October 11th, 2014
10:46 PM ET

Let's be honest: Islam has a problem today

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By Fareed Zakaria

When television host Bill Maher declares on his weekly show that "the Muslim world...has too much in common with ISIS," and the author, Sam Harris (a guest on his show) concurs, arguing that "Islam is the mother lode of bad ideas," I understand why people get upset. Maher and Harris made crude simplifications and exaggerations.

And yet, they were also talking about something real. I know all the arguments against speaking of Islam as violent and reactionary. It is a vast world of 1.6 billion people. Places such as Indonesia and India have hundreds of millions of Muslims who don't fit these caricatures. That's why Maher and Harris are guilty of simplification and exaggeration.

But let's be honest: Islam has a problem today...There is a cancer of extremism within Islam today. A small minority of Muslims celebrate violence and intolerance, and harbor deeply reactionary attitudes towards women and minorities. And while some moderates confront these extremists, not enough do so and the protests are not loud enough. How many mass rallies have been held against ISIS in the Arab world today?

But now the caveat, Islam today, is important.

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  1. Deseret

    It is no secret that Hitler and his Nazi cronies sought inspiration from Indian extremist groups including the branding of his Nazi Party by adopting the Swastika, a traditionally Hindu symbol and representation of Hindu god Ganesha, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the Norwegian massacre the Jewish holocaust orchestrated by Hitler was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Indian Hindus and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world albeit in a clandestine manner.

    October 12, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  2. blakenaustin

    Zakaria is a typical, naive, far lefter and doesn't appear to understand that a good Muslim is a jihadist. It is only the nominal and cultural Muslims that are more peaceful. There is a huge problem in Islam. It has its roots in beliefs and practices of Muhammad, the Quran, and the first century of Islam.

    October 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  3. ems

    Mr. Fareed,

    It is true that Christian history include a period where Christians were killing non-Christians.

    The BIG difference however is that the Bible does not tell its followers to kill in the name of Christianity unlike the Quran. That's what makes Islam a violent religion not just the actions of a few. People keep saying it is a peaceful religion. It is anything but a peaceful religion. I recommend not just reading a couple of pages from the Quran, read the whole book. You will see, it will say to be peaceful in one line and the following line will instruct the followers to kill any non-muslim. This is NOT a peaceful religion. My God help us all and I'm sure that Jesus Christ will get rid of that Evil.

    October 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • Al

      First there was the lizard
      Then the religious zealot
      Time for a new man

      October 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  4. palusko996769

    You want muslims to protest? Just draw a picture of Mohamed. You'll see how fast and how many will hit the streets all over the world.

    October 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Max Trek

      The religion of peace stays peaceful only if you submit to it.

      October 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      When Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the largest Muslim umbrella organization in North America, condemned IS, his message did not reach the mainstream media. What does that say about your ignorance?

      October 12, 2014 at 9:46 pm | Reply
      • dike

        Maybe he was not loud enough.What were you doing? protesting against ISIS or asking for Sharia law in the US?

        October 12, 2014 at 11:27 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @dike: It fell on deaf ears. The media is too busy spreading bigotry and hatred to listen.

        October 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm |
      • Bluenoser12

        No matter what Magid said anyone that knows Islam knows all too well it's lip service only, more taquyya for the infidel news outlets... when the so called "moderates" start reporting and turning in the "radicals" for prosecution maybe non-muslims will believe there are "moderates". Actions speak louder than words !

        October 13, 2014 at 12:06 am |
      • Paul

        It would be relevant if the group was relevant. That group is relegated to talking heads and op-eds. They carry absolutely zero influence in any Muslim Country. Its an umbrella group of a bunch of educational societies in the US and has only has 5000 members.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:07 am |
      • Ann Marie Lynch

