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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Do Muslims have self-esteem Issues?

Did you hear that the Pope converted to Islam before he died? No, you didn’t? But that’s all over Egypt. It’s the latest rumor of the week. People who support it point to the fact that the Pope had dirt put on his corps ( an Islamic burial tradition) and that he wanted his memoirs burned to hide his secret conversion of course ( why else would he have them burned they would argue), which he showed in his establishing of good relations with the Muslim community and opposition to the Iraq war. The Pope, they would say without a shred of doubt in their voice, died a muslim. And some people actually believed that! Ain't that some shit? Ohh and in case you haven’t heard, Bill Gates also declared his conversion to Islam. I got that piece of news in an e-mail. Apparently he announced it at a house-party ( where they didn’t serve alcohol I am certain) and told his “shocked” guests that he amassed all the wealth in the world and bought everything he ever wanted, but only found peace of mind in converting to Islam. The E-mail had a snapshot of a newspaper article, which I am sure isn’t made up or anything. And again, apparently some people believed it. Jesus. H. Christ! Ok, what is with muslims? I am begining to think that they may have serious self-esteem issues. Why the making up of stories of celebrities and important people converting to Islam? Does it make them feel better to make up lies? Isn’t it freakin enough that there are more then one billion muslims in the world? Do they also have to have celebrities? What is it? I mean, I am sorry, but you never see the jews bragging about the jewish stars or artists who convert ( Madonna a.k.a. Ester, anyone?). You don’t see them celebrating it! And you don’t see the Christians caring that much when someone who wasn’t suddenly becomes Christian or declares himself born again. I know a lot of Christians and I personally didn’t see anyone excited about the fact that Mase became a reverend or that the guitarist from Korn found Jesus and quit the band. But there isn’t a muslim that I know that doesn’t brag about Mohamed Ali ormention with great pride that Cat Stevens (sorry, Yousef Islam) converting to Islam ; Never mind that Mohamed Ali joined the nation of Islam, which is to Islam what the Mormons are to christianity, and that Cat stevens didn't have a hit out in 20 years (and that "Father and Son" remake with Ronan Keating doesn't count you MTV Europe watching smartass bastards). What is it about muslims? Why do they care so much about celebrity endorsements of Islam? My own theory is that Muslims do have self-esteem issues, and that’s because the majority of Muslim celebrities are, well, let’s just say, not the kind of people you want representing your religious group( Louis Farakhan, Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, etc..). This is why they love it when a western celebrity converts and will make up stories about it to make themselves feel better. That’s the only explanation that I have for it. Anyone else have a theory? Ohh, and by the way and for the record, Will Smith did not convert to Islam when he was shooting the Movie Ali, no matter what you may have heard. This is an old one, but still lives to this day. If you really want another western celebrity who did convert, check out Everlast. That guy- in his duet with Carlos Santana “ Turn your lights on” on the "Supernatural" CD- actually inserted a “La elah ella Allah” ( There is no god but Allah) line in the end of the song and almost no one noticed. Everlast, however, isn’t that big or famous or know in the world ( A tragedy, since he was the dude in House of Pain that made the song “Jump around”), so i guess it makes sense that no one is bragging about him. No?

20 Comments:

At 4/23/2005 06:22:00 AM, Blogger hummbumm said...

It is funny you bring this up, because on the star of mosul blog, one that i love to read, she had bought the bill gates thing and then being a smart person followed up with research only to be disappointed. The point being she ws so happy when she first heard the news, which to me was so weird given that she lives in Mosul, and obviously has other things to worry about. Every culture likes to think of itself as the best, you read so many of "the west is the best, you guys all hate us for our freedom you ignorant bastards" but at least western civilization can point to recent accomplishments and make a good case, if you're american for being #1. Of course, if you are muslim and believe in your heart that your culture is #1, it is a little harder to find affirming evidence these days, hence the glory days of Saladin etc... And within the west, i would say the french have serious self esteem issues, in fact everyone does except the US, we suffer from the opposite. WE are #1 and don't you forget it, of course not a chance of that, as we will remind you ad infinitum, the only saving grace is that it is true.

 
At 4/23/2005 09:11:00 AM, Blogger Bedouin Cowboy said...

Yes, well I heard that George Bush is about to convert to Islam too! Although perhaps he is doing it for cynical political reasons. He is being counseled by Dick Cheney and Condaleeza Rice who are secret muslims by the way.

-BC

 
At 4/24/2005 08:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My father, who is Jewish, would always tell me how Hollywood was full of Jews. And anyone who who had even a Jewish name, he'd say, "He's/she's Jewish." And as for the guitarist from Korn and his famous baptism in Jordan, I know Christians that were stoked. I was stoked myself, but I'm critical so I want to see how his life is changed in the long run. But I celebrate anyone I hear who comes to Jesus, famous or not famous. The Bible says it should be celebrated, "In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Luke 15:10.

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At 4/24/2005 08:47:00 PM, Blogger Kelli said...

My father, who is Jewish, would always tell me how Hollywood was full of Jews. And anyone who who had even a Jewish name, he'd say, "He's/she's Jewish." And as for the guitarist from Korn and his famous baptism in Jordan, I know Christians that were stoked. I was stoked myself, but I'm critical so I want to see how his life is changed in the long run. But I celebrate anyone I hear who comes to Jesus, famous or not famous. The Bible says it should be celebrated, "In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Luke 15:10.

Basically, famous people influence the masses and what they say changes the minds of groups and eras. Movie stars often use that to sway and influence society. I mean look at all the homosexual actors and influencers in American society. The homosexual community is a small one compared to the rest of the American society but they have planned openly since the 80's to change the way mainstream see's gay couples. Many Americans today are sympathetic to homosexuals more than they were 10 or even 20 years ago. A lot of that is attributed to famous people being recognized as gay or having tv shows, books etc paint a certain picture.

Sounds like the same in Egypt with saying who is Muslim. It just strengthens the mindset there. But as for making it up ... well thats extreme manipulation.

 
At 4/25/2005 10:51:00 AM, Anonymous kaosktrl said...

Congrates on going huge SM
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At 4/25/2005 07:00:00 PM, Blogger Lawrence Reza Ershaghi said...

IslamaphobeS!

 
At 4/25/2005 07:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude, please don't equate culture with religion, not all muslims live in turmoil as you've seen in the middle east and asia, but there's a very good reason why the world is attacking islam all of a sudden,and it's part of a well orchestrated plan. sorry that you choose to be ignorant and not even learn about the religion itself before you judge how some stupid people might practice is. they are two complete things. i guess you're just not into learning about something you choose to bs about. good luck being that way. no wonder americans are despised throughout the world for being ignorant. you are a prime example of this.

 
At 4/26/2005 05:22:00 AM, Blogger jedati said...

Lawrence....
Black people are KKKphobic.
Jewish people are Naziphobic.
Kaffir people are Islamophobic.
That's fair.

And 7:29...WOW! Do you know how to read? You said: "no wonder americans are despised throughout the world for being ignorant. you are a prime example of this."
Do you follow along, or do you just assume everything in your life? Maybe you should learn to see the big picture yourself, before you speak of this particular "American" being ignorant...HA HA HA HA!!! You did give me a good laugh for the day though.

Americans that are so despised for their ignorance brought you everything from automobiles to air craft and probably the very computer you spread your opinion around with.
Most Americans have work to do that keeps them from hearing the opinions of 6 billion people on the face of the earth. There are a whole lot of people, like you, who need to take the logs out of their own eyes, before trying to remove the sliver from anothers eyes. How much do you know about Tuvalu? Do you understand the culture and the religions practiced?
What about the art? What? Are you ignorant?

Tell me why Americans should think so much about you, your country, your religion? Why would anyone be foolish enough to waste their time learning all about people that hate them? (I see a trend....GNP.)

 
At 4/26/2005 10:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scientology loves celebrity endorsements too. But don't tell them I said that or they will sue every anonymous person on the planet.

Kelli said:
"I mean look at all the homosexual actors and influencers in American society. The homosexual community is a small one compared to the rest of the American society but they have planned openly since the 80's to change the way mainstream see's gay couples."

Good point. It is the same with those "Mothers Against Drunk Driving". A very small fraction of the population has managed to use the media to influence how society looks at an issue.

 
At 4/29/2005 06:54:00 AM, Blogger Robert said...

I don't think it's so much 'self-esteem' as it is outright fear that the religion will disappear. Muslims look at the West and see irreligion gaining, as do Christians and Scientologists. The cult of celebrity appears to be taking over. And when one of the participants in this cult appears to do anything even remotely positive for Islam, it is natural to rejoice if your greatest fear is that your set of ideas will no longer have co-religionists to reinforce it. It's sad that so many people have to achieve their pretense at peace of mind by fooling themselves, that they can't think for themselves and have durable principles, but such is life.

 
At 5/02/2005 08:18:00 PM, Blogger Lawrence Reza Ershaghi said...

LONG LIVE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN

angryiranian.blogspot.com

 
At 10/02/2005 08:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh excuse me, but can u hear urself??
ur talking about how muslims are all so shitty n stuff and u cant even hear urself.
Everclear is famous u peice of rotten shit. And by the way, just to remind ur obviously empty head, we're all free to choose our religions and beliefs and that u cannot change. u have to respect ppl and what they choose in their lives. And who says that jews dont brag about their celebs? madonna is on tv 24/7 and all we hear about is her kabala thing. what about demi moore? adam sandler brags about being jewish, i have a video where he names all the celebs that r jewish..and is sooo proud anout it. what about all those songs about jesus? no one said anything about that. ppl dont brag about a religion ..ppl r proud of who they r and thats all there is to it. and if the pope converted..what's ur business? and btw, bill gates is not a stupid person, so obviously he knew what he was doing. AND we didnt hear about that in ET ..Oprah didnt interview him about his conversion...she did however madonna.
Not all muslims are good. Not all christians are good. Not all jews are good.
yeah, there are alot of terrorists that r muslims, but what about the christians and jews who rape or steal or kill or kidnap? r they not terrorists?
Dont go around insulting and offending ppl. this is just ur opinion. and btw Allah means God in arabic..so dont thing Allah is a statue or something else. Allah is just god.

loving ur religion is something..and having self-esteem issues(which U r the 1 who seems to have) is something else.

have some respect for urself and for others too, will you..

 
At 12/11/2005 08:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow....it is hard to believe that in this day and time these type of discussions still happen. I thought we had progressed way further than this!!! Anyhow, I am a convert and self esteem is the least of my problems. And by the way, as a female, white, and successful.....it is wonderful for our religion to boast about new converts. May Allah bless them and keep them on the straight path.
Al-humdillah!!!

 
At 12/25/2005 06:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous wrote: "a very good reason why the world is attacking islam all of a sudden,and it's part of a well orchestrated plan."

Excuse me. If you have proof of this, post it. If you haven't proof, then you are giving support to the contention that Islam gives impetus to paranoid schizophrenia.

 
At 1/15/2006 05:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

excuse me can i just say understand Islam then go talking about it like you empty headed and no respectful people do.

 
At 1/16/2006 10:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow- to waste a whole entry to talk about the low self-esteem of Muslims...

stop being an ignorant bigot.

 
At 1/21/2006 12:49:00 PM, Blogger *mad-surprise* said...

TO: sandmonkey(foolish bastard)

oviously your just jelous that so many people convert to islam and even you named a good bunch. I think its the midea that wants atention and people who have nothing to do like you are the ones who really enjoy.

Speeking of the jews its not the fact that they don't want to boast there just too affraid and have nothing to boast about. Every single jew says there mixid "IMPOSSIBLE" and you call that self estem?

LOSERS...

 
At 2/11/2006 05:07:00 PM, Anonymous kick ya in the face said...

to:sandmonkey
ofcourse muslims are going to brag...they're the BIGGEST religion on earth (duh)...and the fairest...christanity have been modifided to suit ur desires...and who's the idiot who said jesus was white...like honestly...christianity doesn't make sense...u say jesus is the son of god...and joseph is jesus's father.... like...get real...

you guys are just jealous bcause islam makes REAL sense...like in islam...there is no bastards...all kids have BOTH their parents...and u guys don't...
and befare you critisise islam...go learn bout it...(or are you scared to convert too)

 
At 2/16/2006 03:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is to "kick ya in the face".

the reason why you say that christianity makes no sense is because the christianity in the koran is false. and according to your prophet islam is the continuation of the same monotheistic faith given by God throughout time. also muhammed gave the Bible the authority to judge the koran. so when there is two points of contradictions between the two the Bible should be given priority. my dear, you say that christianity makes no sense and that islam does. obviously you are not reading your hadiths very well, otherwise you wouldn't say that.

1. in Muslim vol. 111,no. 5113-5115 muhammed said that muslims have one intestine while non-muslims have seven!
2. if you lift your eyes toward heaven while praying, your eyes will be snatched out! (Muslim vol. 111, nos. 862-863)
3. one wing of a fly has poison but the other wing has the antidote it. (Bukhari vol. IV, no. 537)
4. we should drink camel urine as a medicine. (Bukhari vol. I, no. 234)

and this is not all the absurdities found in the hadiths, there are many more.
Also one of the questions which puzzled the ancient arabs was: "where does the sun goes when night comes? in surah 18 (kahf) vs. 85-86 muhammed said that "Zul-qarnain (Alexander the Great) followed until he reached the setting of the sun. he found it set in a spring of murky water."

as if this is not bad enough, history and arqueology shows clearly that Allah is not the God of the Bible. Allah at the time of muhammed did not mean God. Allah was a pagan moon god worshipped in arabia long before muhammed was born. islam's origen's have been traced back by scholars to the ancient fertility religion of the worship of the moon god which was always the dominant religion of Arabia. the moon god was worshipped by praying toward mecca several times a day, making an annual pilmigrage to the kabah which was a temple of the moon god and many others, running around the Kabah seven times, caressing an idol of a black stone set in the wall of the kabah, running between two hills, making animal sacrifices, gathering on Fridays for prayers, giving alms to the poor, etc. and much of the legends found in the koran come from earlier sources than muhammed.
may the real God bless you, and i'll pray for you

 
At 5/18/2006 12:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

donot make up stuff abt things on the Holy Quran that u donot even kno abt. Look around, even Christians believe stories on the Bilbe are made up, who r u..no wonder sane ppl are converting, because honestly Islam is the truth, the perfect religion.

 

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