Category: Common Ground

Ramadan Reflection Day #24: Giving Voice to the Voiceless — Why We Need More Ayman Mohyeldins in the World

Ramadan Reflection Day #24: Giving Voice to the Voiceless — Why We Need More Ayman Mohyeldins in the World

By Imam Khalid Latif I recently started following Ayman Mohyeldin on twitter, @AymanM. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s a Foreign Correspondent for NBC News and is reporting live from Gaza daily. Please keep the people their in your continued thoughts and prayers. I don’t know Ayman Mohyeldin personally, but I think many

Harford mosque opens doors to community for Ramadan iftar

Harford mosque opens doors to community for Ramadan iftar

By David Anderson Harford County residents and leaders had an opportunity Saturday to meet members of the local Muslim community and learn more about Muslim culture and traditions during the holy month of Ramadan, a critical event as the military continues its fight against Islamic fundamentalist groups around the world and tensions remain between Muslims and non-Muslims

The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

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

Ramadan, Day 18: What Is Faith?

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

Harmony Iftar meal brings Ramadan to wider community

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

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

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

Celebrating a Muslim hero, in Iowa

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

Tributes to man who led the restoration of Britain’s first mosque in Liverpool dies

Tributes to man who led the restoration of Britain’s first mosque in Liverpool dies

By Neil Docking The man who led the restoration of Britain’s first mosque in Liverpool has died – just two weeks after achieving his dream. Dr Mohammad Akbar Ali, 92, set up the Abdullah Quilliam Society in 1997, with the intention of restoring the Grade II listed building at Brougham Terrace off West Derby Road,

Ramadan, Day 4: Eating Haves and Have Nots

Ramadan, Day 4: Eating Haves and Have Nots

By Sohaib N. Sultan Recently, a friend offered a social commentary that really stuck with me. He said, “You know there’s something wrong when too many people in the world are dying because of starvation and, at the same time, too many people are dying because of overeating.” It reminded me of a simple yet

As Muslims celebrate Ramadan, Islam grows in Brevard

As Muslims celebrate Ramadan, Islam grows in Brevard

By J.D. Gallop Nearly 30 years ago, being Muslim in Melbourne meant quietly gathering in the living rooms of apartments for a moment of prayer or having to explain what sounded like a foreign, exotic religion to strangers. There were no masjids — worship centers — for children to learn Arabic or shops like those