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Lifting the veil on Ireland’s fastest-growing religion

Lifting the veil on Ireland’s fastest-growing religion

By John Meagher Lorraine O’Connor has had to get used to the “go back to where you come from” taunts. They occur more frequently than she cares to think about – on the street, in the park, at the supermarket. But the Dubliner who proudly wears the Muslim headscarf, the hijab, every day never lets

City lives: Timbuktu’s leader of the faith is also its chief builder

City lives: Timbuktu’s leader of the faith is also its chief builder

By Alex Duval Smith Timbuktu’s clay-built Djinguereber mosque, commissioned in 1327 by emperor Musa I, is one of the most precious religious buildings in the world. Amid the extreme heat and sandstorms, its upkeep is an art in itself. The muezzin of Djinguereber is also its chief builder, a role inherited from his father. Mahamane

The History of Islam in Africa

The History of Islam in Africa

By Amadou Shakur The Prophet Muhammad reminded the Muslim world, “We are a single community, distinct from others.” The distinction shapes the Muslim’s religious identity and underlines the nature of the Islamic ideal, whether the purity of the monotheistic concept, the uncompromising quest for morality, or the lifelong seeking of knowledge.  It also accentuates the

Purpose of Life

Purpose of Life

Dr. Laurence Brown The first of the two big questions in life is, “Who made us?” We addressed that question in the previous article and (hopefully) settled upon “God” as the answer. As we are creation, God is the Creator. Now, let us turn to the second “big question,” which is, “Why are we here?”

Are We Really Inspired by Prophet Muhammad?

Are We Really Inspired by Prophet Muhammad?

By Tarek M. T. Ezzat In June 2010, Muslims in the UK produced an excellent series of short videos titled “Inspired by Muhammad” to improve public understanding of Islam and Muslims. This campaign gave an overview of many aspects of the manners, teachings and dealings of Prophet Muhammad which most non-Muslims are not familiar with,

Troy Moon: Islam one of three Abrahamic faiths

Troy Moon: Islam one of three Abrahamic faiths

A few us here at the Pensacola News Journal get called out by a letter writer — see Wednesday’s Opinion page — for not addressing the beheadings of American journalists by terrorists in the Middle East. “…all murdered by Muslims, the followers of Allah, Shariah lawlessness and insanity. Yet not a peep of indignation or

In midst of Ferguson violence, Islam teaches racial lessons

In midst of Ferguson violence, Islam teaches racial lessons

By Syed Rizvi Malcolm X once said, “America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.” In the context of the aforementioned quote, Malcolm X addresses the point that western imperialism and the colonization of foreign lands led to the subjugation of its native peoples,

Opinion: Muslims and extremists — we’re not the same

Opinion: Muslims and extremists — we’re not the same

By Lauren Booth London (CNN) – “Here we go again,” I sigh, browsing news channels. Each one, leading with the chilling buzzwords: “Islamic State” and “Jihadist Murder.” Not since the weeks following the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York has turning on the TV been so demoralizing for Muslims across the globe. I have that

Charley Honey: On 9/11 anniversary, the work of faith provides plenty of blessings

Charley Honey: On 9/11 anniversary, the work of faith provides plenty of blessings

By Charley Honey As I write on this blue-sky Monday in Grand Rapids, I see many reasons to feel blessed. Just a few: • The delicate jet stream of clouds gliding above downtown, bringing to mind a fleet and harmless dragon; • The noontime runners jogging along the Grand River, while others flick their fishing

Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta

  Ibn Battuta, a celebrated traveler, was born in Tangier, Morocco. He lived from 1304 to 1368/1369 and is renowned for his travelogue, Rihla, which simply means Travels. It recounts his many journeys throughout the Muslim world as well as far-flung regions like Russia, China and Constantinople. Along the way, he encountered many adventures and