9/11…The day I became a Muslim

Here it is 6 years later and as it was then it is still now. 9/11 is a day of reflection for me for several reasons. On 9/11 I found out that:

1: I really was a Marine

2: I was willing to die for my country

3: Islam is infact not only a religion of peace, but the truth

Most people have no problem with 1 and 2 when I ordinarily re-tell this story, but number 3 is always met with hostility. Without going into the story again as I have a thousand times, I just want to cover the main points :)

1: When I joined the Marine Corps in 1998 it was a different world per se. Most of my peers joined the military as an alternative to staying home or not going to college. Many like me joined the Marine Corps simply to be part of the best miliatary organization on the planet (sorry Army). However, that was it in a nutshell. There were no dreams of war and combat no matter how much warrior training I had. It was good stuff to know, it felt good to know I could if I wanted to, but I was content behind my desk and flying with President Clinton to the Harley David factory in Pennsylvania or to South Beach, Miami. That was the extent of my career until 9/11. That day, I found out that I truly was a Marine, that day the warrior in me came alive and I wanted nothing more than to fight the scum that dared attack the USA the greatest nation on Earth!. That day I found out that even a bunch of spoiled, Presidential, airwingers, were still Marines and we were ready to go and do what Marines do. That day that Eagle, Globe, and Anchor took over and the true warrior that I didn’t even know existed came alive. That day more than any other day, I was a Marine!

2: Given the gravity of the day, I knew something had to be done. I didn’t know what, but I knew it had to be something. I began to think of all the medal of honor winners who gave their lives in the service of others. I never truly understood that, but on 9/11 something came over me. I knew that if fanatical killers were willing to do this, than I had to be equally willing to do whatever it took to defeat them. I didn’t know what to think, but I knew one thing, if I had to die, I wanted it to be in the service of my country. I never felt that way before, on 9/10 I wore a uniform, but it was just a “job” to a degree, but on 9/11 I swore by that uniform and what Marines have lived and died for and was ready to join their ranks if need be. I remember around 10 am before the base phones shut down calling my mother and she answered crying, the most I could muster was “Mom I love you, tell everyone I love them, but now I have to do what I get paid to do” right there out of no where in one line I told my mother that our conversation may have been the last, and in that moment of clarity there was peace. I knew what had to be done and I truly didn’t care about the costs, as long as America won.

3. This has always been the most difficult thing to explain and it still is. On 9/11 we were on “standby” for more than 14hrs. We didn’t see any “action” and we just hurried up and waited, and waited, and waited, and then it was 9/12. As things started to develop and get sorted out after that horrible day, I began to reflect. Mostly about 1 and 2 but then I began to ask myself questions: Who were these people that did this? Why would they do this? Are their beliefs that crazy that they are willing to kill themselves and many others for it? I asked myself these questions over and over. My only solution was research. I wanted to know my enemy so that I may be better prepared to kill them. As a devout Christian, lay leader, bible study leader, etc. I wanted to see this murderous book for myself so that I may be able to inform my friends, group, and congregation. I never met a Muslim in my life all I knew was the church, so I decided to go straight to the horses mouth…the Quran.

As things were eased on the base in the following days, I decided to go to the bookstore and I bought it a Koran. My first one it was in complete English no arabic in sight. So with a scornful look and disdain in my heart I began to read…The very first thing I read was:

“The Opening

1:1 In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful:

Bismillāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm

1:2 Praise be to God, the Lord of the Universe.

Al ḥamdu lillāhi rabbi l-’ālamīn

1:3 The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Ar raḥmāni r-raḥīm

1:4 King of the Day of Judgment.

Māliki yawmi d-dīn

1:5 You alone we worship, and You alone we ask for help

Iyyāka na’budu wa iyyāka nasta’īn

1:6 Guide us to the straight way;

Ihdinā ṣ-ṣirāṭ al mustaqīm

1:7 The way of those whom you have blessed, not of those who have deserved anger, nor of those who stray.

Ṣirāṭ al-laḏīna an’amta ‘alayhim ġayril maġḍūbi ‘alayhim walāḍ ḍāllīn

In the name of God, the Most Gracious and Merciful! What in the world! I thought I’m supposed to be reading about killing Christians in the name of some other god or something. Where’s all the violence and advocation of such against America? This opening, sounded much like my prayers, so I began to read on…

As I read on I learned many things like God is One, fighting is only ordained in self-defense against oppression, respect for others religions and places of worship, Muslims believed in the Prophets of the Bible and in Jesus albeit a little differently, but heh there were Christians that believed the same things about Jesus too! In other words I found none of what I expected, I found no smoking gun, what little so-called violence I did find was nothing more than historical happenings, that didn’t shape the larger context of the books call for patience, prayer, and balance. It didn’t read purely as a historical book although there was history in it, it didn’t read purely as a book of dogma, although there was dogma in it, to me the most remarkable thing to me was that the author seemed to be speaking directly to me and not through 3rd and 4th parties. For every question I asked there was an answer, for every answer given, the text itself asked me a question. The book forced me to think, challenged me, and reasoned with me. This was a book of reason, this was a book of discussion, this book made me stronger in my desire for God. Any book that could do that in of itself, without the aid of a person reading it to me had to have divine Origins!

Of course, this began to baffle me. Emotions began to be confounded at times, I didn’t know what to think, but I knew one think, I believed in this text and I wanted to be part of those who did. Obviously those murders couldn’t have read the same book! We must be reading two different things.

I began to care less and less about the murderers and what they got out of the text and more and more about what I got out of the text. Somehow they got murder and intollerance, I got love for God, man, and peace. No more did I have to believe that those who didn’t believe as I did were bound to hell, now I could believe in the unity of faith, I could believe that all of mankind was destined to God and God loved everyone not just an elect group!

Naturally, all of this shook me at my foundation my core, so the best I could do was share these thoughts with my mentor and pastor, my grandfather. I expected him to chastize me and tell me satan was confusing me, but instead, he said he believes Islam to be on the same path as Judaism and Christianity, he believed that they all have a central Origin and a central destination. He believed that while the family of Abraham (pbuh) didn’t always agree on many points, they are still family nonetheless. At that point, slack jawed, I realized that my new ways weren’t a hinderance or some kind of satanic confusion, but another path and journey God had put me on, He knows what he is up to.

This all happened within weeks of 9/11. Imagine the surprise to all those I knew when I told them I was converting to Islam. Imagine the surprise when I had my dog tags and records changed from “Christian” to “Muslim”. Many didn’t take it well, and many don’t today. But faith is like that. We don’t often have as much control as we would like to believe. If we truly believe then we will be able to carry our cross no matter what.

And talk about a cross to carry! I have been called it all: Naive, Traitor, fake, etc. I have been told that I never was a Christian or good Christian to begin with and that’s how I left so “easily” as if they know! I have been asked how I could change to the enemies religion while my country was under attack, my service has been questioned, my loyalty, etc. etc.

The problem is many can’t or won’t seperate the religion from the people, unless of course the religion is Christianity or Judaism!

Nevermind that I served another 3 years honorably in the Marine Corps as a Muslim. Nevermind that I have worked for this nations highest office as a Muslim, nevermind that since the Marine Corps I have worked and served in agencies many other Americans only dream about, can only see on the outside, and in many instances don’t even know where they exist! All this as a Muslim.

