Sep 20, 2013 at 21:38:34
“That's because anything these people say these days, someone is waiting in the wings to analyze it...and to twist it to suit themselves. In speech and references, many people make fun of "Used car salesman" because we've heard horror stories about the types of fibs they would tell a buyer in order to make a sale. So, Justin was just using that analogy. I don't think he meant it literally. Twitter makes it way too easy for people to pick on. That is why I don't use it!!”
Sep 19, 2013 at 10:37:04
“Very sad indeed. I see from the video that there were at least 5 people who knew what was going on. Three blacks and 2 whites plus some youngsters who may not have been aware of what was going on. Suppose the guy was telling this to one of the black person... e.g. "go to the back of the bus..". Do you think that the other back people on the bus would have pretended that they don't care? Hmmmmmmm... I'm wondering because I've seen this kind of thing in Toronto, and they would always stand up for each other. I hope this video help people realize that it is not okay to just sit there frozen if someone is being abusive to another passenger.”
jonas ndluli on Sep 29, 2013 at 13:12:09
“I would like to see senior Muslim clerics openly and unequivocally condemn the recent attacks on Christians and Christian Churches in Nigeria, Egypt, North Cyprus, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Tunisia... Very sad indeed.”
Danny Boy Cool on Sep 20, 2013 at 11:11:10
“The difference between blacks and muslims, is that black african, and african american, is a race, because it is defined by a genetic type of human, and it is referring to a geographic location from which these people originated from. The term Muslim, refers to a creed or religious/political ideology! Muslims originate in any country in the world, because muslim is NOT a race. A white american can be a muslim. A Chinese person can be muslim, a russian can be muslim. Being muslim has nothing to do with RACE! It has everything to do with CREED. People who say it is a race of people obviously don't know the definition of race!”
tiffanypiano1 on Sep 19, 2013 at 12:38:17
“Muslims are known to not be tolerant of other religions and expect special privileges for their own religiion in this country. Who do you think you are? You are objecting to our manger scenes in public and Christmas trees in our schools and the list goes on. Don't bothering sending me an email. I don't like you and I won't read it!”
Michael1233 on Sep 19, 2013 at 11:20:24
“Why don't you focus some of that judgmental criticism back at your backwards home country? How do women wearing crucifixes get treated on the streets there?”
“All that is being said about how "bad' religion is, is pure bunk. Without my belief in God there is no way I could have dealt with the loss of our son. Believing in God and practicing my faith has given us reason to be optimistic. Watching a baby shows us the miracle of God's creation of life. Many Scientists are still believing in God. Many cannot explain the miracle of the design of our bodies..they call it "Intelligent Design". Whose intelligent? Mankind? No, it is He who has created the Heavens, the Earth and everything in between. Religion has helped me build a good conscience and help us determine right from wrong because when we die, whether our name is Hitler or Mother Theresa, we have to give account for our deeds. Amen! And by the way, I am Muslim :)”
Opus Fideo on Feb 1, 2013 at 12:07:10
“actually, "All that is being said about how "bad religion' is, is pure punk"”
DoubleReed on Feb 1, 2013 at 09:20:39
“To be quite frank, once you realize that you dealt with the loss of your son all by yourself without God, that's far more uplifting and optimistic than what you are saying. So saying 'believing in God gives me reason to be optimistic' is ignoring the fact that *not* believing in God could give you *more* reason to be optimistic.”
MissHtoA on Feb 1, 2013 at 01:35:14
“I'm sorry for your loss but with all due respect, people acknowledged right from wrong prior to the big 3.”
thatguy117 on Jan 31, 2013 at 23:45:59
“I'm sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine how hard that must be... You are very strong.”
“Thank you for letting us know this. Even though the Roman Catholics used to do this in the 12 and 13th century, it is now viewed as something very barbaric. I hope to God these people come to their senses soon. It is giving Islamic a bad name (again). It is sadistic! I am a Muslim, and I would quesiton why Shias do this.”
Think for once on Nov 26, 2012 at 20:12:20
“May you be blessed for your courage to raise your voice.”
lingum on Nov 26, 2012 at 16:21:25
“I personally prefer not to judge the Shia. But I'm reminded that Prophet Muhammad did not like excessive weeping, loud mourning or other similar displays.”
