August 8, 2010

Internet Rumor: Muslims in Houston Celebrating 9/11

By Dave

This is a classic bit of ignorance-based fearmongering which has been making the rounds for about a year.  It’s latest incarnation is in the following hysterical email:

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UNBELIEVEABLE!! AMERICA MUST STOP BEING STUPID AND STOP THIS INVASION! NO MORE MOSQUES IN AMERICA. STOP THE MUSLIM TERRORIST.

Well,….. We’ve ALL been pretty passive & understanding for all of their special rights up ’til now,…..

so,……. reckon this will tick anybody off ?
IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY….
(This is so “Unbelievable”.. )

In Houston,Texas at the Harwin Central Mall:

The very first store that you come to when you walk from the lobby of the building into the shopping area had this sign posted on their door. The shop is run by Muslims.

Feel free to share this with others.
In case you are not able to read the sign below, it says

“We will be closed on Friday, September 11, 2009

to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali


Imam Ali flew one of the planes into the twin towers.

(Nice huh? )


Try telling me we’re not in a
Religious war!

THIS HAS NOT BEEN AROUND….SO MAKE SURE IT DOES!

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First the truth. The sign did appear in a perfume shop in Houston in September of 2009.  That’s about all there is that’s correct here.

Imam Ali was decidedly not one of the 9/11 terrorists as he was already long dead.  He was Mohammed’s son-in-law who was assassinated  about 1400 years ago and the anniversary of his martyrdom is sacred to muslims, particularly Shi’ites who consider him the first Imam.

The fact that this particular muslim holiday fell on the 11th of September last year was a coincidence and it has nothing to do with terrorism.  It’s always on the 21st day of Ramadan and Ramadan changes dates from year to year based on the lunar calendar.  This year it was on September 1st.

So this inflammatory and factually incorrect email which has been circulating for months despite widespread deb is still out there being forwarded by gullible idiots.  We’re lucky none of them have firebombed the store or beaten up its employees.

Perhaps people should spend more time learning about Islam and less time spreading hate and misinformation. The truth behind this sign can easily be found in any basic text on Islam or even on Wikipedia, and a simple Google search for “Harwin Central Mall” brings up page after page explaining how wrong the interpretation of the sign is.  There’s no excuse for being this ignorant.

Dave

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