world-wide. If you estimate that at least 6% are conservative to the extent of being politically Islamist, that is 60 million. What would Fareed Zakaria say to that estimate and its implications for th United States and all freedom loving people of the world? Is this comment factually accurate?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  68. MastersTaki

    I don't care if you abide by dog. But I do care if I, an infidel,deserves death. And I also care if your children deserves death if she/he choose to leave Islam.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Socrates

      All religions are for people who have no life at all. They need to believe in fantasias to fulfill their empty lives. Grow up.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JFH

      when the Quran says kill the infidels it talks about the infidels who lived during the 7th century, those infidels who tried time and time again to kill prophet Mohammed, torture his followers and destroy their properties and expel them from the land.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Yasser

    I am a Muslim and don't live in fear. Why I am going to live in fear? Most of the people watch FOX news and crap. ALL WHAT THEY TALKING ABOUT IS SHARIAH LOW. I really want someone talking about it to tell me what is shariah low. Maybe I don't know it.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Fred Garvin

    Well, if you believe in a religion that calls for killing jews, christians and gays, and treats women like cattle then what do you expect?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yasser

      give me a proof of what you just said please.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • doughnuts

        Go and read your Qur'an and hadith. It's all in there.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • schmez

        Start with a precept of Sharia law that allows fathers to murder their daughters known as "honor killings."

        September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Martin L Brooklyn

        What it says or doesn't say in their holy book foesn't matter.
        Just look at the leaders of muslim countries and what they stand for and perpetrate on their population and incite hatred day after day. Even in their postage stamps, as did Syria and others.
        Let's start with Iran and Ahminajadh who was recently hailed by over 100 countries while repeating vicious violent lies against all Jews and would twist history around to suit his lies. So, what is one poor infidel Jew like me to think about his chances of friending good-hearted responsible compassionate muslim co-religionists?>

        September 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • STLBroker

        The Koran, Sharia Law, Muslims flying planes into buildings as they scream "Allah Akbar", women being shot, hung and stoned to death for "suspected" infidelity. How many examples do you need?

        September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mu'aatha

      Yes. please DO provide proof for your inflammatory remark. no one would DARE say the same thing about Hindus or Catholics. shame on you.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Amr Azim

    This story is completely not true. I know a lot of Muslims who are living in the USA. They live a very normal, peaceful life practicing Islam with no worries.....Yes, very while and than incidents happen but that is part of any normal society. USA, is the BEST country to practice whatever religion you belief in it! I wonder how much CNN paid her to say such bad things.....
    I LOVE USA!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Christian Egyptian

    Directed towards "I am muslim" post: What is wrong with your comment is that World War 1, World War 2, nagasaki, and hiroshama was not done in the name of Christianity. 9/11 was in the name of Islam.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      WRONG. There is no justification in Islam whatsoever for what those so called Muslims that committed the crime of 9/11 did. Any true Muslim knows that taking the life of an innocent their punishment is Hell. So please don't say those criminals were muslim or doing it in the name of Islam.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • doughnuts

        Yes, but if you are an non-Muslim, then by definition you aren't "innocent".

        September 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • schmez

        Despite your polite plea: MUSLIMS killed Americans and other citizens of the world on 9/11/2001.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  73. SPW

    I feel this article should just say brown people instead of Muslims, most bigots just blindly hate on the skin color and assume their religion.

    Let's not forget the Sikh temple shooting.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • doughnuts

      How do you know the shooter wasn't deliberately targeting Sikhs? Why assume he was targeting Muslims and got it wrong?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  74. stunnedagain

    This is very disrespectful to post on 9-11. Sorry for feeling that way but due to muslim beliefs, not everyone's but because of the fanatical, 9/11 happened. Focus on the victims of 9/11 not the wannabe victims.

    CNN quit being so politically correct. I for one do not care about anyone but the ones who lost their lives THAT day and those risked theirs.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  75. timmy

    BOOO HOO everyone is ignorant. How many people actually know a Muslim and ask them about Islam instead of believing everything you see on tv. You can't blame 1 Billion people for what 20 people did. Should we blame our whole country of 300 million for invading Iraq illegally? And for what. How many of our soldiers died in that senseless wars. We need to stop meddling in other countries affairs and help the homless vets, unemployed and get our own house in order. You people are so ignorant. Maybe travel outside the states for once get a little culture,

    September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yasser

      I LOVED YOUR POST. Not a lot of people here in USA feel and having this fact.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • doughnuts

      I blame the ideology they followed when they flew planes into buildings.
      If others follow the same ideology, then that makes them suspect.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • schmez

      You are partially right. We do need to get our house in order first. However, if by merely traveling to foreign countries will give us better understanding through either alchemy or osmosis, I can learn and develop my own theories just fine by staying in my own country.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Joe

    CNN picks today of all days to look for sympathy for the Muslim community? Are you friggin' kidding me? I can give you nearly 3000 good reasons why the editor of CNN ought to be fired.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • stunnedagain

      My thoughts exactly. This is garbage. Remember what today is and not what someone wants us to think about.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • SPW

      Too much blind hate against Muslims, it's unnecessary and no sensible adult should try to shun an entire religious community over the faults that lay within it.