“I am Muslim and I can feel for Joel because I enjoy his sermons too. He has to stand by his principles..and that is homosexuality is regarded as a sin in the Bible (and the Quran) simply because it is not what God intended. Though, I can't really explain that if we all came from God, then how come some of us are born with gay tendencies?? So, he could have said that "my belief is that homosexuality is not what God would like for us to be, however, God is most merciful and He is the real Judge, not Joel". So, even though we have free will and choice to do what we please, each of us will be judged according to our "ACTIONS". And that is what Muslims believe too. Peace to all.”
Joyousnc on Sep 21, 2012 at 22:25:52
“I am a Christian and I found your comment helpful. We all do come from God, but we are in a fallen world. Everyone has tendencies towards particular sins: we are "born like it" in that we are born into a sin nature. Even Joel has things he struggles with; just that homosexuality is not his weakness. The Bible says "with every temptation, He always makes a way of escape" and that Jesus was tempted in every way as well: sexually, financially, etc. Its comforting to know that He understands our weakness, but also that He sets us free-not just in actions but in our desires and the deep place of our hearts. I think that is what Joel is trying to say. Blessings to you.”
“Dear Malala, maybe you didn't win the Noble prize, but you have won our hearts. Let it be known that the world is with you. We admire your bravery, courage and forthrightness. I hope that you will live a long and fruitful life and continue to follow your passion. May you continue to fight for what is right. In a world of darkness, and a place where people are asking what good things have Muslims done, you stand proudly out on a pedestal. God's blessings and please stay safe!
“Dear Rev. Rogers: I /We as Muslims in Toronto, absolutely love your article and agree with you 100%. We are re-posting this article to many, many other people. Thank you for your kindness and big heart. We wish other people would reflect on what you have said. We are actively trying to do something about this to avoid future violence. Radicals in any religion is against our beliefs--sadly, too many people don't remember. We are planning open dialogues with youths... In Peace and Bless You.
From Muslim lady”
“Justin, thank you for being the brave person that you are and for coming to speak at the RIS. The RIS has hosted many politicians --not only Liberals. The right wing conservatives will disgree with anything that you do, no matter what. Good luck with your aspirations. We are here for you!”
“When we lost our son, it was comforting (a little bit) to be gently reminded by others that "From God we came and to God will we all return". I agree that everyone deals with grief differently. Really, there is nothing that one can say that will take the pain away. It is times like these that I wonder what people who don't believe in God would do. The only thing that will eventually comfort the grieving parents and family is the thought of knowing that our Creator knows our pain. Have faith my friends. Yes, family and friends help...but they are not with you 100% of the time. May those souls who have passed away Rest in Peace.”
lkbill6 on Dec 20, 2012 at 10:47:37
dottiedeal1228 on Dec 15, 2012 at 09:37:15
“I know the deep pain that the families are going through when my daughter took her own life it was as if my life was taken away. Without God the Father lifting me up and carring me I would have lost my mind. I was saved as a young child however I was living in sin at time and when it happened He just picked me up and did not ask me if I wanted Him to because I was His child. Without my faith in God I am nothing.”
Nerdiac on Dec 15, 2012 at 09:16:26
“I love this. Indeed, when my loved ones passed it was (and still is) an immense comfort to remember that they are not forgotten in God's mind. Of course different religions have different beliefs about the afterlife but recalling mine was so soothing.”
Nov 21, 2012 at 10:57:23
“"Chomsky, who is a Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and renowned political activist and writer added, "it hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world's largest open-air prison, where some 1.5 million people on a roughly 140-square-mile strip of land are subject to random terror and arbitrary punishment, with no purpose other than to humiliate and degrade."
Thank you for saying this, Mr. Kasim. The world needs to know. People need to stop burying their heads in the sand and realize that Muslims are going through incredible suffering in Palestine. Will there ever be hope for PEACE?? Possibly not with all this going on...but I keep faith..because I know that God is watching and HE is the best of judges.”
