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. Mosely

    ISLAM, A PEACEFUL RELIGION!!!
    ISLAM, A BLISSFUL WAY OF LIFE!!
    COME, COME, JOIN ISLAM !!
    THE FUTURE BELONGS TO MUSLIMS!!

    COME ONE, COME ALL!!

    October 13, 2014 at 10:15 am | Reply
  2. billbl

    Civilized Muslims around the world should be speaking out against the extremes of violence conducted in the name of Islam. Shooting a girl in the head who was helping girls attend school in backward areas of Pakistan is just one example. Hopefully, many Muslims are reading the discussion here while open inquiry may be suppressed where they live.

    October 13, 2014 at 10:20 am | Reply
  3. GatorDude

    Yes, Muslim leaders should be changing their teachings to illustrate why terrorism and violent Jihad are wrong and have no place in a modern interconnected world. But, at this point, it's a little late to be speaking out. Moderate Muslims from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Jordan, Egypt, and many other parts of the world should be providing "boots on the ground" right now in the fight against ISIS.

    October 13, 2014 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • Darrell W

      Here is the problem. Muslim leaders are not permitted to teach that terrorism and violent jihad are wrong. The Quran encourages violent jihad and terrorism. In fact it demands it of all good Muslims. Muslims are also taught that the Quran is the literal words of Allah and cannot be questioned or challenged. To do so means death for those that do.

      October 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  4. CarlWstCoast

    It is time for the world to stop ignoring the problem! Dropping bombs and sending armed forces will NOT address this problem. This is basically a struggle of IDEAS, and if extremist ideas are left to fester, they will take hold and grow, with the result being Al Qaeda or ISIS. So where are the religious leaders in the Muslim world that are condemning the stupidity of these extremists? Is anyone with authority standing up and saying that this is wrong? If so, I haven't seen it. In the absence of leadership, I think it quite appropriate to label Islam as the problem. When I start to see Muslim authorities speaking out against the Wahhabists in Saudi Arabia, then and only then will I be able to distinguish fanatics from Islam; until then, they remain one and the same...

    October 13, 2014 at 10:33 am | Reply
  5. Conrad

    It's not that Islam has a problem but that Islam is a problem. Everything ISIS does is approved and justified by Mohammed and the Koran. There is nothing "radical" about ISIS because its members are following the Prophet's teachings. Even an extremist Leftist such as Bill Maher has come to recognize that. And no, it's not a crude generalization.

    October 13, 2014 at 10:35 am | Reply
  6. Mosely

    October 12, 2014. 10:34 hrs

    GLOBAL MUSLIM POPULATION: Worldometer

    2,735,777,901 Billion

    October 13, 2014 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • Higginbotham

      I for one am not an apologist for Islam. Islam has been around for thousands of years. Many books in most languages of the world have been written and translated on Islam. It is one of the, if not the largest, religion in the world. It is the fastest growing. It is a way of life. Islam has a rich legacy that is out there for everyone to see.

      October 13, 2014 at 10:41 am | Reply
      • Steven

        Please don’t be such a liar Islam is only 1435 years old The Jewish religion is 4000 years old.
        A lot of the writings in the Koran are directly copied from the Torah. Mohamed was a good little plagiarizer just like Fareed.

        October 13, 2014 at 10:49 am |
      • Ben Cooper

        Islam has not been around for thousands of years. Judaism and Christianity have been around for thousands of years.

        October 13, 2014 at 10:51 am |
      • Solarz

        I believe Islam IS the largest religion in the world without a doubt. And rightly so. It is much enlightened than the others.

        October 13, 2014 at 11:00 am |
      • Al

        a rich legacy of destruction , beheadings and slaughter...

        October 13, 2014 at 11:05 am |
      • MNRob

        Islam is the youngest of the three monotheistic relgions. It is also the most restrictive (unless you include jewish orthdoxy which even today doesn't allow women to worship in the same part of the temple as men), the Bible, Koran and Torah all borrow from the same Abrahmic texts and stories of the flood and many others have been passed down from polytheisitc religions that exists prior too monottheism.