But I digress…Here it is 6 years later and not much has changed. Many still hate Islam and Muslims, many Muslims still defend their faith and themselves, and many Muslims still commit the actions that help fuel the flames of this hate. I just pray on this day of reflection, that we as Americans, that we as humanity began to reflect more on our similarities then our differences. I pray that we overcome our prejudices and ignorance and learn to work together. I pray that we come together to destroy radicalism and extremism in all it’s forms. I pray that we realize that it is our differences that not only make God Great, but gives us a reason and drive to want to get to know one another.

49:13 O men! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is all-knowing, all-aware.

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ

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Semper Fidelis,

Robert Salaam

52 thoughts on “9/11…The day I became a Muslim

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  2. Nice post & story…

  3. As Salaamu Alaikum;
    Islam is a way of life for those who think and ponder deeply. Glad you thought about it.

  4. Assalamualaikum brother. I am really happy I read your post, and about your guidance to Islam. It is always encouraging to hear that the Truth of this deen touches the hearts of people even if Muslims are not doing such a great job of exemplifying the deen these days. Anyway, Ramadan Mubarak!

  5. Subhanallah! Inspiring story- i like that you said the Quran challenged you to think. So many Muslims don’t do this. They just follow certain leaders blindly, and then behave in a manner contrary to that taught by the Quran.

    As for non-Muslims, money is not the root of all evil, ignorance is.

    May Allah accept all our duas in these last few days of Ramadhan

  6. your fucking stupid you goddamn terrorist. if i had a gun i would kill you

  7. Colton,

    I only posted your foolishness to prove my point (s) about those like yourself.

    I just love internet thugs, you guys are so comical. You remind me of a chiuaua barking at a pit bull from behind a fence!

    My record of service speaks for itself, what have you done in service to this country?

  8. Excellent post, and interesting story. Thanks for sharing :-)

    On a side note, I wish you had full RSS feeds enabled for your blog… Any chance you could enable that? (Would make it a lot easier to follow your blog!). Thanks.

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  10. Salaams brother,

    Thank you for sharing your story. As a person born and raised in a Muslim family, it is always exciting to read about people who chose to come into the religion from the outside. But your story is all the more remarkable because of your initial hatred before starting your research.

    Whats also very good is you allowing the ignorant american’s reply to your post to be published along with your fantastic response.

    One more thing I would like to say to you is that there are 73 sects of Islam (just like I am sure you are fully aware that there are many sects within Christianity also) – and I strongly urge you to keep your mind open whilst you research the various sects as it is this open mindedness that brought you to the path of Islam in the first place.

    My dad has some excellent articles which I would be happy to share with you and can put you into correspondance with him if it something you wish to pursue. You have my email address and so I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Once again – thank you so much for sharing.

  11. I can’t say that I know exactly how you feel or how anyone feels that is a member of Islam. All I can say is that this country was founded on freedom of Religion. It is horrible that so many of us have forgotten that. I am a member of the LDS church, some call it the Mormon chuch. I have never had anything bad happen to me because of my Religion, but I have heard a lot of people talk bad about it. Not just people I know, but the media. And the same is happening to your faith as well. It is so unlike us as Americans. We are a land of love and gratitude. We came here under religious persecution and started a new life. My family came here from England and Germany. We need to dig deep and get in touch with our roots. There are always a few bad apples in the world. You cannot blame a whole region of the world or a certain group of people for all the problems that are amongst us. I have to be honest. I felt a lot of hate when the towers fell. I was in the Army and just barely got out. People think it is patriotic to hate Islam. Nobody is asking to forget what happened, but we do need to forgive. That is what any God would want us to do. We are all brothers and sisters until the end. I hope that we can find it in our hearts to let the past be the past and help build ourselves a more loving and happy future.

  12. Peace and Blessings David,

    My only response to your comment is AMEN!

  13. Admittedly, I’ve not read the entire Koran like you have. Mostly skimmed many parts.
    One chapter I’ve read completely is Ch 9. What about Ch 9?
    What about the law of abrogation; that the last thing written in the Koran is what stands if there is conflict between the words written in different chapters?
    I’ve heard some Muslims say that chapter 9 was written last or near last so it’s commands over ride the peaceful ch 1 which you thought of as the opening. (Not sure what order it came in the writting.)
    There are many disturbing statements in Ch 9 that support what terrorists are doing, and to some extent so does a few of your statements if viewed in this way:
    Arab Islam views itself as being attacked by the west (even before we did so militarily in Iraq in the 90s or Afghanistan in 2001) by the fact our TV satellites send filth into their homes; by our purchase of oil which has corrupted their leadership and led to consumerism among their people. They see the West as decadent and spreading its decadence worldwide.
    So given that view, all of the actions against non-muslims in the West are a defensive measure, which you have said is an acceptable thing to do in defending one’s self or way of life.

    So when viewed on a macro level of West versus East with Islam being attaced by the decadent Western civilization, terrorists acts are merely self defensive actions trying to stem the actions of the jews and the people of the book (christains).

    If you don’t agree with what Islamic terrorists are doing, how do you condeme them without condeming the parts of the Koran that support what they are doing through the law of abrogation according the the command of Muhammed?

    I’m sure someone else must have asked these questons before, and since I don’t see those posts, I donubt yu will post this. I had to ask anyway.

  14. Peace and blessings Mr. Edwards,

    I have to admit I have a hard time believing that you skimmed through the Quran, but somehow read the entire Surah 9….why not all of 2 for example?

    Secondly, you use several examples to support your obvious pre-dispositions about Islam and Muslims. Let me first state that there is no “Arab” Islam anymore than there is a Black, Asian, White, etc. Islam. Muslims make up many ethnicities and nationalities and individuals are either following Islam or they are not.

    What Islam actually teaches is the crux of the matter, which of course is what I want to address since you wanted to skew the conversation as stating that Surah 9 represents the crux of Islamic thought as it relates to actual Muslim belief.

    In the Quran Allah (swt) says:

    3:7 He it is who has bestowed upon thee from on high this divine writ, containing messages that are clear in and by themselves – and these are the essence of the divine writ – as well as others that are allegorical. Now those whose hearts are given to swerving from the truth go after that part of the divine writ which has been expressed in allegory, seeking out [what is bound to create] confusion, and seeking [to arrive at] its final meaning [in an arbitrary manner]; but none save God knows its final meaning. Hence, those who are deeply rooted in knowledge say: “We believe in it; the whole [of the divine writ] is from our Sustainer – albeit none takes this to heart save those who are endowed with insight.

    What this verse says in essence is that one cannot claim to be a believer and pick and choose what verses to believe in. It also, defines how to understand the Quran and gives guidance concerning the overall context in how we should view the text as a complete revelation and not something to be picked and chosen in arbitrary manners. Which is why I have to somewhat marvel at your using of the term abrogation (Naskh). While I know you rely on your necessary belief that this deep, theological concept is correct, I have to let you know that it is just that a concept. It is not universally agreed upon as to application, use, and necessity. Even the theory works against itself sometimes.

    Many agree that abrogation makes since in legal matters such as direction of prayer and the drinking of wine, but if we were to solely go off of chronological instances then Muslims such as myself are still right, because in the last sermon of the Prophet (saw) which is easily found in Google, he expressed the very same concepts of racial equality, justice, and peace. So if you hold fast to the idea that abrogation is right in light of chronological order, then Surah 9 is invalid.

