Category: Common Ground

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

CBC Ideas: Is Islam the ‘green’ religion?

CBC Ideas: Is Islam the ‘green’ religion?

By David Gutnick Recent headlines from the mainstream media around the world highlight how the words “Muslim” and “Islam” are often mentioned in the context of terrorism. But according to a world-renowned scholar, there’s another word that should be associated with Islam — environmentalism. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a professor of Islamic studies at George Washington

Obama’s Former Muslim Advisor Assesses Whether He’s Lived Up to His Cairo Speech

Obama’s Former Muslim Advisor Assesses Whether He’s Lived Up to His Cairo Speech

By Jessica Schulberg When Obama came into office, he appointed Dalia Mogahed to his advisory council on faith-based partnerships and gave her a seemingly impossible task: improve Muslim perception of the United States. In 2009, the U.S. was fighting two wars in Muslim countries, imprisoning hundreds of Arab men without charge at Guantánamo Bay, and

Why Islam?

Why Islam?

By Dr Laurence Brown Let’s talk frankly. Almost never do non-Muslims study Islam until they have first exhausted the religions of their exposure. Only after they have grown dissatisfied with the religions familiar to them, meaning Judaism, Christianity and all the fashionable “-isms”—Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism (and, as my young daughter once added, “tourism”)—do they consider

Latinos Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

Latinos Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

By Carolyn Presutti MIAMI — Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the organization whyIslam.org, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And according to Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), a group that promotes Latino conversions, a little more than half of new converts are female. [Read more and see

NFL Films Present Husain Abdullah

NFL Films Present Husain Abdullah

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A ‘Homeland’ We Pakistanis Don’t Recognize

A ‘Homeland’ We Pakistanis Don’t Recognize

By Bina Shah KARACHI, Pakistan — When I heard that the fourth season of Showtime’s “Homeland” would be set in Pakistan and Afghanistan, I awaited its season premiere with anticipation and trepidation. A major American television show would be portraying events set in my country, but I knew those events would be linked to the only thing

What do Muslims think about Jesus (PBUH)?

What do Muslims think about Jesus (PBUH)?

    Muslims respect and venerate Jesus Christ. They consider him to be one of God’s greatest messengers to humankind. The Qur’an re-affirms his miraculous birth and his miraculous abilities. Furthermore, his mother Mary is regarded as one of the most pure and exalted women of all creation. As the Quran says: “Behold! the angel

At 17, Malala becomes the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history

At 17, Malala becomes the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history

By Amar Toor Kailash Satyarthi and 17-year-old Malala Yousafzay have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the decision at a press conference today in Oslo. Satyarthi, an Indian, and Yousafzay, from Pakistan,

How An Illinois Mom Converted To Islam And Found Peace And Joy During Her Very First Hajj

How An Illinois Mom Converted To Islam And Found Peace And Joy During Her Very First Hajj

Kristin Szremski is a 53-year-old mom from Palo Hills, Illinois. Born into a Missouri-Synod Lutheran family, she first converted to Catholicism before finding her place in Islam. This year, Szremski was one of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who were drawn to Mecca between October 2 – 7 to complete the fifth pillar of