      I find the random hate against Muslims more unsettling than anything else, it's like we are soon to forget the sacrifices they also made on 9/11. What about the Muslim police officers and fire fighters? Surely there were Muslim lives lost in the towers and in the planes, they were as American as anyone else in this country.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • doughnuts

        If you look around the world, then you'll see that the most frequent target of Islamic terrorism is other Muslims: Sunnis versus Shi'ites, both of them versus Ahmadis.

        The only things they hate worse than each other are infidels and blasphemers.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Marcello Buontempo

    cnn pull this story shame on you

    September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Johnny

    Muslims, must understand!!!! we are America and have been founded by our beliefs in God!!! So, if your a mulsim you must understand that our American Beliefs come from God and not Mohammed! So get use to it.. if God offends you then go back to your own country where they kill and behead people in the name of Mohammed!!!!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      We promise to leave "your" country, as soon as you leave ours!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • milacelcia

      many of our founders did not believe in God or the Christian religion .. this is not a Christian nation .. it is a melting pot where you are free to practice your religion without discrimination.

      Christian fundamentalists / Catholics (or others who believe the Good Book) have killed their fair share of people in the name of God .. Muslim fundamentalists are not the only ones .. c'mon now .. let's be realistic.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Who cares

      This is by far the stupidest post probably ever written anywhere.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Sy2502

    That mentally impaired little girl in Pakistan who got framed by that coward of a Muslim cleric about burning the Koran has a lot more to fear than any Muslim in America.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • doughnuts

      Every Copt in Egypt does too.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  80. malibu123

    CNN, give it a rest. Can you at least lay off these crappy pro-islam articles until tomorrow? Islamists murdered 3000 people 11 years ago, can we just remember them in peace?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • chaoticidealism

      I understand that you're angry, but it was 11 years ago, and since then Americans have killed Muslims. We've had our revenge; let's try to look forward to peace.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  81. StanSitwell

    You know, Americans live in fear too. Of terrorists. You're not going to get sympathy for me living out there in Southern California and posting something on September 11th about how Muslims live in fear. Where were you 11 years ago today? I was waiting to see if my dad would come home from work or not.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Dave

    Mike, I'm not even American. I'm Canadian, and we get treated just as trashy as they treat Americans. I feel for you guys. Best of luck.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  83. RiseNShine

    Definitely doesn't deserve to be on the front page today. Maybe people sympathize with Muslims for what happened on 9/11 but does it make sense to let that overshadow what 99% of people world wide feel about? You wanted attention and you got it. Please pull this story off the front page and show some respect to the real victims.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mariajose

      Spare me the "We live in Fear"! If the NYPD is constantly watching the Muslim community, they have every reason to do so! I would rather have a law enforcement agency watch over the community vs I woke up one day went to work and died because some crazy ass decided to blow himself up or fly airplanes into a building!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  84. How about some perspective

    "Fear" is a relative term...
    I wonder who really has to fear...a Muslim living in the U.S. or an American living among radical Muslims (Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, etc...)?

    September 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  85. tinykhan

    Oh, um....TOO BAD. Reap what you sow....

    September 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Jeff Williams

    """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."""

    While I empathize with Sumbul and her kindred, the image of Islam as a violent religion has developed from world experience. Islam has a PR problem, and it is not up to US to rectify it. Muslims need to understand this basic reality.

    The West sees Sunnis bombing Shiites on a daily basis, with many deaths occurring at mosques or at funerals. Surely you (Sumbul) must understand that this violence also occurs despite Islamic teachings; in fact, some of the violence occurs BECAUSE of certain beliefs with basis in the Qur'an, whether interpreted incorrectly or not. It is this hypocrisy that continues to bolster our wariness of the concept of Islam as a peaceful religion. Again, Islam must demonstrate itself to be a religion of peace. We can't disbelieve our own eyes.

    """No religion can flourish for 1,400 years without being flexible and adaptable."""

