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.
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!!
We, Americans are better people then your brothers with no tolerance for any other religion. Is there a church in Saudi Arabia? Yes we are better because we think woman should be educated and are better then dogs or sheep. Yes we Americans are better because we live in the 20th century, not the stone age with stone age laws. Your opinion sounds good, but in reality its just not so.
well everyone tries to somehow relate Muslims to Saudi Arabia. So should the Muslims also start relating all Jewish people to Israel, since Israel is a JEWISH state.
Common folks, we are talking here about countries that have secular democracies. A common man can never change the non secular minds of these countries.
Also, I am sure someone will bring it up, Israel is a Jewish state, but has mosques because some Israelis are Muslims.
None of the citizens of Saudi Arabia are non Muslims. So the idea of having a church is just not needed.
As for women, this is just misinformation to an extent that, even an educated fellow now a days think that Muslims keep women as slaves. It is alarming that people don't even notice that a country like Bangladesh, for example, with a 99% population being Muslims, is being run by a women.
Also, defining religion to match your aesthetics of the 20th century was not part of the plan.
Education, Education and Education can only move developing countries to the modern era. And unless and until the WORLD understands that, terrorists from every religion will breed and spread like wildfire, that even our great nation USA will not be able to handle.
"""Education, Education and Education can only move developing countries to the modern era. """
All of those words and you forgot to mention "infidels".
Infidels is as same as extremists.
I lived with a muslim for 2 years and am great friends with him today, but I still tell him to his face that I do not trust his religion and it's true followers. I would never attack anyone that has not personally threatened me, but I will not recognize this as only a religion. It's a system for control and domination, and it is clear about this. If you need a simple example, how can you trust a system that puts women below men? I know people want to show that they are open minded and accepting, but why be open minded and accepting of a religion that is so closed minded on every social issue you could think of?
Frightening. It grieves me that this is the truth that the media will not report.
You didn't address the fundamental issues 1)there are more Muslim terrorists than others. Why this is ?. 2). There is a fear in other religions that the so called 'Muslim should rule the world' could be dangerous, Is there such a thing ?.
Terrorism is not connected to Religion. Terrorism is simple the use of fear to enact change.
The only truth we can pull from this is that terrorist appear to be doing a good job of scaring American into enacting change. Look at all the freedom we have given up in order to try and preserve our lives a little longer. No one seems to be concerned about ensuring freedom and America are preserved.
I think most of the terrorists are made to believe that they are acting in the name of their God. Muslims are used for this, easily diverted to terrorism; the way their religious rules written and the tough religious practices could be main reasons.
You didn't address the fundamental issues 1)there are more Muslim terrorists than others. Why this is ?. 2). There is a fear in other religions that the so called 'Muslim should rule the world' could be dangerous, Is there such a thing ?.
Here is a brief answer to your questions,
1. Lack of education, poverty are the main causes of extremism in any religion. Islam has been spreading across the developing countries for decades, and the right wing extremists even in Islam have taken the opportunity to hire these impoverished people to spew hatred. The leaders of these so called JIHAD groups, has the media ever found out what their families did. Most likely, their families are living abroad, getting a batter education while the poor and uneducated are dying for a cause they have no idea about. Suicide bombers can only be stopped, if illiteracy and poverty can be changed to education, jobs and the vision of a better tomorrow.
2. Every religion preaches to go and educate people about your religion. Christians have been doing it in South America, Muslims have been in East Asia. Even the Ottoman empire, had to fail eventually. Far Right philosophers are stating that Shariah Law is basically abolishing other religions, death penalty for adulterers and murders, and injustice to women. Not even one statement is true about the Shariah Law. Let's take an example, Jewish followers in the US can marry and divorce a spouse on the teachings of their religion. Same way, Muslims are stating that their Shariah Law states specific guidelines when divorcing a spouse and the state should accept certain parts of the Shariah Law to address these kind of concerns within a religion. Far right fools don't want to learn, read or even think about these facts.
"""Islam has been spreading across the developing countries for decades, and the right wing extremists even in Islam have taken the opportunity to hire these impoverished people to spew hatred."""
Left unstated, Habeeb, is that the spread of Islam across developing companies is directly related to population growth in these very areas, and is not due to acceptance of the ideology by thinking adults.
If that's true, then US muslims know what the rest of the world feels: fear of muslims. Pick almost any war in the entire world and I'll bet that over 90% of the time muslims are one of the waring parties. Don't tell me islam is a peaceful religion. One last thing: If muslims feel fear in the US, go back to your own country. Problem solved.
Crusades, 100 years war, pretty much any war from Medieval Times are religion based and its christian religion Not islamic.
if you want something more recent; Cold War, Vietnam War, Korean War, Gulf War, War in Sudan, any civil war, all wars in Africa.
you have your ratios wrong. 99% wars are not islamic based. the 1% that are have been perpetrated by Western society. Go read a history book.
LC, while I'm not arguing he is right, you are wrong about the crusades. Learn about the Golden Age of Islam and why the Christian kingdoms felt a need to defend themselves against Muslim aggression and occupation that spanned centuries.
The Crusades are infamous for the Christian violence against Muslims – no doubt – but the Muslims were not innocent victims in this series of conflicts.
It is disgraceful that CNN put this article front and center on 9/11, of all days. A sob story about Muslim fear? What about non-Muslim fear pretty much everywhere in the 1st world that has to put up with Islamic radicalism – not to mention the huge cost and emotional burden put on all of us due to attacks like 9/11, londing bombings, etc.
Agreeing witha poster above, what give me hope is when our military rains hellfire on these psychopaths. The American watered-down version 2.0 Muslims may tolerate and assimilate to our lifestyle of freedom, liberity and individualism, but the vast majority abroad in the ME would like to see us burn. You wonder why there is fear??
This day is to honor those lost on 9/11 and subsequently thereafter who fought for our freedom. End.
I agree. This wasn't a religious war, but their religion is putting itself in the spotlight. When there is no flag to fight, but only an ideal – it is uncouth to call out that system of ideals that is designed to put us into submission?
Being a Muslim does not mean one is from the Middle East so it doesn't matter what people from the Middle East think. You can't separate the two for some reason?
Your government is lying to you and claiming victim-hood in much the way Israel does, to commit more and more atrocities worldwide in the guise of securing liberty for US citizens, when in reality, the supposed rights of supposed citizens (especially the working class) are being destroyed..
The whole populace lives in fear...You need not be afraid of Muslims, be afraid of the big pirate, the big terrorist...That's our own government.
Happy 9/11 – Bankers/Multi National Corporations: 1 Humanity: a big fat 0
That comic is soooooo right, you just cant fix stupid.
Watch this video about the truth about 9/11 inside job. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NyBzLs618k&feature=player_embedded Zionist Jews did 9/11.
So if they are so afraid living here, GO BACK!!!
"we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining." – President Bush, 2001.
Are we turning off the bright beacon of freedom? Muslims are not welcome in this country because of their religious faith?
"They" being Muslim-Americans, who have been in this country as long as you and I – is that the "they" you are talking about?? And, where exactly should they go "back" to?????
I hear people talking about the violence Christians have committed throughout history. Let's put this in context. I may be wrong but as far as I can remember the last war that was officially sanctioned by The Pope was Invasion of Italian patriots (1867). That was 145 years ago. Since then the Vatican has come out against war and pushed for peaceful resolutions. Let me be clear I am no fan of the Catholic religion. I only use them because they are the oldest of the Christian denominations. They have lots to be ashamed of but in my opinion warmongering is no longer one of them. I don't condemn them for what was done in the past. They can't change that. I do applaud them for making the decision to at least follow the teachings in The Bible concerning the killing of others and attempting to grow as human beings. Yes many died during that time but the organization grew beyond the need for violence. Muslims can't say the same.