        My point here is a personal relationship with the deity(s) of your choice is fine but co existance and co operation is what makes our species strong and successsful. IMO the three major abrahamic relgions are the least tolerant and least inclusive regligons mankind has invented. They will lead to a decline if not extermination of our species just to prove they are correct that all men are created inherently evil and need to be told how to behave becauce they teach us we are not smart enough to know how to act right.

        Islam is possibly the worst example but they ALL have had negative impact at one time or another. By invading, exterminating, raping and conducting relgious genocide upon their neighbors.

        October 13, 2014 at 11:20 am |
      • Danny

        There is no such thing as a god, it is and always be man made, period.

        October 13, 2014 at 11:45 am |
      • Ozzie

        @Steve – There was no such thing as Christanity and Jewism when they were revealed. The only revelation that Abraham and Moses and Jesus and all other 124 thousand prophets brought was to believe in the ONENESS of Allah/God, which was altered after they were gone. They all were prophets of Allah just like Hazrat Mohammad is the last messenger of Allah. The need of Hazrat Mohammad and Quran came just because the word of Allah was changed. Ever wondered why Quran is still in it's original word and form? Because Holy Prophet was the last messenger and there will be no more prophets and book after that; only Jesus (Hazrat Issa/AntiChrist) will descend but he will not be reborn as he is still alive. That's why Allah has given His guarantee that Quran will remain in it's original form for ever, so that people continue to take guidance and not complain that we did not get a prophet to correct ourselves on the day of Judgement. And Quran is not written by Hazrat Mohammad just like the original/real versions of Torah and Bible were not written by any human being. The original versions of those holy books were revealed by Allah just like the Quran. It is the word of God/Allah. Get you facts straight.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm |
      • Hamruniz

        @Ozzie "Hazrat Mohammad is the last messenger of Allah." says Mohammad! How convenient. The Word of God was given to us by Jesus Christ. There was never a need and there will never be a need to add anything beyond the Word of God, as given to us in the Gospel. Your facts, are only your facts and those who believe that Mohammad was a prophet of God. There will always be many people who claim to be prophets but Jesus warned us to "beware of false prophets." So you go ahead and believe in your Mohammad if you so desire.

        October 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm |
    • Al

      which proves that most of mankind are idiots

      October 13, 2014 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • NoEinsteinNeeded

      They kiss the sand and moon the pigeons 5 times a day – because the creator of the universe told them too.
      And you are only now figuring out they got problems with their brains?
      They lived in that desert s-hole for 5,000 years, and had 100 million people in 1960 – but 400 million in 2010.
      And you are only now figuring out they got problems with their brains?
      Of course not everyone is going to be an Einstein, but, seriously?

      October 13, 2014 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • William Bellah

      If self defense is a "cancer of extremism", I guess Islam is guilty. It is the West led by the U.S. that occupies the Arab or Islamic world and kills whomever they please whenever they please not the other way around.

      October 13, 2014 at 11:29 am | Reply
      • Sol

        And why not? You say this as if it's a bad thing.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm |
    • Mohammad

      I am middle eastern with a lot of Muslim relatives. All they talk about is Islam and how much they hate the West EVEN THOUGH they live of the government in the UK.

      You Westerners are beyond ignorant. Muslims do not think like westerns and never will. Get that in your thick scull.

      No Muslim is going to confide to a westerner that they hate the west and that they miss their Islamic motherland.

      Muslims are beyond corrupted by their dangerous religion. Try telling a Nazi working in a concentration camp that its bad to kill a jew. He would look at your like your are crazy.

      Try telling a Muslim to integrate with the west while living in a western society and they also will look like you are crazy.

      There is absolutely no difference between the Hitler movement and Islam. They both want world domination and they will kill anybody who will not follow them. All the moderate 1.2 muslims are cherry picking what to believe in the Quaran will the west stirs up the bees nest and then you will have a billion people fighting back against the west.

      I have full respect for a Nazi fighting for Hitler. Why? At least the Nazi wore a uniform, these dirty Muslims fight hiding behind women and children, hide their faces on camera and don't wear a uniform.

      I do not speak to any of my Muslim relatives and try to avoid any Muslim in a daily basis.

