Category: Common Ground

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

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.