        I called him for a quote about the stoning of Sakineh Ashtiani Mohammadi and he refused to make a comment or even declare anything against the stoning sentence of that woman. So that dude is just as bad as the rest of them. They hate women.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:08 am |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @Bluenoser12: For your information, the "radicals" are not so easy to "turn in". In most cases, even their own family doesn't know they're radicalized. Yes, actions do speak louder, but the only action the media takes is spreading the language of hate.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:25 am |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @Paul: It is only relevant if the the media takes it seriously. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There was no word from any of the major news networks about his message. Those "Educations Societies" are scholars of Islam and know more than you and me. Then again, why should the media listen to them? The media is only interested in fear mongering.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:27 am |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @Ann Marie Lynch: Stoning is simply wrong. Most Muslim countries do not condone it or practice it any more. All Muslims should condemn it. Unfortunately, it is still in practice in some backward thinking countries. Islam does not hate women. In fact, in some Muslim majority countries, there are more women as heads of state than there are in the US. Turkey for instance, had a woman Prime Minister.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:33 am |
      • dike

        I think at some point you should stop using the word bigotry, because it is just survival instinct. It is like saying just because a few people contracted Ebola by contact why wear protective suits.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:50 am |
      • dike

        @Ferhat Balkan Didn't Pakistan just assassinate Butto and tried to kill Malala?, stonning to death is so common in all muslim countries, Saudi for example. In how many muslim countries is monogamy practiced or law? How many wives do you have? You people treat women as property. Be proud of your religion of peace. Dont try to convince us, we can educate ourselves by looking at what is actually happening around us.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:55 am |
      • readerpan

        So how do you know about it? Were you there?

        October 13, 2014 at 12:57 am |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @dike: No, "Pakistan" didn't assassinate Bhutto. In fact al-Qaeda claimed responsibility. Malala was shot by the Taliban, not Pakistan. And once again, no. Stoning is not common in all Muslim countries. There are a few and those who have it in their law, do not use that form of punishment. It is very rare. I'm not married. But I know you're stereotyping and suggesting. The fact is, most Muslims only have one wife. Apparently, you're not that educated on Islam, yet you presume to know a lot. I'd say that qualifies for bigotry.

        October 13, 2014 at 1:21 am |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @readerpan: Here you go: http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/american-muslim-organizations-condemn-isis-murder-of-journalist-james-foley/0020275

        October 13, 2014 at 1:25 am |
      • revolting peasant

        Great point. For all we know there are many Muslim leaders protesting or speaking out without the news media covering them.

        October 13, 2014 at 1:28 am |
      • Adam

        Mr. Zakaria may be right in that American Muslim must be more proactive in expressing their disdain for a vicious minority among them but Media (such as Mr. Zakaria and his colleagues perhaps can be blamed for not showing the side of Muslim community hidden from American public . There are two reasons for such neglect. The more benign one is that “peaceful Muslim” is boring and doesn’t sell the news. After all stories about ordinary American Muslims who are doctors or engineers or businessmen, etc. doesn’t add to ratings. The more sinister reason is there are forces trying to keep American Muslim (the good majority one) in a shadow. We all remember the Reality show about an ordinary American Muslim family, “All American Muslim” cancelled due to pressure from some groups !

        October 13, 2014 at 2:50 am |
    • saurabh

      I AGREE

      October 12, 2014 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  5. Banff1967

    Islam's problem is that there are many, many calls for violent action right in the Quran which is supposed to be the literal word of Allah as transcribed by the Prophet. The Bible was "updated" when the New Testament turned "an eye for any eye" into "turn the other cheek" so the two religions on not on the same footing in terms of their Holy books and, more importantly, even the Vatican reads the Bible allegorically recognizing that it is not the literal word of God. Until Muslims explain why the violent verses of the Quran can and should be ignored by Muslims, which means admitting that either Allah or the Prophet got it wrong and/or their teachings are not "timeless", then they are tainted by their Holy book. Just come out and say it moderate Muslims, the Quran's call to violent action is wrong – the Holy book is wrong – Allah or the Prophet (or both) were wrong. That's all you have to do.

    October 12, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      Although true that Catholics mostly rely on the new testament, The born again Christians and TV evangelists are heavily quoting old testaments in their sermons. Let's not forget that the old testament has many more violent verses that Qur'an. Google it, if don't believe me!

      October 12, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Reply
      • worldblogger10

        Have you read the Quran? Does the new testament ask believers to kill non-believers?

