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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. deep blue

    I demand that all 1+ billion Muslims video record themselves condemning the terrorist attacks and post it online. After all, when I google Muslims condemn 9/11 terrorist attacks, I only see a few hundred thousand articles, and only 9 of the top 10 results describe a great number of Muslims that condemned the attacks. Until we get 1+ billion videos of condemnation, we should feel free to throw out the window the rights of our fellow Americans and feel justified in shredding our bill of rights. Who needs to be a beacon of freedom? We should mail it to Canada.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob Pepe

    Give me a break.... They live in fear.... You look at them the wrong way they cry and claim hate crime.. Screw'em.. They did this and they are doing nothing to correct it.... Have sympathy and empathy for the victims.. not the criminal

    September 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 123elle

    Sumbul Ali-Karamali: I am sorry that your enlightened effort to reach out to Americans was met with this avalanche of intolerance and hate. I work with, and am personal friends with Muslims, and they are the most honorable, humorous and humane people I would ever want to know. Of course, in every religion there are fanatics. Look at all the war and slaughter perpetrated throughout history on the innocent of all religions by fanatics of other religions. Nobody's hands are clean when it comes to ancient excesses and wars. But we live in an enlightened modern age; we do not have to blame living people either for what their forbears did - or what modern-day fanatics wrought on others in their misguided efforts to be "pure." I am worried about America losing our hard-won tolerance and freedom. And I am also worried about Europe turning on its Muslim residents - and Europeans really know how to do genocide! There is a wave of hatred washing across Russia and Europe towards Muslims, and I worry about a world-wide conflagration. We need to see one another as individual people, all born of the same prehistoric creatures who became human beings. We need to get together and celebrate our accomplishments and stop hating. Life is short. Muslims are not our enemy. Cancer is our enemy. Heart disease is our enemy. Schizophrenia and life-robbing diseases are our enemies. Not one another.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Christianity moved out of the dark ages 1,000 years ago. Perhaps Muslims will someday realize that their religion is the only one left that is filled with violence and hate. And you sir, should read about Islam, and what it actually promotes.

      While Muslims Extremists here are blowing up buildings, flying airplanes into towers, and abusing their women, the Christian Extremists of our day and age are in every country in the world building schools, houses of prayer, mission houses, orphanages, and providing food\help to disaster victims.

      Show me Muslim communities that out-reach in the name of peace and love as other religions do today.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 911 inside job

    911 is an inside job, a staged terror attack, a government plot, the start of the end of your freedom.
    And I can't believe you sheeples are still buying the "official" story of 911.
    Some people meant to be slaves and most of the readers on cnn are.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cha Cha Brown

    It's leftist logic. Just like when 98% of a race votes for a guy based on their skin color are not the racists but when 50% of the other race votes for the other guy; those guys are the racists, right?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Funny, it's not left wingers walking around with racist signs at protests. You're projecting.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cha Cha Brown

        Yeah, all those racists signs. I see them all the time. Which is your favorite?

        September 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stand Strong

    Looking at CNN lead stories, one is Opinion: U. S. Musllims Live in Fear. Other leading story is Protesters storms U.S. Embassy in Egypt. So U. S. muslims live in fear, but U. S. citizens don't need to fear in the world? Lets get real, the whole world is messed up. How could individuals plan to crash planes, strap bombs to themselves, kill children. Oh, thats right, same way they storm the U. S. embassy in Egypt. I am sorry the individual muslims who are not radical have to live in fear, but look at the big picutrue. Image is everythig.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gilbert Moore

    Maybe if we saw more Muslims and their religious leadership on TV on 9/11 and after CONDEMNING the attacks, and taking steps to distance themselves from the radical nut-jobs that perpetrated the crimes against our civilians, they might have a better life here now. Instead, there has been almost no outcry from the American Muslims against their radical cousins overseas. "All evil needs to flourish is for good men to be silent." "Those who do not condemn evil, tacitly condone it."

    September 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHY ARE WE SO IGNORANT

      As bad as 9/11 was did you seem to think as to why it happened in the first place??? Probably not. Do you even know what the US military does to Muslim countries every day?? On their land??? Probably not. And despite that MILLIONS of Muslims condemn 9/11 and you never hear about it by the Jewish controlled media. HMMMMM. Sounds to me like the U.S. population largely consists of hypocritical ignorants,. No wonder why we as a nation are in decline!!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Devout Atheist

    Absolutely.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ames

    Shame on CNN for allowing this crap to be spewed on this day! Tell you what I see is anywhere there are muslims there is violence! If it is so bad here in the U.S.A. then go back, I'm sick and tired of Muslims acting like victims, Maybe had I seen and heard the muslim community speak out a litlle louder after the attacks, instead of being just a bunch of "Yes But" responders, I may think differently. The rules of Islam speak for themselves when I look at a country that treats its people worse than animals! where women rather burn themselves to try to get out of a marriage, a country to where young girls wont get the education or the opportunity for an education. You may be able to pull the wool over some peoples eyes, but unfortunatly it wont work with me! Never posted to an article before but this one makes my blood boil! Consider yourself spit on!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      So is Christianity, which keeps trying to impose itself in our political system. True democracy is agnostic of religion.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dw

      Generalizing about millions of people based on the acts of a few is evil. Judging an entire religion based on heresay and extremists is stupid.

      I bet you are one of those people who think that all Mormons are polygamists just because of the extremists Mormons who support the practice. Do you deride all Baptists due to the reprehensible actions of the Westboro crew? Dolt.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Defend Our Nation

    Chin Tu Fat took the words out of my mouth. Well said.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bo Lies

    Go back to a Muslim country and then you Muslims will REALLY live in fear.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • dw

      The USA is a Muslim country just as much as it is a Christian country in that we accept all religions. It is one of the things that makes our country great. If you don't like that, then you are un-American.

