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Mar 30, 2011 - islam op-eds    5 Comments

Islamophobia

These messages were posted as comments to my blog. Possibly a bot. But even if it is who would program such a thing to post messages like this? Doesn’t look like a bot to me as they were added to many different blog posts over a half hour period with different usernames but who knows. Same ip from Ireland btw.

Anyway, these are nothing new, I usually just delete these as spam, but I find it interesting that a person spent half an hour writing these intense messages so felt I should respond.

#1

ali b

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:54 pm

burn the koran

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Ok, I have no problem with anyone who doesn’t like the Quran. But burn it? Really? That doesn’t sound very intelligent does it. It’s not right to want to burn holy books, even if we don’t believe in them. And as an aside, did you know that Muslims consider the words and lettering of the Quran to be special as well, and in order to dispose of anything with Quran on it we have to burn it or shred it. Well, so keep ordering Qurans so Muslims make more money and burning them, that’s the proper Muslim way :)

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#2

ali b

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:53 pm

jesus is king

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Muslims believe in Jesus as a mighty prophet and Messiah. We believe he was sent to earth to guide people in wisdom. He had many miracles as described in the Quran, like the virgin birth, talking while a baby, curing the sick and raising the dead. He will also return, kill the anti-christ and bring peace to the earth again.

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#3

ali b

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:53 pm

praise be to god

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Muslims use this phrase all the time. They say Alhamdulillah, praise be to God for good things and bad.

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#4

ali b

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:53 pm

muslims are the devils followers

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There is the concept of the devil in Islam. He is called Shaitan (Satan), but we do not follow him. In fact, in the Quran he mentions that his job is to lead believers away from doing good.

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#5

ali b

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:52 pm

allah is the devil

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Allah is the Arabic word for God. Christen Arabs also use the word Allah for God. In fact, the Bible converted into Arabic uses the word Allah for God too! And again, God and the Devil are quite different.

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#6

Anonymous

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:51 pm

may allah rot in hell

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Again, Allah is the Arabic word for God. Arabic by the way is another language like French or Spanish. In French, the word for God is Dieu. In Spanish, the word for God is Dios. God created Heaven and Hell, so not sure why you would write that.

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#7

Anonymous

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:51 pm

allah is the devil

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Same message as previous.

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#8

zues

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:50 pm

FOLLOW CHRIST JESUS AND HE SHALL GIVE U THE DESIRES OF YOURE HEART.NOT ALLAH

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Muslims believe Jesus Christ was a prophet and a man, separate from God. They even follow his teachings and sayings as revealed in the Quran and the Islamic traditions. But they do not believe he is God, and thus believe only God can truly answer one’s prayers.

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#9

MOHAMMED

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:47 pm

I KNOW YOURE ACTUALLY RIGHT.IVE BEEN MUSLIM ALL MY LIFE AND ITS WRONG RELIGON.THERE IS NO ALLAH ONLY THE DEVIL AND THATS WHO MUSLIMS ARE FOLLOWING THE DEVIL.PRAISE BE TO GOD.AMEN BROTHER

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Hmm, I find that hard to believe when you don’t realize Allah, Jesus, the Devil etc are not all the same person. If you don’t even know the basics of Islam like God is Allah in Arabic it’s doubtful you were ever a Muslim.

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#10

allah is the devil.

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:45 pm

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HES ONLU BEGOTTEN SON WHOSOEVER BELIVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE AMEN.PRAISE BE TO GOD THE FATHER.

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Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet and a man, but not God’s son. They do believe in repentance and doing good deeds and the concept of being raised up again and being judged by God to go eventually to an everlasting afterlife.

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#11

allah is the devil.

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:43 pm

ALL MUSLIMS WILL BURN IN HELL OVER ALLAH PISS ON ALLAH

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You know if you claim you were a Muslim you’re saying your family will burn in Hell. And can you really generalize like that? ALL? Why don’t we leave God to judge. And that’s really not a nice statement about God.

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#12

allah is the devil.

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:42 pm

BURN THE KORAN

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Again, why don’t you just not read it? Or better yet, read it!

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#13

allah is the devil.

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:42 pm

ALLAH THE FAKE GOD

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Allah is the Arabic word for God, nothing fake about that!

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#14

allah is the devil.

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:41 pm

ALLAH IS THE DEVIL AND THE KORAN IS RUBBISH BURN IT

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Same as previous, and why burn it?

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#15

Anonymous

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:40 pm

ALLAH IS THE DEVIL AND YE ARE THE DEVILS ANGELS.

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Same as previous, and ?? the devil has angels? That just don’t make no sense my friends.

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#16

Anonymous

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:35 pm

i no.youre right ive been muslim most of my life and ive converted to christianity like you and have repented to god almighty. THERE IS NO ALLAH.thank you.For god so loved the world that he gave hes only begotten son that whosoever beliveth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life JOHN 3 :16 K J V BIBLE AMEN.PRAISE BE TO GOD.MUSLIMS TAKE MY ADVISE BUREN THE KORAN AND BELIVE IN GOD WHO DIED ON THE CROSS SO WE COULD LIVE.NOT ALLAH.ALLAH IS THE DEVIL AND YERE DEVILS FOLLOWERS

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Allah=God so saying There is no God doesn’t make much sense. Muslims don’t believe in original sin or that Jesus died on the cross. They believe in Jesus as a prophet and Messiah and believe he will return one day.

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#17

allah is the devil.

