Category: Common Ground

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

VIENNA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Senior Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders condemned violence by jihadi militants such as Islamic State (IS) at a Saudi-backed conference on Wednesday in a rare display of inter-faith unity aimed at promoting tolerance and diversity. Islamic State has caused international alarm by capturing large expanses of Iraq and Syria, declaring

Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses

Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses

By Dr. Jamal Badawi In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses relays what God told him, “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee (Moses), and will put My words in his mouth; and will speak unto them all that I shall command him.” First, note the phrase ‘from among

In a first, Washington National Cathedral to host Friday Muslim prayer service

In a first, Washington National Cathedral to host Friday Muslim prayer service

By Michelle Boorstein Washington National Cathedral, known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday. The cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, has long held high-profile interfaith events, and some mosques hold services in synagogues or churches if they need overflow space. But organizers said

Jehron Muhammad: Black women and Islam

Jehron Muhammad: Black women and Islam

By Jehron Muhammad “A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Women: African American Muslim Women in the Movement for Black Self Determination” is the name of Philadelphia-born Bayyinah S. Jeffries’ recent book. The title not only suggests the important contribution of black Muslim women to the advent of Islam in American society, but also

Family Tree of Prophets

Family Tree of Prophets

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ISIS says Islam justifies slavery – what does Islamic law say?

ISIS says Islam justifies slavery – what does Islamic law say?

By Professor Bernard Freamon In the past few months, the world has witnessed horrific accounts of the enslavement of thousands of innocent Yazidis and other religious minorities by ISIS partisans in Iraq and Syria. In a recent article in its online English-language magazine, ISIS ideologues offered legal justifications for the enslavement of these non-Muslim non-combatants, stating

Interfaith conference to focus on Tennessee issues related to Islam

Interfaith conference to focus on Tennessee issues related to Islam

By Heidi Hall NASHVILLE – Middle Tennessee is on a nearly seven-year streak of distinguishing itself on the national stage for its treatment of Muslims. The reports began with the February 2008 arson of a Columbia mosque, continued with ongoing opposition to a new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and, this year, included a bill in the

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.

Europe’s Muslims feel under siege

Europe’s Muslims feel under siege

By Anthony Faiola and Souad Mekhennet COPENHAGEN — On a continent where Muslim leaders are decrying a surge in discrimination and aggression, Alisiv Ceran is the terrorist who wasn’t. The 21-year-old student at the University of Copenhagen recently hopped on a commuter train to this stately Scandinavian city, his bag bulging with a computer printer. Feeling jittery about

I’m a Muslim with a beard. What’s so scary about that?

I’m a Muslim with a beard. What’s so scary about that?

By Areeb Ullah People stare. Sometimes, on the tube, they cross the carriage to create a space between us. There is something about me some people don’t like, or it makes them uneasy. It’s my beard. My beard is about three and a half to four inches long now. I started growing it nearly a