Fuss About Postage Stamp

Muslim Stamp Sparks Boycott

Friday October 2, 2009

Muslim Stamp

Last month, the U.S. Postal Service re-issued its "Eid" stamp in a new 44-cent version.  The stamp, part of the USPS "Holiday" series, was originally released in the summer of 2001.  Although the stamp has existed for over eight years, the most recent release has sparked email rumors and calls for a boycott against this "Muslim" stamp.  Critics claim that honoring an Islamic holiday is a "slap in the face" to Americans who have died in terrorist attacks.

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October 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm
(1) Will says:

What people don’t understand is that there are a lot of Muslim Americans who are law abiding citizens that love living in this country. Being a Muslim does not make you a terrorist. Being brain washed by extremists who translate the Quran to what they think it means does. The Muslim faith, is about peace, and loving each other not killing. It is too bad that we as American people can not learn that.

October 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm
(2) Bilal says:

@Will – how can you teach someone who just doesn’t want to learn?

As muslims we have failed to appropriately teach others about what we believe in, and instead let others taught it for us. and as with any other piece of know how, if its not directly from the source there are bound to be some mistakes or misunderstandings.

Here’s hoping to a more tolerant and understanding future. Amen.

October 2, 2009 at 6:59 pm
(3) Jeff says:

It is not the issue of us not understanding your beliefs, or whether you are terrorists or not. The fact is, how do we know who or what you are? You all come to OUR country to escape the hell in your original country and all I can hear/see is your faith is not treated fairly. You can’t expect to work an 8 hour shift and be allowed to go to a room and pray four times. This is ridiculous! The women of the Muslim faith walk/DRIVE around with a cell phone hanging out of their headwear. Hands Free, Ey? If you come here looking for the better life, we don’t adjust to you, you adjust to us and our ways. Its been that way for over 200 years.

October 2, 2009 at 9:57 pm
(4) Will says:

Jeff. You say “your country”. I am sorry man, but it is not just your country. My family have been in this country for 4 generations. My great great great grandfather came to this country all the way back in 1887. He helped build this country, and through the years my family became very successful business owners. It is as much “my” country as it is yours or anyones. We had the same descrimination when the Irish, Italians, Chinese or Jews came to this country. But it was not relegious descrimination at the time, it was ethnic. Look at us now, we are a melting pot of all types of nationalities, and religions. If we take the time to understand one another, and respect each other we can all be better people, and live together better. 99% of my friends are from different religions. Whether they are Catholic, Hindu, Buddhists or yes Jewish, we seem to get along, love & respect each other. We know that the few make it bad for the many. We celebrate Christmas as a Christian holiday, some schools allow prayer in the classrooms. Why is it different for a Muslim to practice his or her religion when they have to?

October 2, 2009 at 11:47 pm
(5) Celeste says:

Amen, Will. This country is constructed from many diverse races, religious beliefs and political beliefs just as a building is constructed from many different materials. History tells that the Native Americans are the earth of our country, and Christians may be the foundation. However, it takes the variety of materials–steel, plaster, brick, wood–peacefully coexisting, allowing each other to be who they are, contributing each their own strengths, all working together to make a great building. The vast majority of any given religion, race or political group simply wants to live as peaceful and productive a life as possible. Terrorists are akin to the splintered wood or the poorly tempered steel. They do not represent the majority of their kind. And should not be the poster children of such. I speak this as a very white (half Norwegian, half allegedly Italian-Irish–who knows for sure, I’m adopted) female who lives in the South of the US. I fight these beliefs every day. Again, I say, Amen, Will.

October 3, 2009 at 12:36 am
(6) Aliah says:

Jeff, I am a white american born and bred, and I am one of 6.9 million american muslims who did not immigrate here but were born here. We are peaceful and good citizens in our communities. Islam has been so badly represented in the media, as hard as I try to teach americans the true Islam when I travel around the nation giving speeches on religion and tolerance, it does no good. The people here in america are lazy and would rather have their info spoon fed to them as opposed to going out and seeking a real education. We have become a close minded, judgemental, racist, hate filled nation. I was a christian before I converted and I am ashamed for the good christians when I see so many others who have such hate and intolerance in their hearts.

October 3, 2009 at 5:52 am
(7) Golden Stamp Released says:

It is a good idea to commemorate an event by a stamp. That would make pleasure tothe collectors. Nevertheless , there is no “stamp muslim” if not it would have have one “Muslima” stamp’a’ . what I can say for this stamp it needs stick(adhesive) and stick(Tree) to pass.
And I suppose it will have a long longivity because of what it has endured and what will go to endure in all the directions(fun and antifun).
Finally cheer to designer of this stamp.