      God bless the USA and our religious freedom!

      September 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RunfortheHills

    If they don't like it here, they can go home. I, for one, am not a big fan of having my head cut off in the name of a mythical man in the sky.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • bresson

      as long as you include chrisians in that group. they are just as mystical and irrational as the most extreme muslim

      September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • dw

      Most who live here were born here. This is home, and they are free to worship however they wish...just like you. Your comments are ignorant and un-American.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mike

    Number of post-9/11 terrorist attacks in the US by al-Qaeda: 4
    Number of post/9/11 terrorist attacks in the US by RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS: 8

    There was an FBI report in 2011 that found that right wing terrorism was the #1 domestic terrorist threat.

    'Nuff said.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bo Lies

    We are the ones that live in fear that when the Muslims get enough of a Majority the radical infractions take over and try to declare Sharia law.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Two things:
      1) That is a demographically laughable possibility in the US
      2) Turkey doesn't seem to have such an issue

      September 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • politico

      "Islam is viewed as a religion preaching violence"

      EVERYTHING I needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • dw

        EVERYTHING I need to know about Christians I learned from the Westboro Baptists and Eric Rudolph.

        September 11, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    ," 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.

    Muslims are besieged in their home countries by other muslims , here they may get a death threat , there they just get death. THey might want to be a little concerned about that issue!!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  16. 911 inside job

    911 is an inside job, a staged terror attack, a government plot, the start of the end of your freedom

    September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark B

      we've already heard that song. nobody is buying it.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Henry CA

    How many suicide bombs the Muslim have made? Millions.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Otum Barkeley

    Pity. I am quite certain they have less reason to be fearful than Christians and other non-Muslims in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, and all the countries who have been throught the glorioous Arab Spring.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Sharkfisher

    Islam has spread hate and fear throughout the world long enough. What goes around comes around. It's their turn.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHY ARE WE SO IGNORANT

      As bad as 9/11 was did you seem to think as to why it happened in the first place??? Probably not. Do you even know what the US military does to Muslim countries every day?? On their land??? Probably not. And despite that MILLIONS of Muslims condemn 9/11 and you never hear about it by the Jewish controlled media. HMMMMM. Sounds to me like the U.S. population largely consists of hypocritical ignorants,. No wonder why we as a nation are in decline !

      September 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  20. guest

    Yes, an innocent peace loving people... except... straight from the front pages of CNN:
    Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and hauled down the American flag, replacing it with a black flag with Islamic emblems.
    The incident prompted U.S. Embassy guards to fire off a volley of warning shots as a large crowd gathered outside, apparently upset about the production of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene.
    It is not clear which film upset the protesters.
    Others expressed more general grievances about U.S. policy, chanting anti-American slogans and holding up bits of a shredded American flag.
    An embassy operator told CNN that the facility had been cleared of diplomatic personnel earlier Tuesday, ahead of the apparent threat, while Egyptian riot police were called to help secure the area.
    The U.S. Embassy said in a statement that it "condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims - as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."
    "Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy," the statement said. "We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
    The incident occurred on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, as crowds gathered in somber remembrance of those killed.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Henry CA

    How many Muslims in the Jihad against US . Millions .

    September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Texan

    And what makes you think you deserve to live in the US? :)

    September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • QQ

      More than any Texan, haven't you guys decided to secede yet?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • sioxan

      Did you mean you are a Native Indian ?

      September 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Joel

    Muslims in this country are correct to live in fear, given how rabidly anti-religion the left is these days, and how much the left spits vitriol and hatred at anybody who believes in God, such as Romney for his religions beliefs. If the left hate Romney that badly for his religious beliefs, they surely hate Muslims even worse. Do you suppose that Muslim countries include birth control pills and elective abortion within their health insurance plans? Time for rabid hatred from Sandra Fluke and the left toward Muslims and their "war on women."

    September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Wow Joel, you are clueless aren't you? Liberals are not even closely remotely atheist. Moreover, it is the liberals who generally reach out to people whose beliefs are unlike them. AND I am a conservative.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      The left does not hate Romney for his religion. The Christian Coalition (a right wing Christian group) are the only ones who care about his religion, oh, and probably Mormons too. Islam is hated in this country for acts committed in it's name. Today in the news some protesters ripped down American flags in our embassy in Cairo and put up "black flags with Islamic symbols". Nick Berg's head was cut off and the video distributed in the name of Islam. The 9-11 attacks committed in the name of Islam. It is not America that is giving Islam the bad name...it is Islam. Any religion who's believers commit such atrocities in its name is not a religion of peace...sorry. Sell crazy somewhere else, we're all stocked up here.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Geoff

    I know not all muslims are the kind that you need to worry about. However, if i'm on a plane and sitting between an asian guy and a guy who is clearly muslim...I'll be honest with you, i'm not worried about the asian guy...

    September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Isabella

    May be you should admit that many of clerics from your ideology preach violence against the Infidels. That would be a start. You choose to play the victim and you would like this to still work with non-Muslims, but non-Muslims are aware that Muslims want to rule the world with an eventual caliphate.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Wow. So much hate?

    Really? The comments are astounding.

    And, "All anglos are terrorists because Timothy McVeigh was an anglo terrorist." (See, I can play the generalization game too!)

    The generalizations commented here are stunning. Do you people really live such narrow-minded, thoughtless, self-serving, self-centered, angry, ignorant, MEAN existences? REALLY?

