August 12th, 2010
09:23 AM ET

Photo spotlight: Ramadan begins

Afghans pray on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. Muslims all over the world are supposed to go without food, drink, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan in order to purify themselves and concentrate their mind on Islamic teachings.

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  1. USMC Forever

    Man, I am glad its Ramadan so I can have a break and I don't have to split any more muzzie skulls for a few weeks. After the holiday and all your prayers to your Allah, I guess you all will go out and start killing innocents again in the name of Islam practicing the peacefulness of being a muzzmutt. Oh well I will be out there observing your actions through my Nikon scope on my M82A3 .50 Cal dealing out justice for the American Way at 1500M out!!!!

    September 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reality

    No, because it's not true...you'd be spreading lies

    August 17, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Not Really

    No, because it's not true.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Melvin

    Islam is not at religion. It is political philosophy, not entirely unlike Nazism, with a goal of world domination and elimination of all those who do not follow its precepts.

    Everyone needs to read the Quran as a "keep your enemies closer" exercise. You will be shocked what is written herein.

    Just to give you an idea of the hypocracy of Islam.

    If a Christian restricts his violence behavior on earth, he get peace in heaven as a reward.
    If an Islamic man pursues his violence behavior on earth, he gets peace in heaven. Doesn't make sense.

    In no religious philosphy except Islam are the followers rewarded for bad behavior such as repression of women, slaughter of the innocent and bend ion total annilation of their enemies. Islam is not a religion! It is a crime against the world.

    August 16, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. fleur

    VOLTAIRE french philosoph 1735 wrote a play about Muhamed detailing a scene from his life. Muhamed order to kill any one who critics him (sound like Jesud, no? where he preached foe peace , love and justice) Here are Voltaire words from 1735.Voltaire described the play as;
    " The play is written in opposition to the founder of a false and barbarous sect to whom could I with more propriety inscribe a satire on the cruelty and errors of a false prophet".[2]
    "I tried to show in the play, into what horrible excesses fanaticism, led by an impostor, can weak minds plunge."[9].

    August 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woody

      For all of you Voltaire fans out there, here's one of my favorite of his quotes.

      "Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool."

      August 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PeacethruUnderstanding

    Taliban is no more Islamic than Westboro Church is Baptist.

    August 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Say Whaaa!!

    Koekuck, by that logic then I would have to wait for the catholics to show me that they are not all pedophiles, what has the catholic church done then to show me they are not pedophiles. There is a thing called common sense that people need to use and people are too used to recieving things on a silver platter instead of actually finding out for themselves. They could say the world is ending tomorrow and you would simply believe it!! come on do some work and find out yourself, its the only way to get to the truth.

    August 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JazzyNate

    Jesus made a definitive statement of absolute truth when he said "I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). Clearly, one cannot reconcile this statement with the Quran treating Jesus as 'one of the prophets'. As a Christian, I pray that Muslims will have a peaceful and enjoyable Ramadan, but I would engage in blasphemy, hypocrisy and blatant disobedience to entertain participation in Ramadan in any way, shape or form. Jesus is my reality – more real to me than any person on this planet that I can see or touch. Therefore, I have to be aware of His presence, His will and His desires for my life.

    August 15, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. chip

    Where are the Buddhist extremest?

    August 15, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gud_luk_ch@rm

    I think.. NO ONE SHOULD JUDGE ANYONE OR ANYTHING THEY BELIEVE IN. the worst people that judge others ARE CHURCH GOERS! they go to church... say their little prayers n stuff... ask for forgiveness..and then go right back home and do the same thing.. which defeats the purpose. WHOEVER YOU BELIEVE IN.. SHOULD BE THE JUDGE OF WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR LIFE. WE JUST HAVE A BOOK AKA BIBLE.. or watever else other religions use... to judge others. IS THERE A FACT THAT THAT IS A BOOK.. THAT THE PEOPLE BEFORE US.. WROTE THAT? NOPE.. WE JUST ASSUME. AND JUDGE. LET EVERYONE BELIEVE WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN. WE FIGHT OVER GOVERNMENT AND RELIGION. THOSE ARE THE TWO MAIN TOPICS NO ONE CAN LET GO OF. I JUST DONT GET RAMADAN.. BECAUSE... YOU HAVE ONE MONTH TO CORRECT YOURSELF.. AND THEN GO RIGHT BACK INTO KILLING MODE. WHAT KIND OF CRAP IS THAT? THE WAY THEY TREAT EACH OTHER.. IS INSANE.. BURNING PEOPLE, ACID, BOMBS, CUTTING OFF BODY PARTS, HELL WHAT OTHER WAYS THEY USE. NEWS DONT SHOW YOU WHATS REALLY GOING ON ON THIS SIDE OF TOWN.. BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR THE TRUTH.. AND FOR THOSE THAT WANT TO... HEAR IT FROM OTHERS. we should focus on telling the truth more maybe that would make the world a better place. or not.

