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Cartoons of Chaos
by Abdi-Noor Haji Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)

Monday, February 06, 2006
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As a Moslem i have to say something about these cartoons. Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him has been depicted in some papers as a terrorist ready to blow up himself to take the lives of innocent people. I think that was caused by the west’s lack of understanding about Islam and its foundations as a religion of peace.

Mr. Editor, your cartoons created chaos

Were you testing your power to incite people?
Or were you intending to provoke the Moslems?

Were you trying to redraw the world religious map?
Or were you joining dots to invent a green line?

Were you simply exercising freedom of speech?
Or were you making money out of violence?

Don’t you admire and appreciate religious diversity?
Or are you blind of the beauty of cultural rainbow?

Islam is a religion of peace
I am a Moslem, Mr. Editor
I have great respect to all religions
I can't do to Jesus what you have done to my Prophet

Nor can I do that to Moses and the Torah
Harming them in anyway would affect my faith
I call all Moslems to observe stability
Torching buildings is purely unislamic

What has the building done wrong to you?
Can’t you behave decently to express anger?
Well above the waters of religious differences
A bridge of spiritual tolerance must be built

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Reviewed by Cynth'ya 2/11/2006
I am glad to hear you articulate this so objectively, yet with so much passion and intellect seeing greed for what it truly is. I do not understand a great deal about Islam, however I do have a wonderful authors-sister kinship with Sister Safi and consider her an honorable woman. Racism is nothing new, and I would bet that if Islam were not represented by millions of people of color, this senseless type of "news" would have never occured. Your calling for peace is far more noble than trading disrespect for disrespect. Yet as a woman who gave birth to generations past my children's Akan and Mbundu ancestors, I understand how people want to make chaos using negative symbols. It is something I brought up repeatedly as a graduate student in journalism in college.

Yes we all have a long way to go in this world. And we all have choice of our beliefs and must give account to God for our actions against humanity. God does not like disharmony.

blessin's to you my brother Abdi-Noor,
cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Safi Abdi 2/10/2006
Always spot on, that's my friend Abdi. You are so right, you just can't take your anger out on a building...If people had your sense of humor we'd have more buildings standing even in Mogadishu:)
aniga ruuxayga dagalka waan kujiray, haven't burnt down any buildings yet though...laakin bal eeg poem kayga ugu danbaysay...

Istanbul is great but cold...And Turks speak only in Somali, no Arabic, no English...Just sign language so far.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/10/2006
I think religions are the biggest topics of nowadays. I believe in God, and my parents believe in Budhism and the Goddess Kwan Yin, but we somehow get along sooo well.

I can sometimes pray to their goddess Kwan Ying, and my prayers are also answered. I also prayed to my God, and God answers my prayers also.

Religions are supposed to teach people "love" and not "hate", and each religion are supposed to love one another.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 2/8/2006
I live in Croatia ( a part of ex-Yugoslavia.Bosnia( only a few hours away,) is under muslim rule and all those that are not muslim live in HELL!
The following is what the muslims believe..I think the answer to your questions is obvious..heaven help us if Nostradamus is correct( he predicts global muslim rule)Please read the is the non-muslim's worst nightmare..

...Unbridled Hatred toward Jews,
Christians and Infidels!!!!!

"Do not take the Jews and Christians for friends" (Surah 5:51)

"fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness" (Surah 9:123)

"fight those who do not believe in Allah" (Surah 9:29)

"and fight them until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah" (Surah 8:39)

"fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace" (Surah 9:14)

"Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them" (Surah 9:30)

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

Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him. (Sahih Al-Bukhari 9:57)

Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush. (Koran 9:5)

Take him and fetter him and expose him to hell fire. (Koran 69:30-37)

I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers, Smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger tips of them. (Koran 8:12)

They (the unbelievers) should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides. (Koran 5:33)

"Know that paradise is under the shades of swords." (Sahih al-Bukhari Vol 4 p55)

I rest my case..
Heaven help us!

Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/7/2006
Abdi Noor I agree with all that you've said. I have to add that people have also debased Christ. Numerous times and ways. A painting of someone urinating on him a cartoon making fun of his crown of thorns, just to mention a couple. They mock His Mother Mary also. The people who do this are allowed to get away with it using the free speech clause in our laws. Things have gone way too far and no one knows how to stop it anymore. It is all a game of politics with each side blaming the other for lack of leadership and morals.

What we have lack of, is people understanding that they have allowed the ACLU and politics to dictate the standards we will live by in this country. They have been so watered down that there is no longer respect or reverence for anything! What happened with the cartoons about Mohammed is just another result of what is happening the world over. Lack of dicipline, morality, irreverence, and lawlessness. All signs of what has been prophesied as Armageddon, the final days. When people refuse to revere God, who else will they revere? The answer is the evil one. The choice is ours to make and sadly too few are making the right choice! Prayer has become a dire necessity! Keep the faith, brother!I'm sorry that this happened, but I thnk there will be a lot worse from all sides in the future, it has become a runaway world society, due to the technological advance in communication!Linked to a dismantling of moral standards.

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/6/2006
That said. The way your brothers have reacted only re-inforces attitudes about muslims. Muslims celebrate 911. The are saying because of a sketch muslims want to behead the artist, and make 911
look like a firework. This is an oxymoron. Chanting we want another 711. Having two brothers caught in 711 i am disgusted.
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 2/6/2006
Brother Abdi-Noor , we are witnessing the ignorance and intolerance of far too many alleged relegious. Do they really not know that God is love no matter what your belief. You more than anyone has made me view Muslims in a more positive light. Would I could say the same about many Christians. For the record I believe in God and because of that belief I can say without hesitation, NAMASKA "The God in me salutes, and honors the God in you." Peace, love, and blessings to you and yours. Allah Akhbar, mi Dios es bueno, mon dieu est bon, mungu ni kubwa. Anyway you want to say it God is good and great.
Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed were great and good. nuf sed!
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 2/6/2006
Dear Abdi-Noor,

It's good to see a voice of peace and reason within the Muslim population. I wish people like you were in the majority.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/6/2006

Dear (((Brother))),

Your voice is not of chaos; when I hear you speak, peace is what I hear. You have never said a disparaging comment; you've always accepted people, especially Karen and myself, for whom we are, despite our different beliefs. We believe in God, we just call him by different names. :)

Please continue to bridge of spiritual tolerance; yours is the cornerstone. Continue to educate, continue to be the shining example of what Islam is, for I see a man of peace when I look at you.

A powerful, yet heartbreaking write that should not have been needed; thank you, dear (((Brother))).

(((((HUGS))))), love and continued prayers, Karla.

Thank you for praying for our Daddy. We appreciate it--
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/6/2006
A bridge of spiritual tolerance must be built

We very sadly need many bridges in this violent hate-filled world of ours today, Abdi-Noor, and one built of spiritual tolerance would be an excellent one to start with.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/6/2006
Wonderful and much needed write, Abdi-Noor!! I know that violence is not your way and I have been shocked to see the buildings torched and riots in the streets. Yours are a quiet and reverent people and though provoked, are not generally taken to such means of revenge. I believe publishing the drawings was wrong, but obviously an act of stupidity, insensitivity and lack of education and probably not an act of deliberate cruelty. I am Christian, but I certainly would not make fun of another religion's prophet. This is a very big world and there should be room for all of our beliefs, not just the ones that serve me. Thank you for speaking up, this has been a horrible week in what needs to be a time of the world pulling together if we are going to survive.
Take care,
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/6/2006
((((Dear Brother Abdi-noor)))

This is where the problem lies. Many people do not understand the Muslim faith, and they come to quick (and wrong) conclusions. This is where hate and uncertainty lies, and it is an ugly, vicious cycle. Even though I am a Christian, I still respect your faith, and I would NEVER do anything to blasphemize the Muslim faith. Such a sad situation; I pray we learn to aceept each other's differences and learn to see the REAL person inside. "Let there be peace on earth/and let it begin with me..." Very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love (and prayers), your friend and sister in Aemrica, Karen Lynn in Texas. :(
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