    Last time I checked, there was also this little thing called "The Crusades." Does this make all Christians evil terrorist invaders?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bjd1020

      Anglos and Christians of all kinds came out to condemn his acts.........dont be a fool there is a diffeence.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You're really bringing up the Crusades in this debate? You're talking about something that happened close to 1000 years ago when, during that time, Christianity itself has changed. Yes, what they did during the Crusades was horrible. However that is not the viewpoint of modern Christianity. In fact, what is going on in today's radical Islam is the kind of stuff that went on over a 1000 years ago in Christianity. Islam needs to have it's own Reformation, like Christianity did.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • US_Eurolad

      Just stop with the Liberal agenda. The party is over. You had a good run. Tim McVeigh was ONE guy, Muslim acts of atrocity happen -every single day- in all corners of planet earth. It is like comparing a BB gun to a nuclear bomb. I'm sure you dim lib brain understands the difference right? And Crusades? really? It is the 21st century, Chrisitans are not forming armies to conquer lands and I hate to break it to you MUSLIMS conquered much of Europe for religious reasons too. This is why I cannot talk to libtards, they have never opened a history book...

      September 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      During one assault King Richards knights killed 4000 muslim men women and children. Why 4000? They had to stop. That sword got heavy after while. That, like you see in a follow up post was over 1000 years ago. Don't compare incidents with that many years between them.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. moh

    This is a garbage article, CNN stop lying to the American

    September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Henry CA

    How many Muslim in the USarmforce? It is 0

    September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Ah... stop lying... ignorant people like you are the problem.... there are Muslim Chaplin in the military... cos there are demand for such Chaplin. That clearly indicates that there are more than zero, like what you said.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Debbie

        Sean, my reply is "God Bless You" and your loved ones. Have a Blessed day.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernest Farley

      Tens of thousands actually. You should put down your crayons and turn off Fox news and learn a little.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Debbie

    No one should have to live in fear; including the Muslims. But our country is changing. Now us Christians have to live in fear also. We are put down in the media, forced to hire people in our private schools who have beliefs that go against the lifestyles we believe in. Crosses are being taken down. Our country is becoming anti-Christian. I'm afraid that freedom of religion is becoming a thing of the past; especially as we move more towards a Socialist government.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow. So much hate?

      America is not a Christian country. It is the United States of America, not the United States of the Bible.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Debbie

        God Bless you. Wish you much peace today.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Andrew

    So much hatred and discrimination coming from the comments section. All of you. Yes, all of you are insulting the memory of those who have ever died protecting the US or died as a victim to such atrocities such as the 9/11 attacks. You all should be ashamed of yourselves for your bigoted ignorance for you all shame the idea that is America.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  31. kendallpeak

    How sad to live in fear. Muslims should move to Muslim nations so they can live in comfort and free from fear.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  32. JSmith

    How about this; I am in fear of all religions! They all think their right and they all want to push it down our throats. For centuries religion has been killing people in the name of their god. We see families being wiped out by fundamentalist Christianity, women being treated like garbage by muslim nations, religious factions all around the world killing people in other religions. No, we fear you!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  33. january2454

    You can write as many overly posts as you want, Fat.

    But it won't change the fact that everybody knows there there are NOT hordes of Christians around the world killing Muslims because they're not Christian.

    On the other hand, there ARE hordes of Muslims committing murder and every sort of mayhem on both Muslim and non-Muslim victims alike.

    You can deny what is plainly visible all you want. You won't make any headway with people who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Henry CA

    Today, in Egypt their comrade attacked our Embassy. Will they condemn their comrades? I guess not.
    They should live in fear .

    September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Nate

    Maybe she and other American Muslims should spend less time trying to "educate" us and more time educating their misinformed brethren abroad who cause all the issues such as the Embassy incident today. I remember a video shot shortly before 09/11 showing anti American rally for muslims right here in the USA. It was very open back then., Not anymore, but this lady can not convince me that many of the muslims here do not like the USA. They are simply using us. We are a necessary evil to make a better life for themselves. Sure there are some very good people here too, but the proof is in the pudding.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Texan

    That already happened during WWII, but people like you wouldn't know that since you lack education apparently.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Bob

    According to Obama..Islam is a religion of peace and we need to include Muslims in the Nasa's space programs.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Why would we ever want to include them in something we pay for? What does he hope to accomplish?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whut

      Hey why not have them in space? I'm all for herding up the lot of them and throwing them out of an airlock. That's one national security problem solved!

      September 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Mike D

    Kind of absurd to whine about living in fear as a muslim, they are not a victimized group. It wouldn't hurt if they stopped trying to enforce their over-zealous religious beliefs on people, of course stop murdering and beheading people goes a long way too.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whut

      Careful, you're making sense. You know what happens to people who make sense...

      September 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Brad

    I understand the point of view, but I think it's tasteless to post this article on 9/11. Painting Muslims as victims of the American public on the day of the greatest Muslim attack on our country is shameful.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • phillylady66

      A good point.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve F

      I just polled some of the muslims here, not only did they not feel fear, they asked me "why should we?"
      Im in CT only a few miles from NY and these guys are here with their families working in IT.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Plowboy

    Oh – well...... in that case, I'll just disregard the advanced notice that my failure to convert will ultimately result in my demise at the hands of Muslims

    September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  41. nirm

    Good!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  42. katolungile

    In speech today, Obama congratulates Muslims on a "job well done."

    September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Cholby

    THANK YOU! I hate how so many people, when faced with a REALITY or FACT that is NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT, they CHOOSE TO LIVE IN A FANTASY WORLD where all religions have equal legitimacy. Umm, no. The flying spaghetti monster is not a legitimate religion, and that's kind of the point of it. To make us wonder, well, maybe ISLAM IS NOT EITHER, AND DOES NOT DESERVE PROTECTION OR RESPECT!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  44. OJ

    Enough pro-Muslim propanada already. When did countless Muslims and religious leaders ever condemn the fanatical Muslim terrorist attacks? I never hear them shun Muslim terrorism. Instead I hear them excuse it and always claim to be the victims... yet to date the attacks of Muslims against Christians occur all over the world. There are numerous instances of Muslims being protected. Reality check. Ever hear of USS Cole? Beirut Marine barracks? 1972 Munich Olympics? Egypt bus massacre? If Muslims want peace and love, then condemn the fanatics, loud and clear. Shun them. Help end their terrorism and hatred. And stop the violence against non-Muslims.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHY ARE WE SO IGNORANT

      As bad as 9/11 was did you seem to think as to why it happened in the first place??? Probably not. Do you even know what the US military does to Muslim countries every day?? On their land??? Probably not. And despite that MILLIONS of Muslims condemn 9/11 and you never hear about it by the Jewish controlled media. HMMMMM. Sounds to me like the U.S. population largely consists of hypocritical ignorants,. No wonder why we as a nation are in decline.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMysterio

      go, Juice, go...

      Seriously most Islamic countries did denounce 9/11, even though some of them disagreed with US policy. Included were Yasser Arafat, Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of Hamas and even Iran.

      Whether you want to believe it as sincere is another question, but as bin Laden was not welcomed in most Muslim countries and was considered an extremist and dangerous, I'd give them the benefit of the doubt.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  45. David

    I have many Muslim friends who were impacted on 9/11 just like the rest of us. They live here with their families like the rest of us and are part of the society that makes America great. But what you don't see them doing is silencing the Islamic religious leaders that are still coming out against the US and justifying the attacks and wanting us all to be tolerant and accept the fact that they want to change our system to accommodate their customs like Sharia Law. Besides Dr. Judhi Jasser, find me one prominent Muslim leader who will stand up and condemn Islamic extremism. You can't. Most of them will say it was unfortunate and while it was wrong, they always put a "but" in there, because they have an agenda. Eleven year later they REFUSE to condemn it.

    So...here is what you do if you want to fix it Muslims. DEMAND publicly and LOUDLY that your religious leaders CONDEMN the attacks on 9/11. DEMAND that they STOP trying to bring Sharia Law to the US in ANY form. DEMAND that they cut ALL TIES with ANYONE suspected of supporting terrorism and finally, if your mosque teaches any sort of "radical" beliefs, GET OUT AND EXPOSE THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE. When non-Muslims see you out there do that, then they will believe that you are AMERICANS...and they will stop seeing you as Muslims. But as long as people see that most Muslims remain quiet, there will always be people that wonder what you are hiding.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • islamophobe

      Well-said...

      September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • islamophobe

      "If you go to any Muslim organization..."

      What is wrong with you?? SAY IT IN PUBLIC AND IDENTIFY WHO YOU ARE!!! Then you'll find out who to truly be afraid of.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beeber

      They can't condemn them, David. BECAUSE THEY MIGHT BE KILLED FOR DOING SO!

      September 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  46. twinsfan318

    I love how this story appears right next to the headline: "Protesters Storm US Embassy in Egypt." I'll tell you who's living in fear: the people inside the American embassy in Egypt right now. Are any of America's Muslims having their houses stormed as we speak? Americans in Egypt are. Christians in Pakistan are. Minorities in Muslim nations around the globe are living in fear of their lives at this very moment. How irresponsible of CNN to post a story that "American Muslims live in fear."

    September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl L

      This is sickening. On the annivesary of the attack by Muslims, CNN has a sob story as the main story? Disgusting.

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

        Looks like CNN is taking on the masses of muslims as employees. One more news organization heading the way of Fox.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Rebecca

    Islam is not the only religion that claims to be peaceful and is anything but. Any time you have a group of people saying, "My imaginary friend in the sky is the best and ONLY one. Believe in him or else!" there's going to be problems. Christians are hateful, Muslims are hateful...it doesn't matter which "god" you believe in. As long as you have tenets in each faith stating that as a true believer it's part of your mission to "save" or "convert" others to your respective religion, we're always going to have conflict. If only people didn't need myths and gods to explain the workings of the universe that we still don't understand...the world would be much better off. At least the Greeks and Romans had interesting gods, today's gods suck.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shalin Shah

      This is not true. I am not Christian, but Christianity is not full of hate. I have actually seen a lot of peace in that religion. Islam is hateful.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        Thank you for honest statement of the obvious truth, Shah.

        There are NOT hordes of Christians around the world committing murder and every sort of atrocity on other people. But there ARE hordes of Muslims killing and maiming people in diverse places around the globe. Every single day.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • phillylady66

      Good reply, Rebecca! I agree.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Bob R.

    Really ! What is the risk of being a christian in Beirut, Iraq, Saudi Arabia ? Who is killing Muslim women and children in Iraq ? How many such attacks occur in the USA ? For those Muslims who are not comfortable in the USA...please leave. Religious tolerance cannot be a one way street.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  49. dickgosinya47

    They should live in fear and, if the US government has it's way, we all will.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  50. nottolate

    The author is obviously a muslim spy whose job it is to promote muslim propaganda with the blessing of CNN.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Jdk

    CNN has become a joke. How predictable. The terrorists are the victims now. CNN is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      Terrorists are Muslim, therefore all Muslims are terrorists.
      Logical fallacy much?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Egyptian agnostic

      Exactly!

      January 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Winston

    Guess what Sumbul? Almost ALL Americans live in fear at this point – fear of what's being done to this country, fear of Islamic fundamentalists, fear that Muslims will do to the U.S. what they've done in the Middle East and are now doing in Europe, fear of what our own government appears to be fashioning against us, fear that the next Executive Order will bring us one step closer to a totalitarian state or declare Sharia law, fear for our children's futures, fear that we will lose our job (or will never find another job), fear that we will be attacked in our homes, or fear that we will starve. The United States is as divided as I've ever seen it, due to a vacuum of leadership at all levels and the ridiculous situation we are now in due to "political correctness". Well I for one have had it – how dare you and CNN post something like this on 9/11??? If you or your Muslim brothers are fearful in this country, then by all means, please leave NOW.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhope

      I cannot even start to believe how ignorant you are. Leave the US? Are you for real? They BELONG HERE. iF Anyone needs to leave, its people like you who are not only ignorant, but are unwiling to learn.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        Muslims DO NOT belong in America.

