I feel sick guys. Is this what all Americans think about Muslims? I was born here but I did not know that they hate me so much.
Yeah those comments are well known. Especially on those yahoo articles. I don't think they're representative of everyone in the US but it does give you a very scary and clear idea of how scared/completely ignorant and hateful people are about Islam.
My Dad actually likes replying to those articles!!, but I really don't see the point. I doubt very much posting a response to a comment there is going to change that person's mind or other people's minds about Islam, but Allahu alam. I know some ppl say they are successful and get responses and personal exchanges with people.
I remember right after 9/11 I received a ton of hate email, but after I responded calmly and nicely so many of them wrote back "sorry, i was angry' or 'you're right' etc... a human touch just totally changed their hate and they were willing to engage instead of spew.
So if you have the time and inclination I'd say go ahead, but you have to have a very hard shell and not get burned out or affected by it; which is extremely difficult even for the most well-seasoned da'ees.
PS Shaikh Yusuf Qaradawi is one of the most knowledgable and well known scholars of our time. I have that book the Lawful & Prohbited, pray tell me what page is "wife-beating" on!!! Where do these people get this stuff? Now when they want to discredit and attack someone they just start making stuff up. Such a shame!!
and this "This is particularly true with the growth of viewers watching Arab TV stations, available on satellite TV in Europe, which frequently airs shows dedicated to teaching a husband how to beat his wife."
Ridiculous! What shows and on what stations. All that garbage is is no doubt parts of efforts to discredit Al Jazeera and other Muslim media because they show a different view than the propaganda almost exclusive local news shown in the US.