Category: Common Ground

Muslim UCF students combat hate with peace

Muslim UCF students combat hate with peace

By Adam Rhodes A dirty look, a glare, people muttering under their breath. Imagine all of this happening simply because you’re Muslim or you’re wearing a hijab. According to the Pew Research Center, there are 1.6 billion Muslim citizens around the world, which makes up 23 percent of the world’s population. Additionally, 13.7 percent of

Why We Need the Islamic Call to Prayer at American Universities

Why We Need the Islamic Call to Prayer at American Universities

By Jordan Denari The average college student spends eight to 10 hours a day on a smartphone. Eighty percent of college students report feeling frequently stressed, and one in 10 have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression or other mental disorders. Like the rest of the country, universities are fraught with busyness and competing distractions. Students rush around, faces buried

Belief in Divine Books

Belief in Divine Books

    Quran – an intricate and beautiful book that is a light, a warning, a promise for Muslims. It was divinely revealed over fourteen hundred years ago. Ever since, the Quran remains a Muslim’s solace, hope, and guide. Quran, the holy book of Islam The Quran, the holy book of Islam, was given 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

Place of Abraham in Islam, Christianity, Judaism

Place of Abraham in Islam, Christianity, Judaism

Faith, Sacrifice, Commitment and Patience. These are just some of the qualities that characterize Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham as he is called in English (peace be upon him). So it should come as no surprise that he is revered not just in Islam, but in Christianity and Judaism as well. Prophet Ibrahim is also a

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

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

Muslim charities look to give back locally

Muslim charities look to give back locally

By Noor Javed By the time breakfast was served, Firaaz Azeez was convinced. Azeez, a manager at the Muslim Welfare Centre, a local charity based in Scarborough, was on a tour of city schools to see the student nutrition program, run by the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, at work. “I was amazed by what