        They don't belong here because their religious beliefs are not compatible with democracy.

        Name ONE country which is majority Muslim in which you'd care to live. Okay, Indonesia. Now, name another. You can't.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • phillylady66

        Interested to know why you feel you belong here? Probably, you do not. I could say the same for many other people, too, of course.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • phillylady66

      Winston has some points. I blame globalization combined with overuse of oil and too much ignorant Muslim terrorist fringe activity for most of his points. But not all Muslims are ignorant and most are not terrorists. I am far more afraid of the Egyptians and Iraqis than I am of the Muslims I know in Philly. The local ones are sensible and educated and are not extremists.i

      September 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Democracy is in trouble

    Take note of what is going on in Egypt. A MUSLIM country with MUSLIMS protesting against the US. The US that happens to support the equality of MUSLIMS more than MUSLIMS do. Fear as a MUSLIM? Go back to your home land and see how good things are.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Sal

    Let me tell you something about these people. Their allegiance is to that damn religion of theirs and not to this country! 

    September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  55. josh

    Fact is Muslims are scared of Non muslims, Blacks, are scared of caucasians, caucasians are scared of blacks and latinos. Latinos are scared of ICE. Sikhs, east indians, Asians are scared of being mistaken as Muslims. Kids are scared of bullies. Women are scared of psychos and guys are scared of stalking ex. Bottomline is everyone is scared of every one. People need to get a grip and should start to trust others atleast non muslims. Pretty hard but that is the only way.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  56. MDDon

    I feel badly for innocent Muslims who suffer for the actions of the few, but I know what they feel, because, during the Bush administration, I was hated in Europe for the deeds of George W. Bush and his administration, actions like the invasion of Iraq which I opposed. All you can do is to work as hard as you can to change the behavior of those working against your best interests.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Kyle

    Then get out of the country, Sumbul Ali-Karamali. Go for it. Go live with your psycho families over in the middle east. Then we will see if you live in fear. Americans have a reason to be angry with Islam. It's constant violence and anger towards the United States from Muslims, even if the source of hate has nothing to do with America.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Know what I hate? All you right wing lunatics constantly complaining about our country. How about YOU leave? The Muslims don't bother me. All those responsible for 9/11 are dead. The fact that some people happen to share the same fairy tale beliefs is of no concern to me.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Mark

    As a Canadian, I stood by the United States and watched as the freedoms and ideals of a free nation were put in jeopardy by a group of Muslim extremists on this date a score and one year ago. I was a young boy, and to innocent to the world to understand the tradgedys of war. Now, that the smoke screen of childhood innocence no longer exists in my mind, I can asses this situation with personal certainty and clarity. Over the last few years, we have witnessed aggressive moves from even non-extremist Muslims who try to force a religion on people who wish to have nothing to do with it. We have seen innocent people killed over ancient Muslim ideals that somehow leak into our predominantly non Muslim communities. This bloodshed had been ongoing ever since the beginning of time, and in a modern world, we must ask ourselves, how long will we let this happen? Us as a world, a global community, must put an end to the terror caused by this religion of "peace". Who is destroying an American embassy and destroying countless American flags for ideals that are unjust to any individual with a competent level of common sense. As a whole, we need to pay attention to Muslims in our world. we must keep an eye on them. why why you might ask? Because they are keeping their eyes on you. Let us never stray from freedom, and as a whole, fight to preserve basic human liberties that give us a proud citizenship of a new world. Let us never forget.

    God Bless The United States Of America, and all those individuals and their loved ones who were faced with a great loss on this date eleven years ago.

    Mark – Canada

    September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • deep blue

      Preserving basic freedoms also includes freedom of religion.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        Yes, but the problematic issues associated with religion must be abolished in order to have a just society.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Amen, my brother from the North. I too was a young boy (10) when the towers fell, and it saddens me to see the world tolerate Muslim actions like you described and criticize the United States unfairly. May freedom forever fly between our two nations.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        Kyle, We as Canadians hold many of the same ideals Americans hold. it is people like you that keep freedom in the right hands.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark B

      Very nice!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  59. R. Guest

    CNN has reached a new low and thats saying something..

    September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  60. An American Muslim

    Prove your claims. Quote the relevant verses from the Qur'an. And don't twist their meaning of the words or quote selectively, be honest.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Smith

      3000 dead innocent victims – that's my proof, you idiot.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Isabella

        Dave:
        You are right!

        September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        Dave, you are completely correct. Muslims don't have to do the talking. We can let their violent history do it for them.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • US_Eurolad

      Quran (2:191-193) – "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]...

      Quran (3:151) – "Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority".

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

      Quran (8:39) – "And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion should be only for Allah"

      Shall I continue? There are 100 more just like this. And before you cop out like everyone does and say Yes well The Bible says... yes it does... but Christians in the 21st century are not practicing the Old Testament literally, get the difference you simpleton?? Islam is about Oh I dunno... 1400 years late to the Party of the 21st century.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Whut

        Exactly. Anybody who believes that peace-loving muslims exist, is really out to lunch. Muslims are programmed with this hatred from the day they're born. And we're "integrating" them into society? Do you see something wrong with this picture? When they freak out & take down buildings & kill swarms of people, it's done in the name of their god-ish thing, and it's considered religious justice. We don't need that in north america. Let them ruin their lives in their own little section of the world. They're doing a great job already.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • thought4u

      Annihilate the Kafirs 6:45 / 9:29. Decieve them 6:25 / 86:15. Do not befirend 3:28. Also see 23:97 / 51:10 / 37:18 / 25:55 / 9:28 / 33:60.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Quran (2:191-193) – "And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]... but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah."