      Hey westerners, did you know that these "radical muslims" are actually the true muslims following the true words of mohammad. All the other muslims are fake muslims, get that in your thick head.

      October 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Reply
      • deepak

        Well said.
        The Quran is the root of violence and this makes Islam evil.
        Unless you interpret Quran in a different way ( is prohibited though ), you can't mend Islam.

        October 13, 2014 at 1:12 pm |
  7. Higginbotham

    Can someone please guide me as how to convert to Islam. Shall I go to my nearest mosque? I have decided to become a muslim. Thank you.

    October 13, 2014 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • Ben Cooper

      I think there's an Islamic terrorist recruiting center in your town.

      October 13, 2014 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • skeets

      I hope you are joking, if not you are an idiot.

      October 13, 2014 at 10:50 am | Reply
      • Solarz

        People like you making such obnoxious comments have driven a Christian like me to convert to Islam.

        October 13, 2014 at 10:56 am |
      • Christian???

        Who says Skeets a Christian? Could be Atheist, Agnostic, Buddhist, Shinto, etc...

        See what blanket assumptions do? -___-

        October 13, 2014 at 11:24 am |
      • Hamruniz

        @Solarz The fact that people's comments drive you to convert to Islam only goes to prove that you weren't a real believer and follower of Jesus Christ.

        October 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm |
    • Elie

      Please see my post below. I too have decided to convert to the enlightened religion, Islam.

      October 13, 2014 at 10:52 am | Reply
    • Solarz

      I bet after reading the vicious comments on this forum, a lot of people would want to convert to Islam. You don't see mudlims making such comments about other religions..

      October 13, 2014 at 10:54 am | Reply
      • Ben Cooper

        No, they stage huge demonstrations, then grab guns and knives and hunt down those that dare to speak against Islam.

        October 13, 2014 at 10:59 am |
      • Max Trek

        Muslims cannot attack the other religions because they validated their religion by referencing Christianity and Judaism- it is not out of kindness. The best part is that after conveniently hijacking the material from the other religions they claim that islam is the last word of god and all others have to follow islam. Clever con!

        October 13, 2014 at 10:59 am |
      • Max Trek

        All other religions including Christianity and Judaism is tolerated as long as they submit to the last word of god which was "revealed" through the quran. If they don't or if they resist then it is mandated in the quran to fight all unbelievers including the other religions of the book. In essence if you submit to islam than you are tolerated otherwise it is the holy mission of each and every muslim to convert each and every person on earth. That's a fact! Check the sura "Al Bakarah" and "Hud" for authentication.

        October 13, 2014 at 11:08 am |
      • Mean Boy

        So you are letting other peoples comments dictate which religion you want to convert to? You are dumb.

        October 13, 2014 at 11:08 am |
      • Abbie

        Yes, Solarz you are correct. I decided to convert to Islam to reading the racist comments bring posted here.

        October 13, 2014 at 11:12 am |
    • Max Trek

      How is life treating you in the "western" world? While you enjoy all the rights and privileges of a free democratic society you pretend to be someone else and work from within to dismantle it. The new Islamic agenda is to attack and dismantle the "west" from within and without.

      October 13, 2014 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • Abbie

      Please contact your nearest Islamic Center. Please also consider buying some of the many free apps available to guide you in your daily life duch as determinating direction of qibla to pray, namaaz rrminder etc.

      October 13, 2014 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • Mohammad

      would you also like to learn how to fly a plane but not to land it.

      October 13, 2014 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  8. Ben Cooper

    Zakaria is nothing but an apologist for Islam. It IS a violent religion, and many - but not all - of the killings taking place today are in accordance with the teachings of their wonderful prophet. Jesus taught us to love our neighbor. Mohammed tells us to kill our neighbor. Who is the real prophet? And in spite of Zakaria's excuse-making, telling us most Muslims do not harbor the idea of slaughter/terrorism, there is little doubt in my mind that, of the 1.6 billion Muslims on earth, few shed tears when non-Muslims are murdered, no matter how they die.

    October 13, 2014 at 10:47 am | Reply
    • Steven

      Well said Ben Take a bow pal...

      October 13, 2014 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • Ibrahim

      When you know nothing about a religion, my friend try and shut the hell up! The problem with the West and many Christians is that they detest what they cannot understand. LEt me give you a brief history lesson, go back to the time of the crusades and see how christians prosecuted those whose religion differs from theirs. Go back to the time of the Nazis and see how the Jews were almost extinguished. My point is in every religion, there are extremsts, there would always be someone or group willing to twist religion to match their sick twisted fantasy or idea of how the world should operate. People like you Ben will only make matters worse with your condensending tone and your bashful, baseless statements. Islam represents over 1 Billion people, while extremists are not up to 10% with most of them being ignorant, confused and poor. Learn about true Islam and become enlightened, no religion in the world would support killing of innocent people, no religion in the world would destroy what the Almighty created!

      October 13, 2014 at 11:13 am | Reply
      • Ben Cooper

        Can't understand? What I understand is that the history of Islam is full of murder, plunder and maurauding. What I also understand is that, even within this 'religion' (a much better word to use is DOCTRINE), Muslims kill Muslims and do it every day. I never hear of Jews or Christians cutting off the heads of fellow Jews or Christians. Do you? I never hear of Jews or Christians driving explosive-laded vehicles into crowds of shoppers. Do you? I never hear of Jews or Christians flying airplanes into buildings. Do you? I never hear of Jews or Christians setting off suicide vests inside buses or schoolrooms or wedding. Do you? The fact of the matter is that your religion is a violent dictate as to how live your life. Jesus told us to pray for our enemies. Not Mohammed. No! You are to extort money from non-Muslims in order that they live or, if they don't choose to convert to your wonderful religion, they will be killed! Those are facts, pal. Lots of them. So spare me your phony indignation, your dishwater arguments, as to the gentility of this doctrine you call Islam. If there were no Muslims on earth, the Middle East would be a bastion of peace.

        October 13, 2014 at 11:23 am |
      • Ibrahim

        Once again you are writing ignorantly. I suggest you read your history books and enlighten yourself. I'm a black man, because most blacks in the U.S love hip hop music so therefore I love hip hop music. My friend that is a huge fallacy! You dare blame the actions of a few minority on the entire religion, if you are so primitive then may God help you! It would be like me blaming the actions of a few catholic priests on Christianity or blaming the entire white race for slavery, ignorance is a disease, please enlighten yourself!

        October 13, 2014 at 11:29 am |
      • MNRob

        I think it is funny how Christians, Muslims and Jews all use only one single book as their "learnerd" doctrine which share much but some how have them hating each other's versions. These three religions have the craziest extremists umongst them. They have all excersized unadulterated genocide on each other or neighboring Pagan groups in the name of Religon. The Crusades, The Acts of King David in the old testiment, The Refromations, Zionists in Masada, the Crusades etc.....

        It seems to me these days the most peaceful Relgions are the old regligions of Many Gods. They were honest about invading other counties it was for gold and power and land not for some silly difference in opinion about how God/gods didnt agree on everything. It seems to me the most tolerant and loving relgions are the ones that get beaten and killed off because the do not organize and persecute like the three major relgions do. You know I haven't read anywhere about the "buddhist" wars ever......it makes you wonder where this god of love and peace really is.

        October 13, 2014 at 11:38 am |
      • Max Trek

        All other religions including Christianity and Judaism is tolerated as long as they submit to the last word of god which was "revealed" through the quran. If they don't or if they resist then it is mandated in the quran to fight all unbelievers including the other religions of the book. In essence if you submit to islam than you are tolerated otherwise it is the holy mission of each and every muslim to convert each and every person on earth. That's a fact! Check the sura "Al Bakarah" and "Hud" for authentication

        October 13, 2014 at 11:43 am |
      • Moses

        I like how you slipped in the word "innocent"! You, being a Muslim, don't consider these people to be "innocent" because they are not Muslim! So you stand by and watch fellow Muslims destroy what the Almighty created.

        Your circular logic is very apparent and disappointing. If you disagree, with then why has the Muslim world not risen up against ISIS in defense of what the Almighty created? Why have you not stood up in your place of worship and denounced the actions of ISIS which destroy what the Almighty has created? Why have you not followed your Muslim oath to protect what the Almighty has created and gone to fight against ISIS?