213.191.240.79

Flagged as spam by jannah Submitted on 2011/03/24 at 9:29 pm

to all ye muslims out there ye are stupid.allah is the DEVIL so yere following the devil.look at what yere allah is doing.there is no allah only GOD and all of ye are going straight to hell burning forever along with yere KORAN aloud of rubbish it is.islam is bullshit and so are all its followers.follow god and he will save u from your sins repent and trust in god ye have been warned.god will only warn ye so much.taliban are donkeys and muslims are just as bad.kjv bible i suggest ye read it its the true word of god.burn the koran its rubbish.

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Hmm, I think Muslims would know if they were following the devil, no need to call them stupid. Allah is the Arabic word for God. The Taliban are a group of people that claim they are Muslim, but you really need to understand Islam first to determine if they are actually following it truly, and many times they are not.

If you are trying to give Muslims good advice it’s probably not a good idea to tell them they are going straight to hell to burn forever. If the Quran is rubbish why do you want Muslims to burn it. There are a billion Muslims in the world, 1 out of 5 people on the Earth is Muslim. Why can’t you just educate yourself over what Muslims really believe. Why not promote understanding and peace instead of hate.

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Nov 2, 2010 - islam op-eds    3 Comments

How to Vote for Muslims

So this Tuesday I went out to vote. It was a nice cold Fall day so I bundled up with a sweater (I’m still trying to hold off on coats, in denial I know…) walked over the polling place which is at a local college’s athletic? building. Very pretty colored leaves all over the sidewalks made a nice crunch.  It was all very easy, gave her my name and she gave me the form. I filled it out like the SAT’s, clearly bubbling in the ones I wanted from the choices. (When in doubt, choose B… j/k :)) Actually it reminded me A LOT of all those multiple-choice electronically scanned exams I’ve taken in my life lol. You even sit at a desk cubbyhole!

Anyhow what struck me in talking to Muslims is many of them don’t vote! And it’s not like they all don’t want to, they just have no idea how to go about it. They also don’t know why they should vote. “What difference does it make I’m one person blah blah blah.” Well you do know Muslims’ communities are getting larger and larger. We have thousands of people in most communities. And voting for the right person in the right position can make a difference in:

  • -whether or not your Mosque gets built
  • -whether or not the US works to retreat from war, or build more war (iran?!)
  • -whether we have racial profiling as part of law or those ‘see you naked’ machines in our airports
  • -whether school books can contain anti-Islam material or as some (stupid) people believe pro-Islam material! (called the truth)
  • -whether muslim girls have to swim with guys in gym class
  • - things like affirmative action may determine whether or not you get that job
  • -what legislation against immigrants will be like
  • -whether muslim girls are allowed to wear niqab/hijab in schools or in gov’t ids
  • -”anti-shariah” laws??? so ridiculous! :-(
  • -there are so many issues on the local level and national that are important to us, and will end up affecting us directly one day in our own personal life. we NEED to vote.

So here’s my easy 5 step guide to voting for Muslims.


Sidways rant: (Someone once got upset that I add “for Muslims” when I write blogs. D’uh I want Muslims to find and read this and they’re usually specific to Muslim type issues. Yes I could write an Etiquette Guide for Everyone, but what’s the point when it’s tailored for Muslims. The other problem is people think “for Muslims” means this is a religious Fatwa. D’uh again. If you think voting/etiquette or whatever else I write about is Haram don’t read it! Ok Thanks.)

How to Vote for Muslims



1. The first thing you have to do is get registered. This is filling out a little form and mailing it in. These forms are usually available at your post office, library and various other places. You can also find them online by typing in “voter registration form” and your state. The only negative to ‘registering to vote’ is that you are placed in the jury pool. Now this might scare you, but first of all, employers are required to give you time off to go. Second your chances of getting picked to serve are like nil. They take one look at Muslims and send them home. If you do get picked, you do get compensated for every day you’re there. You can also file some kind of exemption thing if you’re anti being on a jury. If you ask me, they need intelligent Muslims to be on juries and it must be an interesting experience! I also heard you get put on the draft list for men, but we have two wars going on right now and they still haven’t gone that route. You can bet how unpopular that would be so doubt it’ll ever happen. (You can make sure you’re registered by checking online. For New York state use this:  https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx )

2. Find your polling place. They try to spread out polling places throughout neighborhoods, usually in schools, colleges, office buildings to make it easier for people to vote. Just enter your address here and it will tell you exactly where your polling station is: http://maps.google.com/vote

3. OK. Now comes the fun part. Look up who is running (http://www.smartvoter.org) and will be on your ballot and then do some research on them. Don’t forget about the races for local school board, city council or judges. Check your local newspaper for more voter guides to what and who else will be on your ballot. Who is the least Islamophobic? :p Who is pro-religious freedom? Has anyone visited your local Mosque or been supportive when hate-crimes occur to us and so on.  What’s their stand on various issues important to us and you personally. Ask some media/political savvy Muslims their opinions. This usually ends up being the Muslim law students ! :) Decide who you want to vote for and write them down.


4. So now on election day, GO to your polling place. There are usually some people at various tables to greet you. And they’re VERY friendly about helping you usually. They must give these ppl free donuts and coffee or something! They usually direct you by your address to your table (usually your ward or something?). They ask for your name, look you up, and ask for id. A driver’s license will usually do it. Then they ask you to sign your signature. Then they give you the voting form.

5. Take the voting form to your cubbyhole and fill it out. (If you have electronic or manual booths, go ahead into those and vote. Follow the directions on how to do that.) Ask if you have any questions. When done, you feed your form into a machine that scans it and counts your votes.

That’s it you’ve voted!! Congrats. InshaAllah you’re making the world a better place for all of us!

So did you vote? Why or why not?