ISIS? ISLAMIC? REALLY?

Like many others, the attacks in Paris have left me heart-broken, heart-broken on two levels. Firstly, there is the devastating loss of innocent life, both non-Muslim and Muslim (such as sisters Holima and Hodda Saadi) .Secondly, these mass murdering maniacs did what they did in the name of Islam, a religion that I peacefully follow.

These recent attacks took place close to the Charlie Hebdo offices, where a similar attack took place earlier this year. I also felt the personal need to blog about this tragic incident (herehere, here, and here).

And here we are again several months later talking in the same breath about Paris, Islam, and murder. I write this blog with the aim of showing how un-Islamic I think ISIS are, despite what people like author Reza Aslan may say from an academic perspective, or indeed what Graeme Wood may write in the Atlantic.

For the Muslim theologians out there, I am fully aware of how dangerous it is to declare an individual or a group as being outside of the fold of Islam but, you know what, with these ISIS guys I am more than willing to take my linguistic chances.

And to those Muslim apologists who may wish to blame the media, or the decadence of the west, or western foreign policy, or worldwide economic inequalities of poverty and deprivation, or grievances over imperialist slights, or the freemasons, or the more recent Iraq wars, etc, etc, let me make one thing clear: none of these things justify us Muslims raping, looting, pillaging, and mass murdering like drug-induced, crazy, psychotic, zealots. Nothing. Ever. If you disagree, then I would advise you to look at the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the early followers of Islam, to see how they coped in the face of adversity much greater than anything we Muslims face today.

Anways, here are points that I think everybody should be aware of…


They are Wahhabi extremists…

ISIS should never be referred to as “Sunni extremists”. To do so is factually incorrect and intellectually dishonest, as this phrase is a contradiction in terms. A Sunni by definition is orthodox and moderate. An extremist is the polar opposite. Likewise, they should not be called Salafis. Wahhbabis use this title in order to suggest that they follow the Salaf, the predecessors from the first 300 years after the time of the Prophet Muhammad, but their words and deeds contradict them. These people should be called what they actually are: Wahhabi extremists. They are NOT Muslims. Rather, they are enemies of Muslims and humanity at large.

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They are too extreme even for Al-Qaeda…

ISIS used to be Al-Qaeda in Iraq, but even Al-Qaeda found them to be too extreme, so they parted company from them. ISIS are on the furthest end of the conservative orthodoxy, in terms of beliefs, literal interpretation of seventh-century law and punishment, and what’s required of true believers for jihad.


They are more divisive than uniting…

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ISIS are not interested in uniting all Muslims. This is why the conflict between Sunnis and Shias, especially in Iraq and Syria, sustains ISIS. One of the main divisive aims of ISIS is to establish a worldwide caliphate, the founding of which is ostensibly a declaration of war against the 60% of Iraqis who are Shia, and to Shia Muslims all over the globe.

It should be known that you cannot just declare an area of land to be part of an Islamic state. For example, I cannot waltz into Buckingham Palace and declare it to be part of my vision of an Islamic state. Ignoring the fact that I can’t actually waltz, there are many complications involved when declaring or setting up a legitimate Islamic state, none of which ISIS have addressed and probably never will. Instead ISIS are trying to rape, murder, and pillage their way to the establishment of a global caliphate. Good luck with that, let me know how you get on.

Furthermore, they want to start World War III, with their select group of Muslims on one side, and literally every other human being on the other:


There real motives are far from religious…

When people say groups like ISIS are Islamic I say hold on. What they have basically done is gone into the Islamic tradition in order to find whatever arguments they can, for whatever base desires they have, and to call this Islamic is intellectually dishonest, it’s an insult to our faith, it’s an insult or tradition, and it is ultimately inaccurate and not reflective of what these groups want. They will find any justification to do what they want because for them Islam is not about becoming a better person, but about licensing war and plunder and enslavement and death and oppression, and in that sense it is as far away from the Prophet Muhammad as one can possibly be. – from the YouTube clip ‘No, ISIS, You’re Not Islamic’ by Avenue M


They are so not representative of Muslims or Islam…

Yes, religion has a role to play when it comes to ISIS, but it is the role of self-justification……

The only claim ISIS have to being Islamic is that they claim to being Islamic. – from the YouTube clip ‘No, ISIS, You’re Not Islamic’ by Avenue M