      September 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Vic of New York

    Yes. We can thank the Christian Right, the TEA Party fanatics, and Right-Wing Republicans for the bigotry and hate mongering that has beset our nation. These flag waving bottom feeders are not Patriots. They are parasites and a pox on our America.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • disgustedvet

      You represent YOUR side so eloquently Vic of New York. Kumbaya baby.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Yet it is the left who have occupy movements where they defecate on police cars, and rape fellow participants. Liberals and socialists are the real hate mongers in this country

      September 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  62. DavidW0909

    I wonder if the personel in the US Embassy in Cairo are feeling afraid right now.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      What does Cairo have to do with American Muslims? Nothing. Stop trying to justify your idiocy.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • CJ

        And what does a shooting in Norway have to do with America, which was part of this story.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Dave

    You know, the Westboro Baptist church claims to be Christian, but everyone doesn't claim all Christian's have those same views. I don't know much about Islam, but I'm sure there's all sorts of sizes and flavors, just like Christianity. Some are probably bat-sh** crazy, like those who organized the 9/11 attacks and the aforementioned WBC, but most are most likely perfectly peaceful, and want nothing more than to practice their religion. I personally think it's all a bit loony, but as long as you're doing it peacefully, and not pushing your beliefs on others, have at it.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Nail on the head. There's nothing exceptional about Islam in terms of extremism. Every religion has its nutcases.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ian

        What % of terrorists killings have been carried out by NON muslims in the couple of decades? Muslims commit at least 90% of all terrorist attacks.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Joe

    Amazing that on a day of remembering fallen Americas of all colors, we have to read an article by CNN about how Muslim American's are scared for their lives because of us. SHAME on you CNN.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sisi

      Yes, I could not have said if better myself! Shame on You!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wrong

      Wrong, Joe. The article never said it is because of YOU. It, the fear mentioned, is just another effect of 9/11. So shame on you, for lacking in reading comprehension skills that cause you to have empty meaningless outrage.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rak79

      Shame on you for being hypocrite by first saying 9/11 is about all colors and then essentially saying American Muslims are not part of those colors. I lost a dear family friend who worked in the north tower, how dare you make this a us vs. them thing.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        It is US vs Them. It's all Free Americans of all colors against a religion of violence and hate (and any colors that practice).

        The religion of Islam and the Muslims that follow it are the enemy, and have dictated that we are theirs. I don't need to read an article on our #1 Media Source website in the USA on a day that 3,000 + fell to the hands of radical muslims, that the muslims that live here are scared of how the rest of us look at them.

        Find a religion that promotes PEACE and LOVE and maybe the world will look at you with PEACE and LOVE. Just a tip to chew on.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Sal

    Feed Prophet Mohammed to the pigs........

    September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  66. sherri990

    Muslims living here should be living in fear. Where were their voices right after 9/11? Not one muslim said a thing. Silence equals support. And their still silent 11 years later.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Where were their voices? They were cheering when the twin towers collapsed killing thousands of innocents!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ocean

      Didn't you just read the article?

      September 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  67. bardaw

    If they are that frightened why don't they return to their motherland!! I am the one living in fear of them being here!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Kirpal Singh

    As a Sikh working on Wall St. not too far away from the 9/11 memorial, I was terrified to go into work today.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kulashaker

      I can understand Singh saheb...

      September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Shalin Shah

    The second largest Muslim population resides in my country of India. Don't be fooled. They are, have been, and
    will be the scourge of the Earth. Their religion preaches violence in every way imaginable. The Muslims who
    think that it does not preach violence do not understand the violent underpinnings of the Q'uran. It is unbelievable
    that America posted this article about Muslim feelings on 9/11. They should all be shipped out of America. The Arab countries would have killed every last American if this sort of event happened on their soil. The Arab countries don't even let other religions practice freely. Why should America allow them on this soil? Get OUT!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isabella

      Thank you for your courage. The day Muslims admit they are violent will never come.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • phillylady66

      Very good points.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  70. JSmith

    100% Accurate!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  71. CNN

    CNN put out this article not to accuse all of you haters and bigots of your hate and intolerance. You do this all on your own. CNN put out this article to cover ALL of the effects of 9/11. Believe it or not, just as Americans and Christians, some Muslims do things in the name of their religion that end up having negative consequences for other people who "share" their religion. Case in point: American Muslims live in fear. You people are talking about Americans, which happen to also be Muslim. In a very real way, you are being unpatriotic.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Smith

      This is an absolute INSULT to the victims of 9/11 and their families. Yet another example of politically-correct nonsense from this organization.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Isabella

        I agree with you.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Beck

        I wonder if you judge with the same sharpness the statement of Glenn Beck, who ACTUALLY INSULTED the families of the victims of 9/11, as well as those of the Brevik massacre.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winston

      Well perhaps CNN will enjoy their Muslim audience from here on out, because I sure as hell won't be watching. This is an outrageous disgrace!

      September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  72. US_Eurolad

    The sham is over. This article would have worked 10 years ago closer to 9/11 but we were "Educated" in spectacular fashion on that day and for 10 years have seen what the religion of peace is all about EVERY SINGLE DAY, in news articles. Hot tip, if you are afraid in the States try a majority Muslim nation like Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan. Something tells me your level of "fear" would go up by an order of magnitude, particularly as a woman, under Sharia Law. This is a new decade and Westerners are wise to the poison of Islam and Multiculturalism. We are Awake.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  73. sbgirlie

    Unfortunately it goes both ways. Americans in Islamic nations also live in fear. From the front page-
    "Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and hauled down the American flag, replacing it with a black flag with Islamic emblems."

    September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Sal

    As far as the subject of this article.........THEY SHOULD 

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • plz

      Their religion brought this on them. Their own country is corrupted by Islam and they've come here to do a number on ours. They're doing what they're told to do in the quoran/whatever it's called, and their way of life is defended. You do see where this is going right?

