Category: Common Ground

Alabama, You saw him before he was a star: NYU imam featured in Chelsea Clinton’s documentary

Alabama, You saw him before he was a star: NYU imam featured in Chelsea Clinton’s documentary

By Kay Campbell HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Huntsville interfaith activists: You met Imam Khalid Latif before he was a star. Now the Muslim chaplain at New York University who spoke in Huntsville, Ala., as a guest of the Interfaith Mission Service in 2009, is one of two religious leaders featured in “Of Many,” a new documentary produced by Chelsea

At Phillips Exeter, a World of Religious Diversity

At Phillips Exeter, a World of Religious Diversity

By Mark Oppenheimer EXETER, N.H. — “Money, prestige, success — they have become slave masters,” Milton Syed, a slight 18-year-old from the Bronx, told his audience. He was wearing a necktie with his collared shirt, as required by the dress code here at Phillips Exeter Academy, alma mater of Daniel Webster and Franklin Pierce, of Gore

Moment of Clarity

Moment of Clarity

By Daliah Merzaban When endeavouring to explain to someone how I uncovered my spirituality, I usually say it happened quite suddenly, in a moment of clarity. Throughout my childhood and young adult years, God remained in the background of my consciousness. I believed in Him, and performed some rituals of worship to express this belief. Yet

Family Tree of Prophets

Family Tree of Prophets

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How Do We Know God Exists?

How Do We Know God Exists?

Dr. Jamal Badawi Even on a very fundamental level we find that throughout history there is a very strange phenomenon that people of different backgrounds, living in so many different parts of the world at different points in time, have always had this strong urge within themselves to look and to yearn for the Creator.

Original Sin

Original Sin

By Dr. Laurence Brown The concept of original sin is completely foreign to Judaism and Eastern Christianity, having achieved acceptance in only the Western Church. Furthermore, Christian and Islamic concepts of sin are virtual opposites with respect to certain nuances. For example, there is no concept of “sinning in the mind” in Islam; to a

The Need for Revelation

The Need for Revelation

Dr. Laurence Brown In the previous two parts of this series, we answered the two “big questions.” Who made us? God. Why are we here? To serve and worship Him. A third question naturally arose: “If our Creator made us to serve and worship Him, how do we do that?” In the previous article I

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?”

The Big Question

The Big Question

Dr. Laurence Brown At some point in our lives, everybody asks the big questions: “Who made us,” and “Why are we here?” So who did make us? Most of us have been brought up more on science than religion, and to believe in the Big Bang and evolution more than God. But which makes more

Muhammad, the Man, the Prophet

Muhammad, the Man, the Prophet

By Humaira Khan Just outside the city, he stopped and looked back. The place he was being forced to leave had been his home for over fifty years! It was here that he had been born, raised, married, had his children… The people here were his people, some he had known since he was a