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Prophets: An Introduction

Prophets: An Introduction

Dr. Jamal Badawi   Believing in prophets is part and parcel of being a Muslim.  It is documented in the Quran that belief in all the prophets is obligatory on every Muslim.  It specifically says, “So [you believers], say, ‘We believe in God and in what was sent down to us and what was sent

Racism After Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?

By Dr. Mahbubur Rahman Following the fatal shooting in Ferguson on August 2014 of an unarmed African American teenager, Michael Brown, by white police officer Darren Wilson, protests were sparked in Ferguson. The protests spread nationwide in November when a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Wilson and then the soon-to-follow decision not to

Duke Muslims And Non-Muslims Join For Call To Prayer

Duke Muslims And Non-Muslims Join For Call To Prayer

By Yonat Shimron DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) In the end, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast from a small black speaker perched on the steps of the Duke Chapel Friday (Jan. 16), as hundreds of students, some Muslim but mostly non-Muslim, gathered in solidarity for the right of all students to pray publicly. The gathering,

Islam does not preach violence

Islam does not preach violence

By Saulat Pervez I recently attended a library event highlighting Muslim heritage where a gentleman asked, “Would you say that the acts of ISIS represent true Islam and that the rest of the billion-plus Muslim population is in fact deviating from the actual teachings of Muhammad?” When the coordinator responded with a firm, “No,” the

Fatimah bint Sa’d al Khayr

Fatimah bint Sa’d al Khayr

By Sumara Khan Fatimah: A Widely Traveled Seeker of Knowledge The pursuit of knowledge and wisdom into the far reaches of the world is one of the jewels of Islamic civilization, and one of the most widely traveled seekers is a remarkable Muslim woman named Fatimah. Fatimah bint Sa’d al Khayr was born in 1130

In France’s Muslim Community, Stories Of Heroism, And Some Fear

In France’s Muslim Community, Stories Of Heroism, And Some Fear

By Lauren Frayer When Lassana Bathily escaped from a Paris supermarket that was under siege, police at first thought he was the assailant. They forced him to the ground and handcuffed him. Bathily, 24, is an immigrant from Mali, with the same skin color as the gunman for whom police were hunting. Also like the

Slain officer’s family warns against viewing all Muslims as extremists

Slain officer’s family warns against viewing all Muslims as extremists

The family of one of the police officers murdered in Wednesday’s assault by Islamist extremists on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris has appealed to the public not to blame all Muslims for the attack. Ahmed Merabet, himself a Muslim, was one of the 17 victims of a three-day Islamist killing spree that has

Ferguson, Missouri: Anytown, USA

Ferguson, Missouri: Anytown, USA

By Imam Khalid Griggs “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Fannie Lou Hamer, iconic Mississippi civil rights activist and organizer, uttered her now transcendent words on August 22, 1964, testifying before the Credentials Committee of the Democratic National Convention. After being nearly beaten to death in a Mississippi jail for simply

Islam’s Stance on the Gospel and Torah

Islam’s Stance on the Gospel and Torah

Dr. Jamal Badawi First of all, even though it is common to say that the Quran confirms the Bible, strictly speaking this is not correct. The term Bible does not appear anywhere in the Quran. The term Old Testament and New Testament does not appear anywhere in the Quran. The Quran actually confirms the original

My Five Fs (+1) for Fulfilment

My Five Fs (+1) for Fulfilment

Daliah Merzaban Key components of happiness       I have been thinking lately about what brings me fulfilment in life, and I discovered that the key components of my general satisfaction and happiness at this moment in time could be summed up in five words, all of which start with the letter F. So