      September 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Adam

    They better live in fear. Or else they won't be ready when we sneak up behind them and cut their throats out.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  76. bob

    "countless Muslims have condemned the acts of 9/11 in the United States and worldwide" Name some, give an example. Name a charity supported by Muslims that helps non-muslims. Give an example of a Muslim country sending aid to a disaster zone in a non-muslim country.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHY ARE WE SO IGNORANT

      There are countless American Muslim charities that give only to non-muslims. Umma clinic in So California. CAIR of America.
      Stop being ignorant and stop watching FOXNEWS to get your education.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kulashaker

        I went to the website of Umma Clinic and found the values to be -

        OUR VALUES

        The services, activities and governance of UMMA shall reflect the Islamic values and moral principles which inspired its founders. These include the core values which are universally shared and revered by society at large:
        • Service
        • Compassion
        • Human Dignity
        • Social Justice
        • Ethical Conduct

        I wonder if Islamic values vary for infidels.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Jovial

    Opinion: Saudi Arabian Christians Live in Fear 11 Years after 9/11 - as do local followers of Jesus in most Muslim nations. They are far more likely to be ostracized, tortured, martyred than Muslims are in America. How much are enlightened Muslim Americans doing to lobby nations outside the U.S. to treat non-Muslims in their midst with even 10% of the accommodation and tolerance they themselves get in the U.S.?

    Yes, the U.S. should set a higher standard, but these complaints smack of hypocrisy when it is primarily Muslim-majority nations that are among the harshest on non-Muslims living in their midst.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  78. RexRiley

    And you should learn how to spell.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  79. pozin

    I would agree that there is a lot of anti-Muslim thinking brewing out there. She noted that countless Muslim people have condemned acts by Muslim terrorists I do not recall that many. Perhaps they are not getting the media attention they need to. I can understand keeping a low profile in the Middle East because the crazies there will kill you if you do not agree with them. I do not know what can be done to put being Muslim in a positive light other than continually getting out doing community service. We have some extremist Christians right here that embarrass us all. The only religious extremists I hear of are the Muslim and Christian faiths. People will read and interpret their holy books to suit their needs. May they all rot in hades, if there is one.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Rob

    For many of us our negative views of Islam come FROM research and understanding, not due to the lack of it. I dotn work on stereotypes but from personal experience.

    I was in Iraq when Al-Sadar murdered his political rival on the steps of the Imam Husayn Mosque. The same mosque, one of the holly places for Shia, has been a focal point for violence for thousands of years. THe 2006 al-Askari Mosque bombing destroyed another holy site as well as killing Muslims. No American did those things.

    I lived in Saudi Arabia and saw daily the "Mutawa" – religious police – enforce compliance with words, sticks, stones and the blade. Every Friday in Riyadh the people gather in "Chop Chop Square" to witness "heads and hands" being removed. They save the stoning for adultery for the rural areas. No American did that.

    I lived in Afghanistan and secretly visited and aided girls schools where students risked death to learn. We had to go in secret so as not to call attention to the fact that girls were receiving an education and worse, aid from evil westerners. I heard girls with pretty faces and smiling eyes talk about wanting to be doctors, lawyers and teachers but their own teachers faces gave away the sadness that they would just as likely be the first person on Mars. If they managed to survive to adulthood it was unlikely their husbands would "ALLOW" them to receive a higher education, let alone work in a profession. No American imposed that.

    You decry living in fear and yet you have far less to fear in America than in most Muslim dominated countries.

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

      What a great read. Thank you. And it makes sense.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  81. liberal disease

    oh please, they have it great here, they have their own President!

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

      Our President is NOT a muslim. Go get some education before you go posting lies on this web.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Isabella

    You know most people do not believe Muslims are victims. Simple as that.

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

      I have personally witnessed some really horrible abuses of muslims (in public, in daylight! – there was a unstated policy of spitting on and slurring muslim girls when I was in college in NC) that I was very ashamed of people for committing. There is some major intolerance going on. As a very proud (non-muslim) American woman, I think we can do better.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  83. dm21865

    Honestly, who's running things at CNN? Could you possibly be any more obtuse?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  84. mike

    ...and here is is...Breaking News...Protesters climb walls of U.S. Embassy in Cairo, replace U.S. flags with black flags with Islamic emblems. REALLY!!!!!?????

    September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • aMom

      I just read the headline and was about to post it too, mike. To the article's author: take your message of tolerance back to your own, Sumbul Ali-Karamali.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sioxan

      Good... you guys just take examples of trouble stricken countries like Libya, Iran, Iraq, Egypt.....
      By the way there are 58 Muslim Countries in the World. Muslims are not just Iran or Egypt..

      September 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Wiley Thurster

    Just when I thought the last "Can't We All Just Get Along" screed I read was tops in naivete I see this one. A new champion. Congratulations Ms. Ali-Karamali!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  86. NYCguy

    I've lived in New York my whole life. What the news failed to show the rest of the world, was the cheering and celebrating that went on in some neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey when the towers went down. And I can tell you first hand that those neighborhoods were predominantly Muslim and Arab. Muslims took to the streets right here in America and cheered for those terrorists. Let's not forget that those terrorists were given help within this country by other Muslims.

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

      That's Bull you talk. I am a New yorker and I haven't seen what you says todate. People like you have filled hatred and misinformation all around. Readers usually tend to believe every word they read as first info, not even once they realize there might be a flip side to the coin. How could I believe anything written by strangers ...??/ think ...

      September 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  87. dreamer96

    The Tea Party lives in fear too..along with all the NRA members...ops they are almost one in the same...

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

      Especially when the united nation taking our dollars and guns away LOL

      September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shaniqua.

        Wow! You two are really obtuse!