The Author says that Islam has changed and adapted over 1400 years. She says that knowing most Americans are unaware that it HAS NOT changed since the time of Mohammad when it began. It's one of the things they are most proud of. The fact that they worship and practice their religion in the same way as it was given to the prophet so long ago. It's a religion that adheres STRICTLY to the words of The Qur'an. To change it is considered BLASPHEMY!!!! She knows this but is attempting to play on emotions and the common knowledge that Christian religion is constantly in flux and evolving so Islam must be as well. It's understandable but JUST NOT TRUE.
She talks about being in fear and how many Muslims speak out against atrocities committed by a small few. How most Muslims are peaceful. Well I have a few Muslim friends and I do believe that to be the case but I believe it's also self serving. When 9/11 happened many Muslims were dancing in the streets. I remember watching video of it. Not just radicals but common people celebrating the deaths of thousands. Muslims flooded the streets to welcome home Abdelbaset al-Megrahi who bombed Pan-Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland to a hero's welcome. Armed Muslim groups are murdering unarmed civilians in the Sudan and other parts of the world in an effort to take over the population and install Islamic law. My question to the Author...Where is the outrage? I see it from millions of Christians who have organized in order to help stop this from happening but from "moderate Muslims" nothing. The truth is they will stay silent in the shadows and only come out when the world looks at the end result and then looks to them with accusing eyes. Then they will step forward and say " Hey, That's not us! that's not what we're about." but it is. I am my brothers keeper and if he does evil in the name of my family with my knowledge of it occurring it's my duty as a human to stand up and stop it. When you stay quiet you are co-signing every atrocity committed in the name of Islam. Yes we are afraid of The Other as you put it. The Other is YOU and YOU are to busy TELLING ME not to fear YOU instead of SHOWING ME why I should instead trust you.
Islam is the 2nd largest religion on our planet. There are an estimated 2.1 Billion Muslims in the world and yet a small fraction does ALL of your talking for you. stop blaming the victims for your plight and take charge of your religion. Put all that money to use flushing out this small majority faction and rid yourself of the problem once and for all. They only exist because you ALLOW THEM TO!!!
Thank you Kevin. I think you hit the nail on the head (or the muslim on the headscarf).
Good points, Kevin.
It's been 11 years. GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT! GET OVER IT!
We will never forget.
Sorry you have to live in fear. You know what else is scary? Being covered in burning jet fuel and leaping out of a building to one's death.
No, it just goes to show how ignorant our population is and how Americans have gone on a witch hunt and labelled all Muslims as evil. People like you completely miss the point. You realize how many Muslims have been murdered in this coutnry since 9/11 simply for being Muslim? Not only that, but many Sikhs have been ignorantly murdered as well because people are so stupid that they assume they are the same. Not only murders, but Mosques have been burned to the ground in the US. Not too long ago, a Mosque in TN was burned down as a case of arson.
Obama is a muslim.
says the idiot who can't use the correct context of "you're"
Doesn't make it any less true though. You are a retard.
Ms. Ali-Karamali please shut up!
You did not show sympathy to the 9/11 victims and their families. Can you write another article about "Non-Muslims in the world live in fear before and after 9/11". Please Do Not try to convince us to believe islam is a peaceful religion 'cause it has never been. I read your Q'ran and it made me sick. Please read the Bible and then tell us the differences between the two.
Trick question – there is no difference...
The difference is that Bible is full of fairy tales, but the Holy Quran is full of miraculous facts, scientists have confirmed it.
Can you tell me one scientific miracle in the Bible?
Good thing that Christianity is such a peaceful religion and that its proponents have never hurt anyone in spreading it to the exclusion of any other beliefs, because that would really put a dent in the point you are trying to make. Oh.... wait....
It is normal in a society that if a group of people look differ, act different, and practice different customs, than the mainflow of that society then that group will feel isolated. Majority of or forefathers immigrated here and melted into the society that existed. Majority of new immigrants do not melt in but desire to keep their own beliefs, dress and customs.
It is normal for members of a group that commits acts of terrorism and mass murder against a country to feel threatened in that country.
Honestly I understand what the article is trying to do and I do agree with some of the points made...But you fail to look at it from our point of view...We had close to 3,000 innocent civilians killed because Muslims got on a plane and in the name of Allah flew those planes into a symbol of our country and we're supposed to be tolerant of that? What do you expect us to think about Muslims now? And not only that, we had to watch these animals on TV celebrating in the Middle East in the streets as the buildings came down? Seriously? Then we get Muslims who try to shove a mosque down our throats by making a fuss about putting one by Ground Zero and completely not caring/understanding why Americans would see that as horrendous...Islam is not a bad religion by any means and I have a lot of Muslim friends who are the nicest people you could ever meet but Muslims in this country will be associated with this for years to come (fairly or unfairly) because it was done in the name of Islam...Germans will forever be associated with concentration camps and the Holocaust, but it was a select few that did it and the entire country got tagged as facists...I don't profile people based on their religion/ethnicity/etc. but I have a very hard time feeling sympathy for Muslims here who claim they're outraged over how Americans view them
i think we should stop fearing Muslims and start fearing all religious people. its a scary thought that people believe hole heatedly in a magical being in the sky. its a scary thought what the atrocities people have committed against their fellow man because somebody said they heard voices in their head and it was god. its scary to think how illogical people because of religion despite the proof of facts! religion allow people to justify doing horrible things to each other and thats scary.
It was people who hated traditional religion - Nazis and Communists - who were responsible for more bloodshed in the 20th century than was probably shed in all the previous centuries of "religious wars" put together.
Most atheist scientific minded individuals of the modern age don't like religion, but you don't see us calling to massacre all of them. Don't use Hitler and Stalin as an excuse to support religion's worth.
"The German census of May 1939 indicates that 54 percent of Germans considered themselves Protestant and 40 percent considered themselves Catholic, with only 3.5 percent claiming to be neo-pagan "believers in God," and 1.5 percent unbelievers. This census came more than six years into the Hitler era." do some research cause once again a theist is wrong. also communism is a government style not a religious group, and on that matter capitalist America has probable killed just about the same amount of people as any communist state with two bombs, look up Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
The primary problem with Islam as well as OTHER religions (to greater or lesser degree) is that so many of their believers live FOR religion rather than BY religion.
As an illustration of this idea - Certain religious philanthropists, missionaries, workers etc, give money and/or effort - some in the extreme - not so much from the perspective of easing or healing human misery out of compassion, but rather from the perspective of gaining "goody points" for their anticipated afterlife. . Their efforts represent a sort of commercial view (What can I buy for myself) on being religious and such practices are to be condemned, notwithstanding any compassionate benefits provided thereby to others.
Even worse than doing good for personal "goody points" is, of course, the practice of giving for religio-political purposes - which would appear to be a dominant motive in the instance of Islam.
Bottom-line INTENT is the key ! ! ! : The devil is in the details, as usual ! ! !
Nothing like a white wash, great spin story. The problem is not this writer it the other 400 million Muslins that want to kill every American and Jew in the world. She needs to fear these pepole as much as we do, if she lived in the middle east she would be in a bag when in public. She needs to wake up and smell the coffee. Islam overran the middle east and almost Europe not by being a nice religon, they killed all the way. This is not my tainted view, this is history and it has not changed.
I'm Canadian and we have a much lower Christian population. So on a Canadian news site I'll rarely see more than a couple other people trying to portray the Christian perspective. I have to say that I'm not so impressed with my American Christian brethren! Remember to turn the other cheek and to forgive your enemies and trespassers. Don't get caught up with babbling in Babel! If you feel the inexplicable hostility and necessity to lash back at someone if you don't agree with them, you're giving into the demons and are no better than the non-believers. Please pray about it and share this view, in a kind, understanding and respectful way if you find that you agree.
they are all bad!!!!!! they act like animals get out of this country and go home to your land
This is ridiculous. The muslims in this country enjoy more freedom than ever in their home country... This great country has more tolerance than any other. I really hate that CNN published this on 9/11. Why is it the "moderate" muslims do not condemn the actions of the radicals?? They need to become more vocal about the insane actions of their Islamic brothers.
CNN can publish what they want, even if, in my opinion, it is completely inappropriate. But, post one wrong thing on their boards and they ban you from making comments.
Nothing like the press, that screams for free speech, suppressing ours.
This is a useless article posted on a more useless news organization.
You're an idiot
European Christians live in fear 100 years after 9/11. It will happen. Too bad.
The lady writer should go to Saudi Arabia and drive a car. She will be whipped to blood and then she will believe that islam is about terror. You can't drive a car there, and you say islam is adaptable.
I'm an ER physician, trying to help save american lives; I'm a muslim born and raised in the USA; these replies are an example of how narrow minded people can be and how much hatred is harbored in their hearts. We are not willing to accept other cultures and religions. Such a beautiful article explaining feelings of a people is receiving horrible criticism for no reason; I hope one day people will become more accepting and tolerant of each other.
Then you should speak out against the atrocities of your brethren, especially on a somber day like today. OR you could convert to Christianity.
Well when the Islamic Religion accepts that they need to respect other religions I will be first in line to shake their hand. Until then they are my enemy just as much as I am their's. When there is no more Islamic Terrorists or Muslim Extremism and they lay down there arm's not in defeat but in wanting peace and respect, I will do the same. Until the Anti-Semitism is gone from this planet not because I like Jews but because everyone has a right to live, I will not be Anti-Muslim. The Muslim Community in this world is bringing this apon themselves, until the muslims stand up and put a Iron Fist down saying we will not accept this in the Muslim World, then Muslims will always be looked down apon as a Violent Religion and People who are power hungry and wanting this entire world in their Violent ways. So I don't have any pitty on them and I don't care how many die over there.
Now the Islamic World can blame the US and the Western world for all their hardships since the beginning of time but at the end of the day the Western World allows all religions to worship freely and the Arab World does not. If the Arab World would take Religion out of Government the World would be so much better off. There will always be influences from religion don't get me wrong but at least it won't be the governing factor. But thats a fantasy.
So Muslims can live in fear and I ain't going to shead a tear, Christians live in fear everyday in the Arab World too. So do Jews. Why should they be any different? If they want to play the "Eye for a Eye" game we can play it too.
My concern...The Islamic relics section of the Topkapi is highlighted by the Prophet and his closest's swords (used in batle). Islam from the outset demanded respect rather than sought to attract followers with the idea of peace.
On the other hand, when Christians reclaimed Spain by force from the Islamic Moors in th 1300-1400's, the local Jewish population followed the tolerant Muslims out in (justifiable) fear of what the Inquisition minded Christians held in store. A muslim business associate of mine said once, "Judaism teaches what we beleive, Christianity teaches why we believe it, Islam teaches one how to do it."
Personally, the history of the organized Abrahimic religions is an embarrassment to believers.
911 WAS AN INSIDE JOB = MUSLIMS ARE NOT TO BE BLAMED
@New World Order.
Your tin foil cap has covered your tiny brain.
Sorry folks, but you get back what you put in, if these Muslims complaining about fear and security have a legit case, then it is upon them FIRST to handle the bad apples amongst them, sitting down watching and complaining is only for the helpless and advantage takers. Clean your house, as other religions have done before you, then you'll get credibility, until then please do not complain, since you do not have a leg to stand on.
You see, Liberals (unlike some republicans) use our common sense and knowledge when being objective, This is a leftist article for sure, but a lot of liberals here are even saying... come'on, stop whining. I couldn't expect you to pick up on something like that though.
Look up the FBI Uniform Hate crime report there are are much more antisemitism in the United States than Anti-muslim, much more in fact.
What would ever cause that to happen... I mean you'd have to murder like 3,000 people for that to happen... Oh, wait a second...
Today's Is1amic power comes from o1l. Once the o1l runs out, the internat1onal bank1ng cart3ls will eat up all of their mon3y and they'll be r3duced to p3lting each other with p3a-sh00ters in the desert. We're only about four or five gen3rations away from the fall of fundam3ntalist Is1am from the global stage.
Sorry about the numbers in there. There was a word that it wasn't letting me post and I'm still not sure what that word was.
are you making open threats?
Islam is a hate group.
most religions are a hate group if you are not part of their group
No matter how much Muslims say their religion is peaceful, the very fact that Islam teaches intolerance and the destruction of non Muslims if they do not convert to Islam is something to abhor about the religion. Islam is "Satanic" in this instance. The goal of Islam is to subvert the entire globe to their religion and death to those who do not. Now, try and argue that Sumbul Ali-Karamali!
Ridiculous. Christians say anyone who is not Christian is going to hell, is misguided,is "Satanic," etc. How is that any different from what you charge? It is precisely your sort of rhetoric that causes the problem. I am sick and tired of the American penchant for making anyone who is "different" the "Other." We have used "they" and "them" for far too long - against ANY non-Christians, against non-white skin colors, against non-traiditional gender roles.
It is not appropriate to post this article in this painful day. CNN, you guys are too bad.
They should. Whereever they go they cause problems. If they are affraid, let them convert to another religion, just like the way they force others to convert to Islam in their own countries!
"Although countless Muslims have condemned the acts of 9/11 in the United States and worldwide . . . . . . were denounced as mass murderers by Islamic religious leader"
Who, Where, When. I have yet to hear anyone of significants from the Muslim community speak with any ferver to denounce terrorists who use Islam to carry out their mission. Maybe blame it on the media, but until the Muslim community unites with a HUGE HUGE voice to denounce and separate from these terrorist, your silence will be viewed as compliance.
The reason you don't hear from Muslim Community because there is nothing to do with 9/11 and Muslims. Again, Bin Laden wasn't a Muslim leader. If you are talking about apologizing, it should be US for their sordid affairs of telling lie when they are going to invade Iraq without any reason and killed millions of people.
Draw a picture of mohammed and see what will happen to you.
The United States protects muslims from Islamic law.
An american Muslim is not a real muslim..a real muslim lives under Islamic Law..Islam is little more than law.
I feel for your case Sumbul, as Americans in general are pretty ignorant. However, the reason so many Americans live in fear is because there's an estimated 165 million radical Muslims out there. That's half the population of our entire country. There are billions of Muslims, and for some reason, the billions aren't willing to stand up to the clerical leadership. And when they do, you get the Muslim Brotherhood running Egypt. I'm still holding optimism that Egypt will change, but as a Jew, I'm not holding my breath. It's time Muslims starting taking care of one another, and stop blaming others and hating others for their issues.
That is right... Why the western world is not up in arms with all the atrocities commited by muslims in the Middle East and other parts of Asia and the Asia Pacific? Have you read of the persecutions and killings Christians are suffering by this cancer call 'muslims'?
They cannot live in peace with other religions, why would they deserve to live in peace here in America?
Just non-sense what you wrote. Sept 11 was not done by Muslims but a terrorist group. Bin Ladan wasn't a muslim leader nor we knew him b4 Sept 11, He is like a person like Terry Jones of Florida are an extremist and only known by few people. Hitler was a Christan and that's why all Christan are not terrorist. Do you know how many Muslim died because of Sep 11. More than 5 million (Iraq, Afghanistan). Now when Bush gone for Iraq war, he lied to American People and there were no WMD found in Iraq. Now still you claim Muslims for Sep 11 then I feel sorry for you.
Actions speak louder than words. Since 9/11 muslims have continued on a terror campaign around the world, spurred on by their imams, while their mouthpieces keep saying "But islam is a peaceful religion."
Muslims are afraid.
The problem here is...?
This is rich. When Fred Phelps and the clowns down at the WBC go and protest a soldier's funeral, you Christians all jump out of the woodwork to make sure that we all know that "most Christians aren't like that". As a non-religious person, I believe you all when you say that. I have tons of family and friends that are Christian, and can see very few of them holding derogatory signs at a funeral. But, about half of my Christian friends and family will do what a lot of you all are doing right now. You all are pretty quick to associate ALL Muslims with the fringe lunatics who attacked the WTC on 9/11. Why won't you afford your Muslim brothers the same benefit of the doubt that you afford yourselves?
Your answer is in your reply. Because muslims do not condemn the actions of the radicals in their group. Christians condemn Phelps and his ilk.
Maybe because the 'terrorists' come to this country, assimilate into the population, bide their time, 'learn how to fly planes', and then VOILA! ATTACK!!! It's not just some lunatic who claims Chrisitanity is the reason he went nuts with a gun, but people who come here and make it their mission to take out Americans....it just seems a little more diabolical.
Well thescogg. If the vast majority of the followers of the "Religion Of Peace" were to stand up and make VOCAL statements on how their fellow followers of the "Religion Of Peace" are wrong, similar to what us Christians state about the WBC wack jobs, then all the followers of the "Religion Of Peace" would not all be categorized as terrorists or terrorist lovers.
I think they do speak out against terrorism. As I told another poster, the Christians in this country outnumber the Muslims 100 to 1, so of course their voice isn't going to be heard as loudly.
And, I think it's sad that they have to prove to you that they're not terrorists because there was one attack perpetrated by 19 Muslims over the course of 236 years. Hitler was a Christian, but I don't see Billy Graham jumping on TV to apologize for his actions. And, it would be ridiculous to think he owes that to anybody.
You just pointed the main reason why most people have this perception of Muslims. They do not speak out, so their silence is viewed as excepting. Look at other examples across our great country and you will see ordinary people rise to support or protect their beliefs. The Muslim community across the world is silent, so you can not blame non-muslims from being skeptical of their true motives.
Isn't it a little unfair to say that the Muslims aren't speaking out 'loud enough' compared to Christians, when Christians outnumber Muslims 100 to 1 in this country? It's not like you guys listen anyways when they do try.
Wrong again thescogg. It doesn't matter if Christians outnumber muslims 100 to 1 in this country. What everyone is saying is Muslims should speak out against their radical brethren and the atrocities that they have committed. It's not Christian vs Muslim, it's Muslim vs radical violent muslim thugs.
GetOffYourHighHorse, they do. That's literally what the whole article you're commenting on is about. Do you people even read, or do you just jump straight to the comments to spread intolerance? I'm so sick of you sick puppies.
americans want to rule-plain and simple.whoever resists american hegemony,is demonized.according to americans,it is always the other side that is bad.when americans murder people around the world,that is ok.but,when foreigners retaliate,then americans cry forever.americans are very,very bad people.
They don't like it then go back to where they came from. They would be much more comfortable and so would we. Just get out!
I'm a native american and I am getting a kick out of your replies...
A group of people recently called on the government to start monitoring mosques for radical elements.
Sounds like a bunch of intolerant "Islamophobes" but the people doing the calling are Muslim scholars, and the mosques they want monitored are in Saudi Arabia.
Too bad the peace-loving "moderate" Muslims in the U.S. won't police themselves the same way.
I think that the author is Haile Selassie. Get it? Haile Selassie! Oh, I crack me up. And your religion is the pits.
You're not going to get much support nor sympathy from Americans. Perhaps the radical Muslims that have brought terror and death to our country should have had more brains and common sense when they set out to perpetrate their vile acts of violence and evil. Had they been blessed with an ounce of intelligence, they would have realized the injustice they have done to Allah, the religion as a whole, and the Americans that practice the faith, which by the way, like all religions, keeps men in the stone ages, unable to think rationally and intelligently.
The writer of this article might be practicing "Jihad of the Pen". We are all too familiar with "Jihad of the Sword", but there is also Jihad of the pen and tongue called for.
That consists of speeches and writings designed to placate the intended victims of Jihad.
Will the writer tell us how many Muslims will publicly and firmly denounce all parts of the Quran that call for violent Jihad?
Will the writer tell us how many Muslims will publicly and firmly denounce all the Imans that call for violent Jihad?
Will the writer tell out how many Muslims quietly smiled at the carnage of 9-11?
In denouncing the Jihad call for by the Quran and the many Imans, the writer might start with herself.
I'm waiting . . .
You're insinuating that the author of this article is trying to incite some kind of holy war? I think the author is trying to bring light to a situation that is all to real, as evidenced by the hatred in these comments. You sick puppies...
"Opinion, US Muslims live in fear"....GOOD!
Pets are not allowed according to the Koran. The question is whether "practicing Muslims" abide by it. I've read parts of the Koran, and it clearly states a dog is "unclean" unless it is kept as a hunting dog or watch dog. Does the author deny this? Or simply choose to ignore it.
For the past 11 years where is the public outcry from US Muslims to their brothers in the middle east telling them to stop and that the support the USA. Please. Zero sympathy.
And what about allowing and condoning the hatred of Christians. Saudi Arabia has banned Christian churches. Yet they demand the right to build a mosque in Italy. Iran locks up Christians and persecutes them. The double standard continues. The Muslims want America to let them have their cake and eat it too.
"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."
Wonder what would happen if a rabbi spoke at a mosque about Judaism and women? The unfortunate truth is that the author has a lot more tolerance for other religions then the majority of Muslims living here and abroad. It would be nice if Muslim leaders around the world and in the U.S. could be more vocal and condemn Islamic extremists, hate for other religions, and equal treatment for women, but the sad truth is they follow a book that encourages this hatred and rewards you for it.
I as an Muslim speaking on behalf of the Muslim community, I as an Muslim condemn this brutal acts by these wild animals. Makes me really sad because these stupid ppl are defaming Islam. The Noble Quran clearly states "He who kills one man kills the whole humanity". These people follow their own religion, because Islam doesnt allow innocent children and women getting killed, infact If you kill one person you kill the whole humanity.
Muslims women's right are good, but there are some few people misusing the name of Islam.
sorry charlie... no sympathy for this writer!!!
The writer said JEWISH TEMPLE.... Shouldn't it be Jewish Synagogue?
really that's all you took away from this article.