    Islam has NOT shown itself to be flexible or adaptable. In fact, while Christianity went through a period of reformation and has generally been forced to accept (though grudgingly) that the world is advancing, Islam has remained pretty much as it was hundreds of years ago. And that's part of the problem. It guarantees that a larger percentage of your religion's followers follow the most fundamental (and some of the more lethal) tenets of Islam.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I 100% agree with Jeff Williams' comments! Good analysis.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  87. taryan

    Part of the quran sanctioned practice of lying to the infidel, known as taqiya, is to always portray yourself as the victim. An example would be when muslims allow terrorists to launch rockets from their homes and then go on the news weeping with the body of their dead child killed when a responding missile hits the house. Another example is right here for all to see: When 20 muslims murder 3,000 people, muslims cry out they are afraid because people might be unhappy with them. Muslims are a cancer on this planet. They will march in the hundreds of thousands if a quran is accidentally burned, but not one will speak out against terrorism in muslim majority countries (not the same as the taqiya approach used in the U.S. where they say they're against terrorism in public because theirs is a religion of peace, then dance in front of the tv at home when they see the infidels being killed).

    September 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Dave

    There is no such thing as a moderate muslim. You either are a muslim or you don't exist. Muslims want to rule the world. They have no respect for women or really humans in general.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • nilla

      Not only is your statement untrue, but it ignores the fact that Christians were exactly as you are saying Muslims are before liberal Christians started pushing for change.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Dr. Moorthy Muthuswamy

    "About sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of the unbelievers or call for their violent conquest; at best only 2.6 percent of the verses of the Koran are noted to show goodwill toward humanity. About seventy-five percent of Muhammad's biography (Sira) consists of jihad waged on unbelievers."

    Dr. Moorthy Muthuswamy

    September 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Christian Egyptian

    Bunch of garbage. Islam is not peaceful at all. As for living in fear, that is not the case at all in the US. The author mentioned two mosques set on fire. First there is no proof of what started the fires.
    Also, what about Christians in Egypt being killed in the open, churchs attacked and set on fire every few months. And all in the name of Islam. Islam is all about killing non muslims. To me, it' not even a religion.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • tikitonga

      Exactly!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JFH

      Islam protects all people no matter what your religion is. ignorant People create problems like in Egypt.most Muslims and Coptic people live in peace for years. Some Coptic people in US are so hateful of Islam and
      like to get sympathy so they get free money from Christians in the west........

      September 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      you can thank the American Govt for that because the people they put into power (muslim brotherhood) after the govt fell are letting that happen to the coptic christians.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  91. azures

    listen to all the j-off christians talking about how their religion is wacky. all your religions are worthless. would you like people to think all of you are pedophiles because a few priests touch kids? no? then don't condemn innocent people for the acts of some extremists. chances are most of them are more american and freedom loving than you are.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • azures

      hating god would be like hating the tooth fairy. i condemn the people willing to use their tooth fairy as a sword and shield for their ignorance and hatred.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      God = the adult version of Santa Clause

      September 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • bigreenize

        I'd rather believe and be right than not believe and be wrong!

        September 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • algorelies

      As usual, all things 9/11 completely misdirected and off target:
      truth is, with absolutely no evidence whatsoever left of what happened on that day, americans will continue believing the government fed story of 19 hijackers and some guy in a cave. the government story is the grand daddy of any and all "conspiracy theories".
      One question: what happened to all the tons of gold that the south tower held in reserve for other countries? What happened to the $600 billion plus in personal worth of the former president of Egypt? What happened to the 200 tons, or so of gold that Lybia owned? Where is the Iraqi oil going off to? What happened to Saddam's wealth?
      Folks, realize that what the U.S., France and Great Britain are doing is the equivalent of the 18th and 19th century bucanneer. Piracy of the last remaining and independent wealth held by any and all countries.
      Holding out, and barely by a few hairs is the United States Economy...but, just barely.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • doughnuts

        It's in the Federal Reserve Bank furthur up-town...where it always was.

        Now tell us how the planes were actually guided missiles that projected holograms of jet-liners around them.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  92. i am muslim

    I am a muslim but I not live in fear. as the articles states. I did not do anything wrong and I condemn 9/11. why should I live in fear for some fanatics. A muslim living in fear is not a muslim, u only fear allah.

    also remember world war 1 and 2 was not started by muslims, nagasaki and hiroshama were not bombed by muslims. Live in peace and enjoy life.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      most world wide violence is directly or indirectly related to Muslims, its been that way for 20+ yrs

      Im sorry for India that has received the brunt of Muslim aggression for several , several , several centuries.

      Muslims in India destroyed complete cities, only because they were practicing something other than Islam.
      The Deccan Muslim confederacy laid waste to Hampi, India in mid 1500s.

      From 1000 to 1560, its estimate that Muslims killed upwards of nearly 100 million Hindus ! And these counts in India increase yearly even now.