I take objection to the fact that we even refer to this group as ‘Islamic State’. At what point are they acting [as Muslims]? If I call myself a zebra, do you then refer to me as a zebra? – comment made by an audience member on BBC’s Question Time, 19th November 2015

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They don’t understand religion, Islam, or how to interpret the Qur’an properly…

ISIS do not really understand the Qur’an. This is clear in their barbaric actions carried out against Muslims and non-Muslims, be they men, women, or children. ISIS quoting verses from the Qur’an to justify their actions is clear evidence that even the demons can quote scripture……

A verse in the Qur’an functions, in the Muslim tradition, in the same way a quote does in a research paper. It is part of an argument but it is not conclusive to the argument until you have seen and engaged with and dealt with the entirety of the tradition, which means the Qur’an, yes, but it also means the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, how he embodied and practiced and taught the religion. That’s a very important point to make because people don’t get that, and when they don’t get that they begin to take bits and pieces out of the Islamic tradition and say “Well I found it right there, and it’s Islam.” And so they’ll say things like, and I saw this on Twitter earlier today, “Well there’s abolitionism in the Quran and in the Islamic tradition, and there’s enslavement, so both of these things are part of Islam.” Absolute nonsense! If you don’t understand Islam do us all a favour and learn something before you begin to pronounce on Islam. – from the YouTube clip ‘No, ISIS, You’re Not Islamic’ by Avenue M

The Quran [and] hadith according to whom? As interpreted by whom? As understood by whom?…Any organisation uses the dominant social medium of its society. Today, the dominant social currency in the Arab world is Islam. More than 90 per cent of Arab Muslims say religion is an important part of their daily life, according to Gallup research. Everyone, not just ISIS, speaks in Islamic language, from pro-democracy advocates to civil society groups fighting illiteracy…[therefore] a violent reading of the Quran is not leading to political violence. Political violence is leading to a violent reading of the Quran. – Dalia Mogahed, author

ISIS members…are using religion to advance a political vision, rather than using politics to advance a religious vision. – Mehdi Hasan


This is how they treat children…

I won’t go into how loving and caring the Prophet Muhammad was to his own children, his grand-children, and to orphans (i.e. very), but let’s just see how loving ISIS are towards kids……

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They are not that practising of Islam…

…in 2008, a classified briefing note on radicalisation, prepared by MI5’s behavioural science unit, was obtained by the Guardian. It revealed: “Far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practise their faith regularly. Many lack religious literacy and could…be regarded as religious novices.” The MI5 analysts noted the disproportionate number of converts and the high propensity for “drug-taking, drinking alcohol and visiting prostitutes”. – from the New Statesman

See also: Paris Terrorist Smoked ‘Alarming Amount Of Cannabis’, Drank Alcohol, And Never Went To A Mosque, Ex-Wife Claims


Muslim scholars around the world have condemned ISIS…

Many Muslim scholars and imams have made impassioned speeches declaring their academic and theological opposition to ISIS, scholars such as Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Muhammad Yaqoubi, Imam Nouman Ali Khan, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Dr Bilal Philips, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (“Just as Christianity in Bosnia 20 years ago was not properly represented by the churchgoing militias of Radovan Karadzic and just as Judaism is not represented by West Bank settlers who burn mosques, so, too, Islam is not represented by ISIS.”), Alyas Karmani, and many others……

Whether Sunni or Shia, Salafi or Sufi, conservative or liberal, Muslims – and Muslim leaders – have almost unanimously condemned and denounced ISIS not merely as un-Islamic but actively anti-Islamic. Consider the various statements of Muslim groups such as the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, representing 57 countries (ISIS has “nothing to do with Islam”); the Islamic Society of North America (ISIS’S actions are “in no way representative of what Islam actually teaches”); al-Azhar University in Cairo, the most prestigious seat of learning in the Sunni Muslim world (ISIS is acting “under the guise of this holy religion…in an attempt to export their false Islam”); and even Saudi Arabia’s Salafist Grand Mufti, Abdul Aziz al ash-Sheikh (ISIS is “the number-one enemy of Islam”). In September 2014, more than 120 Islamic scholars co-signed an 18-page open letter to Baghdadi [the self-declared leader of ISIS], written in Arabic, containing what the Slate website’s Filipa Ioannou described as a “technical point-by-point criticism of ISIS’S actions and ideology based on the Quran and classical religious texts”. – Mehdi Hasan

