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Thursday, October 22, 2009

OK, this is important Islam news.

Up front: I had family in the Twin Towers both times they were bombed. On 9/11 I also had family in the firefighters on scene and in the subway tunnel just leaving Nassau Street when they came down.

I am not reasonable on the subject of 9/11. I consider it a testimonial to the strength of my Catholic upbringing that the first words out of my mouth every morning are NOT a prayer for a bright hydrogen spark right over the Ka'abah. I have been known to shove Truthers into the nearest wall by the windpipe.

That said, this e-mail is making the rounds, it purports to be a photo of a Muslim-owned business in Houston Texas closed in mourning for the death of one of the 9/11 hijackers. It even includes this bilingual photo.

THIS IS NOT TRUE. The store was closed for the commemoration of the martydom of Ali the son of Mohammed, 1200 freaking years ago. It's a holy day, like a Christian worker taking off for a saint's day. It has nothing to do with 9/11.

I don't know if this is a hoax, a mistake or deliberate malice, but if you receive this e-mail LEAVE THESE PEOPLE ALONE.


smitty1e said...

Thank you for this.
Linked you and scheduled a post for this afternoon on this topic.

Anonymous said...

Caliph/Imam Ali was the son-in-law of the Prophet(pbuh). It is a Shia thing---they seem to have a bit of a persecution complex on account of being a minority (not to mention---a lot of the oil feilds are on Shia lands but controlled by Sunni governments---a situation that naturally creates tensions)

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