Category: Common Ground

Strength Through Character: Why the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is Important to All of Mankind

Strength Through Character: Why the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is Important to All of Mankind

By Osman Shaheen Many of the problems facing people in today’s world can be traced to a lack of adherence to moral values. From murder to embezzlement, the number and size of criminal activities have increased exponentially in the last five decades. One needs only to turn on the local evening news to become aware

More Muslims rail against extremists

More Muslims rail against extremists

By Lori Hinnant In tweets, in street gatherings and in open letters, moderate Muslims around the world are insisting Islamic State extremists don’t speak for their religion. Many are also frustrated that anyone might think they do, and a backlash has already begun. This week’s videotaped beheading of a French mountaineer by militants linked to

Local Muslim-Americans speak out against ISIS movement

Local Muslim-Americans speak out against ISIS movement

By Kaitlin Loukides POCATELLO, Idaho - As the U.S. continues fighting against the extremist military group known as ISIS, many Muslim-Americans in the Pocatello community want everyone to know the terrorist group is not a representation of their Islamic faith. Some say since the spark of the ISIS movement, there has been a new narrative of fear

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

How Does Islam Relate to Christianity and Judaism?

How Does Islam Relate to Christianity and Judaism?

By Gary Gutting This is the 11th in a series of interviews about religion that I am conducting for The Stone. The interviewee for this installment isSajjad Rizvi, a professor of Arab and Islamic studies at the University of Exeter and the author of “Mulla Sadra and the Later Islamic Philosophical Tradition.” Gary Gutting: How

Meet the First Woman To Design a Mosque

Meet the First Woman To Design a Mosque

By Matt Shaw Jackie Robinson did it in baseball. Barack Obama did it in politics. Valentina Tereshkova did it in space. And now, reports CNN, Zeynep Fadillioglu is the first female architect to design a mosque. Her Sakirin Mosque, in one of Istanbul’s oldest cemeteries, is a blend of traditional ornamental symbolism and refined, serene modernism. Of course,

Worldwide Condemnation of Terrorism

Worldwide Condemnation of Terrorism

By Abdullah, WhyIslam Associate Prominent Muslim scholars, organizations and movements, representing the vast majority of Muslims worldwide, have repeatedly condemned terrorism, and have spoken out for peace and justice. Following is a very brief list of such open condemnation of terrorism, including statements issued in the wake of the heinous attacks on September 11. 1.

Lifting the veil on Ireland’s fastest-growing religion

Lifting the veil on Ireland’s fastest-growing religion

By John Meagher Lorraine O’Connor has had to get used to the “go back to where you come from” taunts. They occur more frequently than she cares to think about – on the street, in the park, at the supermarket. But the Dubliner who proudly wears the Muslim headscarf, the hijab, every day never lets

City lives: Timbuktu’s leader of the faith is also its chief builder

City lives: Timbuktu’s leader of the faith is also its chief builder

By Alex Duval Smith Timbuktu’s clay-built Djinguereber mosque, commissioned in 1327 by emperor Musa I, is one of the most precious religious buildings in the world. Amid the extreme heat and sandstorms, its upkeep is an art in itself. The muezzin of Djinguereber is also its chief builder, a role inherited from his father. Mahamane

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?”