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    Jihad

    Jihad In our modern times, the term ‘jihad’ has come to imply violence, holy wars, and terrorism, particularly in the western world. However, its original, intended meaning – and usage to a great extent in the Muslim world – continues to hark to a larger, more encompassing root word ‘j-h-d’ which means ‘to strive.’ In […]

Jihad

Jihad
In our modern times, the term ‘jihad’ has come to imply violence, holy wars, and terrorism, particularly in the western world. However, its original, intended meaning – and usage to a great extent in the Muslim world – continues to hark to a larger, more encompassing root word ‘j-h-d’ which means ‘to strive.’

In fact, a […]

By |July 21st, 2014|On Faith, Terrorism|3 Comments
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    Europe: Spain

    The Umayyads in Spain, also known as al-Andalus After a coup overturned the Umayyad rule in Damascus in 750 A.D. and the victors massacred the royal Umayyad family, Abdul Rahman, the lone surviving relative of the caliph, escaped. He traveled south to North Africa, narrowly escaping his pursuers, and eventually entered Muslim Spain, a pro-Umayyad […]

Europe: Spain


The Umayyads in Spain, also known as al-Andalus
After a coup overturned the Umayyad rule in Damascus in 750 A.D. and the victors massacred the royal Umayyad family, Abdul Rahman, the lone surviving relative of the caliph, escaped. He traveled south to North Africa, narrowly escaping his pursuers, and eventually entered Muslim Spain, a pro-Umayyad constituency […]

By |July 20th, 2014|Europe, Muslim Heritage, Muslim World|1 Comment
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    An Islamic Perspective on Sexual Deviation

    By Abdul Ghafoor Satisfying the sexual urge in a healthy manner One of the most fundamental aspects of human nature is the need to satisfy the sexual urge. It is an undeniable part of the human condition and has both constructive as well as destructive potential. Over the course of history, different philosophies and religions […]

An Islamic Perspective on Sexual Deviation

By Abdul Ghafoor
Satisfying the sexual urge in a healthy manner
One of the most fundamental aspects of human nature is the need to satisfy the sexual urge. It is an undeniable part of the human condition and has both constructive as well as destructive potential. Over the course of history, different philosophies and religions have strived […]

By |July 20th, 2014|On Faith, Society|7 Comments
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    Spiritual Benefits of Prayer

    Prayer, or Salat, was made obligatory for all Muslims, whether they be rich or poor, strong or weak, black or white, male or female. Prayer allows the believer to enrich their spirituality and cultivate the soul’s right to love and worship the Creator, Allah. “Verily, I am Allah! There is none worthy of worship but […]

Spiritual Benefits of Prayer

Prayer, or Salat, was made obligatory for all Muslims, whether they be rich or poor, strong or weak, black or white, male or female. Prayer allows the believer to enrich their spirituality and cultivate the soul’s right to love and worship the Creator, Allah.

“Verily, I am Allah! There is none worthy of worship but I, […]

By |July 20th, 2014|On Faith, Prayer|18 Comments

The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

By Nayef Al-Rodhan
OXFORD: Recent years have seen much talk of the dangers of Islam in the West and its perceived incompatibility with Western societies. According to statistics, estimated on the basis of country of origin and of first- and second-generation migrants, Muslims represent the largest “non-indigenous” immigrant group in Europe. The largest groups are in France, […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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    Ramadan, Day 18: What Is Faith?

    By Sohaib N. Sultan Faith is not only a set of beliefs, but is an experience that transcends intellectual knowledge. The Qur’an speaks of faith as something that God makes “beloved” and “beautiful” in the hearts of people (49:7). Faith is also described as a “light” that “helps you walk” (57:28). Imam al-Ghazali, the famous […]

Ramadan, Day 18: What Is Faith?

By Sohaib N. Sultan
Faith is not only a set of beliefs, but is an experience that transcends intellectual knowledge. The Qur’an speaks of faith as something that God makes “beloved” and “beautiful” in the hearts of people (49:7). Faith is also described as a “light” that “helps you walk” (57:28).

Imam al-Ghazali, the famous 12th Century Muslim […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Harmony Iftar meal brings Ramadan to wider community

By Samantha Wright Allen
The crowd started trickling into Little Italy’s banquet hall well before sunset and the start of Iftar, when Muslims break fast during Ramadan. On Friday, food became the second course, a sideshow to the main event where non-Muslims were introduced to a nightly tradition.

Now in its sixth year, Harmony Iftar is an […]

By |July 12th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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    Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

    By Imam Khalid Latif Yesterday afternoon, Priya, Madina and I walked up a small hill overlooking the San Francisco Bay with Anum Ahmed, Tahir Chaudhry, Tamim Katawazi, recent alums of NYU who live in California, and Anum’s brother Ibad. The scene was remarkably serene. The setting sun glistened over the water and the view of […]

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

By Imam Khalid Latif
Yesterday afternoon, Priya, Madina and I walked up a small hill overlooking the San Francisco Bay with Anum Ahmed, Tahir Chaudhry, Tamim Katawazi, recent alums of NYU who live in California, and Anum’s brother Ibad. The scene was remarkably serene. The setting sun glistened over the water and the view of the […]

By |July 12th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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    Forgiveness and God's Mercy

    By Jamal Badawi Forgiveness By accepting that the authority of forgiveness lies exclusively in the hands of God, the human mind is also liberated from any superstition or strange ideas about how to remit for those sins committed. As we indicated earlier, the Islamic way of remission is sincerity, stopping what was being done that […]

Forgiveness and God's Mercy

By Jamal Badawi

Forgiveness
By accepting that the authority of forgiveness lies exclusively in the hands of God, the human mind is also liberated from any superstition or strange ideas about how to remit for those sins committed. As we indicated earlier, the Islamic way of remission is sincerity, stopping what was being done that was wrong […]

By |July 10th, 2014|God, On Faith|0 Comments
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    Celebrating a Muslim hero, in Iowa

    By Jan Gross Director Oliver Stone announced in 2013 the coproduction of a biopic designed to “share with the world a laudable Muslim leader who preached religious tolerance.” Now in production in Algeria, under the direction of acclaimed director Charles Burnett, the film will tell the story of a 19th century Muslim hero, the Emir […]

Celebrating a Muslim hero, in Iowa

By Jan Gross
Director Oliver Stone announced in 2013 the coproduction of a biopic designed to “share with the world a laudable Muslim leader who preached religious tolerance.” Now in production in Algeria, under the direction of acclaimed director Charles Burnett, the film will tell the story of a 19th century Muslim hero, the Emir Abd […]

By |July 8th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments