Category: Common Ground

Latinos Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

Latinos Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

By Carolyn Presutti MIAMI — Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the organization whyIslam.org, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And according to Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), a group that promotes Latino conversions, a little more than half of new converts are female. [Read more and see

NFL Films Present Husain Abdullah

NFL Films Present Husain Abdullah

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A ‘Homeland’ We Pakistanis Don’t Recognize

A ‘Homeland’ We Pakistanis Don’t Recognize

By Bina Shah KARACHI, Pakistan — When I heard that the fourth season of Showtime’s “Homeland” would be set in Pakistan and Afghanistan, I awaited its season premiere with anticipation and trepidation. A major American television show would be portraying events set in my country, but I knew those events would be linked to the only thing

What do Muslims think about Jesus (PBUH)?

What do Muslims think about Jesus (PBUH)?

    Muslims respect and venerate Jesus Christ. They consider him to be one of God’s greatest messengers to humankind. The Qur’an re-affirms his miraculous birth and his miraculous abilities. Furthermore, his mother Mary is regarded as one of the most pure and exalted women of all creation. As the Quran says: “Behold! the angel

At 17, Malala becomes the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history

At 17, Malala becomes the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history

By Amar Toor Kailash Satyarthi and 17-year-old Malala Yousafzay have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the decision at a press conference today in Oslo. Satyarthi, an Indian, and Yousafzay, from Pakistan,

How An Illinois Mom Converted To Islam And Found Peace And Joy During Her Very First Hajj

How An Illinois Mom Converted To Islam And Found Peace And Joy During Her Very First Hajj

Kristin Szremski is a 53-year-old mom from Palo Hills, Illinois. Born into a Missouri-Synod Lutheran family, she first converted to Catholicism before finding her place in Islam. This year, Szremski was one of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who were drawn to Mecca between October 2 – 7 to complete the fifth pillar of

How Muslims Are Using Sharia Law To Condemn ISIS

How Muslims Are Using Sharia Law To Condemn ISIS

By Ben Winsor Islamic scholars and Muslim leaders around the world have come together to condemn ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, issuing a letter accusingBaghdadi of failing to respect key tenants of the Islam. The letter, signed by 126 Muslims, offers an academic rebuke of Baghdadi’s interpretation of Islam, which the leader has claimed is the basis

Nawaz breaking stereotypes through humour

Nawaz breaking stereotypes through humour

By Ahsley Martin Zarqa Nawaz passes out at the sight of blood. It’s not a trait that bodes well for a doctor. But the pipette incident that left her woozy on the floor during medical school didn’t faze her. Nawaz was going to be an OB/GYN. “Not in a million, gazillion years if you had

Abraham inspired Eid’s sacrifices

Abraham inspired Eid’s sacrifices

By Saulat Pervez This weekend, Muslims across North America and the rest of the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice. Eid-ul-Adha commemorates the legacy of Prophet Abraham and his son, Prophet Ishmael. According to the Quran, the book Muslims revere as God’s revealed word, God commanded Abraham to take his wife, Hagar, and

Hajj 2014, Islam’s Pilgrimage To Mecca: Facts, History And Dates Of The Muslim Holiday

Hajj 2014, Islam’s Pilgrimage To Mecca: Facts, History And Dates Of The Muslim Holiday

What is Hajj? The annual Hajj pilgrimage is one of the world’s largest gatherings, as hundreds of thousands of people flock to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to participate in one of Islam’s five pillars of faith. Muslims from all over the world will gather together for five days to pray as one community, celebrating their history