    However, the truth is, one has to actually study Islamic theory, history, etc. to give a proper exegete and picking and choosing because it fits one’s agenda doesn’t work. How else would you explain that the majority of Muslims don’t see the Quran as you and the Taliban et. al see it? Are a billion of us ignorant of our own text and religion and only the non-Muslim and 1 or 2 % of “extremists” right?

    So in short, there is nothing to explain about Surah 9 especially in the very real context of Islamic history and I believe that the 10-20 versus you may use to “prove” Islam violent, does nothing compared to the thousands that say otherwise and the very real billion actual Muslims that agree with those thousands….

    Thanks for playing :)

  15. I read your blog. You have made a poor judgment to become a Muslim. I have many issues with your proposition that Islam is a religion of peace. In reality Islam is a violent religion and I will support this with facts, Islamic texts, Muslim quotes, a check of the news.

    First, have your heard of Jihad? Oh…. It’s that internal spiritual struggle? Wrong. Jihad is warfare against unbelievers. It usually involves the AK-47 but there are many other versions of Jihad all with the solitary goal of establishing a Islamic state and imposing sharia law on the population. Regarding that internal spiritual struggle argument: The spiritual struggle is not even mentioned in the Koran. You need to go to a weak hadith that lacks a substantive isnad to even find a reference to it (mujahadat al-`abdi hawah.)

    What do the the Koran and Salih (authentic) hadith discuss about Jihad? The Koran and authentic hadiths only speak of Jihad in the context of warfare, and there are no verses of peaceful Jihad in Salih Bukhari, Salih Muslim etc. The peaceful Jihad is simply a marketing tool to be used on the Infidel.

    The best, most indicative paragraph on Muslim treatment of unbelievers and the Islamic call to violence is a paraphrase of the “verse of the sword” Koran sura 9:3 found in Muslim book 19, no. 4294 “Fight in the way of Allah and the name of Allah. Fight those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war. When you meet your enemies who are Polytheists, invite them to 3 courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you accept it and withhold yourself from doing them harm. Invite them to Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them….. If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.”

    So conclusively we can say that the Islamic texts call Muslims to violence.

    Second, I realize that since I have not read the whole Koran and I am not a Muslim, nobody has passed me the secret Islamic decoder ring. So with no decoder ring, having me say that Islam is violent could be my misunderstanding; however, fortunately there are many notable Muslims who have spoken on Islam and peace. Let’s go to the one of the greatest Imams of the 20th century Here is a quote from Ayatollah Khomeini, circa 1942:
    “Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled and incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of [other] countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world. But those who study Islamic Holy War will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world…. Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless.… Islam says Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other [Koranic] verses and Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.” – Ayatollah Khomeini
    Did you see the part about witless? I don’t think he was referring to me.

    Now I find it surprising that Khomeini, a Shia, would feel such violence since the Shia typically do not accept completely abrogation. The Sunni do of course do believe in abrogation, and have nothing good to say about unbelievers. Sunnis support suicide bombers and the like. Support of suicide bombers is the overwhelming consensus though out the Islamic middle east.

    So a review of Islamic authorities would support that Islam is a violent religion.

    Third, let us check the news. A search of the internet shows that since 9-11 there have been 10,262 Islamic terror attacks in the world – throughout the world. Now this covers 5 continents with shouts of “Allah Akbar” usually followed by an explosion or gunfire. For terrorist attacks by other religions, the count is zero “0”.

    What about the Islamic anger resultant from the Salman Rushdie’s novel (20 deaths), Jerry Falwell’s statements about Mohammad being a terrorist (10 deaths), the Koran Flushing (15 deaths), the Danish Cartoons (100s die), Pope Benedicts Byzantine emperor quote (several die) and of course the latest Islamic fiasco, the teddy bear named Mohammad crisis where nearly an entire country called for a teachers death. You would think that if Islam was a peaceful religion, the Imans and religious authorities would be calling to quell the violence not for the Pope’s head.

    Checking the news, Islam is very violent!

    Forth, with all this violence, there must be some movement against Islam by one of the major sects to renounce violence or excommunicate the violent Muslims: Nope, no such movement. There are some individuals who support peace but they have 2 problems: (1) they are just that, individuals; and (2) there is no theological argument against the violence perpetrated against unbelievers.

    Additionally, Takfir, the Islamic procedure to declare a bad Muslim or group of bad Muslims to be unbelievers because of their heretical points of view has never been declared on any terrorist group or even Osama Bin Laden. So even with over 10,000 terrorist attacks in the name of Islam since 9-11 none of the myriad of Islamic terrorist organizations has been declared to be un-Islamic. Basically, this is tacit canonical approval of a “Islam is Violence” premise.

    Islam is not a religion of peace. It is only marketed that way. Islam is a religion of violence. You have made poor judgment to become a Muslim.

  16. I’m bored, so why not? Jay Nguyen, may I suggest you read Chapter 5 titled “Jihad” on my link “The Religion of Islam”. In the first couple paragraphs, your entire argument falls apart. I will post it for those that care to read in another posting. Here’s the link to the entire book:

    http://aaiil.org/text/books/mali/religionislam/religionofislam.pdf

    If some of you took just a few minutes the same that it took to craft a response, to actually read a book or section on Islam, then there would be no reason for silly remarks.

  17. I will try to keep this brief. My point above was Islam is violent. Your response of referencing a chapter, 405 pages inside a PDF file addressing the definition of Jihad is not an adequate response to the four substantive points I provided showing Islam is violent. You really did not address any of my points.

    Once again: If Islam really is peaceful, then why is there no coherent moderate Muslim theology that teaches against violent jihad and the subjugation of unbelievers on Islamic grounds, with the possible exception of academic constructs that have no roots in Islamic tradition and no following among Muslims, and the certain exception of deceptive pieces that make unbelievers feel great and allow Muslims (like you) to spout peace rhetoric but likewise have no acceptance among Muslims.

    If Islam is peaceful, why did the Ayatollah Khomeini say otherwise. Why do the Imams in the mid-east all support suicide bombers and call them martyrs.

    If Islam is peaceful, why do all articles on terrorism in the news almost without exception refer to Muslims?

    If Islam really is peaceful, then why is there no large-scale organized movement of Muslims countering the jihadists or speaking out against the violence. (I use the word jihadist for a Muslim holy warriors. I know what you’re thinking: I am referring to confused Muslims since jihad is an inner spiritual struggle.)

    Please address my issues one by one.

    Jay Nguyen

  18. I will make this very easy for you since reading what Islamic teachings actually are is irrelevant :)

    Question:

    “If Islam really is peaceful, then why is there no coherent moderate Muslim theology that teaches against violent jihad and the subjugation of unbelievers on Islamic grounds, with the possible exception of academic constructs that have no roots in Islamic tradition and no following among Muslims, and the certain exception of deceptive pieces that make unbelievers feel great and allow Muslims (like you) to spout peace rhetoric but likewise have no acceptance among Muslims.”