        September 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Captjustice

    Shame on ALi-Karamali and shame on CNN for letting this artical post today. Why try to take away from what this day is suppose to be about and that is to remember the good people that have fallen because of the Muslims. We should not feel sorry for the Muslim people. They should get down and beg for forgiveness for what they have done and what their religion of terror did to this country.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  89. RJOHN

    My view is they do not want to become Americans. Instead Muslims want Americans to become Muslims. This will not happen so the tension will go on on.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      You are absolutely right, John.

      The basics of Islam are completely incompatible with democracy.

      If anyone disputes this, then please tell us in what majority Muslim country you'd prefer to live. Yes, I know Indonesia. Besides that, any others?

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

      You see this is the problem when education is not free. First of all American is a nationality. Muslim is being part of a religion like being Christian. Therefor no one is really trying to make a nationality to a religion. I suggest you read and travel more, I do not mean tabloid from super market or travelling to Boise Idaho. I mean out of United Stated, that is if you can get a passport and if the US green back will be worth anything by time you finish your passport application.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  90. RS

    You want fear? You want terror? You even want death? Try living as a non-Muslim in an Islamic nation.

    I urge ALL free people everywhere to read the Koran, cover to cover.
    Understand what Mohammed commands his followers to do with those who refuse to submit to Islam.
    Don't let anyone tell you what it says, read it. Know it.

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

      So you are telling me you read the Quran . Funny people cannot read the health care bill , but you read the quran?????

      September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Zahra Zadeh

        hahahah... well said Sam. Since I have been in the US for work reason, outsourcing the American jobs to India and China I have been baffled by the stupidest of some people. Your government wants to give you people health care so you don’t die of being so unhealthy. Take it and say thank you.

        September 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zahra Zadeh

      You want fear? You want Terror? Vote for Romni and Rayan. I approve this crap.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Mike

    I think this article got it completely wrong. You (writer) assume that americans what to hear about Muslims. The problem is, is that we completely don't care about your religion. Out of all the religions Muslims see this the least. No one like fanatic Jews, or Christians either. As americans we are not a super religious people, but muslims continue to badgers us about how we should learn Islam.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  92. PatsFanBoston

    We have come so far... and still have so far to go.

    Yet another reason why religion causes so much harm and dis-trust in the world.

    Thank goodness for us Humanists!

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Amused

    Those who use the Koran to destroy, hurt or repress others are not real Muslims. Those who use nationalism, patriotism or fear to inspire hatred of followers of a particular religion are not real Americans.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • january2454

      Well, those faux Muslims certainly have wreaked a lot of damage on the world in the last couple of decades.

      YOU may not think they're Muslims. But they KNOW they are. And they would assure you that all of the bloodshed is as a result of their living out their beliefs - as set forth in the Koran.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Barnesje

    Wow. on 9/11, Run an opinion article about Muslims 'Feelings' – unreal. Then, 30 minutes after making this a front page article, a bunch of Muslims desecrate the US Flag at the Embassy in Cairo.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Yeah I saw that link to the Cairo Muslims right after this article, lol. Crazy.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  95. BigBird Johnson

    They should be in fear.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Joanna

    OMG, WHY this subject TODAY!?? It won't do any good eihter Muslims nor families of victims of 9/11. Where on earth CNN editors lost common sense?

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      I think the timing is perfect. We as a nation need to remember that it was religious EXTREMISTS who did this, not the religion as a whole, any more than Tim McVeigh, or the mail bomber represent Americans and/or Christians.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • january2454

        Amused,

        Please don't trot out the Timothy McVeigh chestnut. McVeigh said he was an atheist.

        Don't pretend that there are hordes of violent Christians around the world who are killing and maiming people because the victims aren't Christian. It simply isn't true. You know it isn't true and so does everyone else. It's either a liberal conceit or a humanist conceit.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob G

        Oh geeez, here we go again. McVeigh was a horrible aberration. An isolated incident. Jihadists number in the 1000s and murder innocents everyday. Please STOP with this clarion call from American Muslims who should spend their time condeming the extreme interpretation instead of defending it. NOW THAT would truly go a long way!

        September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob G

      Because that is what CNN does. They are MSNBC lite. Even their president is leaving the the insane asylum to the inmates.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Ken G

    Faux and hate radio flogging hate every single day. Shameful what this once welcoming country has become.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Seattle Native

    It is ironic to have this story run alongside a story about Muslims burning the American flag and storming the U.S. embassy in Egypt all because an American film crew is exercising its First Amendment right to freedom of expression. I guess the only people whose rights matter are Muslims.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bufkus

      It is pathetic that you assume that all muslims are the same. That's like saying all christians are the same (who would dare equate mormons with protestants or protestants with catholics?). American muslims are completely different from the hateful evil terrorist muslims that live in egypt and the rest of the middle east.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Jeffrey G

    From what I've read on line, Islam the religion Of Muslims codons Murder. Kill an infidel and your guaranteed a place in heaven with god. What kind of crap is that! Verified on snopes.com

    September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      And the Old Testament states that women must marry their rapists. your point?

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

        MY point is we are talking about murder, on 9/11, not rape.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Dale N.M.

    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 Islamic Koran same as the Bible to Christians, the Koran talks about people who will not convert to Islamic beliefs they are considered as infidels, all good Islamic people are supposed to kill infidels, it is right there in the Koran if that's not violence ?.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saleem

      Because someone told you that it was in the Quran or because you actually read it?

      September 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kat

        "When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds, then set them free, either by grace or ransom, until the war lays down its burdens." – 47:4
        (different translation: ) When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield, strike off their heads, and when you have laid them low, bind your captives firmly.

        September 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      You should probably read a text before commenting on it.

      September 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kat

        Ok, how's this text? "Fight unbelievers who are near to you." 9:123 (different translation:
        Believers! Make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Let them find harshness in you. (another source: ) Ye who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers....

        Sorry, sounds like warlike to me.

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