Nov 15, 2012 at 15:26:35
“So true, Abubakar. Years ago, I wanted to get fit...so instead of joining an exercise class, I took Karate. It was hard and took me 7 years to earn a Black Belt. Self confidence is something the martial arts is big on, as well as focus. You need to say more about..what if the bully also takes martial arts. Does that put both of you on the same playing field? Also, one should feel that because they have a black or brown belt that they can take on someone with a gun. False sense of security. However, I get the gist of your article about the self-confidence thing. Good article!”
“Mr. Kasim: Your article is right on! It is true that these days the media is poised to publish news of yet another atrocity, especially if committed by a "Muslim". There is a far greater number of Muslims who detest other Muslims that do crimes against humanity. People claim that they never hear from those moderate Muslims. Well, could it be because the media don't always publish such stories? Remember, if it bleeds, then it leads (in the media business). The bigger questiion is, what have we learned from this, and how can we as Muslims try to stop something like from happening again, whether by a Muslim or non-Muslim. Our religion says it is wrong to kill even one human, because it is like killing all of humanity. Good for you for writing this article and I wish you continued success in writing more on similar topics.
cdncommentator on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:50:19
“The media publishes stories of all tragedies. There's a lot going on in the US over Trayvon Martin, and this doesn't involve any Muslims at all.
Muslims should worry less about how non-Muslims view them "wrongly" and more about their own culture and traditions, particularly as these are practised in their countries of origin. Perhaps as Westerners, Muslims living in the west could help their compatriots to understand that democracy, tolerance, and a more reflective reading of religion will go a long way to create a more peaceful society in practice as opposed to just theory. Right now, Islam is NOT a religion of peace, but it could be. Merely wishing it so will not help.
The Christians and the Jews went through their reformations and have ended up having a wide spectrum of beliefs ranging from fundamentalism to near atheism. The mainstream is centred around very moderate, very tolerant (for religion) streams. Perhaps this is an opportunity for Muslims to usher in their own reformation and move the maintstream in a similarly more tolerant, moderate and more egalitarian place.”
“FINALLY, someone is explaining what "Sharia" really means. A Non-Muslim friend of mine asked what is Sharia? Her undersanding is that it means people getting their hand cut off and women being stoned to death for adultry and polygamy okay for men, etc. etc. Sounds pretty primative and cruel. In the 1990's the Liberal provincial government was studying the Sharia Law --especially in cases for Marriage and family law. It was shot down. I don't think the government wants to take sides --because one right wing (Conservative) provincial candidate lost the election thanks to saying that he would support "private" schools funding (meaning Islamic Schools and all other religious schools which are private schools).
I like what the Author Qasim Rashid, said in his last paragraph of the article: "As for the "violent" verses from the Qur'an that are cited by both extremists and critics--honest legal interpretation abhors quoting an excerpt as a means to understand the full law. Unfortunately, both extremists and critics refuse to adhere to this basic principle. In sum, Shariah law guides a Muslim's personal relationship with God, just as the Old and New Testaments guide Jews and Christians in their personal relationships with God. These paths to life-giving water are nothing to fear." -- HOW TRUE!! I congratulate the author for such a wonderful article -- I have posted it on my Facebook site just so my Muslim and Non-Muslim friends can also read and learn.”
altoplano on Nov 10, 2011 at 00:44:54
“Are you sure about that? These Muslims clearly do not want any part of Sharia law:
“Salaam alaikum sister and thank you for your insights. I've had similar discussions repeatedly with coworkers and friends who have mistaken beliefs on what Shariah truly is.
When I point out that the Ten Commandments in the Bible, laid out by Allah to Musa ("God to Moses", when I tell them this) are just as much part of the Shariah as anything in the Qur'an, they begin to understand a bit more.”
HaleemK on Nov 8, 2011 at 13:43:13
“"FINALLY, someone is explaining what "Sharia" really means."
-You are a muslim woman and don´t know what sharia REALLY is?
Sex segregation and veiling
That is why in Islamic societies, there is the segregation of the sexes and the Qur'an orders both men and' women to "lower their gaze" (24:30-1) and for women to wear the Hijab so that "they may be recognised and not molested" (33:59) as it is better for the purification of the hearts of both the sexes (33:53).”