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    Re: Who are Muslims?

    I think I've only known one Muslim. He was born in Egypt, but he was raised here from a very young age so he was essentially American. He was a nice guy and had fun joking around with us about being a terrorist. I loved his name as well just because he had eight of them and three of them were Mansour.
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    Re: Who are Muslims?

    I've met thousands of Muslims. Some are very close friends. In my experience, much depends on their age and where you meet them. Generalities...

    - America: Muslims of all ages are fairly well assimilated
    - Europe: The young fiercely resist assimilation.
    - Africa: Friendly and unfriendly - depends on the locale.
    - Middle East: Generally very cordial and hospitable.
    - Iran: The nicest people you'll ever meet.
    - Pakistan: Quite iffy.
    - Afghanistan: The majority are extremely very nice.

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    Re: Who are Muslims?

    Quote Originally Posted by Billo_Really View Post
    From all the Muslim's I have met through my work or incidently outside of work, I have to say that the over-whelming majority have been the most kind, thoughtful and compassionate people I have ever met in my life.
    Muslims are good people in general, i have never had any problems with them and have muslim members in my family. Unfortunately, the west cannot seperate between extremist muslims and moderate muslims, and recognize that both of them are NOT the same thing. The Jihadist movement, unfortunately, have cast a shadow on muslims everywhere, and should be the top priority of all muslim nations to deter terror.
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    Re: Who are Muslims?

    Quote Originally Posted by Billo_Really View Post
    From all the Muslim's I have met through my work or incidently outside of work, I have to say that the over-whelming majority have been the most kind, thoughtful and compassionate people I have ever met in my life.
    I've known quite a few Muslims beginning in college and through the years. I shared my home with a Muslim for over a year. Muslims are no different than any other people, IMHO.

    There are some cultural differences I've noticed among Muslims who are visiting or relatively new immigrants.

    But as far as being kind, thoughtful or compassionate, they aren't any better or any worse than anyone else as far as I can tell.

    A Muslim is just as likely to be an ass-hole as anyone else.


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    Re: Who are Muslims?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    I've met thousands of Muslims. Some are very close friends. In my experience, much depends on their age and where you meet them. Generalities...

    - America: Muslims of all ages are fairly well assimilated
    - Europe: The young fiercely resist assimilation.
    - Africa: Friendly and unfriendly - depends on the locale.
    - Middle East: Generally very cordial and hospitable.
    - Iran: The nicest people you'll ever meet.
    - Pakistan: Quite iffy.
    - Afghanistan: The majority are extremely very nice.
    That's basically my experience. Only I'd replace Afghan Muslims with Singaporean Muslims. I've met very few Muslims who weren't more then willing to welcome me into their homes. Even when I was wearing a Christian rosary. Even when I'm not wearing a suit and I'm in my usual wear. Even when my tattoos are exposed. My experience with Pakistani Muslims is a little bit rougher. From what I've seen they tend to live very.....dramatic lives. Specially the ones who want to assimilate into Western culture. They live between the bigotry back home and the new life in America.
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    Re: Who are Muslims?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    Muslims are good people in general, i have never had any problems with them and have muslim members in my family. Unfortunately, the west cannot seperate between extremist muslims and moderate muslims, and recognize that both of them are NOT the same thing. The Jihadist movement, unfortunately, have cast a shadow on muslims everywhere, and should be the top priority of all muslim nations to deter terror.
    that's bull****
    it may not always be clear in the speech
    but the overwhelming majority of westerners know full well that radical Islam, terrorist islam, jihad islam, yada yada yada Islam is only a small part of the community known as Muslims
    many of us are frustrated with teh lack of efforts being made by moderate muslims to end radical islam
    other than TOT and a few select others, in cyberspace and IRL, I have never met anybody who thought all muslims are evil and must die

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    Re: Who are Muslims?

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeJayH View Post
    other than TOT and a few select others, in cyberspace and IRL, I have never met anybody who thought all muslims are evil and must die
    Now thats gotta be bull****. Ive met tonnes, and the list gets bigger everyday, especially in "cyberspace".

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    Re: Who are Muslims?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
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    Re: Who are Muslims?

    The situation in the world today borders on the fantastic. Never before in history has one civilization allowed large numbers of those who come from an alien, and immutably hostile situation, to settle deep within that first civilization’s borders.

    Never before have the members of one civilization failed to investigate, and even willfully refused to investigate, or to listen to those who warn about, the consequences for all non-Muslims of the belief-system of Islam. In history, the phenomenon of the Barbarians at the Gates is hardly new. Those barbarians lay siege; if they win, they enter in triumph. Should they lose, the advanced civilization survives. But never before have the gates been opened, to an entering force that has not even been identified or understood.

    Never before have the inhabitants of the by-now vulnerable city made efforts not to recognize, or realize, what they have done, and what they have undone. That demographic intrusion shows no signs of diminishing. The systematic building of mosques and madrasas, paid for by Saudi Arabia, everywhere in the Western world, helps to make the conduct of Muslim life easier.

    Western populations have been trained to make much of “celebrating diversity” and “promoting difference” and constructing, on a base of militant but unexamined pluralism, an edifice of legal rights and entitlements. These rights, these entitlements, this militant pluralism are exploited by Muslims who do not believe in pluralism.

    Nor do they accept the individual rights of conscience and free speech, the legal equality of men and women, and of religious and racial minorities, recognized, for example, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Their current claim to support pluralism is based on the need to protect, and increase the power of, the Muslim umma, or Community, within the West, until such time as that umma no longer needs to pretend to have any interest in Western pluralism and Western values.
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    Re: Who are Muslims?

    I work with 2

    1 is westernized (does not eat pork, but drinks alcohol)

    2 is strict, and practices Sharia inside his house.

    I have seen neither pray, though #2 might.

    I went to the local mosque with them once, did not hear anything really bad so that made me feel good. I could pass for one of the white brothers. I did pretend to be a Muslim though, as i do speak some Arabic.
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