October 4, 2009 at 5:39 am
(8) rzarbldrnnr says:

This is disturbing because each Ramadhan I look for those particular postage stamps to purchase. I was very happy when I saw them. To me, the postage stamps represent a joyous occasion. The hatred in people (more vocal in America), for those that are different is an evil that they don’t want to realize exists. When will they realize that there is only one God? His Word through All Scriptures remains the same.

October 4, 2009 at 7:01 am
(9) Amira says:

Dear Jeff
No one needs to adjust to anyone really, however all we need is to step out of our narrow-mindedness, biasness and intolerance and learn to accept the difference between us.
We all know some sad fellows have misused their profession “Media” and tried their absolute best to portray Islam as the “Horror religion” while for a fact we and anyone who is a true seeker and have done their home work would know that Islam is innocent of all that they say Islam is all about otherwise we would have to assume that 1.5 million Muslims in this world are terrorist! Logically does that make sense?
As much as people are coming to your country Americans are also going to other countries as I have seen quite a few of Americans in Dubai when I went to visit.
Now Dubai is a Muslim country and I have not seen anyone asking of non-Muslims to not wear shorts or wear Hijab on their heads, as a matter of fact they are been catered for, for example they can go to clubs, drink alcohol and lay at the beach with their bikinis. So please try to step outside of the square you living in and give yourself the opportunity to learn/grow.
Personally it does not bother me that you are black/white Muslim or Christian we all have a creator who we shall return to and who will be judge.

October 4, 2009 at 3:58 pm
(10) For Amira says:

“‘O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me, and hope in Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds in the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I shall forgive you. O son of Adam,
were you to come to Me with an earthful of sins and were you then to face Me, without having associated anything with Me, I shall grant you an earthful of pardon.’” Hadith Qudsi(Word of prophet about Allah Almighty)

We are all Adam’s Sons and Daughters, and earth is our mother.

October 8, 2009 at 8:15 am
(11) bonnee(salma says:

I agree with everything you said Will & to Jeff..we can’t blame every muslin for what a few done. And about the praying this is their belief (also mine) I converted to Islam this year and I’m very proud to say that I’m muslim. I believe in the Quran & I believe in the peace it speaks of.Everyone has their opinions about muslims and their ways but just like it has been for years ,people HATE what they don’t have time to try to understand, its easier to hate ..takes less time. May Allah bless you even though you don’t believe nor understand.

October 8, 2009 at 8:22 am
(12) Kenneth T. Roberts says:

The EID stamp recognizes an important event in the Islamic faith. I urge people who have not rtead the Quran to do so. It will probably change their life

October 8, 2009 at 9:25 am
(13) Abdullah Aziz says:

This is to Jeff and his kind…..the ONLY difference that I see, between Christians and Muslims is ignorance…..Muslims worship Allah (GOD) and Christians worship His messenger Isa (Jesus)(PBUH) and or his mother. We are all ignorant about something, but DON’T BE IGNORANT ALL YOUR LIFE!! And to my brothers and sisters out there, Muslims, in America are going through now what Blacks went through in the 50s and the 60s and even now in some parts of the country. This what we are going through is a test from Allah…….DONT FORGET THAT…….Remember, you are not alone, and Islam has become the fastest growing religion now, and don’t you forget that, you too Jeff and those that think like Jeff, and I suggest that you “READ” its one of the few things that cures “Ignorance”…….And one last thing….what is wrong with someone praying, worship GOD, if its on a Sunday or everyday 5 times a day??? Believe it or not………there IS ONLY ONE GOD (Ilah). I would say more but I am too mad about what Jeff and people like Jeff think and say, so for those that are reading this, please forgive me if my words are not put together quite right.
Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah

October 8, 2009 at 11:06 am
(14) Al says:

Native American Indian was here before you Jeff…
What happened ?

October 8, 2009 at 3:35 pm
(15) Yusuf says:

Jeff
My English ancestors disembarked at Chester, PA in 1689. We have proudly answered our nation’s call to duty since the Revolutionary War, me included. (Not that it matters, but can you and yours make make a similar claim?) Among the reasons I served was a desire to preserve the right to practice my faith (Islam) unhindered. The Constitution is a great document. You really ought to check it out sometime, Jeff, before you sanctimoniously question the loyalty of others simply because their religion differs from your own.

October 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm
(16) ismail says:

hey jeff,wake up man you are so ignorant about islam and muslims,spend time with them,the likes of your kind exterminated the native indians who are the original land owners of the land!muslims love adam,moses,david and jesus who were all servants and messegers of god.

October 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm
(17) Akbar Shaikh says:

If you have your beliefs to yourself and let it not hurt others then you are sure to live peacefully. The word Islam means peace and that is what is preached in the holy book Quran and I am sure same is written in Holy Bible and Torah and Zabur since the originator of all these books is the Almighty(muslims call as Allah – the one only, derived from Illah). America has a great civilisation and became great because of that and has lost a great deal in the recent past because it did not apply principles of its great rulers like Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and many others. Peace is a piece of mind and one cannot have unless one gives it. Same with tolerance and any other good qualities of life. So dear brothers and sisters, Live and Let Live.

October 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm
(18) Intrigue of Life says:

When I think inside me about this stamp I say
How many kisses with hot leps will receive
How tighting to Chest is its promise
A full Sigh Signed of sorrow and happy claimed
A spread of hot and cold is its hantise
How much time it would be strongly hung to the chest

At hopes to find and hopes to separate !
The contradiction of life
How many trip he will skip
By a silk rude hand approved
A love hate is heated

Where whisper whishes are transgressed
Murmur… Murmur of
Love , hate , A jalousy are confided
The beauty the ugly deeply rooted inside are said Clearly
Loudly

In silence the soufrance of repentance are secretly
worshipped

Howmuch shame scheme are done and they are down
All these sensations you hide alone in an closely secrete

I asked myself do you want to be at its place?
No I can not!

If asking him do you want be a Human in my place ?
No I do not want , I never accept

Yes I want .. then you are contamined by vulnerable human

But I want at condition, that I have
Reason and lucidity
Have Sensibility
And God(Allah ) Help is a necessity

Execuse me
Execuse me

October 8, 2009 at 5:46 pm
(19) old n grumpy says:

Allahu Akbar.

October 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm
(20) bilal says:

I think it’s a beautiful stamp. You can’t blame all Muslims for the actions of a few. How about the Catholic extremists Jeff who go killing abortion clinic doctors in the name of God? There are hypocrites in every religion. Always have been and always will be. I’m proud to be a Muslim and practice my faith to the best of my ability. I don’t force my beliefs on other people and wish them the same for me. Life is to short to be full of hatred. Put aside religious differences and treat everyone with respect and kindness. Then maybe the whole world could start to get along and achieve world peace!

October 8, 2009 at 7:40 pm
(21) Bruce says:

Christians and Jews, Muslims and Buddhists, Hindus and Shinto, Baal vs Ra, etc and etc. You have been killing each other over your particular definition of God and your particular preference or style of worship since the first man invented the first religion.

If you believe it, just live it and let others live what they believe. Stop the bloodletting in the name of God. Stop hating each other in the name of God.

Stop indoctrinating innocent children into one religion or another. Let them grow up and decide based on study and understanding of a particular philosophy or religion. Here lies the root of the hatred. When you teach a child that your religion must be his, and then teach him that religion is the only true one, and then tell him that he must go out and convince others, you have the beginnings of killing and hatred for those who believe differently.

Live, love, believe. Let others live, love believe.

October 8, 2009 at 9:17 pm
(22) sister mohammed says:

Bismillah hir Rahman nir Rahim (translation) In the name of God the Compassionate the most merciful.

As sallam alaikum . (translation) God’s peace be upon you.

Don’t take the joy and praise to Allah from us .
The Eid stamp instills gladness, and awe to almost everyone according to a past random interview of
people on the avenues of White American streets.
Please..begin to ask God about his servants and their possessions.In a warm hearted prayer that may take a few minutes. and be contented with the answer that you recieve. One version is, Our Lord if this is a good project please let them keep it. Our Lord if this is a bad project please dicontinue this. AMIN. (translation) and so be it)
Something like that kind of wording.
You can begin to see Islam as a good Religous Practise. The Muslims . their possessions, their time. Prayer Mode.

October 9, 2009 at 2:31 am
(23) Dr.Sajjad Ali Ahmed says:

No one should blame anyone except for himself.If all people strict to basics of human life such as love,affection,family bonding,etiquette,respect,justice i.e.,moral & ethical values given in all revealed books,INSALLAH we will all enjoy joyfull life as graced by ALLAH(SWT).Islam teaches all these things & many more which are beyond human imagination.Those who cross limits,will be responsible for judgement eventhough MUSLIM.So,Please I, request without knowing any basics,don’t comment or react.Respcting & Honouring ALMIGHTY who is creator,sustainor & INSALLAH!will command for destruction of his creations is nothing but thanks giving.It is not at all related to some minute worldly stray incident ocurred in some part of ALHAMDULILLAH!infinite space.

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