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(CNN) — Fifteen years ago I walked out of a mosque in silent protest of the imam’s sermon. Outside, the heat of the desert sun could hardly match the fire of the rhetoric being spewed forth inside.

The imam was railing against the foreign enemies of Islam and the sinners within. With every genocidal rant came an “amen” from the congregation. Some regrettably came from the heart. Others came from those on autopilot putting in their “time” at the mosque to fulfill their quota of good deeds. Still others were a tradeoff: penance for their sins, an economy of convenience that was born long before Islam and long sold as the path to heaven of other faiths.

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It was not the first time I had heard terrible notions of fear and hate peddled in the name of my religion. But that day was different. That day I felt complicit. I had reached a point of intellectual critical mass where my love for my religion overwhelmed my sitting in silence any longer. As I stood up, I stared at the imam to make sure he knew that at least one person would no longer accept the recipe of his revenge.

Islam and Christianity were born in the same neighborhood under similar conditions 600 years apart.

Christianity came about at a time when harsh rulers subjugated their people, making already difficult lives nearly impossible. The people responded to the message of Jesus as they did 600 years later to the message of Mohammad. Both Christianity and Islam offered simple messages to the poor: Live by the rules and your rewards will come later.’

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Muslim American born in Brooklyn, NY with Guyanese parents currently living in Virginia working full-time as a web developer.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Wahid

    August 22, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    I thought the prophet (peace upon him) taught us that stones have no power to harm us nor benefit us, even the one that came from Paradise, lolz.

    • Ameera

      August 22, 2010 at 7:40 PM

      True! That is why there will definitely be reservations to this venture… and other reasons too, such as too-closer gender interaction, etc.

  2. BintKhalil

    August 22, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Assalamu alaikum

    Is anyone else weirded out by Allah’s characteristic being manifested in a human?

  3. Uthman

    August 22, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    This is very disturbing! I request MM to take this content off.

  4. Amir (MR)

    August 23, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    It’s fiction guys, not real.

    • Uthman

      August 24, 2010 at 1:01 AM

      With all due respect Br Amir, it does not matter. The Satanic Verses are also fiction.

    • Ashraf Anam

      July 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      They are just the X-Men in a Muslim garb

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