'Allah Made Me Funny' - Muslim Students bring suicide bombing and 9/11 'humor' to U of Miami campus 2/4/05
Azhar Usman - spokesman for terrorism linked Council of Islamic Organisations of Greater Chicago - jokes about blowing himself up
"I'm an American. But I'm an American Muslim. In fact, I consider myself a very patriotic American Muslim, which means I would die for this country…"
' Allah Made Them Funny' – Muslim Students bring suicide bombing and 9/11 'Muslim comedy' to U of Miami campus with Azhar Usman,Azeem, and Preacher Moss.
For anyone who is amused by the sight of devout Muslims joking about blowing themselves up, killing people, hijacking airplanes, and the 9/11 attacks, Allah Made Me Funny , will in the words of Azhar Usman's website "He on stage –killing " .
Besides being blatantly offensive the members of 'Allah Made Me Funny' are also on a 'passive aggressive' political and Da'wa offensive under the innocuous guise of ‘bridging differences through humor." http://www.azhar.com/
In addition to being a self proclaimed stand up comic ,Azhar Usman , is an official spokesman for the Council of Islamic Organisations of Greater Chicago and a cofounder of another Wahabist enterprise called The Nawawi Foundation..
The CIOCG and it's members are part of a network of radical Islamist organisations in
Three months ago, several groups closely associated with the CIOGC, (such as the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation ) were fined 156 million dollars after being charged with the terrorist shooting death of a 17 year old American student David Boim. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/341
Judging from their present material it is only a matter of time before the Azhar Usman will have incorporated the financing of a terrorist killing by fellow Chicago Muslims into one his new routines.
MIM: The 'Allah made me funny' crew is also a hit with militant Islamist groups in the US and Canada 'Preacher Moss' a convert to Islam, is scheduled to speak at this event in Toronto whose speakers list reads like a who's who of Islamists.Yusuf Islam, and Tariq Ramadan, who were barred from entering the US as threats to national security were also on the list of featured speakers. http://www.studyislam.com/isp/jsp/IIUEvents/MSG2Event3.jsp
"...This will be an epoch-making event. Promoting Islamic education and building Muslim unity. Other than brief speeches, there will be Halaal entertainment and stand-up comedy. Famous Islamic singer Abu Ratib, Al-Anwar Group and comedian Preacher Moss will perform live" http://www.torontomuslims.com/events_display.asp?ID=1643
Will "No- I'm Not a Terrorist" T - shirts be followed by "Allah Made Me Funny" bomb belts ? http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/291
The terrorist attacks on 9/11perversely led not only to an unprecedented upsurge in the number of converts to Islam, but to a proliferation of Muslim stand up comics who use the attacks as a basis for their comedy routines
.The subject of terrorism has been a source of material for Arabs such as Chicago businessman Ray Hanania. who wrote a book in 1996, entitled "Im Glad I look like Terrorist -Growing Up Muslim in North America".
Americans and even American born Muslims show marked cultural differences when it comes to the acceptance of suicide bombings and beheadings. One realm where this divergence of opinion can clearly be seen is in the realm of what is being labelled "Muslim humor" .
Even more noteworthy is that the practicioners of such humor are self proclaimed activists , who use their comedy as a form of propaganda under the guise of "bridgebuilding".
Besides being insulting and tasteless most of the most recent Muslim 'humor' contains an element of pyschological intimidation. Muslims are in effect taunting non- Muslims with their potential to commit and condone acts of terrorism.Ashar Usman's routines "Allah made me Funny" are a case in point .(see below)
The recent controversy about " Muslims Only Day" at Six Flags is also an example of humor being used to insult non Muslims: The spokesman of the Islamic Circle of North America, Adem Carroll, had this to say about the opposition to the Muslim's only event:
"Fortunately, the absence of bomb making seminars or fiery anti-American diatribes, along with the backing of Six Flags, means the event will likely continue in the future."
The fact that western audiences are willing to accept Muslims who joke about American's fear of terrrorism and distrust of Muslims is also indicative of dhimmitude and the same scewed reasoning which prompts many of those who convert to Islam based on the conclusion that "anyone would kill themselves and others for their beliefs must mean that there is something to the religion".
MIM is providing a sample from popular Muslim humor in America. Muslims in America are exploiting 9/11 and terrorism as a form of toxic 'outreach' . The so called 'Muslim comedians' who make militant Islamist butchery a subject for jokes are in fact condoning these acts by making them socially acceptable as an entertainment genre.
MIM: Stand up comedy is becoming a popular medium for Muslim comics and being billed as a "bridge to cultural understanding. Below a sampling of 'jokes' and routines by Muslim comics in the US and the UK .The fact that 'comedy' act "Allah Me Funny" was endorsed by the Council for American Islamic Relations, a Saudi funded front group for Hamas, and the Nation of Islam, proves the veracity of the old adage that "there is some truth to every joke" .
