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Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

REMARK: THIS JOURNAL MAY NOT BE VERY IMPORTANT.

This subject became irritating. every now and then some people come to my page asking if drawing is haram (forbidden) or not in Islam. the question itself is not what irritates, but some of the people asking the question. From my experience in dealing with these questioners, I could put them into the four following categories:

:bulletred: 1. the Muslims who sincerely want to know the answer. some of these like drawing and wish to have a positive answer. but when they hear different fatwas (religious rulings) by different scholars, they feel confused. these people are welcome to ask. I can not tell them whether drawing is halal or haram. what I do usually is provide a link of an article by a Muslim scholar for them to read.

:bulletred: 2. the Muslims who are literally lazy -I can't find a better word- to do their work in da'wah (presenting Islam to the world). these people don't do their job but feel uncomfortable when they see a hard working fellow Muslim trying his best. so they just try to make him stop by making haram out of everything he does. If you draw, they will tell you "drawing is haram". if you sing, they tell you "singing is haram". if you use internet, they tell you "using internet is haram". their haram vocabulary is amazingly bigger than the English Dictionary. they are the extremist kind.
These people don't come to ask, mind you. they come only to condemn and judge like "Drawing is haram in Islam, you have to stop!" "drawing is haram in Islam, you are a bad Muslim!". the ironic things is that many of them do the opposite of what they preach. some of these Muslims have galleries/favorites full of drawings, some of them have even indecent drawings, I must add.
Sometimes, I just wonder, if drawing is haram for these people, what made them make accounts in this website full of drawings!...

:bulletred: 3. the Non-Muslims who don't want to see a good image of Islam. there are some non-Muslims who do not like to see Islam positively presented. from their misconceptions, they believe Islam is bad and evil. so when they see a Muslim trying to show a good image of Islam, they try their best to make him stop by something like "Drawing is haram in your religion, you should stop!" "drawing is haram in your religion, you are a bad Muslim!". I got even some telling me "stop drawing cute drawings!"

:bulletred: 4. the Non-Muslims who pretend to be Muslims. believe it or not, there are some non-Muslims out there who pretend to be Muslims and go around spreading a false image of Islam and making aggressive comments here and there. these fake Muslims are easily discovered. first, they have empty profiles. they usually create a new account solely for the purpose of trolling. second, they claim to be Muslims. I mean, they like to repeat it. But talking with them for a little while shows they don't know Islam at all. they just get some information from here ad there and think they can play the role.


I can not tell you whether drawing is haram or not. It is a controversial subject. and I am not an imam or scholar who can issue a fatwa . If you want a decisive answer, go seek the imam of your mosque and ask him your question.
what I can do is to point to the words of some imams in this regards. whether you want to continue drawing or stop is your own decision and you alone are responsible for it. so don't try to make Nayzak issue a fatwa for you so that you put the blame on him later.

I found the most rational and logical explanations about the ruling on drawing in the following articles:
- Drawing Pictures & Producing Animated Cartoons en.islamtoday.net/artshow-383-…
- Using Cartoon Films for Da`wah and Educational Purposes www.onislam.net/english/ask-th…

I hope they are beneficial to you all

If I am right, it is from the God almighty. If I am wrong, it is from myself.
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Ai3sh Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Salam! I just wanted to add two points to the above.
I myself don't know for sure whether drawing human images is permissible or not but I can tell one thing that in anatomy, we have various illustrations of the human body. Netter's atlas of human anatomy etc. Those pictures helped medical students a lot and we just can't do without them! So I think the scholars are right in saying that as long as your drawing is serving some purpose and you don't feel pride that you are the CREATOR (God forbid) then it is alright.
Many artists take absolute unjust pride in their drawings calling themselves creators etc as if they didn't see it already in God's creation and came up with all that idea just by themselves. Only Allah is "Al-Badee" bringing into existence all of the creation without any prior model or unlike any similarity to anything that ever existed.
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racheru-tan Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Why do drawing would be forbidden in your religion?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
yes, why do you think so?
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racheru-tan Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
sorry, I'm asking you.. I can't find a rational response for that. I can't see why your religioun would see drawing or painting as a bad thing... it's actually sad (if you don't minding me expressing my opinion)... sad 
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Nayzak Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
I have a journal entitled "for the millionth time". in the bottom of that journal I have 2 links to 2 articles that explain the issue. please visit them. they may help you.
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racheru-tan Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
okay. thanks anyway :I
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pisoulo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I heard n saw a hadith stating drawing pictures of human beings is haram in Islam so i burned all of my paintings which had faces. But i also heard for education purpose its completely fine :)
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TheSilhouett3 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ive heard the same...in fact we shouldnt draw any living being that could harbour a soul...but then i see 'muslim manga' and it confuses me
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pisoulo Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It Does
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SKYDZ Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do not understand everything, but the little I understood things are true. Personally I do not trust so I prefer to follow my own decision I stop drawing living beings have a soul.
Do you put the hadith, they are really worth? ^ ^
It can be permettrais some people to understand?

Baraka Allahu Fik

Sorry for bad English, it is the google translation if you want, tell me if you have not understood
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XW321 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
100% true words
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yuehyeon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Wow, sorry for my last comment... And you may be right! Allah knows the best
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Leonman-42 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
You know when the Robots or Aliens take over. They wouldn't care about anything. I think we all should love everyone one, and drop the walls down before it to late, son. So it cool that you want to share something that apart of you. I wish that the world would take all the good memes, and share it. Not forces on the bad before it to late.
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BoyIsCool300 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
"Stop drawing cute drawings!"
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khadija19 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
good answer! I love your work! may Allah reward you in an abundance of good here and hereafter for sharing the beauty of Islam in such a beautiful way! please keep it up. have you ever considered creating a book? your work would be great for a kid's book. if you'd ever like to, I can help.
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AisuMaruu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ya Rabbi what a trial He give to you, brother. I just read this and i can't imagine how it feels but for sure, it is totally the opposite of being happy.

But I love it how you are so determined and hardworking in da'wah, spreading the sweetness of it. You're my inspiration, dear sir :iconilikeitplz:

Thank God, I met you and I know, most of others thought the same too :aww:
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Yay, you have no idea how much this helped me!!! I was going to make an anime to promote Islam, but I could not find the right answer to whether drawing was permissible or not. I went as far as to email Imam Zaid Shakir, and his answer kind of helped, but now after this, I am confident and have started the anime production. Jazakallah, brother!
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Peatchoune Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't draw things about Islam, and sometimes, I feel bad about drawing and want to quit, I really feel guilty. But some time later, I'd just take my pencil and draw, because since I'm little, I had a story with characters and all, so I can't just think about abondoning it.
So I often think "When I'll marry, I'll "settle down" and stop drawing", just because I can't now, is that OK ? ;_; I never drew anything bad, or insulting ;_; I don't know what to do anymore !
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3BriarRoses Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist
I know the feeling, but let me remind you that we cannot guarantee that we will live to the day which we decide to quit drawing on. If you feel guilty, think it is wrong, and have a bit of proof that it is, then it's best for you to let it go, and always believe that if you let something go for the sake of Allah, He almighty will grant with something even better.
Plus, you don't have to let go of drawing completely. Just don't draw living-beings which have souls, such as humans and animals.
May Allah guide us all to the right path.
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Peatchoune Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll think about it, thank you ^^
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3BriarRoses Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist
No need to thank me, I just wanted to help :meow:
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stuff99yup Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Even the muslim scholars have different opinions and never try to take down the others. So, how come they can be so confident? Are they muslim scholars or Imam? We should be more open-minded toward Khilaf things.
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HoshikuzuComics Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist
When I was studying Islam I had a few teachers tell me that I would have to quit art if I were to take up the deen. That honestly turned me away more than anything else. Its not something I can stop doing. Yet in that time I made such positive works in favor of Islam that you would have thought they'd find that ok. But some people believe what they are taught and do not look for other answers. I asked a more knowledgeable person, an Imam not a lay person, and he said it was fine if the intention was good and as long as I did not draw the prophet Muhammad. Or any other prophet for that matter with a face.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I heard somewhere someone saying that taking photos is haram. and if you really must take a photo, then don't smile. instead show an angry and upset face.

some people are really amazing with their extremism...
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Alceon112 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
"some people are really amazing with their extremism"

This is more prominent in some country where a predominant religion live. They felt their religion as a "PERFECT" religion, and tend to tease/insult other religion. This is not only in Muslim country...i mean Burma, dont you know?THe rohingya?Once i learned what happened there..i almost think about quitting buddhism. But i must never generalize those hypocritical buddhist in Burma with other country, since not all of them are as hypocrite as Burmese Buddhist.So i remain a buddhist.

But..that doesnt stop most vihara(Buddhist prayer place) and some temple(Which is not even Buddhists,it's Chinese folk temple!Pretty normal here to generalize Buddhist = Chinese)..being attacked by Muslim in my country though....i wonder when will people stop generalizing religion/race as a whole..
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gacktsvampire Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Salaam alaikum,
I love drawing (do it on and off) but when my grandmother saw my drawings she'd tell me to stop, that it's haraam so i asked her why. She had told me that when we draw, we will have to give life to such drawings when we die; same thing goes to having dolls. Don't get me wrong the stuff i draw isn't pornographic or anything it's just of head shots and stuff but yes she'd always say to me "Stop drawing, don't you know when you die you will have to give life to these drawings?"

Also back when i was in school, i remember a muslim sister wouldn't draw people for our school projects. Sister was really talented but when asked by the teacher if she wanted to draw something about humans she'd refuse and asked for another topic.
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missharukichi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
we need creativity in da'wah too right? there are lots of way to attract non-muslim to know about islam..and i think tht drawing is ur way to show the goodness of islam..then its okay...and everything tht we do based on our intention
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Has anyone heard about the Hip Hop Hijabis called Poetic Pilgrimage? How about an Islamic school made out of a salon? (Enter at your own discretion for the latter, if desired. After all, I'm wondering whether God/Allah decides laws.)
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missharukichi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
sorry..im no good in explaining and actually i hvent heard about tht duos or so on..i just stating my tought tht drawing is a one of the creative way to attract non muslim to islam..im really sorry:(..but wathing them..the hip hop hijabis..what do u think about them?
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PureTassel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
You don't have to feel sorry about what I've typed. :hug: I found the duo interesting.
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AKPXDestroyer Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read an article if art is bad or not. (NOT just drawing) I forgot where did I read it. But doing art stuff is bad because it's wastes time IF you do for just for wasting your time. But sometimes, doing art stuff can be good. For example, your drawings remind us, muslims, to remember Allah and all that stuff. For example, you have an hour and you're bored. During that time, you shouldn't draw UNLESS you draw for something good.
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FaceTheWorldDude Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Digital Artist
and, people, if you did find anyone worshipping Nayzak's art, or you might find a cartoon figure walking on street tell him. I'm sure he will listen to you.
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Kitsunexen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm sorry but I don't understand why drawing humans would be considered bad to these certain Muslims. This is news to me! I am friends with several Muslims who are all artists (and draw some of the most beautiful pictures of people from their country). I do understand and respect the fact drawing Allah is forbidden but I would like to see their view point on why drawing anything is forbidden if you had a link or explanation :)
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
the links I provided may give you an idea. especially that first one.
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Kitsunexen Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
okay thank you
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ambientdream Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
FINALLY a journal about this.. bro Nayzak, you should make this earlier, tee hee :giggle:

to be honest I get a bit irritated too, especially most of the people who asking this are from the type 2 and 4.
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PinkSkullBunny Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, I forgot to add, and you have this beautiful talent for drawing. It was surely in God's wisdom and will to give you this talent, so would it not be bad to refuse the gift He gave to you?
That's in my opinion anyway. I think that you are doing a good thing with your art, and you should keep on doing it. :)
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PinkSkullBunny Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never heard of this before, but I have heard of the singing is bad reference. A man who had just converted to Islam, and who was once a gifted musician, decided that it was his duty to tell others that music was haram, as you would say, and many people pulled their children from music classes. But the Muslim Association of Canada said that music is allowed in Islam, and that this person was lying to people. I think it is the same for drawing. An extremist will say that drawing is bad in your religion, but they are wrong. If you are not drawing bad or indecent images, and you are providing a positive service to your religion through it, then it couldn't possibly be wrong.
Its sad that schools would tell their students that they are bad for drawing.
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spring-sky Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man ,I got that question a lot ,whether in my account or in #Muslim-Manga's homepage .

The first group of people are what I always see in our group's page . There are so many people out there who were affected by the second group "the extremists " which make them feel uncomfortable and try to seek a definitive answer .

They usually start with "I used to draw ,but then I heard /someone told me that it's haram ...."

I might also add a fifth group ...those non-muslims who want to know the truth . I've got few people asking me ,"I'm curious of what your religion says about drawing 3d animations ,....etc. "
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Well, If I remember well, I only got only two or three Non-Muslims asking me about that in order to learn. I didn't include this group because they are little compared to the above 4...
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spring-sky Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: I see .

And Wow !! It means that these groups are made of more than just three or four people !!

God be with you :faint:
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PieWriter Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, people actually faked being Muslim? That's just pathetic of them...
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BlazeX-HD Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
From my studies, it's haram to replicate living creatures with souls. Examples are human portraits, animal portraits. But Nayzak, you draw anime, which is not a copy of a real human. No human has eyes that big, so from my perspective, your drawings aren't haram. :) Unless, you sculpt real human faces and body shapes or even animals. But I am not an imam, so I don't have much power on what is haram and what is not, this is just from studies I made with my parents. ;D
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KingNot Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Do you worship the images you draw?
Literally praying to them ahead of or instead of you know who?

I don't know you save through your art, but I kind of doubt that.

Frankly, some Christian sects do that too, that forbiddance.
Ones that live in armed compounds and have an 'end times' plan involving a violent WACO standoff and Jonestown type mass suicide.
They are our own equivalent of the "Taliban" and every other negative stereotype projected on Muslims (underage marriages, terrorism, killing non-believers) and who's only disagreement with such groups is their exact religion.

It's based around the forbidding of "Graven Images" relating to pagan worship.
Also, though I claim no scholarship here, my interpretation is that Mohammed simply didn't want cheap Chinese prints of him sold at Wal-Mart and people worshiping images of him instead of reading his message, which even back then was what was happening to Jesus and every prophet before him. He destroyed the idols in the Kaabaa but he didn't walk around rummaging through people's scrolls and books and blackening images or threatening scribes and painters with a sword not to draw people.

And it should begin and end there.

Little Bobby draws "Hyper Man" and wants to draw his own comics when he grows up, just make sure he stays in school also for a fall back but encourage.
Little Bobby draws an image of Pazuzu, prays to it in warped occult words and is trying to catch stray animals to sacrifice to it, we got us a problem...


Note also there's an animated video on the life of Mohammed that was OK'd by Saudi Arabia. They didn't show him directly, just the events around him, but IMO did a very good job of telling the story. It's usually on YouTube. So if Saudi Arabia that's based around a rather strict Wahabi sect OK's such a film, an animated feature about Mohammed, just long as he personally isn't depicted, shouldn't be a problem.

Also in the past Mohammed was sometimes portrayed, always respectably. Though with the modern post 9/11 hate speech being accepted and all the offensive images, like a beard of cockroaches, it probably won't be acceptable to draw him directly for a long time.


---Have a question

What about Women Drivers?
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Sparky-Sumi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to go to an Islamic school where I nearly got suspended for drawing. It's all just really confusing, because some people say it's haram and others say it's fine as long as you don't try to re-create something. Thanks for making this journal though, I think I may have learned something.
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Amikazi Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You must get alot of people that tell you that. I hope Allah gives you the ability to deal with your issues Inshallah. I'm happy you shed some light on this subject for the muslims that are actually confused about the subject. May Allah give you blessings and reward for all the good you've spread through your art. :)
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clovercarmen5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
first of all, don't listen to them. REALLY! the less you care the more happy you will be. second, for along time i can't even remember the last time i heard someone said these words "drawing is haram". "singing is haram". "poet is haram"...etc. each one of us came here becasue of one thing..... we all love making art. and each of us is using art as medium to send their message, views to others and to the world in hope of a better change. i follow the quran and the hadeeth. as for the fatwas i really don't care cause i stop listening to them mostly for making fatwas to benifit themselves. as long as you are right there is nothing to be worried about. as for this topic, if people have talent like drawing, singing..etc, there will always be other people who are jealous of your talent and will try to shun you to feel more secure about themselves. they know that they don't have this free ticket that you are born with to help you find your way in this world.
now, imagine a world without art. drawing, singing or any.. we would be bored to death because we wouldn't know what to do in our free time. we will be still eating something that doesn't open the apetite if it weren't for artistic cooks. we would be still living in a match box that we call home with dull looking furnitures if it weren't for artists/designers.
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4Islam92 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I read a fatwa said that using Ayat in images (designs) is haram; because we should put the Quran in our hearts and use it in actions but not in images, i persuade and deleted my designs here that contain Ayat. But i felt that i should search more because i have a goal and i need to use all i can in it, so i asked my teacher in the Masjed for the right fatwa (and she have a great knowledge in Share'a) and she said that it is ok and not haram Insha'ALLAH.
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Kraka-chan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really not too keen on legalism in any religion. Why focus on the things you can't do, when you can rejoice in the things you CAN do? :)
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Mary-Oldacre Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would like to say thank you for taking the time to write journals like this and add so much detail to your author's notes on your drawings. The reason I began watching you was to get a better understanding of Islam from someone who knows what he is talking about. I hear things, good and bad on the news, but only a bit of the good is from a Muslim. Thank you for taking the time to clear up misconceptions and educate your watchers as to the true nature of your religion. :)
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