If you think Muslims aren’t condemning ISIS, it’s not because Muslims aren’t condemning ISIS. It’s because you’re not listening to Muslims. – Hend Amry


Even non-Muslims like David Cameron know ISIS are not really Muslims…

In the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet speech at London’s Guildhall, which took place on the 16th of November 2015, a few days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, the British Prime Minister David Cameron said the following……

[We are] dealing with radicalised European Muslims, linked to ISIL in Syria and inspired by a poisonous narrative of extremism…The root cause of this threat is the poisonous ideology of extremism itself. This ideology, this diseased view of the world, has become an epidemic – infecting minds from the mosques of Mogadishu to the bedrooms of Birmingham. And we have to stop it at the start – stop this seed of hatred even being planted in people’s minds, let alone allowing it to grow. That means confronting the ideology with our own liberal values, exposing this extremism for what it is – a belief system that glorifies violence and subjugates its people – not least Muslim people…Of course, this extremist ideology is not true Islam. That cannot be said clearly enough. But it is not good enough to say simply that Islam is a religion of peace and then to deny any connection between the religion of Islam and the extremists. Why? Because these extremists are self-identifying as Muslims. From Tunisia to the streets of Paris, these murderers all spout the same twisted narrative that claims to be based on a particular faith. To deny that is to disempower the critical reforming voices that want to challenge the scriptural basis on which extremists claim to be acting – the voices that are crucial in providing an alternative worldview that could stop a teenager’s slide along the spectrum of extremism. We can’t stand neutral in this battle of ideas…


Here’s a few more comments about ISIS from various people…

ISIS is the most remorselessly slaughter-hungry creed to stalk the continent [of Europe] since the 1930s [i.e. since the Nazis]. – Rafael Behr

By what logic would this gang of killers, which has been universally condemned and brutalises Muslims more than anyone else, get to represent the global [Muslim] community? – Dalia Mogahed, author

No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way. – President Barack Obama

…even from the viewpoint of a casual observer, ISIS is an abomination to Islam…just because you shout God’s name while committing murder doesn’t make your actions righteous…They have sparked the rage of Iraqi Muslims by carelessly blowing up copies of the Qur’an, and they have killed their fellow Muslims, be they Sunni or Shia. Even extremist Muslims who engage in warfare have strict rules of engagement and prohibitions against harming women and children, but ISIS has opted to ignore even this by slaughtering innocent youth and using rape and sexual slavery as a weapon. –  Igor Volsky & Jack Jenkins

I think the arsewipes that call themselves ISIS are, well, arsewipes, and not representatives of the rest of the Muslim world…Islamic State need recruits and they have two steps to get them. 1) Create an uprising against Muslims in the West by carrying out attacks in the name of Allah. 2) Then when young Muslims feel rejected by Western society, make ISIS look like a cool alternative…It seemed to me that a good way of combatting this would be 1) be nice to non-ISIS related Muslims (ie the vast majority of Muslims) and 2) make ISIS look like idiots. – Adam Hills, comedian

Even George Galloway has called ISIS a “death cult.”


They’ve made John Oliver angry…


And they made this guy angry as well…


Here’s a cartoon explaining the difference between ISIS and Muslims…

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And the final word goes to the always brilliant and brutally honest Mr. Fish

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SOME CLIPS ABOUT MUHAMMAD ALI

The recent merciless events in Paris clearly demonstrate once more how some Muslims have no regard for humanity. As my still-believing heart breaks yet again I am reminded of a Muslim who is the opposite of those killers who stalked the Parisian streets, someone who is a defender and lover of all humanity.

Muhammad Ali is someone I have blogged about before (here and here) and will no doubt blog about again. I came across this amazing fact about Ali: by 1980, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Muhammad Ali had surpassed Abraham Lincoln, Jesus Christ, and Napoleon as the most written-about person in history, a point repeated by Oprah Winfrey in one of her TV shows.

Muhammed Ali, heavyweight champion sits at Black Muslim meeting in Chicago February 26, 1967, as Elijah Muhammed, leader of the religious sect addresses some 10,000 members of his sect in Illinois.   (AP Photo/Paul Cannon)

Below are three videos, all transcribed as usual, about Muhammad Ali. The first is my favourite scholar Shaykh Hamza Yusuf speaking about the Islamic character of Ali. The second is another Muslim scholar, the brilliant Dr Sherman Abdul-Hakim Jackson, himself a black American man, who reflects on the impact of Muhammad Ali and the value of sincere, principled service. The third clip is the man himself talking about his ‘bodyguard’.