        Either ISIS is working for your God or against your God. Which one is it? No more circular logic for your answer either – simply answer for or against.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm |
      • Vikram

        Ibrahim,

        I have heard enough excuses from Islam apologists like you.
        Let me challenge you with one question. Go to ISIS or AQAP or one one of those dozens of extremists organizations and tell them that there are other Gods besides Allah and tell us how you will treated. Can you do that for us please?

        October 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm |
      • chuckmartel

        Muslims wanted to join the Nazis but the Nazis didn't want arabs. The Nazis had to settle for Bosnian muslim SS units. The baath party was the arab muslim answer to the Nazi party. Go back to your dark age sewer and blow yourself up you stinking pig.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm |
      • GnatB

        The crusades were more about politics than religion, if not an outright defense (albeit aggressive defense) to moorish expansionism. Fact is conversion by sword directly contradicts christian new testament teachings.

        October 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm |
      • deepak

        I read Quran and Hadith and all I found was hatred towards non believers. Personally based on my studies and looking at things happening around me, I can say that Islam in its current form is evil. Mohammed was a rapist, plunderer and murderer.
        Muslims who deny violence in Quran do so on the basis of contexts.. but that is utter BS.

        Anyone who keeps a blind eye happening all over the world ie Islamic terrorism is a fool. Almost all of the people killed or hurted in the last 30 years due to terrorist tattack is because of Islamic terrorist.

        October 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm |
    • G

      I believe it was a Christian church who killed Galileo for saying the earth is round. just saying that christianity in the original form is not much better than Islam. It has been changed more because it is older and it has past its era of bloodshed. Islam will get there too, sooner or later.

      October 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Reply
      • MrH

        Atheists just love to bend the truth. The resistance Galileo felt for his heliocentrism came from other scientists, and not from the Church. The Church, relying on the uninformed opinion of scientists, comes to the wrong decision.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm |
      • paul613

        The Church didn't kill Galileo; it demanded that he recant. Slight difference.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm |
      • Sol

        except Galileo wasn't killed by the Christians. He died of fever and/or heart failure in his home at the age of 77.

        October 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm |
    • theemptyone1

      "Jesus taught us to love our neighbor." Take a good look at the two thousand years of Christianity. Christians murdered more people in the name of Jesus than Islam has managed so far in the name of Mohammad.

      October 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  9. Elie

    I share your sentiments. After much research I want to convert to Islam as well particularly after reading the comments on this blog. Your comment gave me the courage to admit this publicly. Thank you.

    October 13, 2014 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • Ben Cooper

      Well, be sure to read, too, the lines in the Koran that tell of killing non-Muslims if they don't pay a tax to remain alive. Yes, the religion of peace and tolerance.

      October 13, 2014 at 10:54 am | Reply
      • Solarz

        Nonsense. I have read the quran in english, hebrew and latin. You are lying.

        October 13, 2014 at 10:57 am |
    • Max Trek

      I will share a true story: my sister was visiting Australia a couple of years ago and she decided to go the the beach with her son. While she was coming back from the beach she noticed a commotion nearby. There were 5 bearded guys who were walking abreast shoulder to shoulder and chanting something. Then all of a sudden they walked up to 2 young girls in bikinis and spit on the ground in front of them and started saying derogatory things about western society and culture.

      October 13, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
      • Gabriel

        Didn't the Australians beat up and deport most of students from India a few months ago for raiping Australian girls?

        October 13, 2014 at 11:19 am |
  10. K

    The "today" in "Islam today" refers to every day in the past, present and very likely future. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0rBiB1SAtE

    October 13, 2014 at 10:52 am | Reply
  11. skeets

    This is such an idiotic statement for Zakaria to make. All of a sudden he has decided Islam has a problem? It wasn't when Muslims killed Israeli athletes during the Olympics, or when Muslims planted a car bomb in the WTC in 1993, or after 9/11, the London Bombings, the Spain bombings, blowing up buildings in Nigeria, honor killings in Pakistan, and I could go on and on.

    October 13, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
  12. Ben Cooper

    Look if Zakaria were twenty years old living in Qatar, does anyone here think he'd be making excuses for Islam as a U.S. Muslim? ISIS, here I come!!

    October 13, 2014 at 10:57 am | Reply
  13. Solarz

    I have determined also that Islam is the best alternative available out there. After reading the quran in several languages I have decided to convert to Islam as well. For all those like me, please call your local Islamic Center and they will help you convert. It takes a few minutes and does not cost anything. But the love you get is immeasurable.

    October 13, 2014 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • Ben Cooper

      Great! I'm sure you'll be promoted to terrorist first class in no time. Such a lovely religion. Sooooooo enlightened. Just sign here and go out and kill the infidels! Hey, just look at that guy in Oklahoma. Killed one woman, injured another, cut off the head of the one he killed. Now that's Islam. Show me a cleric that doesn't promote jihad, and I'll show you a clean-shaven cleric.

      October 13, 2014 at 11:09 am | Reply
      • Gabriel

        Come my son, let me show you the path to salvation. Embrace Islam.

        October 13, 2014 at 11:18 am |
      • Moses

        @Gabriel

        That statement was really creepy! I keep hearing the voice of Darth Sidious saying your statement.

        October 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm |
  14. Abbie

    I am very upset with the nasty comments being posted here modt of which are racist and uneducated. My heart goes out to muslims. I have many friends and family who are muslims and they are simply fantastic.

    October 13, 2014 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • Ben Cooper

      That's great, Abbie. But if you were to be murdered, and the killer was Jewish, Christian or Muslim, which do you think would be the one to do it?

      October 13, 2014 at 11:13 am | Reply
      • Gabriel

        Most probably a hindoo from India would be the murderer. My best guess.

        October 13, 2014 at 11:16 am |
    • MrH

      Islam is not a race.

      October 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  15. Gabriel

    October 12, 2014. 11:13hrs

    WORLD MUSLIM POPULATION: Clock

    2,735,787,109 Billion

    October 13, 2014 at 11:15 am | Reply
  16. Rafiq

    That article hurt so much my feelings that I decided to be an Islamic fanatic.

    October 13, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • Gabriel

      My son these comments should make you pray more and be proud of yourself as a muslim.
      Go to your nearest mosque and volunteer your time to help the needy.

      October 13, 2014 at 11:23 am | Reply
  17. Tom

    I'm a Lennonian. If the rest of the world were Lennonians we live in a much happier world.

    Our Sacred Text Verse 1 Chapter 1

    "Imagine there's no heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today...

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace...

    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world...

    You may say I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one"

    October 13, 2014 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • MNRob

      Amen!

      October 13, 2014 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • meh

      You, sir, just won the internet for today.

      October 13, 2014 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • Lennonian Follower

      Beautiful. Simply Beautiful.

      October 13, 2014 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Sidewinder

      Viva Lennonism!!

      October 13, 2014 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • theemptyone1

      This is basically, the jist of the Communist Manifesto. Such a Utopia is impossible because people are not machines. The Soviet Union AND all other 20th century communist experiments have proved this and failed. The New One is failing as well. "The New One;" forcing diverse people into smaller spaces until they find a way to get along, regardless of the risks to stability.

      October 13, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Reply
    • mbcoh

      Religion and the Tower of Babel screwed everything up. How can we learn to understand one another?

      October 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  18. Gabriel

    ISLAM STRONG!!
    MUSLIMS STRONG!!
    I LOVE MY RELIGION!!
    THE FUTURE BELONGS TO US !!!

    October 13, 2014 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • Moses

      Wow, you are getting even creepier as I keep reading your posts. If I refuse to convert will you kill me? Just asking!

      October 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  19. lookatuniverse

    Quran says (Islamic Scripture)

    “Does the human being not see that we created him from a tiny drop, then he turns into an ardent enemy?” [36:77]

    “He raises a question to us – while forgetting his initial creation – "Who can resurrect the bones after they had rotted?" [36:78]

    “Say, "The One who initiated them in the first place will resurrect them. He is fully aware of every creation." [36:79]

    “Is not the One who created the heavens and the earth able to recreate the same? Yes indeed; He is the Creator, the Omniscient.” [36:81]

    “All He needs to do to carry out any command is to say to it, "Be," and it is.” [36:82]

    “O people, here is a parable that you must ponder carefully: the idols you set up beside God can never create a fly, even if they banded together to do so. Furthermore, if the fly steals anything from them, they cannot recover it; weak is the pursuer and the pursued.” [22:73]

    “They do not value God as He should be valued. God is the Most Powerful, the Almighty.”[22:74]

    “If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will divert you from the path of God. They follow only conjecture; they only guess.” [Quran 6:116]

    “The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.” Quran [3:59]

    “It does not befit God that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” [19:35]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to visit whyIslam org website.

    October 13, 2014 at 11:27 am | Reply
  20. iTexan

    I think the problem is that the West has moved on from the era of the Crusades, where the Islamist extremists have not. After all, they actually use the word 'jihad' in the same context as 'crusade'. Maybe they will figure it out in another 900 years or so. We'll be happy to welcome the few that haven't blown themselves up into the modern world. Hopefully, we will all have rid ourselves of the scourge of religion by then.

    October 13, 2014 at 11:32 am | Reply
  21. lookatuniverse

    wow, great take..I agree the positive side of Islam isn't vocal or strong enough as it should have been to differentiate itself from these terror org like isis

    October 13, 2014 at 11:34 am | Reply
  22. Big Mamaluke

    Congratulations Fareed, it's finally beginning to dawn on you.

    October 13, 2014 at 11:34 am | Reply
  23. s a

    I will like to think that Islam is a religion of peace. However, then I recall the English translation of Qur'an that was given to me by Dr. Hye and can be obtained from http://www.finalrevelation.net/. I encourage to read Chapter 2, Al-Baqarah: The Cow, Chapter 8 Al-Anfal:: The Spoils of War and Chapter 9 At-Taubah: The Repentance to understand the nature of the teachings, and decide for yourself, is Islam a religion of peace and is Prophet Muhmmad, the final messenger, a messenger of the peace.

    Do these tell you

    October 13, 2014 at 11:41 am | Reply
  24. business

    Fareed is expert in twisting the subject .he is giving example about Indian muslim and malasian muslim they look cool in comparison of arab muslim because they have adopted their home country's culture but from back door arab muslim keep trying them to push Saria law so oneday they will become like arab world . Mr Fareed you don't have guts to report the truth ,that's why every time you are wrong about your prediction/report. Generalist never afraid to report the truth .Shame on you !!!

    October 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  25. Kevin

    I bet that on a percentage bases there is a larger percentage of christians who would love to wipe muslims off the earth than muslims who would love to wipe christians off the earth. But, western christians don't have the backbone or conviction to do anything but talk.... don't believe me? How many times have you heard someone in the US say that the entire middle east should be turned into a parking lot, or melted to glass, etc....

    October 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • MrH

      Yes, they just like to talk. But what do you think to atheist's mindset would be towards Christians if they were to wipe Islam off of the face of the earth. I'll give you a hint–It wouldn't be a favorable view.

      October 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  26. Bill

    Islam is a cancer on this planet. Like any tumor, it must be removed, completely.

    October 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  27. pauleky

    Imagine no religion...

    October 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  28. Dan

    The truth is that all organized religions are nonsense built on thousands of years of lies. The sooner we enlighten ourselves to these truths, the better we will be as a human race.

    October 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  29. Human

    God Almighty exsist for man and woman to have a relationship with directly, not by a orginized religion. Its godly too know who you are as a human and to love, no one should be following a book with text that from a man or woman. Orginized religion should be outlawed from the face of this earth. Religion was created for those who lead in it to prey of the weak minded, and poor, its use of enpowerment in which is a very sad state of a human mind.

    October 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  30. Kyle

    Ask yourselves, do you want to be right, or do you want to get what you want? I think all religions are blinders on truth and progress, but to attempt to dissuade the religiously inclined to not zealously practice their faith can only bring about conflict. We all want peace, and so acceptance of the differences of others is a must to achieve that goal. Let's get what we want, and be right in our own hearts and minds. Only then, in practice, can the world know the possibility of peace.

    October 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Reply
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