      So, you might be peaceful, congrats if you are. But statistics are against you.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Thats because you did not have Technology nor would if we Christians had not existed . Now that you do you make oceans of blood.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Rick McDaniel

    So do non-muslims.........not knowing who they can really trust, if anyone!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Leilah

    I can't believe that on the anniversary of 9/11 you want to place focus on muslims living in fear. Are you serious? This is one of the most unbelievable and insulting articles I've read. And like another reader pointed out, I am sure muslims in the US don't live in as much fear as christians and jews in muslim dominated countries such as Egyptian, Syria and Lebanon. And now, again, on 9/11 you want to place emphasis on your experience? I don't believe all muslims are terrorists or anything so ridiculous but I don't appreciate any group trying to shift focus from the most important thing of this day...which are the victims. Please save playing victim for another day.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  95. altsehastiin

    So, the basic thrust of the column is that American muslims are the real victims of 911.

    CNN made a poor choice to print this today, of all days.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • STLBroker

      Amen!

      September 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • nilla

      No, the point of the article is that people are id iots who don't understand that not everyone who is different from them in some way is exactly like everyone else who is different from them in that same way.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  96. GenXcynic

    I don't condone violence and hatred, but when the terrorists consistently commit acts against us and our allies in the name of YOUR god, can you really blame the haters? Whatever "cause" they hid behind was bound to suffer the stigma, deserved or not.

    I actually feel sorry for all religious people. Each and every one claims that "their" religion preaches hope, love, acceptance, and "fill in the blank" values. If this is the case then why all the fights over religion? Doesn't seem so enlightened to me!

    September 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      thats a ignorant statement. I would say Christians are just as war hungry as Muslims. Our country (America) is the most imperialist nation on the globe right now and I think most would consider America a Christian nation even if there is a separation of Church and State "technically". Don't get it twisted dude, Muslims aren't the "only" ones doing the fighting out there. We bombed a bunch of Buddhists not too many decades ago if you remember.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  97. MDB

    Why do muslims think they should be any different than other Americans. We all face disrimination of some level and we all have crimes in our surrounding neighborhoods. Ask them if it is better or worse than where they came from.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Steve

    Look lady, I understand it sucks being stereotyped and all you want to do is show Islam for the peaceful religion you think it is, but the fact is, around the globe Muslims are murdering their non muslim neighbors in almost any country they inhabit. Get it through your head that religion is the killer, that includes Islam, Christianity and the Jews and more. Throughout history, one religion kills the people of the other to convince them that their religion is the correct one. Its happened throughout history and being a best selling author really isn't going to make 1 bit of a difference in the world.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      "Muslims are murdering their non muslim neighbors in almost any country they inhabit."
      Ms. Ali-Karamali is not a murderer. She is not responsible for the sins of others. She has not harmed you, nor does she intend to, so why insult and defame your fellow American?

      September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • In Texas

        obamaachlama,himself a muslim and socialist would like to invite all of them in fear from us americans to the white house for shelter.mrs.obamaschlama will be so proud.

        September 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  99. two12er

    Seems that americans are more afraid of muslims than the other way around. So much in fact that romney-the-clown see it necessary to spend another $1 trillion so that we can bomb a few more schools in afghanistan.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • KMFJ

      Good... Hate to say it but the majority of people in Afghanistan don't care for human life. They hide Taliban so the Taliban can kill the American soldiers, just to blend back into the crowd. The villages/ers just pretend they don't know anything when in fact they're just as guilty.

      Wipe them all out and start over because we're not changing anything.

      September 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rekenstrana's Homunculus

        Yeah, people tend to NOT rat out the local warlords for the sake of keeping a temporary occupying force safe. They have to live there, after all–not you or the soldiers.

        Blame Bush, if anything.

        September 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • HypocritesSuck

        I'm sorry, But who, may i ask died and made you a expert on what most people in Afghanistan do or do not care about? did you ask? did you take a poll? yeah i didn't think so either

        September 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phil Stout

        I hope what was really meant by the first comment is, we can't tell friend from foe in our war on terror. War has changed when the enemy doesn't wear a uniform, they dress and blend in like civilians, AND the media seems to scrutinize every action a soldier makes. If the truly peace loving Muslims reclaimed their religion and helped stop the terrorists by pointing the "bad" guys out to troops of either side, things would get better. Muslims need to choose a side, peace or war. Peace requires pointing out the people who want war. The U.S. does not want war. But, we must defend ourselves.

        September 13, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  100. greg

    Talk means little. What Islam "says" and how its "practiced" are very different; the same can be said of Christianity. Yet Islam has been the most intolerant toward religious minorities; Christians have been fleeing persecution in the middle east for decades while Muslims have felt free to immigrate to the US, Europe, Canada en masse. The movement of people speaks loud and clear that when Islam is in majority other groups flee for their lives. There was a period when Islam was much more tolerant but that predated the ascension of the extreme Saudi sect, which unfortunately has tainted Islam almost everywhere with an intolerance of others who believe something different.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
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