I’ve also added two bonus clips, one where Ali, way back in the 1970’s, speaks about a black man being president. The other is Ali trying to explain the basics of creation and a Creator. Enjoy!


Muhammad Ali Following The Sunnah – Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

I have done my own poll of asking people of different nationalities and different countries: who is the most beloved athlete of the 20th century? Almost invariably every person that I have asked, without thinking, has said Muhammad Ali. And I say, “Isn’t it interesting that a black man who is a Muslim and has the name ‘Muhammad’ is the most beloved athlete in the world? Why is that?”

The reason I believe is very simple: he embodies, in his own way, certain aspects of the sunnah of his Prophet. Even those who fought the Prophet Muhammad, secretly admired him. They secretly admired him.

Because Muhammad Ali was beautiful, he was beautiful to look at. When he smiled, that smile penetrated the hearts of even people that didn’t like him. He had absolute self-confidence. When he spoke, he spoke with complete certainty. He had no self-doubts.

When the microphone was stuck in his face after fighting a very intense fight with Sonny Liston at the age of 22, when most boxers would have had eyes so swollen you could not see them, and they would be so dumbed and dazed by being pulverised by the heavyweight champion of the world. When Cassius Clay had that microphone put in front of his face, what did he tell the world? And the world was listening. He said: “I’m 22 years old, I don’t have a scratch on my face, and I’m beautiful. I talk to God every day, I must be the greatest! I just beat Sonny Liston.”

Because all the odds were against him. Muhammad Ali was a winner. He was a winner. Even when he lost, he was a winner. Because we forget that losers can be winners, and the Prophet was always winning. When he went to [the village of] Ta’if and they mocked him, they threw stones at him, they caused his feet to bleed. What did he say in his dua [prayer]? “O Lord of the oppressed, who will You leave me with? To an enemy that will treat me like that? To some distant person who knows nothing of me? If You are not angry with me, I have no concerns.”

That is the dua of the Prophet, in what appeared to be the lowest point of his mission. His point was: this is all from You and I recognise that, because this is the nature of the struggle.


Muhammad Ali: Courage & Principled Service

I want to start by just pointing out that service, if it’s to be meaningful, it has to be principled. People who are not sincere, they will often try to fool society, they will try to manipulate society, even exploit society, all in the name of service. They want to bring society to a point where society feels a debt to them for the service that they have allegedly offered, where in point of fact what they’re really doing is making a down payment on the pursuit of their own interests.

And what we have to understand is that as a Muslim community, for our service to be meaningful, for it to have a long term effect, for it to be transformative of the society in which we live, it must be principled. And that means that in our offering of service we have to be people of character, not just people of interests, and we cannot fall into the service discourse just in order to buy a little positive press or to deflect a little bit of negative attention. We have to truly be like those people about whom Allah says in the Qur’an…“We feed you for the sake of God, we do not want from you either any reward or any remunerative thanks. We do this for the pleasure of God.”

And I think that as Brother Dawud said, one of the things that we have to understand about non-Muslim Americans: they’re not stupid. And if we want to talk about building alliances, being able to enlist the goodwill of non-Muslims in society, we have to be people that demonstrate courage and principled commitment. That is what will bring the best out of non-Muslims in America.

I remember a story written by a sports writer and he was talking about Muhammad Ali, who I hope we will all keep in our dua, and Muhammad Ali at the time had been stripped of his title…you have got to remember this is a man in his 20’s, his 20’s, forfeiting millions. I remember every time I see it on television I get tears in my eyes. Muhammad Ali is sitting on television, he has this big FOI hat on, and they say “Well, you know, you’re going to be stripped of your title and you may go to prison.” And he said the following: “Well, whatever the consequences maybe, I will not renounce the religion of Islam. I’m ready to die. If they put me before a firing squad tomorrow, I’m ready to die.”

That’s what he said. This sports writer said this, he said: “My father was not a man who was all that given to all this civil rights jazz. And in fact my father in the last election voted for George Wallace.”

The man who said what? “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

He voted for George Wallace! When he saw Muhammad Ali make that statement, you know what he said? He said: “You know, I don’t really know a lot about this young man, but a man gets very few opportunities to stand up in life and be a man, and this man is standing up and being a man.”

And you know who his father voted for in the next election? George McGovern, the most liberal candidate perhaps, I won’t say most, but a very, very liberal candidate. He was transformed by the sincerity that he saw in Muhammad Ali, being willing to stand up and sacrifice for his own values.

This is the model that we as a Muslim community must follow in America. So when it comes to service we must be sincere in our service. We must be people of character, we cannot be simply people of interest and we should not be misled by the seemingly short term gains that will ultimately undermine us in the long term. And we should not be misled by this.

Non-Muslim Americans are a lot like Nietzsche, the German philosopher. Nietzsche once said: “My genius is in my nostrils, I can smell them a mile away.” And non-Muslim Americans, especially when it comes to religious people, they can smell insincerity a mile away.

And let us not be like the man who goes down into the manhole and spends all day there and his clothing absorbs all the stench of the manhole, but when he comes out he can’t smell it, and therefore he thinks other people can’t smell it. We should not be that kind of a community, we have to be a community of a principal.


Who’s Your Bodyguard? – Muhammad Ali

Michael Parkinson: Do you have a bodyguard?

Muhammad Ali: No, I have One bodyguard. He has no eyes though He sees. He has no ears though He hears. He remembers everything with the aid of mind and memory. When He wishes to create a thing, He just orders it to be and it comes into existence, but this order does not convey the words which takes the tongue to form like our sound carries ears. He hears the secrets of those on the quite thoughts. He stops those whom…who’s that? That’s God, Allah. He’s my bodyguard. He’s your bodyguard. He’s the Supreme, The Wise.


Bonus clips…

Muhammad Ali Predicts Obama Presidency in 1971

Muhammad Ali giving an amazing speech

OMAR SHARIF WASN’T THE ONLY MUSLIM ACTOR FAMOUS IN AMERICA…

Here are five links and ten quotes, including one about actors. Enjoy!


Omar Sharif Wasn’t The Only Muslim Actor Famous In America. Here Are 5 Others.

“Omar Sharif…was one of a growing list of Muslim actors (he converted), and certainly one of the most famous.”


American Qu’ran Makes A Sacred Text Familiar

“The artist Sandow Birk has created a illuminated manuscript of Islam’s holy book that juxtaposes its writings with pictures of American life.”


To A Courageous Palestinian Mother

A brilliant article about Wedad Saqa, “an exiled Palestinian mother and artist who supports herself with artistic work and artistically baked pastries.”


Karachi Vice: Inside The City Torn Apart By Killings, Extortion And Terrorism

I have written before about Pakistan’s descent into the mouth of madness. This article is a further confirmation of that view…“In the past decade and a half, terror attacks have become just another element of a crime wave in Karachi that is virtually an insurgency…For the 23 million people who live there, crime has become a central part of life, as commonplace as traffic jams and power cuts.”


Mecca Then And Now, 128 Years Of Growth

“In the late 1880s, the photographer Al Sayyid Abd al Ghaffar carried cumbersome equipment to the desert city of Mecca, capturing scenes of thousands of Muslim pilgrims camped in the surrounding hills and valleys during the Hajj. Today, more than 125 years later, more than two million Hajj pilgrims descended on Mecca, which has grown drastically to accommodate the annual gathering. Gathered here is a series of photographs from al Ghaffar taken sometime around 1887, compared with images from similar locations taken in 2015.”


Quotes…

Four quotes that explain why need to be a wee bit more mindful of what’s in our heads…

  • Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny! What we think we become. – from the movie The Iron Lady (2011), about Margaret Thatcher
  • You should repulse a thought. If you do not do so, it will develop into a desire. You should therefore wage war against it. If you do not do so, it will become a resolution and firm intention. If you do not repulse this, it will develop into a deed. If you do not make up for it by doing the opposite thereof [the opposite of that evil deed], it will become a habit. It will then be very difficult for you to give it up. – Ibn Al–Qayyim, from his book Al–Fawaid
  • Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The beginning of knowledge is the intention, then listening, then understanding, then action, then preservation, and then spreading it. – Ibn Al–Mubarak

And six more to make it a round ten…

  • If you truly appreciated the blessings of Allah, if you truly understood the nature of this world and the worth of this world, then you would never complain about money. – Anon
  • If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to. – Dorothy Parker
  • A celebrity is a product that the media manufactures today…just so they will have something to say tomorrow. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  • A child who reads will be an adult who thinks. – Anon
  • Some say the devil be a mystical thing. I say the devil he a walking man. He a fool he a liar, conjurer and a thief. He try to tell you what you want, try to tell you what you need. – lyrics from the song Crossroads by Tracy Chapman
  • All that powder, perfume and paint, makes me wonder some girls are what they ain’t. – lyrics from the song Yo Frankie by Dion Dimucci

ISLAM AND HUMOUR – PART 6 – A BALTI OF LINKS

The point of this particular blog post is to prove, once and for all, that we Muslims do actually have a sense of humour, we can laugh at ourselves, and we do find funny things, erm, well, funny. If you give us a chance then you will see what a comedic web we Muslims can indeed weave.

Halal things considered, there is a monumental amount out there when it comes to Islam and humour. I have hopefully collated many of the best links below. There are links to stand up comedy that are hilarious, serious, surreal, and some to links that are brutal yet thought provoking, messing with your moral and social boundaries. As Sharon Lougher said in metro.co.uk on 16th Oct 2015: “The best comedians should make your mind do backflips.”

Here’s hoping that this blog post does in fact make your mind backflip at least once.

Yes there are loads of links, a balti full if you like, and whilst I don’t expect anyone to check out every single link (believe me, I could have added so much more), hopefully there are enough to prove Lewis Carroll correct when he said: “Everything is funny, if you can laugh at it.” And this blog post is my heart felt attempt at laughing at ‘it’.

So if anyone, and I do mean anyone, says to you that those bloody Muslims are always angry, just point them in this direction please, thanking you muchly in advance.

Anyways, enough psycho-analysing, enjoy…


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MUSLIM COMEDY FESTIVALS


99 MUSLIM COMEDIANS (YES, 99 EXACTLY, COUNT THEM IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME)

The comedian listed below are either Muslim or non-Muslims saying humorous things about Muslims and Islam. As there are so many of them, I’ve provided links to some but not to all, so if you are interested in any then please feel free to Google their names…

  • Aamer Rahman, Aaron Kader, Aasif Mandvi, Aatif Nawaz, Abdullah Afzal, Adil Ray, Aditi Mittal, Ahir Shah, Ahmed Ahmed…
  • …Ali Al Sayed, Ali Hassan, Ali Shahalom, Aman Ali, Anil Desai, Aron Kader, Ayesha Hazarika…
  • …Azeem Muhammad, Azhar Usman, Baba Ali, Bassem Youssef, Dave Chappelle, Dean Obeidallah…
  • …Dina Hashem, Dieudonne, Elham Jazab, Fahad Albutairi, Fariaz Rabbani, Gibran Saleem, Guzzy Bear…
  • …Hani Almadhoun, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Hasan Minhaj…
  • …Jeff Dunham (Achmed The Dead Terrorist), Jeff Mirza, Maria Shehata, Mawaan Rizwan, Max Amini, Maysoon Zayid, Maz Jobrani, Meena Dimian…
  • …Melissa Shoshani, Mickey Sharma, Mike Batayeh, Mohammed Amer, Mohammed El-leissy, Mona Shaikh, Mona Yousefi, Mustafa Saed, Nabil Abdul Rashid, Nadia Kamil, Nadine Rajabi…
  • …Nasim Pedrad, Nasir Abdul Rahim, Nazeem Hussain, Negin Farsad, Nick Mohammed, Nihal, Nish Kumar, Omar Elba, Omar Marzouk…
  • …Omar Regan, Omid Djalili, Paul Chowdhry, Paul Sinha, Preacher Moss, Prince Abdi, Ramy Youssef, Ray Hanania, Riaad Moosa, Ronnie Khalil, Saad Haroon (Burka Woman), Sabrina Jalees…
  • …Sadia Azmat, Said Durrah, Sajeela Kershi, Sakdiyah Ma’ruf, Sami Shah, Samson Koletkar, Sana Khan, Shaista Aziz, Shappi Khorsandi, Shazia Mirza…
  • Shehzad Ghias Shaikh, Sheno Khal, Sherwin Arae, Sunda Croonquist, Superwoman aka Lilly Singh, Tazzy Phe, Tehran Ghasri, Tez Ilyas, Tissa Hami, Travina Springer…
  • …Zahra Noorbakhsh…

Please also see previous blog posts, beginning with part 1.