    Answer:

    You make many broad sweeping assumptions not based on fact first of all. There doesn’t need to be a “moderate” Muslim theology that teaches against violent Jihad, because the overwhelming majority of Muslims the world over through practice already display that they understand the text and that Jihad Akbar is the primary Jihad. Throughout “Islamic tradition” and History I may add, you will see that Islam has always been propagated through peaceful means, primarily dialog and study. Islam spread rapidly through trade and the dialog contained therein and as it was then so too today, Islam is the fastest growing religion specifically in the West and converts come to Islam through word of mouth. The onus and burden of proof is on you. You claim what I say has no historical or consensual “truth” amongst Muslims or Islamic history, then how do you explain over 1 billion Muslims living all over the world peacefully? How do you explain Muslims in the US for centuries no incidents? If Islam was what you and others claim it is then we should be cookie cutter adhering to the same ideology and therefore anywhere Muslims are their should be violence right? So why is it that according to most FBI and CIA statistics only 1-2% barely of 1.5 billion Muslims adhere to “radical” ideologies? I don’t claim to be good in math, but you have to prove since it’s your allegation how the beliefs of 1% equal the beliefs of 99% as indicative of the whole. Most statiticians would argue that according to trending the 99% is more likely representative of the whole.

    Question:

    “If Islam is peaceful, why did the Ayatollah Khomeini say otherwise.”

    Answer:

    I have to admit, that’s a very foolish question. First of all, you quote no source reference and accuse Khomeini of something he may or may not have said. Produce your proof if you are truthful. But in any event, it’s still a silly argument based on one fact alone. Khomeini is the religious leader of less than 15% of the worlds Muslims. Shia’s represent roughly 15% of the Muslim population some put that number as low as 10% and even then who knows if all Shia’s actually agree with him. Either way, what Khomeini says or doesn’t say doesn’t influence 85-90% of Muslims who aren’t even in the same sect in the first place.

    Question:

    “If Islam is peaceful, why do all articles on terrorism in the news almost without exception refer to Muslims?”

    Answer:
    :) Because they choose to. You state illogical fallicies left and right, and unfortunately you don’t see it for yourself. Using your logic, all black people in America are gangsters, pimps, and prostitutes, militant criminals right? Yet there is a black Sec of State and a Black Presidential candidate. But on the news all we hear is what crime a black committed today.

    If the “news” was truly that, then Christians would be public enemy number one, because 74% of the country is Christian and about 90% of crimes committed are committed by people who identify themselves as Christians. Muslims account for less than 0.5% of crimes in America.

    Question:

    “If Islam really is peaceful, then why is there no large-scale organized movement of Muslims countering the jihadists or speaking out against the violence. (I use the word jihadist for a Muslim holy warriors. I know what you’re thinking: I am referring to confused Muslims since jihad is an inner spiritual struggle.) ”

    Answer:

    Why is it that when a crime is committed by Christians every Church doesn’t rally in the street? Why is it that when a crime is committed by a Jew, white, black, atheist, etc. There aren’t huge rallies in the street? The truth is that people realize that they can’t be held accountable for the actions of another simply because the other belongs to the same race, religion, etc.

    It’s a very hypocritical statement as you and others are asking Muslims to do what you are not willing to do. If I said all whites are racist or closet racists because they don’t protest in large-scale movements against slavery, civil rights abuses, etc. when it comes to minorities, I would be called a racist, ignorant, or a bigot.

    What should I call one such as yourself who asks the same thing of another group?

    But just so you know, there are plenty of links on my blog of hundreds of thousands of Muslims and Muslim organizations that speak out against Muslims that carry out violence. You really need to read before you make these statements. 1 sec on Google or just looking over to the right side of my blog, would end all confusion. You could click on that logo on my page that states “Muslims against terrorism” and find a wealth of information.

    If you truly wanted to make sense in your “questions” aka accusations, you would guard yourself from this exposure that your showing the world your ignorance by just clicking the link. They will and ultimately laugh at you and those like you.

    I mean think how foolish it looks for one to accuse that there are no large-scale Muslim movents speaking out against terrorism, yet on the page where the accusation is made there are links to thousands of the very same thing(s) they (you) accuse don’t exist! :)

  19. Hello.

    My name is Jeremy. I’m 18 years old, 19 this coming May, and on the 11th of September 2007, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. I just happened to find this post doing an image search for 9-11 on Google. I just wanted to say that, although I consider myself a devout Catholic, I admire your commitment to your God, Country, and Corps. I also wish to thank you for your service. It must’ve taken a lot of courage to convert to Islam given the hostile climate toward Muslims after 9/11. Semper Fi, brother.

  20. Your response is laconic and riddled with many misleading and false facts.
    Your point that “Islam has always been propagated through peaceful means….” This is a flat out untruth. In the past, the primary method of propagating Islam has been through the sword and a multistep process. First jihad is used to conquer infidel territory by the sword. After victory, Muslims set up a ruling Islamic government and subjugate the indigenous population into “Dhimmi” or near slave status. Rule is made by sheria and the “Pact of Umar.” The Pact of Umar creates an unbearable situation for the conquered Dhimmis where churches can not be built or repaired, Dhimmi testimony can not be used in court, only Islam can be proselytized, altered clothing is specified for Dhimmis, Dhimmis can not ride horses, specific haircuts are required, religious symbols can not be displayed, a Dhimmi accused of blasphemy can only defend himself by converting to Islam, Dhimmis must pay a crushing poll tax known as the Jizya. So to say in days of old that Islam was propagated by peace is utter malarkey. Islam was propagated through the sword and coercion.
    Regarding recent history, most Islamic converts today come from the ignorant masses in Africa. Many are converted at the dinner table where corrupt warlords mete out UN supplied food based on conversion to Islam. Many others are converted because they are minorities among the umah and life as an infidel within the umah becomes unbearable. In the US, the fastest growing segment of the Muslim dawa is in prisons. I heard one comment that “… if someone is already killing, stealing, and lying to infidels, why not adopt a religion that sanctifies these behaviors.”
    Islam is seldom propagated through peace, but instead through the sword, by force, by coercion and at a minimum through sheer ignorance.

    Regarding the peaceful Muslim masses, they are peaceful in spite of Islam not because of it. Many are just ignorant or have enough moral fiber that they simply choose to not follow the violent mandates. Regarding your reference to the 1-2% radicalized Muslims, this is an incredably small number. In America, according to a Pew report released just months ago: Of all American Muslims, only 58% have a very unfavorable view of Al-Qaeda. 5% of American Muslims admitted to viewing Qaeda favorably and 27% refused to answer or claimed they didn’t know. Hmmm . . . 32% or about 1/3 of all American Muslims either openly liking Al-Qaeda or not wanting us to know what they really think (which means they like Qaeda, too). This doesn’t sound like Muslims are peaceful. Even if we go with your tepid numbers, if you are onboard a plane with a 1000 Muslims, calculations show maybe 20 of them that would like to be sporting a bomb. What percentage do you think is acceptable to sport a bomb on a plane? I think the percentage needs to be zero! Judginging from your arguments, you obviously don’t believe the percentage needs to be zero.
    Islam is violent. It always has been violent and always will be violent. You may find passive Muslims but they exist in spite of Islam not because of it.

    Regarding the Khomeini statement: Check out Frontpage magazine: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID={8955AE0D-F03B-4A54-9E54-C601B1E044AA} My point in bringing up Khomeini was that he is considered by both Sunni and Shea people to be one of the greatest authorities on Islamic jurisprudence in the 20th century. The fact that Khomeini says Islam is violence is far more significant that you trying to portray Islam how you want it to be, peaceful. Islam is not peaceful.

    Regarding Islam in the news: News about both blacks and whites in the news, may be good or bad. When the criminals talk about their crimes, none or very few claim they did the crime because they were black or white. If a reporter includes such a comment in the news, people read it and they despise the individual criminal as a racist. No organization with any standing or respect supports such criminals. However, when a Islamic jihadist kills infidels. Muslims typically look upon these crimes as glorious and heroic. Imams from all over the world voice support for the violence. Countless organizations proclaim that jihad has been successful. Look at the feelings toward Osama Bin Laden and 9/11 in the middle east. Only moths ago, Osama was more popular in Pakistan than Musharif, the Pakastani leader. Although the fact that Islam supports vioence toward unbelievers is not news, to miss the point that all this violence is supported by a huge portion of the umah and to make it sound like the support doesn’t exist but instead the problem is reporters are creating the phenomenon, This is a dis service to Muslims, to the USA and to the world. What needs to be done is to admit the violent parts of Islam and to work on defusing them or eliminating them. Islam and the Umah support violence! Islam is violent.

    Hey, speaking of violence, where do you stand on 9/11? Given all your other justifications and the blind eye you put toward Islamic violence, my guess you must believe the towers going down were either justified or some bizzare Mosad-CIA plot.

    One big difference between some Muslim crimes and all Christian crimes: No Christian has ever successfully justified a crime based on Christianity where as Muslims justify killing infidels routinely and get support from the Islamic texts, Imams and the Umah. Nothing like this happens in Christiandom: A good Christian example occurred a few years ago when in Boston, some guy bombed an abortion clinic and killed a doctor. The abortion clinic had been the site of numerous anti-abortion protests organized by a Catholic organization. When the perpetrator tried to justify his actions based on Christianity, first he could not do it canonically because there is no such call to violence in Christianity or the Bible; Second, once the Catholic Cardinal in Boston learned of the attempted justification, the Catholic Cardinal denounced it as unChristian and unCatholic on the TV news the very day of the perpetrater’s attempted justification. The Cardinal followed up by ending the Catholic Right-to-Life groups’ abortion clinic protests and proceeded with numerous sermons touting how wrong it was to bomb the clinic. Contrast similar events with a Muslim crime and some Muslims will be in support of the jihad crime, most will be mum on the crime, but unquestionably there is always support with some Muslim spokesman coming forward and attacking reporters for being anti-Muslim by reporting the truth. You were doing this in your response by saying the reporters report on Islamic violence …”Because they choose to.” You state this as if reporters are intentionally not reporting on Christian violence when in truth in fact, there is no Christian violence justified by Christianity or the Bible.

  21. Jay, this is a waste of my time and effort. Did you read the book? Do you listen to my show? How do you suppose all those Asian (the majority of Muslims BTW) Muslims became Muslim? Where is your proof that marauding Muslim Armies marched through China, Indonesia, etc. and forced people to convert? The same for Africa? People were converting to Islam in Africa even before Arabs in Mecca were Muslims! But I’m certain you knew that right?

    All your doing is making broad accusations.

    That Khomeini quote is still garbage and an illogical fallacy as you have to prove what makes “he is considered by both Sunni and Shea people to be one of the greatest authorities on Islamic jurisprudence in the 20th century”

    What Sunni and Shia people? How many? What’s their name(s). I’m Sunni and greatly disagree, that’s one down…..

    Where do I stand on 9/11? Once again, have you read my blog or listened to my show? Have you read or listened to debates I have had AGAINST fellow Muslims?

    You sound like Walid Shoebat…..”Muslims are peaceful in spite of Islam…” Please what’s your measure? How do you know how I my family or any Muslim lives according to or not in regards to their faith?

    My actions and words I could sum up in a litany of Quranic verses, I could probably do the same in Biblical verses too. How would you know which ones are significant to me?

    Talk about Arrogance……

  22. For terrorist attacks by other religions, the count is zero “0”.

    I guess he never heard of the troubles in Northern Ireland.

    Terrorists use religon to justify their desires weather or not the religon teaches violence. Anyone remember the crusades, or the Inqusition? How many times did Christianity kill a heretic or destory historically significant books art etc… in the name of religon. The terrorists that are using Islam as a crutch today are no different then Torqemada and his ilk.

    The leadersv of these terrorist organizations prey upon the poor uneducated people and tell them they are doing these deeds for the glory of Allah. The followers in a lot of cases simply don’t know any better and follow these teachings. The best way to put an end to this is education and ending poverty.

    No I am not Muslem, I am a Catholic. Read the Bible it allows slavery, wife beating, polygamy, mudering the unfaithful, revenge, and self mutilation. Anyone think Christianity is violent.

    Lets go back to Judaism. Muder the unfaithful, criminals and the heretics by crucifixtion.

    Show me a religion that doesn’t have a violent history and I’ll show you a religon that is fairly recent in origin.

  23. BTW where is the 9/11 memorial you have on your site located?

  24. This is the best post i’ve read after many many months.

    inspired me.

    I have with me Quran but rarely reads it (ok extremely rare)

    I am a Muslim, but very seldom I read the Quran.

    Hmm..
    I want to, but, well you know.. its the laziness and lack of iman

  25. “BTW where is the 9/11 memorial you have on your site located?”

    Panama City, Florida

  26. Hi brothers and sisters
    salam alaikum -peace be upon you. The effect of Qur’an can be felt when it is recited, read over and when it’s applied. The enormous effect it leaves on any one is beyond our explanation. Even the Genies accepted Islam who heard the recitation from Prophet Mohammad-peace be upon him. Another thing in the Quran is that the hearing of Holy Qur’an is banned on the Satans and Devils and they just can’t withstand it.
    One night in the Ramadan month I was reading the Holy Quran and I just read the verse related to above and noted it down because we had some problems of devils or genies always making mischievous acts (lound noises, some one walking around the house-we can hear the footsteps but no person could be seen, opening the steel gate of the compound, shutting the door with a loud bang and calling out some one even though we can’t see who called out. so immediately I noted down this verse and after Ramadan Month I noticed one night while I was watching tv, the loud bang on our roof (underneath there was a wooden ceiling), I immediately got the Quran and starting reading the exact verse and after that nothing happened. Because Allah said the devils can’t hear the Quran recitation because Allah has banned it for them, they just can’t withstand the Quran’s words when it is read and they run away.
    Another occasion was when a newly married couple -non muslims were travelling after marriage ceremony and on the way near a town, the girl started hysterical. The muslim people who just were going back home after afternoon prayer (after around 4 pm) helped the people and one muslim elder just started reciting Surah or Chapter Yaseen in the Quran. All of a sudden the devil who made this bride become hysterical was shouting at muslim elder (through the tongue of this bride) and quickly the girl regained her senses. And they continued the journey.
    We have so many things to learn from Quran. Only a few days ago I happened to see the missile thrown as a very bright flash light quickly traveled across the night sky – by the Angels at the devils who try to cross the boundary in the heaven to steal the news of the heaven . Genies and devils used to go to great heights in the heaven to learn what the angels guarding the heaven would usually discuss about and convey this messages to the persons practicising witchcraft and fortune tellers. These humans used to employ the geneies and devils among them for such purpose and that was how they would tell something news related to future even though it was not always 100% complete and accurate.
    But after the arrival of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), Allah Almighty banned their entry to heaven and that is how you see in the night some missile like bright fires traversing across the sky. It travels from top to bottom, where as if it were to be from human beings, like fireworks, it should have traveled from the earth towards the sky vertically and ended up in the sky itself which is a common thing we see.
    So to belittle Quran, accuse it and try to falsify is the greatest dangerous act a person can do because what he or she is doing is beyond the bearing power of any person.
    Prophet Moses or Moosa -pbuh, was given the stick by Allah but that was only upto his time. He used it to perform miracles by Allah’s Leave/decision and he did one such thing by hitting it on the Red sea when there were 12 paths upon the sea for the 12 tribes of the children of Prophet Israel (Prophet Yaqoob or Jacob who was grandson -a muslim-of Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham who came about 4000 years before. They were all muslims- worshipping Allah because Allah made them the Prophets and called them as Muslims-the believers of Allah and His Message. And there was no other religions like we have today other than some pagan customs and beliefs and they were sent to eradicate those things and bring people back to the path of their ancestors True Religion Islam which was also the religion of Prophet Adam, the first man and his wife Hawwa or Eve (peace be upon them). Who could be more nearer to Adam and Hawwa, Allah or Jesus? Surely it’s Allah whom Adam knew about because Allah only created him, sent him on the earth and gave him knowledge of how to live on the earth….Still people are carried away from the Truth because some tv channels make them believe what they are believing today (most of the anti Islamic rubbish) which is not going to benefit them.
    The stick of Moses (pbuh) is no more, but we have the Quran which was given to Prophet Mohammad as everlasting miracle. Once you start reading it and you can see people crying when going through certain chapters and verses. But the stick of Moses is not there today (it was given only to him to make miracles) but the Miracle of Holy Quran given to Prophet Mohammad was everlasting until the End of the World.
    If on the other hand, Quran is not effective in a good way for a person, then that means, he or she are under very strong grip of Satan and they are preventing them to understand the message of Holy Quran. Their minds are not incling towards Quran and Islam because Satan (Main Character is Iblis) and his group of other satans. Among genies there are muslims and non muslims like human society. They also accept Islam. some reject Islam. Another curious and interesting thing I found out that to whom satan touches, that person becomes insane or mad. You read the Holy Quran and u will find out the Verse related to this. That is why Islam always commands us to keep away from eating Haram, dirty foods and alchohol, drugs, pork, pig and other haram items (forbidden by Islamic Shariah Laws).
    Let us learn Holy Quran and try to understand the True Message of Islam like this brother found out.
    Congratulations and well wishes for all who are doing the service of mankind to bring them the light of God in their lives which will help in this world and after death -the permanent life also.
    Thanks for your patience and Salam-peace be upon you.

  27. Assalam mualaikum wr .wb brother

    Praise be to Allah,the cheriser and the sustainer of the world,peace and blessing be upon prophet Muhammad, his companions and his kin.i only can say two word when iam reading your post brother “subhanallah alhamdulillah”,but before i continued my word i’ll ask apologize about my english because iam not using english as my daily languange,i come from indonesia and we not use english here =),ok i’ll straight to the point,its about 911 tragedy that shock the whole world and change every aspect on this world from economic,military even every nation rules,iam always following this issue on wallpaper,television but mostly from internet,and like we all know the “suspect”(american goverment version) is a muslim guy named “Usama bin laden”(member of taliban army whos lead by Mullah Umar and Leader of Al-Qaida {mujahidin organization that formed for defend afganisthan against soviet union})that i still believed he have nothing to do with this.why? because i read,follow and believing his statement right after american goverment accuse Usama is behind 911 tragedy and here is his word
    “After the recent attacks on the United States of America, its Leader have indicted us and accused us for standing behind this events. We are accustom to America’s accusation as WE are blamed on every occasion, even tough america has many enemies.
    On this occasion, i confirm that I DID NOT DO THIS ACTION that appears to have been done for PERSONAL MOTIVES of AMERICA.
    I reside in the islamic princedom of afghanistan and have sworn allegiance to the prince of believers,Mulloh Umar, to obey all the laws of afghanistan. Mullah Umar DOES NOT PERMIT these kind of actions from afghanistan”

    in fact some of american people is not believing what american goverment said about who’s behind 911,u can try to google it (type 911truth) and u’ll see how many american people or organization whos not believing “this guy and his organization that life in poor country of afghanistan and who always busy with they own business cleaning they country from communis rebel,robbers and drug dealers”is behind this tragedy and have capability to do such action.and the prove that saying he is behind this tragedy is weak too.
    open your heart open your mind Allah bless us with heart and mind….

    Assalam Mualaikum Wr. Wb

  28. Salaam
    The day I became muslim was in the year 1995. I thank Allah that Allah showed me the true. My heart, soul, body and life was cleansed.
    To all of the new muslims I give you a good advise, DON’T THINK THAT YOUR SAVED. AFTER SAYING THE SHAHADA THEN THE REAL TEST BEGIN! People shall be very nice to you and maybe you will forget the rules of ALLAH. Or they will persecute you, so you shall not be thanks full to ALLAH.
    Stay firm in the DIEN and the rules of ALLAH. TOday I’m still muslim and thank ALLAH that I know more about islam, but if I knew what I know today I wouldn’t do the same things.

  29. I don’t understand why everyone is so critical, it’s the religion he is chosing to follow. What happened to America, where every religion is supposed to be excepted. What would you do if someone came in saying that Christianity is bullshit and it’s for a bunch of racist, piece of shit, white people? I’m not saying that I agree 100%, with him, but I do think that anyone can chose a religion that they think brings them peace, and something that they feel is right in their life. Besides, it’s pretty much the same God, just different people in each book of the religion and most of them are the same anyway.

  30. Fuck off you tiny dicked faggot you suck and I will kill any of those allah praising bitches that think they are hard. They blew up two buildings we blew up two countries…… Now like my sack you ass licking muslim cock sucking piece of camel shit….

  31. Wow way to betray the Marines you punk piece of crap. . . . Your “religion” is the dumbest shit ever…. lets kill soldiers that are fighting for a better world. . . wow you must have no balls or loyalty to the country you back stabbing cock sucker… people like you make me sick to my stomach. . . .. And so you know you will go to hell for this… and I am a pitbull bitch so dont rattle my cage or ill fuck you up… You backstabbing whatever you want to be called, Jihad faggot. . . what does jihad stand for any way? Being a dumb fuck who gets blown up by real marines not fake as punks that switch teams so they can go suck on large ammounts of lead that we will fill you with! If I ever see you I will make you kiss my chrome BITCH!

  32. Wow.
    I was just on google images looking at the 9/11 photos, when i can across the memorial photo. and it had a link to this story/blog.
    I, myself, do not live in america, in fact i live in the UK, i still remember the day i came home from school and saw the news on tv.
    Last year in my english class we study the 9/11 alot. and I wish i hadn’t finished school already because i would’ve loved to have shown my english teacher this.
    I am not a muslim though, i am a christian, born and raised. Your story has made me think twice about what i think of Islam and what happen on 9/11.
    The media just showed the grief and sadness of the day, it didnt show how much it had changed people’s life.
    And to be honest if anything i had been expecting people to convert FROM Islam rather than to it.

    Im not sure how much sense this all actually makes, but i hope you can make sense out of it.

    I just want to say well done for having such an open-mind and i hope it will always be open to anything else you read or see about all religion. :)

  33. I’m a teen, and was searching on Google to find some images of 9/11 I could draw in art class in rememberance of that day. I’m glad I stumbled upon this story. I admire you for having the courage to convert at such a controversial time, and for serving our country. Thank you for sharing your story.

