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Ever since Muhammad’s surprise attack on the Jewish enclave at Khaybar in 629, Muslims have tried to strike fear in the hearts of non-Muslims by shouting “Allahu Akbar!” – Allah is Greater.  The same shout of “Allahu akbar” was used by the Islamic airplane hijackers on 9/11/01 and by Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood on 11/5/09.

For some reason, newscasters and journalists insist on insulting Allah by translating that exclamation merely as “God is great.”  Such a depreciating distortion is -- or should be -- considered blasphemy by devout Muslims. 

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Materials captured in the 2011 US raid of Osama Bin Laden’s Abottabad residence in Pakistan was recently released by the CIA.

On Twitter scholar Hasan Hasan translated and commented upon some of this material.

Bin Laden maintained diary that charts his journey towards becoming the chief reviver of Islamic terrorism in the modern age. In it, he poses and answers a series of questions. In one he asks about who he would list as a religious influence. And he replies: "I was committed with the Muslim Brotherhood. Their resources were limited. I read Sira (prophet's biography).

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Tolerance, kindness and openness are normally counted in the category of virtues.

When dealing with normal human beings who follow the principle of reciprocation they would generally engender a nice response. As the golden rule states 'treat others the way you would like them to treat you'.

Opening the borders of Europe to a massive Muslim influx by Angela Merkel has often been praised as offering a clear counter to the ISIS claim of the West's so-called Crusader enmity towards Muslims. The point pushed is that this effort of love defeats the ISIS narrative of hatred and enmity by showing how untrue it is.

What those who point this out fail to understand is that the ISIS narrative is the Islamic narrative pushed in the Quran in verses like these:

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Hanne Nabintu Herland is a Norwegian historian of religions and bestselling author. Her personal blog: www.hannenabintuherland.no.

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