        October 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm |
      • saneandreasonable

        How wrong are you... born again evangelicals believe in the NT or the new convenant. And the O T 's directive s was to the Israel' to kill their enemies before they would kill them. Catholics believe in tradition more than the NT or evangelicals.

        You need an education .

        October 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm |
      • Adam

        Watch an hour of TV evangelical programs and count how many times they quote OT vs NT!
        So you justify violent verses in OT as God's directive to Kill Infidels!

        October 13, 2014 at 2:41 am |
    • Paul P. Valtos

      Just as with the New Testament, Mohammed was using parables to teach Arabs about justice. To take a parable and use a literal interpretation would be tantamount to most analogies preached by Christ. When He speaks of the Samaratan stopping to help a stranger who was beaten on the side of the road, He did not want the world to become Samaratans to be just. He meant to be "like" he who did this kind act. When a man strikes you turn the other cheek. This meant to not strike back but understand the reasons why you were struck. There are many stories that are in the Koran which also are parables.

      October 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Reply
      • Paul P. Valtos

        I forgot my main idea and that was that many Arabs had no inclling of those things that we now know are possible today. Was it Mohammed's body or his spirit that ascended into heaven. An arab of that time could not be taught that man has a spirit as well as a body and the spirit will live forever. When the extremists talk of the 70 virgins waiting for them when they are martyrs that again is an analogy since spirits have no need for intercourse or have a body that is capable of it. They are happy, joyous and free and do not think of such things.

        October 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm |
      • Darshan Patel

        WOW! I never thought of if that way. I was reading everything literal and so the Kuran was sounding voilent. Now, it makes sense.

        October 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm |
    • JohnnyReb

      Really? There are hundreds of violent calls to action in my own Bible, Cochise. Islam doesn't have a problem at all. No more than Christianity has a problem with extremist groups. The problem is and of itself extremism. Not Islam

      October 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Reply
      • Bluenoser12

        Christianity has extremist groups? Oh, like the Westboro Baptist church holding their signs about gays, or the old lady that keeps getting arrested for holding her sign across the road from the abortion clinic? Pathetic comparism and typical liberal thinking!

        October 13, 2014 at 12:14 am |
      • Marsha Hollings

        One reason we rarely hear Muslims speaking out against their fellow Muslims is because it is a major no-no in Islam. The "Prophet", manipulative and clever fellow that he was, saw the benefit of having an "ummah" that remained cohesive. There are many examples in the literature of him warning followers not to engage in backbiting - known to Muslims as "gheebah". NOTE: It is perfectly acceptable for Muslims to verbally trash us infidels whenever they feel so inclined. But speaking ill of a "brother" or a "sister" is, according to Muhammad, as bad as eating the rotting carcass of a dead animal. Plus, it can anger Allah so much that the guilty could wind up in the fires of hell along with all of us kufar.

        All of this explains why Muslims react to the atrocities of ISIS (not to mention 1400 years of other atrocities perpetrated by Muslims) by either A). not saying ANYTHING. Or B). Claiming that the person being criticized conveniently isn't a Muslim. But even that is difficult to do for the slaves of Allah (aka Muhammad.)

        I appreciate Fareed Zakaria's efforts to shine light on the debate over whether ISIS represents Islam or not. He cites the many years where Muslims were able to get along with other religions - but people in those other religions were typically second class citizens, and were a source of revenue for Islamic governments who levied jizya taxes on them.

        Unfortunately from the earliest days of Muhammad, the calls to jihad in the Quran, hadith and sunnah are extensive and unequivocal. The disdain of infidels is extensive and unequivocal. I invite anyone who has not read the Quran (far shorter than any version of the Bible) to do so - as a non-believer it is difficult to come away without feeling despised.

        So yes, I do believe that the problem is indeed Islam. And certainly not Muslims themselves, who are afterall, human beings with the same capacity for good and bad as all the rest of us. Muslims who are "bad" to me seem to be the ones most heavily invested in the hateful teachings of Islamic literature. "Good" Muslims on the other hand I believe are that way in spite of Islam, not because of it.