    August 15, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Really??? Let me ask you something Hipo as in Hipocrite!!! What do you think you just did in your post?????Maybe you should go to church and at least be man enough to admit you are human and not perfect and prejudgemental!!!

      September 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hooray, Ramadan!

    It's time to have a hog roast! I love eating pork. Who's with me? : D

    August 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Icurheinie

    As much as I respect freedom of participating in any religion one feels comfortable with, there is something so Stone Age about Islam. To me, it is truly a "dated" faith that needs some serious modernization.

    August 14, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      You realize that Islam is younger than Christianity, right?

      August 15, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
      • dwighthuth

        Charles, he knows that but he is saying Islam needs to get up to speed to the 21st century. The Christains have!!!!

        August 16, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michelle

    WE SHOULD (THE ENTIRE WORLD) RESPECT DIFFERENT BELIEVES AND WELCOME THOSE WHO ARE FROM DIFFERENT RELIGIONS. DON'T BE BLIND ...PEOPLE WOULD ALWAYS MAKE PEOPLE (THAT DON'T BELIEVE IN THE SAME THINGS) LOOK BAD BY TELLING LIES ABOUT OTHER RELIGIONS. I AM CATHOLIC AND AS LONG AS YOU DO NO HARM TO OTHERS I AM FINE WITH ANYTHING...LET THE MUSLIM PEOPLE HAVE THEIR TIME.

    August 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. seemslike

    This would be the perfect time to Drone strike mosques-. If muslims had the capacity,they would do it to every other religion on their respected holidays. It is mandated by the the koran. And when a muslim speaks of a peacefull coexistance-its a lie. muslims are directed to lie to the infidel.Anyone who is not muslim is an infidel, remember that. do not be fooled,educate yourself as to what Sharia law is. a muslim can not disobey. the peacefull muslim will only be seen when the infidel is destroyed.period

    August 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CH101

    I notice alot of Islam bashing here. I'm telling you people. Islam is not 100% violent. It just has it's extremists. Just as any religion has them...even Christianity has extremists, it just happens they're just annoying rather than violent. Take the Westboro Baptist church for example. Christian extremists make you want to kill THEM. You just have to look past the bad and see everything for what it is. I'm the type of person that rather than hating a group because of the bad apples in the bunch, I only discriminate against the ones that wanna freakin KILL ME!!! not the rest.

    August 14, 2010 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  16. Josh

    There should be no muslims in the united states.. GO back to your own countries.......

    August 13, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • American

      Not all Muslims come from other countries. My ancestors have been here over 200 years.

      August 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthseeker

      after you sir!

      August 15, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  17. Nadiyah

    Why so much hate upon religion? Just believe what you believe and stop the stereotypes.

    August 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Max Wunsche

    Islam is a major hole.All the sociopaths, teenage internet wannabe cool dead and their burka wearing robots are quivering cubes of fear.Very disappointed in muslim women.Quit praying and start living.Go out side look at the sky, listen to Coltrane.All you religious tadpoles better get your junk under control.You have not a clue what is on the way.

    August 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  19. MIKE

    ALL YOU GUYS JUST NEED TO GO BACK HOME. WE ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK.

    August 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jiva Soul

    The practice of fasting for purification go back ages and is described in the Vedas, way before there was a religion called Islam. Once purified of material contamination, one can see all as spiritual beings, all part of God, and thus treat each other with respect. Obviously the purification is not working, for they still believe it's the "duty" of a true Muslim to kill the infidels. The teachings are being twisted by smooth talking leaders. Pray to Allah that all His true followers be separated from His false ones.

    August 13, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  21. Reality

    Christians have missions all over the world helping people of all faiths.
    Jews have missions around the world to help other Jews.
    Muslims help nobody AND kill their own for impeity.

    August 13, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Nadiyah

      so stereotypical of you.

      August 13, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • hitler

      Hold on....... Wasn't it that started WW1 and WW2 christians?

      Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      August 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • chip

      Oh yeah, and don't forget all the violent christians that blow up abortion clinics. Christians have their own group of extremests also. And just because we are in the military doesn't mean we want to be here or agree with why we are here.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      I'm not a Christian, just stating what I see. Where are the Muslim aid groups around the world helping people of different faiths? They're not even helping people of their own faith, Shiites hate Sunnis, Sunni's hate Kurds, Baathists, eh. This comment isn't about starting wars.

      August 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Abd

    THIS IS A NON_SENSE VIDEO. Made by US to justify their invasion in Afghanistan and kill many innocent people. If US can do the 911, than this fake video is merely a small thing.

    August 13, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  23. MGL

    a must see video

    August 12, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Bledsoe

    Is that you Evan, now posting under the name of acmed Shams?Anything to drum up that right-wing mob mentality!!!

    August 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  25. abcdefg

    it still is a copy cat religion...nothing orignal and even Mohameed tried to copy other prohets journeys. Every REAL prophet had their own journey with GOD..reading the quran is like reading a comic book.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abdur

      Ignorant people, who cant recognize Muhammad(PBUH). A mercy for all mankind. I pray for you with god to bless you and give u knowlege.

      August 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  26. momo

    Im muslim and what the Taliban are are an abomination to Islam. They are do not represent what I or billions of muslims around the world represent. They have taken an extreme sect of Islam and tried to implement it into their country (Wahabi) but no normal person practices this. Unfortunately for the people of Afghanistan (the normal people) the Pakistan military decided to side with the Taliban probably for political reasons (Kashmir, India etc). ONce again, I hate the Taliban with a passion. Dont associate us with them.

    August 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kcb4

      I agree with you Momo

      August 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy

      Then why do the muslims not speak out against the extremeists? Their silence is the reason they are not trusted
      in the USA.

      August 13, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Cristi

      You're right Momo, and I am really sorry most people cannot make the distinction.

      And you Billy: Really? Would you be so brave? Don't you think they might be scared of retaliation? Is not like mainstream Muslims are organized like the Taliban is, so if someone takes a stand against it they might be susceptible to all kinds of atrocities.

      August 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cristi

      By the way, I was in Istanbul 2 years ago and it was just amazing to be there during Ramadan. It is an admirable sacrifice, and it is so fascinating to see how respectful people were, and how they waited several minutes sitting in front of their meals until sunset. I am catholic, and I believe in God and Jesus,but I have not been this dedicated as a grown up, maybe I should again.

      August 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keokuck

      I want to believe you but I am from Missouri, the "show me" state. Muslims need to show me they are opposed to the Taliban and other militant Muslims by speaking out in the press against them and telling the authorities in all countries what the Taliban and militants are planning. If you don't show me you are a peaceful religion, I have only the news to make up my mind.

      August 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  27. KARAM

    Awsome video! acmed Shams, it touched me deeply.

    August 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. KARAM

    @ Maritta- so sad that you would post that you would attack a muslim, being that I am one in the military would you attack me? There is deffinately too much negativity throughout the whole world, one day it will all come to an end the world will end and then there will be peace.

    August 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  29. The Real USMC Forever

    Maybe they can now reflect on how all the killing in the name of Islam has hurt Islam and pray for a new way of getting their respect back for Islam.

    August 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abou_Ayman

      if you expect from Muslim to stop fighting the occupations of there country to get the peaceful religion medal so you are wrong and we dot need to be peaceful according to your criterion, if you com to our country as guest and visitor you will be well com and i don't mind sharing my food with you and even host you at my house and let you sleep on my bed and i will sleep with my children on the ground because you are guest and we ordered as Muslims to trad guest as well ,but if you com to my country in the military uniform with your gun don't expect any thing from me but slaughter you with my 30 cm knife in the kitchen without any mercy if you think that i am terrorist for this so let it be but the problem now will be in your value not my acts

      August 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Abd

        I am proud of you Man. A Great faithful MUSLIM

        August 13, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
      • KTH

        I will gladly extend you the same hospitality except I wouldn't bring a knife to a gun fight.

        August 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        You sound like a POS Talibani Moron. Remember Ayman you protected the murderer that killed 3000 Americans in America. Did you Retards think that we were not going to repay for what you did??? You are dying right now because of this, you are being occupied because of this, your country is being torn to peices because of this. Ayman, how do you like your Jihad NOW???????????See thats what happens when you mess with the most powerful country in the world, you get your @ss kicked!!!!!

        August 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sami

      The United States Army isn't in the middle east to bring peace, it is strictly buisness. You are killing and robbing an already poor country for the its naturul resources so that the CIA and politicians can be filthy rich. So tap yourself on the shoulder for being utterily stupid for making what little money you make (considering all the money you make for someone who has never got their hands dirty) and for selling your soul for murdering people and blaiming them for attempting to fight for what belongs to them.

      I am a causasion Muslim, I intend to fast this day, and this holy month of Ramadan, so show Allah, The merciful, The light, The All Seeing, The Truth that I am a believer. I don't not want to be Judged next too all the criminals in the Army, United States Governement, Israel or any other disbaliever.

      August 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • billy

        If it were up to me i would just buy your oil and leave you to the killing of innocents that Islam seems to enjoy.
        When the oil dries up and it will then Islam will have exactly what they wish for – nothing!!

        August 13, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Say Whaaa!!

        Nah we got Gold right after the oil dries up, and when it does you can kiss your war machine goodbye

        August 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • dwighthuth

        Sami, lighten up, you sound like a retard and a fanatic Muslim.

        August 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Kcb4

    I think this part of the religion is cool! I wish we did things like this!

    August 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sundar

      Muslims deny the divinity of Christ. But say they follow Jesus Christ. What a deception. Allah the Muslim God os masquerading as the God of Bible. You believe the God of the Bile or Allah, it is up to you. But dont say they are one. They are far apart as light and darkness.

      August 13, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • CH101

      Isn't it called Lent? Not exactly the same, but has the same concept and meaning behind it.

      August 14, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Say Whaaa!!

      Sundar we believe in Jesus as a prohpet not as a god, just like the prophet Mohammad was only a messenger. If you believe Jesus is god then yeah we don't believe in the same thing.

      August 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy

      Lent is basically same thing you moron............

      August 16, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • EternalBliss

      Fasting.. Cleansing... is practically the most universal spiritual practice irrelevant of time or place.. in the history of mankind.. in fact.. irrelevant of time or place.. most truly spiritual ppl ..aka prophets/saints.. pretty much also had the same ideas... its the ignorant followers who have no idea of the true Enlightened mindset of those they follow.. that cause all the conflict and chaos.. think about it 3 Abrahamic religions.. from the same original arab bloodlne of Abraham(all 3 agree that all the prophets that each acknowledge) are decendents of Abraham... hence.. cousins in religion.. one family.. divided.. in a family fued.. and the irony of it all.. is that they each say the believe in the Oneness of God.. and brotherhood of Mankind... its so silly really.. The truth is that no matter what you believe .. the Mystery is Life..and if by logical deduction.. some "thing"(matter) cannot spring forth into being from nothing...then there must be a A Hidden Actor which does so.. thus the One who gives Life to All...must consider each of us Equally....yet we are only good at living un – equally.... which is not living at all...

      August 16, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
      • MyLiteraryCoach

        EternalBliss: I'm scouting for a progressive Christian spirituality publisher, meaning influences from world religions is welcomed. Any thoughts about working on a book project? Tim

        August 17, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  31. porki

    I cant wait to see how many attacks will be committed by religion of Peaceniks. If you are as eager as I am try 'the religion of peace dot com' for the total count.

    August 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • truthseeker

      porki indeed...get a life will ya!

      August 15, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |