Category: Common Ground

Brandeis Gets It Right on Islam

Brandeis Gets It Right on Islam

By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie Brandeis University, a Jewish-sponsored university and my alma mater, has withdrawn its offer to give an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. As reported in The New York Times and elsewhere, Brandeis changed its mind eight days after announcing the honor to Ms. Hirsi Ali, who was born in Somalia and served

School exam timetables should avoid clashes with Ramadan, teachers say

School exam timetables should avoid clashes with Ramadan, teachers say

By Rebecca Ratcliffe Exam chiefs should review the GCSE and A-level timetables to avoid clashes with Ramadan that could jeopardise Muslim students’ grades, teachers have warned. Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is marked by Muslims across the world with fasting from sunrise to sunset. From 2014, the 30-day period will fall progressively more in

Abraham(PBUH)–Father of Prophets

Abraham(PBUH)–Father of Prophets

Father of Prophets The birth of a Great Prophet Abraham (pbuh) was born in a house of idolaters, in the kingdom of Babylon. His father Aazar was a well known idol sculptor that his people worshipped. As a young child, Abraham (pbuh) used to watch his father sculpting these idols from stones or wood. When

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