        Finally, I would just like to say that the endless comparisons of Islam to Christianity are not helpful in this discussion. And not just because one of the main tenets of Islam is to stay eternally faithful to its 7th century roots - Christianity on the other hand has evolved. Will Islam ever evolve? Hard to say - but some day, if it does not, I believe and hope it will be abandoned by all who were once enslaved by it.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:37 am |
      • readerpan

        Tell us when was the last time a christian father stoned his daughter for wanting to marry the wrong man?

        October 13, 2014 at 1:02 am |
    • Wilbo

      The bible wasn't "updated". Italians wrote up some pagan mumbo jumbo trying to match Roman gods with Judaism and came up with a "New Testament".
      The Bible is still the original works. The New Testament is no longer a mono-theistic religion but celebrates multiple gods and saints.

      October 13, 2014 at 12:04 am | Reply
      • Bluenoser12

        Italians had nothing to do with the Bible, love to know where you came up with that goofy idea. The Bible has always been about the Trinity, God in 3 persons, Old and New testaments.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:17 am |
    • Marsha Hollings

      Thank you Banff1967. So the question becomes: Is the notion of an Islamic Reformation an oxymoron?

      October 13, 2014 at 12:46 am | Reply
  6. zkz

    After reading so many comments posted here, I will only say, let's not criticize Fareed for his mistakes(he is a human being, isn't he?). I'll appreciate his courage to speak on this controversial subject in a very balanced tone, which reflects character of a true responsible journalist.

    I think his view is valid moderate muslims aren't doing enough but anti minority comments on few channels will only increase hate and divide between communities.

    October 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  7. Karen

    Your comment Fareed is respected. However, you need to be educated on Crusades etc. Christians are being put under the bus. Please refer to Professor Paul Crawford for further information on historical truths and not lies and misinformation before you speak about such things.

    October 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      Mr. Zakaria may be right in that American Muslim must be more proactive in expressing their disdain for a vicious minority among them but Media (such as Mr. Zakaria and his colleagues perhaps can be blamed for not showing the side of Muslim community hidden from American public . There are two reasons for such neglect. The more benign one is that “peaceful Muslim” is boring and doesn’t sell the news. After all stories about ordinary American Muslims who are doctors or engineers or businessmen, etc. doesn’t add to ratings. The more sinister reason is there are forces trying to keep American Muslim (the good majority one) in a shadow. We all remember the Reality show about an ordinary American Muslim family, “All American Muslim” cancelled due to pressure from some groups !

      October 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Reply
      • sbrown

        I suspect people that are prone to hating won't really care what religion they belong to. They just pick one and use it for an excuse.

        October 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm |
  8. art

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column.php?n=1562

    October 12, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  9. Steve

    You talk about Muslims extremists like they are the ONLY religious extremists, while ignoring the Christian Taliban of America and Canada; and the Jewish Taliban of Israel; responsible for far more deaths and wars than Islam.

    October 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm | Reply
    • arty smarty

      Steve you need to check accurate history books and then leave a post.

      October 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm | Reply
      • Max Trek

        He is part of the misinformation campaign- the goal is to destroy western culture and societies from within and without.

        October 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm |
      • arty smarty

        http://www.faithandreason.com/dr-paul-crawford-biography-crusader/

        October 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm |
    • HumbleE

      I also wonder why all Christians are not asked continually to apologize for the Lord's Resistance Army, and all Hindus for the Tamil Tigers, who invented suicide bombing.

      October 12, 2014 at 9:59 pm | Reply
      • Max Trek

        The Muslims are the only ones who truly believe that it is their solemn duty to convert everyone to islam. The difference between a muslim trying to convert someone and a christian trying do the same is huge. A christian honestly believes that the a person, other than himself, needs to have Jesus in his heart to enter heaven. A muslim honestly believes that the only way HE/SHE can go to heaven is by making sure that others convert and by by making sure, by force if necessary, that his family members adhere to the religion.

        October 12, 2014 at 10:21 pm |
      • HumbleE

        @Max Trek Aside from the fact that your statements about Islam are false, they are irrelevant to my question. I repeat, why are Christians not asked continually to apologize for the Lord's Resistance Army, and Hindus for the LTTE? The only remotely logical response that I have ever heard is that there is a political motive behind the defamation of Muslims.

        October 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm |
      • Max Trek

        I don't think that anybody is demanding an apology from anyone but perhaps people wonder why there isn't enough outcry to the atrocities committed by all the extremists.

        October 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm |
      • daboj

        Probably easiest answer ever... because LTTE never identified themselves as Hindu jidadist group and never justified terror acts using hindu religious books as excuse.

        October 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm |
      • HumbleE

        Unfortunately, daboj, the LTTE was composed exclusively of Hindus and did use religious affiliation as a justification for their attacks on Sinhalese. But my point is that other Hindus are not responsible for their actions. And while Muslim organizations continually denounce crazies, it does not seem to be enough for the self-appointed guardians of righteousness. Again, it seems that this focus on a few crazies who call themselves Muslim (and who have killed only a fraction of the number of civilians killed by the IDF) is politically motivated. And that is a dangerous game because ordinary Muslim Americans become targets for discrimination, assaults, and even murder.

        October 12, 2014 at 11:12 pm |
      • dike

        Terrorist Islam originated in Pakistan, axis of true evil.Your imam is the one who teaches all you inbreds about Suicide bombings

        October 12, 2014 at 11:31 pm |
      • Bluenoser12

        The name says it all HumbleE, they were formed as a Resistance force to combat the UPDF that was murdering innocent people in Uganda. They aren't Christian but a cult or "new religious movement". If you don't abide by biblical principals your not Christian.. that's why ISIS is truly Islamic , because everything they're doing is based on the Quran !

        October 13, 2014 at 12:36 am |
      • Bluenoser12

        "few crazies who call themselves Muslim (and who have killed only a fraction of the number of civilians killed by the IDF) " Hard to even take you serious after a stupid comment like this. 300-400 thousand civilians killed in Syria and Iraq by ISIS in just the last 4 months and you have the stupidity to compare that with a few hundred civilian casualties in Gaza? Get lost loser!

        October 13, 2014 at 12:44 am |
    • JC

      Farheed,

      The problem is not with islam, the problem is islam. The literal interpretation of the koran demands violence. When you say that there are muslims in places like india that do not fit the caricature, you must acknowledge that these people are not being truly faithful to the teachings of the koran. Moderate muslims are like moderate christians in that their own morality prevents them from accepting the immoral literal teachings of their respective holy books. They pick-and-choose which passages to follow and which to ignore, misrepresent, or recoil with horror. This just demonstrates how clearly man-made religion is.

      October 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Reply
    • Ann Marie Lynch

      @Steve: your comment is disgusting. There are no Christians killing women, stoning women or beating women or mutilating women or forbidding women to drive, own property, marry a man from outside of their country, or from showing skin...that correlation is disgusting. Just disgusting you are such a misogynist.

      October 13, 2014 at 12:11 am | Reply
  10. arty smarty

    http://www.ignatiusinsight.com/features2006/jakin_crusades_sept06.asp

    October 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  11. America

    Yes: Islam has huge problems with terrorism, misogyny, and intolerance. Islam, and not other religions, have these problems to the extent that they jeopardize world peace. Fix your religion and your culture, then we'll talk. Until then, I don't have any sympathy for whatever discrimination you face.

    October 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      Mr. Zakaria may be right in that American Muslim must be more proactive in expressing their disdain for a vicious minority among them but Media (such as Mr. Zakaria and his colleagues perhaps can be blamed for not showing the side of Muslim community hidden from American public . There are two reasons for such neglect. The more benign one is that “peaceful Muslim” is boring and doesn’t sell the news. After all stories about ordinary American Muslims who are doctors or engineers or businessmen, etc. doesn’t add to ratings. The more sinister reason is there are forces trying to keep American Muslim (the good majority one) in a shadow. We all remember the Reality show about an ordinary American Muslim family, “All American Muslim” cancelled due to pressure from some groups !

      October 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  12. edmundburkeson

    Islam has a prophet problem. He was an imperialist conqueror from the start.

    October 12, 2014 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  13. Mike500

    So of 1.6 billion Muslims, a few hundred million don't fit the caricature. That means that more than 1 billion do.

    October 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  14. Michael

    http://media.clarionproject.org/files/islamic-state/islamic-state-isis-magazine-Issue-4-the-failed-crusade.pdf

    October 12, 2014 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      Read and learn the problem that is Islamic ... right here and now!

      October 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  15. HumbleE

    While there has always been Islamophobia, some driven by garden variety xenophobia, and some driven by political motives to engender support for one party in the Middle East, there has been a shocking increase in the how arrogantly and openly media personalities are now espousing such views. Such irresponsible actions have real consequences, leading to increased attacks on Muslims and those perceived to be Muslims. I have taken the small step of writing HBO and canceling my subscription to HBO. I have signed up to make regular monthly contributions to CAIR. I suppose that the one positive aspect of Mr. Maher and Dr. Harris' comments is that they are a call to action by Muslims and all fair-minded people. I urge everyone to become involved in fighting this scourge of Islamophobia, in whatever way they can. Even small actions collectively make a difference.

    October 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • Max Trek

      Islam is not a religion per se but a socio-economic, religious, political ideology rolled into one that encompasses every sphere of human life and society. Therefore it is incompatible with democracy because it does not ensure universal human rights or freedom of speech or expression.

      October 12, 2014 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • Bluenoser12

      HunbleE as a Muslim your desire to defend the brainwashing you've had since you could walk is understandable. It's a symptom of all cults. In the West we have been exposed to many religions, ideologies like Communism, Facism, Nazism. But Islam is more of a threat to world peace because not only is it a ideology of world domination but it uses the crutch of religion to do so. Whatever God you serve that wants them to convert or be killed is NOT a God that loves his creation. Also your BS about Muslims being targeted and "increased attacks"... cite some cases... I can send you a truckload of Muslims targeting and attacking non-Muslims..

      October 13, 2014 at 1:00 am | Reply
  16. Mike

    The only common denominator I see in all this, is Religion. This belief in some higher power has taken mankind down a road of destruction worse than any natural disaster, plague, or strife. Religion is the bane of mankind, and until we as a people can drop this nonsense, let science be our "religion", and move mankind forward, we will always have groups like ISIS or some other who will want to control people based on some book or text that is supposedly "the word of God". Yes, I am an Atheist. I don't flaunt it, but I will defend it.

    October 12, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Reply
    • Al

      you say all religions are a bane but then say we should have science as a religion?
      Science is not a religion it is a philosophical approach to knowledge

      I think religions were, at the time of their "creation by man", the best available technology for that time

      Time for mankind to grow out of the past

      October 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Reply
      • Al

        All sides must drop their weapons

        October 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm |
      • Al

        All sides must drop their religions

        October 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm |
    • S

      There is only one religion, religion of love.
      There is only one cast cast of humanity.
      There is only one language, language of the heart.
      There is only one God, and He is omnipresent.
      This is the only truth that you will ever find when you scratch the surface of any religion

      October 13, 2014 at 12:37 am | Reply
  17. rzanol300

    Islam has a problem? NO!! You think!! Ray Charles can see that.

    October 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm | Reply
    • HumbleE

      Yes, unfortunately Islamophobia is probably now the greatest threat to our way of life. We must all take action to make it as unacceptable as anti-semitism and other forms of white supremacy. I am confident that most of us Americans are fair-minded like you and will rise to the challenge.

      October 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Reply
      • chuckmartel

        are you really that stupid? Islamophobia??? every day these dark age animals are carrying out unspeakable atrocities. the other religions/zany's can't even compete.

        October 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm |
  18. chuckmartel

    anyone who advocates importing this disease is too stupid for human status.

    October 12, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  19. HumbleE

    I mentioned donations to CAIR, which can be made at:

    https://www.cair.com/donate.html

    But there are other regional organizations dedicated to civil right of Muslims and other vulnerable minorities, which you may choose to support. Even if one cannot donate, just speaking out against xenophobes is a major contribution. Grassroots action will ultimately silence these extremists.

    October 12, 2014 at 10:46 pm | Reply
    • chuckmartel

      you should be taken to the humane society.

      October 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Reply
    • HumbleE

      @chuckmartel. The tone of your comments make it obvious who has the moral high ground. Despite your threats, I wish you peace and a good night.

      October 12, 2014 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • dike

      Is there a website I can donate to eradicate islam terrorism?

      October 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm | Reply
      • HumbleE

        Yes, certainly. One example is the Zakat Foundation:

        http://www.zakat.org

        By alleviating suffering among persecuted, oppressed, and disenfranchised Muslim populations, you will greatly reduce the sense of anger and helplessness that feeds the lunatic fringe. Thank you for your concern and interest in this topic.

        October 12, 2014 at 11:44 pm |
      • dike

        http://www.humanesociety.org/

        is a much better cause then helping any of the terrorist countries. Probably this is just a sham and the money donated in the muslim websites just goes to the terrorists.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:38 am |
      • dike

        Your own people oppress you, and you muslims oppress your wives and children. The gall you have to ask for help for what you do and continue to do. You should be ashamed of yourself and your religion. Get out to the world and prove yourself by doing the right thing. start by becoming humane, treat your wiveS and children as human beings first.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:47 am |
    • dike

      http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

      October 13, 2014 at 12:42 am | Reply
      • Bluenoser12

        Also jihadwatch is a good site... you would think they would run out of material but every day is filled with Islamic attrocities all over the world, nice to see HumbleE trying to collect money for the terrorists...

        October 13, 2014 at 1:13 am |
  20. rupert

    I don't understand the extreme negative comments about non-Muslims. I am not fully aware of the Muslim religion but like any other religion, it should be respected. But the reality is, yes, Islam has a serious problem. So many people that claim to be Muslims are mere cold blooded killers in the name of Islam. No other religion on the planet is this counter productive to its followers as well as its victims.

    October 12, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      Mr. Zakaria may be right in that American Muslim must be more proactive in expressing their disdain for a vicious minority among them but Media (such as Mr. Zakaria and his colleagues perhaps can be blamed for not showing the side of Muslim community hidden from American public . There are two reasons for such neglect. The more benign one is that “peaceful Muslim” is boring and doesn’t sell the news. After all stories about ordinary American Muslims who are doctors or engineers or businessmen, etc. doesn’t add to ratings. The more sinister reason is there are forces trying to keep American Muslim (the good majority one) in a shadow. We all remember the Reality show about an ordinary American Muslim family, “All American Muslim” cancelled due to pressure from some groups !

      October 13, 2014 at 2:47 am | Reply
  21. Kat

    Ridiculous! Westerners always remove the context that incriminate themselves in the creation of militants and violence; there was no Qaeda before Russia invaded Afganistan, there was no Hizbulah before Israel invaded Lebanon and massacred 25,000 people in a small country of 3 million, there was no Hamas before Israel invaded Palestine and oppressed the Palestinians for decades, there was no ISIS before the US invaded Iraq and before the world turned the other way as the dictator Assad killed 1000's of peaceful protesters. The creation of these militants has nothing to do with religion/Islam, it has to do with oppression and occupation. They exist because of the utter failure of the UN and international law to reinforce its own values and laws.

    There is no doubt that there would be militants in any western country that is under a foreign occupation/invasion or ruled by despots peppets of foreign colonists

    October 12, 2014 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Nicely said. Thank you.

      October 12, 2014 at 11:32 pm | Reply
      • chuckmartel

        we should have let the Serbs exterminate you.

        October 12, 2014 at 11:36 pm |
    • Bluenoser12

      Israel has NEVER been the attacker in ANY conflict in the middle east. It was attacked by surrounding Arab countries on several occasions, 1948, 1967 etc.. maybe places like Lebanon and Gaza should stop electing Gov't that insist on the destruction of Israel. Stop sending missles from these area's and those big,bad Israeli's won't have to retaliate...simple!

      October 13, 2014 at 1:21 am | Reply
      • Kat

        right, how dare they fights back israeli daily colonizing and crimes of their homes and lands

        October 13, 2014 at 1:45 am |
  22. Kat

    "Islam"'s only problem is being centered in an area that is geographically targeted by the Bible believers for their biblical bloody prophecies of a Messiah, grand temple, Israel, Armgeddon, blah blah blah

    October 12, 2014 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • chuckmartel

      you should return to your dark age toilet.

      October 12, 2014 at 11:33 pm | Reply
      • Kat

        go bangg your nose on the whining wall

        October 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm |
    • saneandreasonable

      Islams biggest problem is that it is lie

      October 13, 2014 at 1:01 am | Reply
  23. S

    There is only one religion, religion of love.
    There is only one cast cast of humanity.
    There is only one language, language of the heart.
    There is only one God, and He is omnipresent.
    This is the only truth that you will ever find when you scratch the surface of any religion

    October 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  24. MA

    I can understand your assessment, Fareed but you are wrong in saying ‘Islam has a problem today’. I think, Muslim and Muslim country has a problem. Whenever a Muslim person or a group of Muslims do something wrong then media including CNN label it as Islamic issue/problem. Why don’t we do that for other religion? For example, we all know about child abuse cases throughout the world in Catholic churches. We have never labeled that as Christianity issue. Why? Because we know it is not religion. It is common sense though it was done by religious persons in name of religion in religious places. ISIL is more political than religion. World powers, regional powers etc. are playing good & bad games there. I’m 100% against ISIL and I think most of the common people of the world are against ISIL. But labeling it as an issue of Islam is little too simplistic.

    October 13, 2014 at 12:22 am | Reply
  25. RD

    Hilarious that even a uber-Liberal like Zakaria is finally waking up to reality!
    "Islam has a problem" ?!?!?!? DUHHH!

    October 13, 2014 at 12:28 am | Reply
  26. dike

    I wonder why this forum is open for discussion, maybe just a trap to weed out all the trolls.

    October 13, 2014 at 12:34 am | Reply
  27. Peter

    Islam does not have "a" problem. Read the english translation of the text and you will quickly come to the conclusion that it is the work of a deranged mind. It is full of problems. Inconsistencies. Absurd reasoning. It cannot be the work of God or a Prophet of God. And yet the worlds 1.6 billion Muslims read this text everyday, revere it and follow it. Utter nonsense.

    October 13, 2014 at 12:34 am | Reply
  28. Thomas Simpson

    Islam's problem – it is simply not compatible with the civilized world – it is not a religion, it is a cult bent on total world domination. The literal enslavement of all non-Muslims.

    October 13, 2014 at 12:36 am | Reply
  29. Peter225

    Huh? Zakaria apparently doesn't listen any better than Ben Affleck. Sam Harris didn't say that most Muslims were violent, but he did site a poll that is absolutely relevant. In the U.K., over 70% of Muslim's polled believe that the Danish cartoonist who depicted Muhammad in a caricature should be prosecuted. What does that mean? It means that the vast majority of Muslims in the U.K. believe that non-Muslims have to follow the Muslim religion and should be punished if they don't follow it. If you can't understand how extreme that belief is you've got your head in the sand. The majority of Muslims in the U.K. are saying that everybody has to think they way they think or they should be punished. That is the problem with the Muslim religion, and Sam Harris had the guts and intelligence to point it out and has been ridiculed because of it. What kind of screwed up country do we live in where we dispute what Harris was saying even though we know it's true?

    October 13, 2014 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • Kat

      lol,you're for real? Your beloved Harris can go screw himself

      October 13, 2014 at 12:58 am | Reply
    • Adam

      Mr. Zakaria may be right in that American Muslim must be more proactive in expressing their disdain for a vicious minority among them but Media (such as Mr. Zakaria and his colleagues perhaps can be blamed for not showing the side of Muslim community hidden from American public . There are two reasons for such neglect. The more benign one is that “peaceful Muslim” is boring and doesn’t sell the news. After all stories about ordinary American Muslims who are doctors or engineers or businessmen, etc. doesn’t add to ratings. The more sinister reason is there are forces trying to keep American Muslim (the good majority one) in a shadow. We all remember the Reality show about an ordinary American Muslim family, “All American Muslim” cancelled due to pressure from some groups !

      October 13, 2014 at 2:49 am | Reply
  30. MilitaryAF

    Nukes are the answer to islam.

    October 13, 2014 at 12:38 am | Reply
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