  34. Now then, I once met a pub manager who said to me no one was allowed to discuss politics or religion in his pub as this would only lead to arguments, I remember at the time thinking that his comment was quite shrewd as most wars (since the beginning of history) were either for political, religious or both reasons.

    I remember exactly what I was doing on 9/11 like if it was yesterday, I was with my mother and a friend of mine phoned me with ‘the news’, it took me a while to accept the reality of it (after asking my friend quite a few times if he was sure and running to a TV set). I should say first that, although currently living in the UK, I am Portuguese (which is mainly a catholic country) and did have a catholic upbringing like most Portuguese people do, however I am agnostic, this is my choice and it’s a personal one, like everyone’s religious beliefs should be. I should also say that I will not say ‘I know how you all felt’ because I don’t, specially in regards to the families of the people who died, the people who survived and the people who are still suffering from aftermath diseases and subsequently dying. What I can say, and I’m sure most of the world would agree with me, is that I’m sure most people remember exactly what they were doing when they heard the news and most of us felt for not only the people involved but also for all citizens of the United Sates of America, I think we also all felt a tremendous fear when thinking if a country like the U.S. of A and all it’s mightiness can be attacked in such a way then what’s the hope for us ‘little countries’ (and I’m not using the expression little in any pejorative way whatsoever, believe me), I then also realized that your mightiness is also what makes you the ‘favourite target’. Having said that, here’s my opinion about this particular blog; I was actually looking for something else when I ran across this but am glad that I did.

    To Mr ROBERT SALAAM: It is such a relief to see that some people in the world are still open minded and still believe in the freedom of religion (or thought, or speech, or… you catch my drift), as I said previously, I am agnostic however I do have quite a big interest in religions (I guess in my endless quest to understand the world and the people in it) and although you don’t really specify exactly what you have been doing these past 7 years, from what you say, you have kept your belief in your country and your willingness to die for what your country stands for and you have served you country and it’s people well which is something that I’m sure you and the people close to you are extremely proud of. I would also like to say, you seem like you have an amazing gentleman as a grandfather who stands to prove that not all religious people are extremists and intolerant.

    It’s funny because all my life I’ve believed that the United States of America stood for freedom, for equality of rights, basically for a search for a better and peaceful world… so it shocks me to read people like COLTON DEMAREST, MITCH, JAY NGUYEN & J. EDWARDS who probably call themselves Americans, who are a disgrace to your country and all that it stands for. Or have we forgotten lets say the French wars of religion (Catholics vs. Protestants), or even the Reconquista, which lasted for 800 years (Portuguese and Spanish Catholics vs. the Muslims) or even, my personal favourite for these arguments, the Crusades, if memory doesn’t fail me there were about 16 of them (basically the Catholics vs. the rest of the worlds religions). I could give you endless accounts of religious wars not caused by Muslims and mostly caused by Catholics, of course there’s also the ones caused by Muslims but they are not the only ones; or are you guys like those people who maintain that the Holocaust never happened either? When are you guys going to realize that religion is not the equivalent of extremism? It is a shame that throughout everything your country has tried to achieve there are still people like you who are so small minded. I’m not saying let’s all become Muslims, like I said before, religion is a very personal choice and no one should make it for you but yes, I do praise Mr SALAAM for precisely making that choice for himself and for what he believed knowingly that due to the narrow-mindedness of some people in your country he would probably get a lot of, in lack of better word, shit for it. But I guess courage, common sense and thirst for knowledge really do only come for the true ‘The Few, The Proud’ like Mr SALAAM. You all say you stand for freedom, for human rights and a world with no violence but the violence and prejudice in your words are utterly disgusting. In the words of someone better and more intelligent than me, Mr Albert Einstein once said ‘Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former’, this applies so well to the four of you and people like you, I just hope that if you do have children, you or someone teaches them better than this, your bigotry is disgusting. As BB-AISHA said in a previous post, ‘money is not the root of all evil, ignorance is’ and you four are ignorant as f**k. I could rant about it for hours and hours till i was blue in the face but i’ll end this here with just a few more words as my comment is already long enough

    This world isn’t perfect, I’ll give you that, but if I had to choose any of you to fight for it, it would sure be Mr Salaam and not any of you four.

    Thank you for sharing your words and experience with the world, Mr Salaam, maybe if more people had your bravery there wouldn’t be such lack of hope in people’s hearts and minds sometimes.

    Semper Fidelis

  35. As regards Jay Nguyens citation source concerning Khomenis statement that Islam is violence,

    “Regarding the Khomeini statement: Check out Frontpage magazine: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID={8955AE0D-F03B-4A54-9E54-C601B1E044AA}”

    The fact this is a Frontpage magazine article tells one that it is a propaganda statement to support American agression against Middle Eastern countries to rob them of their oil as that is what Frontpage is, a propaganda publication, which it seems that Mr. Nguyen has bought hook line and sinker.

    However, I do find some of the reference points, such as knowing Bukhari is a hadith source, very interesting. This, and other references he uses is not something your typical American would use as it indicates some knowledge of Islam. I would speculate that Mr. Nguyen is a government operative of some sort who is an active player in the propaganda game.

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  37. Great post! After 9/11 more people started accepting islam than I had seen in years. I think this speaks to the fact that when intelligent people are given the truth about islam, they accept it.

  38. BismillahirRahmanirRAhim
    Salamu’alaykum,

    I enjoyed reading your post. Congratulations to you! May you increase in states and find safety in this life and the hereafter.

    -Yursil

  39. There are probably 50 million muslims are living in china.. There was no war between china and muslims..so how they became muslims there?
    In china muslims are not allowed to follow there religion.In india muslims are facing racism…have u heard of Gandhi? we know he was a great man.. his family boy Borun gandhi who is a popular indian leader recently asked felow indians to cut off muslims head.. wow great news!! isnt it?

    We all know some muslims are extremists.Who are they? why some muslims are attacking mosques?
    Ans: those extremists are from a different group called “Kharezi” they are known as “Ahle hadiths”, “Moududi” in different place..they make 1-2 percent of muslim population…these are extremists..they call everyone except the followers of there idology kafir.

    Let me ask all those think terrorists are only dangerous for americans..How many americans got killed by terrorists?

    twin tower death toll= 3 thousands (not sure)
    iraq war army death toll= 4 thousand
    7 thousand

    iraqis and afgan got killed= at least 2 hundred thousand atleast

  40. ma shaa Allah
    really great story and I see that many muslims are muslims by name only that make people see that’s islam
    gazak Allah khairan

  41. Firstly, mabrook!

    El7umdella you have the strength to tell your story.

    I am a recent convert. After studying islam for three years, two months ago I put on my hijab and found a new me.

    It takes patience and requires support.

    I will redirect my mother to your blog to read this post and perhaps then she might understand my decision.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    May Allah watch over you and your family and keep you safe.

    x

  42. COLTON DEMAREST, MITCH, JAY NGUYEN & J. EDWARDS who probably call themselves Americans check how many americns are converting to Islam each year? Are they all stupid and you the smartest! I like this post

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    so it shocks me to read people like COLTON DEMAREST, MITCH, JAY NGUYEN & J. EDWARDS who probably call themselves Americans, who are a disgrace to your country and all that it stands for. Or have we forgotten lets say the French wars of religion (Catholics vs. Protestants), or even the Reconquista, which lasted for 800 years (Portuguese and Spanish Catholics vs. the Muslims) or even, my personal favourite for these arguments, the Crusades, if memory doesn’t fail me there were about 16 of them (basically the Catholics vs. the rest of the worlds religions). I could give you endless accounts of religious wars not caused by Muslims and mostly caused by Catholics, of course there’s also the ones caused by Muslims but they are not the only ones; or are you guys like those people who maintain that the Holocaust never happened either? When are you guys going to realize that religion is not the equivalent of extremism? It is a shame that throughout everything your country has tried to achieve there are still people like you who are so small minded. I’m not saying let’s all become Muslims, like I said before, religion is a very personal choice and no one should make it for you but yes, I do praise Mr SALAAM for precisely making that choice for himself and for what he believed knowingly that due to the narrow-mindedness of some people in your country he would probably get a lot of, in lack of better word, shit for it. But I guess courage, common sense and thirst for knowledge really do only come for the true ‘The Few, The Proud’ like Mr SALAAM. You all say you stand for freedom, for human rights and a world with no violence but the violence and prejudice in your words are utterly disgusting. In the words of someone better and more intelligent than me, Mr Albert Einstein once said ‘Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former’, this applies so well to the four of you and people like you, I just hope that if you do have children, you or someone teaches them better than this, your bigotry is disgusting. As BB-AISHA said in a previous post, ‘money is not the root of all evil, ignorance is’ and you four are ignorant as f**k. I could rant about it for hours and hours till i was blue in the face but i’ll end this here with just a few more words as my comment is already long enough

    This world isn’t perfect, I’ll give you that, but if I had to choose any of you to fight for it, it would sure be Mr Salaam and not any of you four.

  43. Assalamualaikum WR WB
    My name is Ludi, I am a moslem since i born to this world. I live in Indonesia, a country that has a largest moslem people in this world. Almost 210 million moslem people live here, but we are not moslem’s country, as our constitution, we have our own ideology : PANCASILA, (5 basic rule of life), and the first point is GOD THE ONE and THE ONLY. It mean all religion in Indonesia must have GOD, and The Only GOD, not GODS or GODDESS.
    Moslem people here live in harmony. Almost 95% moslem here are Sunni, but we never disturb the shiah followers. we respect them. we let them to pray by their way.
    Robert, if u have time, may be u can come to Indonesia. U can see, we have no prejudice to christian, budhist, Hindu, catholic, confusianism.
    Good Luck brother

    Wassalamualaikum WR WB

    Ludi PNK, SKG

  44. Salaamun ‘alaikum,

    It is nice to read your story. And it is really interresting to know that you find understanding of Islam from the “Source Book”, that is Al Quran. If people ever read the Book completely and read it over and over again, they will see Islam differently than what people are saying, than what the history is telling.

    After reading through the comments for this article, I have a thought that you might have been practising Islam in Sunni-way, and saying “I’m Sunni” may be just a simple matter. However, God through Al Quran never tells us to commit in one sect:

    “turning in repentance to Him (only), and be afraid and dutiful to Him; and perform As-Sholat and be not of Al-Mushrikun (31) Of those who split up their religion, and became sects, each sect rejoicing in that which is with it. (32)” (30:31-32)

    Instead, God teaches us this way to say or declare our faith:

    “Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says: I’m one of the Muslims ?” (41:33)

    I respect that everyone may have different understanding of the Quran, as long as it can be confirmed back to Quran verses.

    Just a reminder, Brother. Happy Ramadhan!

    -A Muslim-

  45. To the muslim-bashers. I can’t wait til you meet YOUR creator. The creator who made the universe. Someone raised you to be a hater. You’re on Satan’s side. You can’t hurt Allah swt (God). He created you. You’ll have your day in front of him. Better be prepared!

  46. Subhanallah… I am so glad to hear the miracle of Allah… Only the deaf and blind who will never get the Nur from Allah… Ahlan wasahlan brother Robert Salam…

    Salam ukhwah from South East Asia…

  47. Interesting post, but I’d be interested to hear your thoughts in about ten years after fervently practicing Islam for that long. Most people who leave the Catholic faith never really understood the distinctions between the Church, which while divinely instituted, is run by human beings, and the Faith itself, which is to what Christ call us. Those same folks never really developed an intimate prayer life with Christ or understood what is really meant by the sacramental life Christ gave us. They really never understood the function of the Pope, or the Bishops, and always get caught up in the human baggage of the Church and confuse it with the Catholic faith itself. Do this, and you will spend your life searching for the fullness of God and never find it. I’ve been a Catholic for 46 years. I discovered the reality of my Faith over the course of a lifetime, and while I can throw darts at its human frailty, I can continue to love Christ in his Sacramental reality in a way which no other religion on earth will ever find–and continue to love the Church in all its frailty (cf. Hosea). It is because the Catholic faith is truth, that it is so villainized, scorned, and rejected by the world, just as Christ himself was. No other religion, nor even non-Catholic Christian sects can claim the persecution that the Catholic Church has and still suffers. It is the only institution left on earth that can be villified, mocked, and hated without the media or the political left running to its rescue. This fact in itself is testimony to its Truth. Jesus died for Truth, and Satan hates it. He will only attack it where it is authentic. Only the slightest exaggeration of truth is required for a lie to be a lie. Ask Adam or Eve. I am a Marine, too. I was in Iraq, too–twice. In Iraq, it has been the Chaldean Christians, that is, Catholics whose Churches have been destroyed, and Archbishops murdered. Is that what you call peace? Don’t tell me about what the Catholic Church did to Muslims 700 years ago– especially when Muslims were violently killing Catholics then, too. Talk to me about what Muslims are doing to Catholics now. Sorry, until Muslim extremists stop acting like two-year olds having temper tantrums by burning down Catholic churches, when Catholics have done nothing to them, you’re not going to convince me of the “truth” of Islam.

  48. Asslamu A’laykum Brother!

    I am very happy to know about your reversion to Islam!

    May Allah Bless you and keep you well and happy!

    Hope you have a Blessed Ramadlaan!

    Waslamu A”layk!

  49. Salaam Robert Salaam: I am in the military and I also reverted to Islam. Your blog and your ‘spirit’ is just what we need. Just so you know and everyone else knows: Islam is also the fastest growing religion in the US Armed Forces. Ask any military Chaplain and he will confirm this fact. Methinks that this is an unforeseen ‘side-effect from the so-called Global War on Terror. Indirectly, this global war on terror becomes its own best tool for Daw’ah! Ironic? For all you haters out there: be careful about negative remarks about Islam to any veteran, he or she could very well be a Muslim service person and not take it very nicely, if you get my drift…Love your blog and keep up the good work, Marine!

  50. Sir:
    the part your wrote “For every question I asked ……. have divine Origins” is most amazing to me as I felt the same when I read the Quran first many years back.
    Thank you for putting your thoughts so nicely.

  51. I was born and raise as a catholic. I baptize my kids and raising then in the catholic church. Yes they say my faith and religion is Catholic/ Christian… I say my faith is God! My religion is Child of God!. I teach my. Teens that u can’t blaime the country, color of skin, sex, or religion on the way the act/behave. U have to blame the person. I tell them we all may believe a little different but we still “AChild Of God” no matter what name they call HIM! May God continue to blues you and keep u and our family safe. Thanks fornsharing but more important is thanks for teaching me a little of uour religion

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