Muslims in America have done nothing to repudiate militant Islamists and terrorism except for issuing 'boilerplate' statements claiming they are the ones being victimised, appealing for understanding, and demanding that Americans respect their Islamic 'religous sensibilities' . http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/394
Muslim 'comedians' are adding ' insult to injury by turning the attacks into 'a laughing matter' in what can aptly be termed "sociopathic humor".
MIM: LOL at killer jokes .... Ashar Usman fans convulsed with laughter at his routine which includes jokes like :"I'm Osama bin Laden's cousin," he declared. "They call me 'Bin Laughin.' "
"Usman, 28, a law school graduate and a strictly observant Muslim, does not use foul language in his routine, which was recently cited as "praiseworthy" by a Muslim religious scholar discussing whether "stand-up comedy is permissible in the Shariah," or Islamic law. He ruled that stand-up is allowed if it is "to make people laugh" and "accompanied by noble intentions..."
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MIM: Antics for the sake of Allah :
"THE QUESTION has always been where can Muslims go for social growth, and entertainment by us, for us, and about us? The answer? "Allah Made Me Funny : The Official Muslim Comedy Tour." The concept of this tour is to make a comprehensive effort to provide effective, significant, and appropriate comedy with an Islamic perspective, which is both mainstream and cross-cultural."
One Muslim comic, Azhar Uzman, was even called "praiseworthy" by an Imam discussing the permissibility of stand-up comedy in the shari'a.
MIM: These excerpts from Ashar Usman's routines illustrates how Muslims aim to 'knock 'em dead'.
"With his bushy black beard and skullcap, Azhar Usman strides on to the stage with a raucous "Assalam Aleikum."
*"For those who don't know what that means, I'll explain it to you," he declares. "It means: 'I'm gonna kill you.'" The audience bursts into laughter.
*"I get a lot of dirty looks these days. I want to stop people on the street and say, `Yes, I am a Muslim! But I'm an American Muslim. I'm very patriotic! In fact, I would die for this country by blowing myself up!'"
*Azhar Usman also comments on Muslims flying on planes here these days. People are really scared. "Imagine me walking on a plane. It's not a pretty sight. People give me some dirty looks, man…. as if I was responsible for 9/11. Can you believe that, me responsible for nine-eleven? Seven-eleven (7/11) maybe.
*Sporting a bushy beard and black skullcap, Azhar Usman bounded onto the stage. "I'm Osama bin Laden's cousin," he declared. "They call me 'Bin Laughin.' "
His audience chuckled, clearly ready for more..."
*Usman, a Chicago-born Muslim of Indian descent, is a stand-up comedian, lecturer and political activist who has been nicknamed "the Ayatollah of Comedy." He bounds on to the stage with a beaming "as-salaam alaykum" (peace be upon you), which he informs us means "We're gonna kill you!!!" Deftly parodying Muslim stereotypes, he pokes fun at his appearance (thick beard and traditional black hat) with an anecdote of his experience of flying.
"Everyone is very nice to me once the plane actually lands." He begs for just one honest passenger who would turn and say "I thought you were gonna kill me! Remember when you got up to go to the bathroom? I was gonna stab you!"
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"Allah Made Me Funny - The Official Muslim Comedy Tour" stops at the University of Miami's Storer Auditorium, 5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, at 7 p.m. Friday. Proceeds benefit tsunami relief.
MIM : Allah Made Me Funny - 'equal opportunity bigots' :
Anyone who is offended by Muslim homosexual bashing is also advised to contact the university and protest the performance. Headline Preacher Moss's repetoire includes a "cooing'"rendition of Martin Luther's King's quote "I have a dream" and one reviewer commented that his comments "which could hardly be called jokes" made "everyone's pleas for acceptance and seeing beyond stereotypes seem hypocritical".
Scenes : Unveiling Homophobia
BY JON KAPLAN and GLENN SUMI
Caught the final performance of Allah Made Me Funny , the Official Muslim Comedy Tour at Yuk's Downtown. What began as a refreshing and diverse comedy night – it's rare to see one Muslim, let alone five, on a mainstream comedy stage – turned into a display of bigotry. Host Enis Esmer and openers Rasul Somji , Sabrina Jalees and Azhar Usman hit their marks. Esmer, host of The Toronto Show, is as slick as ever, Jalees shows a bold new physicality in her work, and Chicago's Usman delivered the best joke of the night, about paranoia in an airplane.
But headliner Preacher Moss ended his set with several unfunny anti-gay comments – you couldn't call them jokes – that wrecked the night and made everyone's pleas for acceptance and seeing beyond stereotypes seem hypocritical.
Moss claimed homosexuals are "like Visa, everywhere I want to be," dismissed gay rights with an impression of a man cooing, "I have a dream, too!" in reaction to Martin Luther King's civil rights speech, and implied that gay men like the prostrate Muslim praying stance and wear the hijab.
Two steps forward, three back.
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