What a joke...! They should just ship all muslims to the other side of the world, period!
If you want to see extremist please go and see a mirror. Read about Islam before any comment. Should you spent time googling some point about Islam, then you would not be here.
Well, Barrack Obama does not live in fear! Even though he attended a church (where destruction of america was preached) for twenty years, he was never formally converted by baptism or other similar rituals. So he must have retained the religion of his father, the Islam,
Your point? You are only emphasizing the ignorance that the author is speaking of. Those of the Muslim religion that are fanatic in the ways we all detest are a minority. So you judge a larger number by the smaller amount? What of our allies like Saudia Arabia then? Turkey? It's ironic this nation was founded to get away from religious prejudice and here we are doing what the forefathers did not wish.
Muslims live in the US in fear? Maybe in Redneck Land. Even then it does not approach the degree of fear that Christians live in over the Middle East. We might have room to improve, but we are still one of the most tolerant nations on earth.
The US Muslim population can help itself by being much more vocal in condemning the acts of Islamic Extremists at home or abroad. This has happened, but not nearly enough.
Agreed....i believe American Muslims live in shame and portray it as fear
I am ashamed of the fear and ignorance that drives Americans against Moslems. There is a total lack of intelligence in the conversations. The terrorists that participated in 9/11 had no more to do with Islam than McVeigh had to do with Christianity.
While this is true, you cannot expect Americans to not look at a Muslim and feel the paranoia that they could very well be a terrorist, because, it IS possible! You never know!
By that logic, you shouldn't be able to look at a Christian without feeling paranoia either, due to the actions of McVeigh and other Americans who have committed acts of terror against their own. That, too, is equally plausible ... mathematically-speaking, moreso, actually.
Aren't double standards the best?
Steve, Your ignorance (is it on purpose?) of the proven violence embedded within Islam is pathetic.
Welcome to the club! If you were any good at policing your own maybe none of this wouldn't have happened. Quit hosting radical Clerics to speak in your Mosques in the USA, Quit sending money and support to these upstanding members of your so called religion of peace and take a real stand. Tell your religious leaders that you want to live and let live and that its time to let your religion evolve with the times. After all there are more of you sheep than there are wolves take the power back.
Americans live in fear, that's why they refuse to seek truth and would rather just be told that someone is out there protecting them from the boogeyman.
You forgot to take your meds this morning. pls do
This kind of reminds me about the part where Muslims were responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans. And how Islam is a religion of hatred and bigotry. You want sympathy because you "live in fear"? What about the people that don't live at all anymore because your religion murdered them?
This is not a fair statement to anyone that was not involved. I dislike Christianity a great deal, which has historically committed as much or more tragedy than all other religions. It comes with the territory. But to blame people OF such an organization for the actions of a few radicals is truly "living in fear". Pull your head out of your ass and take a look around sunshine. The world does not revolve around your ideals.
So the lead article...on the front page of CNN....on 9/11....is about Muslims living in fear???????? CNN YOU SUUUUUUUUUCK SO BAD YOU SUCK LESS THAN SUCKING SUCKS.
Writing from a neutral point of view, let us put things into reason. SOME people hate muslim because of the acts of a few bad apples, but when you turn that logic around, you can basically say any religion or any race or any gender is related to terrorism because there are always rare bad Americans or Chinese or insert your own race/religion/gender here that do extremely bad things, and by applying those flawed logic, we can say therefore you're a terrorist or bad person. So that logic is flawed.
For those who say, look at muslims who do bad things to themselves, you can easily say the same for every religion or race or gender when you stop being bias and retrieve just bias information (unless you're telling me all Americans or all Christians are good people, no, we know for example a few bad apples, again, some of the serial killers were Christians!!!). There will always be good and bad people in every religion, society, culture, etc. We have to accept that's a fact.
Unfortunately, in reality, the people who makes the most noises are those few people. The good people who think and reasons and do the right thing, they seldom make a fuss unless it's a righteous thing to do. Even if in a room with 100 people, 99 people keep quiet, just 1 noisy idiot will make the whole room noisy.
Having said that, I look at the comments here and some were really nasty ones. The problem is, when you're being nasty to someone, they will be nasty in return and nasty to all those you stand for, and then it starts a big bad circle of hatred. Is this what we aim to achieve by making nasty comments? Some people like peace, some like to fight over anything really, it's diversity of life, I accept that.
I also accept that there will always be more good people than bad people on this planet, it's what gives us hope and enables humanity to thrive for so long. I'm sorry but I think we need to be more forgiving, it's extremely difficult to do this, especially if someone has done bad things to you, but I want to break the circle of hatred.
You know, this philosophy that "everyone is mean once in a while" adds up to nothing. Islamofacism is a major, major threat to world order and this relativistic pablum is really vacuous, and amounts to living in denial.
I couldnt agree more!! Terrorists are in all cultures. They are called extremists and are very bad people. I for one believe that we can all coexist peacefully if we all learned to listen to each other rather than fight. Maybe learn about and from each other and create a peaceful balance. Ignorance is the first step to hate, which in turn creates violence. People need to educate themselves before they hate someone for what they think they know. I just hope that someday peaceful coexistence will be possible for humanity.
If the Muslim people don't want to rock the boat. The following has to happen:
Respect our laws of the United States of America
Respect women as they do men
Enough covering all up.
Lastly tell the Extremists enough with the hate or when push comes to shove
the USA will destroy all of them.
So Anthony, with the "covering up" nonsense, what do you propose? Wearing tight pants and snug shirts? And who exactly does that benefit? If someone WANTS to cover up, who are YOU to say they cannot??
I was raised Catholic and embraced Islam in 2004. Before I was Muslim I dressed pretty conservatively, but still....the stares and comments I got from men was sometimes unnerving. Wearing body hugging clothing only benefits one group of people – men.
Maybe men should be encouraged to wear pants that hug their crotch, so women know what to expect up front. How would men like that?? I think they would hate it, and rightly so.
When I say cover up, I think it is crazy that Muslim women have to have to covered up from
head to toe. I would think you as a female would agree with me...But I guess
YOUR United States? You do comprehend that some of these American Muslims were born here and are as much an American as you are. Your religion does not make you more American than they are.
I don't see any where in my initial statement "MY" United States. I was voicing my thoughts
we live in the United States Of America.
Don't tell me who I am going to trust or not. the Obama administration has demeaned Christians since he has taken office.
Your comment demains Christains.
Uh huh...and what other boogey man stories does your mommy tell you when she tucks you in at night?
Who is more fearful, a muslim in the U.S. or a Christian in Egypt/Iran?
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 not Egypt or Iran, and we do not have to base how much freedom we give to our fellow Americans on them.
Any non-Muslim in the entire Ummah should fear not for being discriminated against or have them called names like may occur in the US from time to time. Instead non Muslims in the Islamosphere need to fear for their heads being removed, their property stolen, their wives and daughters raped.
You don’t hear about a lot of widespread violence and suicide attacks taking place around the world in the name of Christianity or Hinduism or any other religion for that matter. Apparently Ms Ali-Karamali must have missed the thousands of acts of violence committed in the name of Islam over the last few years.
I’m having a hard time being sympathetic.
"Pagans indeed are those who say that God is the Messiah, son of Mary." Quran 5:72
Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loves not transgressors. And slay them wherever you catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter... But if they cease, God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful... If they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression" (2:190-193).
chapter 9, verse 5 - "fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)." Again, the preceding and following verses give the context.
"but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them... for God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful."
If Christians are supposed to be ‘People of the Book’ and protected how can Pagans as mentioned above be one in the same? My God is not your god, so how do you apply this to your way of living peacefully if this scripture is a taste of your beacon of living? Sounds like smoke and mirrors if not confusing. Sounds like a mission to convert or oppress those who desire to believe in their own God and faith without repenting to the Muslim faith.
as they should
It's sad - even tragic - but it's inevitable. The idea that Islam is a 'religion of violence' didn't start on 9/11; it started when the armies of the Caliphate surged out of Arabia and destroyed many of the classical civilizations of humanity (Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Persia, North Africa and northwest India). Every Muslim has to live with that legacy. In a sense every Muslim takes the credit, or the blame, for that, simply by calling herself a Muslim.
After 9/11, muslims should live in fear, or better yet, LEAVE. Just get out, go back to your homeland and see how you like it there. Not so much? Then STFU.
Shame on CNN for giving this apologist for islam a podium on 9/11. Absolutely unconscionable.
You are a complete moron. The United States is a country that has freedom of religion as most civilized countries do. Just because someone is Muslim, does not mean they should go back to their "home country". In most cases, that will be the United States! As someone who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, I say please shut your ignorant mouth.
I meant "ancestral homeland."
Yes we have freedom of religion in this country, but when an ideology spurs its adherents to commit acts of terrorism, it ceases to be a religion.
If we hadn't let them into our country in the first place you wouldn't have had to risk your life in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Hey ConantheDingbat – I was born in Philadelphia. I'm Muslim. I abide by all the laws here.....so now what?
Because it's not like many American Muslims WERE BORN IN THE US. It's not like there are Muslims of all races in the US. Nope. Clearly all people who follow Islam come from one place and, since the US wasn't founded on a principle of religious freedom, we should dictate those who are Muslims leave. Seems logical to me.
Adherents of an ideology whose leaders preach "Death to America" and whose followers commit acts of terrorism should leave.
Islam is not a religion, it is a political and military cult that is inconsistent with enlightened and civilized countries.
Please stop the hate. We are all one people. There are amongst us who would use any excuse to hurt one another. And they can be of any religion.
Also, quoting lines from the Quran does not prove the followers of that religion do all that. I guess you have not read the old testament.
Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged from Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)
You should not let a sorceress live. (Exodus 22:17 NAB)
"If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives." (Leviticus 20:13 NAB)
A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death. (Leviticus 20:27 NAB)
Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death. (Exodus 21:15 NAB)
If one curses his father or mother, his lamp will go out at the coming of darkness. (Proverbs 20:20 NAB)
All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)
If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)
A priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)
Whoever sacrifices to any god, except the Lord alone, shall be doomed. (Exodus 22:19 NAB)
They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)
For wanting to quote scriptures from the Old Testament you fail to mention the tenants of the New Testament by which Christianity functions by. Let me know if you want to continue to makeself look foolish quoting a book you're probably never touched before. Of course, using Google Search for violent scriptures in bible doesn't count.
enough with the fairy-tales
I don't know what the big deal is, just look at how well the Muslims have integrated into Europe and the valuable scientific and technological contributions they are making to society there. Muslims are world leaders when it comes to green energy and inventing cool new mobile devices. The real problem are the Buddhists who are just so aggressive, narrow minded and always screaming, unlike the Muslims, who are just so humble, peace-loving and receptive to new ideas.
LOL – all true!! But what have muslims done since the 12th century is what I would like to know.
Really, on the anniversity of 9/11 this is what CNN wants to talk about? Go away.
This is nothing but a Hate Article by CNN against Christians.
Good. I hope they stay afraid and persecuted. Maybe then they'll leave.
Personally I have absolutely no sympathy for these US Muslims. I don't see them buying a full page ad or a 2 minute TV spot condemning the atrocities committed in the name of Islam. Their silence gives tacit approval to the acts of terrorism perpetrated by their fellow Muslims.
I don't see YOU buying a 2 minute spot condemning 9/11 either! Does your silence mean you are a sympathizer?
I am a veteran who fought for this dumb country.
All of you people make me sick. Rather than try to understand each other, you focus only on hating each other. Don't act like Christianity is somehow more noble than Islam – both have a long history of violence (right up to today) and have long suppressed women.
The truly sad part is as long as there are weak-minded fools there will always be religion.
Faith is derived from ethics, not vise versa. All faiths believe God is good. Thus, no person will believe in a God that would endorse evil actions. Thus, faith is no excuse for evil, and no faith is responsible for evil. Individuals are responsible for evil.
I think you're exactly right. It is the people who allow themselves to be fooled by christian/islam leaders into thinking they have to hurt other people.
In terms of social evolution Christianity is decades ahead of Islam. Got anything to challenge that idea?
Go back and review my comment on weak-minded fools.
Wow, such hatred. This is the major problem. Do you actually think you're going to change my opinion?
I haven't seen much from the Muslim community here in the US taking a strong stand against the extremist part of their religion. They've had over a decade to do so and have not.....so, to hell with them all!
Instead of wasting your energy convincing rest of the world that Islam is a peaceful religion, please focus your efforts on getting rid of the Islamist terrorism. The only way to convince people Islam does not preach violence.
PS: I do not believe in any religion. For me, science and humanity are the only religions worth considering.
I neither need nor want to hear muslims tell me how peaceful their religion is becasue I am not the one who needs to hear it. They need to save their sermons for those muslims who commit these attrocities, not their victims.
I think the same thing about Christianity when I think of the Oklahoma City bombing. All religions kill people in the name of their god, this is just the freshest in your memory.
That wasn't done in the name of christianity...how rediculous to use that as a comparison
that wasn't about religion...don't condone it but had nothing to do with a church..
Americans are all afraid. all of em. it is the engine of capitalism.
It is pretty ridiculous the way some Americans think about Islam. It seems easier to hear from others what Islam does, or does not stand for and just believe that then to actually do your own research into it. Even common sense would lead you to believe that a religion that's been around for around 1,400 years and is one of the largest in the World could not have survived if it were based off intolerance and hate. Unfortunately common sense isn't very common it seems.
I'll admit my knowledge on Islam is very limited. I have a good idea of the very basics of what Islam stands for but that's about it. Although I'm glad my ignorance of Islam doesn't lead me to fear or hate it and it shouldn't lead others to fear or hate it. If I had a fear a fear or something I didn't know much or anything about that's when I look into it to see if my fears are founded or not and usually find that they are not. Ignorance of someone else's life or religion is not a good excuse to fear or hate them.
I've met and known a decent number of Muslims throughout my life and despite our religious differences (they following Islam and me Mormon) we never have a problem with each other over it and I find that at least everyone I run into here in America of different faiths and sects all have pretty common goals for our life. Be able to provide for ourselves and our families and be allowed to live our life the way we see fit without others telling us how we are suppose to live our life or what to believe and as long as our freedom isn't getting in the way of other people's freedom then I see no problems at all.
It's the part of the American and even European populations that know so little about Islam but fear or hate them that will, if anything, cause more people of the Islamic faith to fear, hate, or be angry at our secular countries and our different faiths. Their ignorance of our lives, goals, morals, and freedoms we have in our communities is wrong and only causes more problems. But our ignorance of those same things about their faith and communities is wrong as well and only causes more problems. Unfortunately it seems a lot easier for some people to just hate and fear with little to no knowledge of the actual issues they hate then to try and be open to understanding it and actually taking time to research the Islamic faith and people and see that although our religions might be a bit different and we might have different books of faith we all have the same common goals and dreams for ourselves and our families and we are really just killing and hating each other for no good reason.
I know all I need to by Islam's reaction to attacks on innocent people. When start to condemn these cowards and exile them from their religion, only then will I start to think of Islam differently. You can speak against it or be part of it. Silence is = approval of their actions and words.
Yes this is the type of article I would expect from CNN. This is a lot of nonsense and take the focus off the "real" concern.
"polls show that Americans’ negative views of Islam have increased since 9/11, not decreased." Wouldn't you think that would be because of their religio-political sanctions world wide? Not because of the 'peaceful' Muslims we have in the US, but because of the maniacs still imposing militantly across the world. The same way more & more political Christians are being scrutinized because of ridiculous statements & actions – as they should be! Muslims deserve no special pass. All religions tend to complicate things, none of them deserve a pass, they should be scrutinized equally.
The threat radical Islam poses to America is far greater than the concerns stated by this writer. The fact that Radical Islamists have let it be known they plan to attack from inside the country should put us on alert. Shariah creep is the infiltration of shariah law into our courts and those that wish to harm us creep just like that, except into our neighborhoods. On 9/11 perhaps it would be more appropriate to write a column detailing the problem Radical islam poses to America instead of telling us how it has inconvenienced you.
Jim, you hit the nail on the head, my friend. Could not have said it better.
What makes you think a man and "19 others" in a cave in Pakistan have that much power to hijack a plane in Amerika? Please, just think over it.. 911 was done by Zionist Jews.
Dear CNN....today is not about Muslims. Today is about remembering those innocent souls the that were killed by Muslims.
Which included Muslims. Those in the twin towers were of many ethnicities, of many faiths. What the victims had in common was not their faith, but that they were Americans.
Which indeed included Muslins and a Mosque that was on the 17th floor of the South Tower.
A muslim woman was just arrested in Nashville this week for stating that she should take a gun and kill all her co-workers and herself (at Dell) because they were not of her faith and should die for it. Sooooooo, I believe it runs much deeper than we all suspect or could even imagine. I'm sorry you live in fear, but put yourself in our shoes maybe.
The basics of Islam are simply incompatible with democracy. The Islamic imperative to convert all "infidels" (which is everybody who isn't Muslim) just doesn't work in America.
Muslims should never have come to America in the first place. It's just not the right culture for them to practice their very backward beliefs.
The downfall of the article is the mis-statement: "Although countless Muslims have condemned the acts of 9/11 in the United States and worldwide" ... The US Muslim community has never adequately condemned the action of terrorists. And worldwide?.. they were dancing in the streets of Indonesia post 9/11. When some fanatical Christian commits a horrific act they are called out and condemned by their own. With the Islamic community there was mostly silence. Your non-action creates distrust after the horrific acts of 9/11 were NOT voiced with outrage. If you live in fear, join the club.
I love this perception that the US Muslim society is one unison voice. Why is this double standard applied to us. In my own personal way I have condemned the atrocities of 9/11, facebook posts, in person, etc. I am not affiliated with a large society. Islam is extremely diverse with people around the world practicing it, thus there are hundreds of different groups in the US. This may dilute that huge voice that everyone seems to want, but it does not exist!
"Not all Muslims are Terrorists, but most Terrorists are Muslim"
NOT ALL CONSERVATIVES ARE RACIST, BUT MOST RACISTS ARE CONSERVATIVE.
Gee – sound familiar?
Millions of the people who adhere to the religion you're defending want to kill you. No matter now starry-eyed you may feel about them, I can assure you, they do not feel the same way about you.
Obama tried that theory out with his "charm offensive" to the Muslim world. Do they hate America any less as a result? Not that anyone can discern.
Hard to feel sympathy for a group of people who CONTINUOUSLY fail to renounce their fellow followers terrorist activities. I have no tolerance for muslims of any kind strictly for this reason and thankfully I don't have to interact with them at all except to tell them FO and die.
Then you are part of the problem.
You see the world through a very narrow lense. Try removing the filters that cloud your judgment and open yourself up to ideas that are not based in fear. You only see the facts that your fear-skewed perception will allow you to see, and thus you are living in a fear-distorted reality
How do you know he's a Christian ? Sounds like you make a lot of assumptions you hypocrite !
It is hypocritical to claim to be peaceful and to be American and to side with enemies because they happen to be the "same religion". How many Catholics-Americans of Italian decent fought Italy in the World War 2. Eisenhower was of German decent. How many Italian Americans or German Americans turned their weapons on American soldiers in World War 2. As a matter of fact, How many Nissei turned their guns on other AMerican troops? The answer: zero. How man Muslims-Americans murdered their fellow soldiers? How man of them were born here? There is a problem of loyalty with Muslims that are not found in any other group. That fact is ignored or down right lied about.
And do you publicly renounce every act by Christian terrorists? Every time there is a mass shooting or that guy who flew his plane into an IRS building or bombed a hospital that offered birth control, do you post messages and go up to random strangers and say "I know a Christian committed this horrible act and I just want you to know that I renounce what he stood for"? Of course you don't. You probably say "We'll those guys are 'true' Christians. They're just angry lone nuts." See that's the problem. An angry lone nut who is white is just an angry lone nut, but if he's not white or belongs to some other religion, he's a terrorist part of a bigger problem. Similarly if a poor person hears voices that tell them to do odd or hateful things in public, we call them crazy and put them in a mental hospital. But if a rich, white woman hears voices that tell her to do odd and hateful things in public, we call her Michelle Bachmann.
Bob.....I recommend that you put a sign in front of your house stating: "This House Is A Gun Free Zone".
Opening this article to comments will naturally invite negative responses. Haters must hate at any cost. Duh!
I'm an American and when I travel abroad I am constantly faced with anti-Americanism especially in Europe. People will always generalize an entire group of people, country race because of the actions of a few.Iit's something that I have learned to expect and accept. It's not right but its human nature and not much will change as long as war, terrorism and hate continue. Out in the middle east Muslims are killing one another while here in this country American service men and women within our armed forces are sacrificing their lives and families every day to defend our freedoms. Think about that and then decide where you rather live and where your patriotism should lie.
Couldn't have said it better myself!
And Americans never kill one another??? Why do you have more people in jail than any other nation on earth, yet you call yourself the land of the free?
People around the world hate the USA for a reason. A reason that americans have been blinded to by their own propaganda.
Oh, I thought Obama fixed all that ! Lol !
Paul, you are generalizing a country of 300 million people saying that we are blinded (ignorant) to our own propaganda. 300 million people is a lot of people. Are you sure everyone is like you say? Or, is it you the one who is ignorant. Stop spreading the hate.
Muslims should live in fear. Since they do not police themselves we unfortunately have to do that for them. If American Muslims would lead the fight against Islamic terrorists they would have less to fear.
Americans should live in fear too
"Americans should live in fear too"
Well PAULY GIRL, so should you and your friends.
Stop with the hatred and ignorance...all of you!
Lets be real... the fear that many have towards muslims and the fear that muslims have towards others was and is fixable. I have stated this to many of my muslim friends who have expressed their frustration, and after watching these morrons burn Qur'ans and disrespect a religion (even my own bf has little respect to muslims – he is a soldier) i know this answer is going to be hard to swallow. If muslims put as much effort in to spreading the positive things about their religion and themselves as individuals, that terrorist put in to trying to manipulate the system this fear would not be an issue. Much like how "white" america republicans have these KKK and aryans show up at the republican rallies and they do nothing to expel the association with them other than say, "not all of us are like that". That is not enough... Just like african Americans, whites, asians, hispanics, jews (religion not a race), muslims (yes there are white muslims) have to all as people work on the internal mechanisms to make sure they are heard. There have been several peaceful muslim rallies around the country protesting Islamic fundamentalism and terrorist, but the media does not report it. Well... if the terrorist can use the media to spread their propaganda, non terrorist should be doing three times the work to counter it. You dont put a band aide over a IUD wound. You have to yell at the top of your lungs every day, not just on this day, I am not a terrorist and you need to accept that. Forcing people to accept that you are not part of something negative is not bad. It is you breaking stereo types and educated those that are able to absorb information. what discuss me is that i know at Arlington cemetery some of those crosses have Muslims buried under them. it is only when this country stops closing its eyes and seeing only "white" people when you think of an American, but realizes there is no face of America because of our mixtures. There is no one face of a soldier, because of our dedication.... When you close your eyes and I ask who is american you should see your self or no one specific. When I ask you to close your eyes and tell me what a terrorist looks like.... you should say it can be anyone.
CNN you are a disgrace. The focus of today is on the victims, run this article front page? Muslims living in the US are not victims. They are the luckiest muslims on the face of the earth to be here with FREEDOMS FOUND ONLY in the USA. I never see them condemn Islam for its injustices against women which are in direct conflict with American ideals. Islam = intolerance. If you don't believe it, have lengthly conversations with those who "submit" to it. It's modern day religious fascism and it's not to be embraced. Use your freedom of speech, if you don't like Islam and you cherish freedom, say something.
Right ON MAN!!!!!!
Muslims dont like dogs – they are considered filthy animals. I have several muslim friends who wont come to my home because I have a dog and have told me flat out that she is a dirty animal!!!! So dont say that they like dogs – they dont!!! Dogs wander the streeets in Egypt, starving, and no-one gives them anything to eat, not even a dish of water. They treat their holy Koran better. I have no great love for them, as they're all two-faced liars, smile to your face and wish you dead behind your back. Her boo-hoo story doesnt touch my heart.
I like Islam and like the freedom of religion....too bad that people like you (the outspoken minority) pollute everyone else's minds with stereotypes and ignorance.
Thats all you can say I bet.. Blah Blah ignorant, blah blah racist, nobody buys that bs card anymore. Get a new way to try and win your petty race war, clown.
The way the middle east governs themselves is comedy.
If she wrote a touching story about the victims of 9/11, she'd probably be issued a fatwa (death order) by her religious leaders abroad.
Here is another lie filled with ignorance....not sure why you have so much hate and intolerance...
I agree completely, I make this point to Christians about Christianity ALL THE TIME and none of them can understand either.
CNN is not a disgrace . They are trying to create a much needed dialogue during a time that needs inter-reglious dialog even more than at other times. As for all of the comments about our Muslim friends I can only repeat some of the advice I recently shared: ...having been raised a Christian I think it only fair to share some of our ahh interesting advice. For example I learned from Exodus 21:7 that I can sell my daughter into slavery. Lev.25:44 also tells me that I can purchase slaves – but thankfully I am told it can it be from neighbor nations – I mean that would be immoral. Good thing I have the bible to keep me on the straight and narrow. Oh wait! We are only trying to embarrass and harass our muslim friends here and not discuss our own absurd passages. I'm sorry. (but really there are so many many more!) Please disregard this. Or better yet – realize that all of our texts have some absurdities and realize that those who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones!
Thank you! Hopefully some of these ignorant people will come to their senses.
The Quran is full of violent passages, especially about killing infidels and nonbelievers. A practicing Muslim can take their pick of its verses, as can the followers of other religions with violent passages of their own. Until they all are abolished, they have every right to "live in fear" of a rational, reasonable society that bases its thinking on lessening the suffering of all and enabling all to live in harmony without being oppressed by any certain religion or belief.
Look for one he was born and raised here in the US. Hes not a Muslim from the middle east. Theres a big difference. Also, thats how people react when their attacked. The gov is in charge of security so their gonna check up on people that may be suspect. Maybe if the middle east so crazy and carless about life they would be treated differently but they don't. They act like mindless barbarians unable to govern themselves. To the mother, thank you for raising a productive citizen for this country. He served well, but dont forget the people who are responsible for your sons death. Your people have to fight for a peaceful existence in order to be treated as a peaceful people. God bless your son and may he RIP. His name is there, thats respect. focus your energy on the root of the evil in which killed your son.
Normal Muslims are just as bad as the terrorists are. They condone what the Quran says about beating your wives, not giving women equal rights, killing atheists and so on. Furthermore, they never do any protests against their fellow terrorists. All Muslims are brothers, right?
Muslims should be discriminated against the same way Nazis are discriminated against. Any rational human being would think the same of Islam as they would of Nazism.
When is the last time you protested against people of your religion who are mistreating others?
Please stop spreading misinformation.
WHERE does the Qur'an encourage violence against women?! it does NOT!! it FORBIDS IT! and the number of female MUSLIMS doctors, attorneys, and other highly educated women would scare you.
if you cannot provide your source do NOT provide your ignorance. i would not misquote the Bible to you. do all Christians beat their wives?
shall we talk about Timothy McVeigh? HE was a terrorist who took out a whole building, including a NURSERY SCHOOL. and a White Supremacist. and a Christian. where is the talk and the hate of HIS kind?
get your facts together. spewing emotion is only spewing hatred and stupidity. it solves nothing.
Islamic law allows for the stoning of women who commit adultery. Is that not violence? How about the other Honor killings that are so prevalent in Muslim society both here and abroad?
What misinformation are you talking about exactly?
Stereotypes do not come about by accident–they develop because a part of a particular population has exhibited certain characteristics or behavior; the danger comes when we apply that stereotype to an entire population, and assume ALL people in the group possess those traits.
Everyone is fearful of some other group based on these stereotypes, and that is undertandable. As humans, we use what senses we were given to try to quickly assess a situation for danger–it's instinct. Unfortunately, our first sense we use is sight, because it can be done from a safe distance and it is generally the first way we percieve a person. There is nothing wrong with "assessing" someone based on a sterotype–as long as you continue your assessment using your human gifts–like intelligence, for example-to make sure your assessment is accurate, or you change your assessment. Too many people want to make a judgment based on a stereotype, and never go any further.
Dear Ms. Sumbul Ali-Karamali,
I applaud your writing it is very enlightening. The problem I see with everything you wrote I do not see one piece that shows what the Muslim religion has done to bring itself into a positive spolight. When something happens it seems that Muslims run and hide. If you want to be AMERICAN well stand tall and fight to prove yourself. I have yet to see on any news outlet Muslims taking a stand for the American people, just them taking a stand for what they want for themselves.
"Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country" This doesn't mean start some little group and push people around with lawsuits or threats, this means make a positive impact on society. Maybe and only maybe if the Muslim community would ban together to make such an impact the American people that you are so fearful of would begin to see that maybe they aren't so bad, but until they can stop ramming their rhetoric down our throats and making us look like the bad guy it is not going to happen. Not asking to assimilate just be American and know that this is the land of the free and the home of the brave, not a Muslim country. America is a melting pot of all kinds of faith, races, etc. and yes we have our differences but if provoked we stand and fight together as Americans.
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