Category: Common Ground

Bridges of Understanding: Post 9/11

Bridges of Understanding: Post 9/11

The backlash on Islam and Muslims in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 compelled many Muslims to speak out about Islam. Since then, this trend has sustained itself as Muslims continue to engage themselves with local and national organizations, etching out a niche for themselves in the American narrative. Here are some ways in which Muslims

Opinion: Muslims and extremists — we’re not the same

Opinion: Muslims and extremists — we’re not the same

By Lauren Booth London (CNN) – “Here we go again,” I sigh, browsing news channels. Each one, leading with the chilling buzzwords: “Islamic State” and “Jihadist Murder.” Not since the weeks following the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York has turning on the TV been so demoralizing for Muslims across the globe. I have that

Charley Honey: On 9/11 anniversary, the work of faith provides plenty of blessings

Charley Honey: On 9/11 anniversary, the work of faith provides plenty of blessings

By Charley Honey As I write on this blue-sky Monday in Grand Rapids, I see many reasons to feel blessed. Just a few: • The delicate jet stream of clouds gliding above downtown, bringing to mind a fleet and harmless dragon; • The noontime runners jogging along the Grand River, while others flick their fishing

Mohammed in the Bible: Jesus’ Prophecy

Mohammed in the Bible: Jesus’ Prophecy

Dr. Jamal Badawi The main reference for Muslims is the Quran as the last scripture and the last revelation of God that remains intact. In the Quran, it says, “And remember Jesus, the son of Mary, said: O children of Israel! I am the Apostle of God sent to you confirming the Torah, which came

The Aga Khan’s New Islamic Treasure Trove

The Aga Khan’s New Islamic Treasure Trove

By Kelly Crow Plenty of museums around the world collect Islamic art—from ornate Persian carpets to Mughal miniature paintings—but there’s never been a museum in North America focused solely on exhibiting these pieces, until now. On Sept. 18, Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum will open in a 31,500 square-foot space designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko

A Prisoner’s Beard Offers the Next Test of Religious Liberty for the Supreme Court

A Prisoner’s Beard Offers the Next Test of Religious Liberty for the Supreme Court

By Adam Liptak WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court comes back from its summer break next month, it will pick up where it left off, returning to the subject of religious freedom. But the court’s focus will shift from corporations to prisoners. On the final day of the last term, in June, the justices ruled

The Big Question

The Big Question

Dr. Laurence Brown   At some point in our lives, everybody asks the big questions: “Who made us,” and “Why are we here?” So who did make us? Most of us have been brought up more on science than religion, and to believe in the Big Bang and evolution more than God. But which makes

As leaders of UK Jews and Muslims we say: we are two faiths with one message

As leaders of UK Jews and Muslims we say: we are two faiths with one message

A few days ago the organisations we represent – the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Muslim Council of Britain – published an unprecedented joint statement. There should be little controversial in what it said about opposing antisemitism and Islamophobia, or stating that: “Whilst everyone has the right to voice their political opinion, there can

US imam urges Scots Muslims: speak out on IS

US imam urges Scots Muslims: speak out on IS

Khalid Latif, who is the Muslim chaplain for the New York Police Department, says Scottish Muslim leaders must speak out more loudly against extremist organisations like IS in order to prevent the radicalisation of young men and women. Latif, who is of Pakistani-Kashmiri origin and is the chaplain at the Islamic Center at New York

A Shared Golden Age

A Shared Golden Age

Saulat Pervez When the Muslims conquered Spain in 711 C.E., Jewish people were relieved from the persecution of their Visigoth Christian rulers and enjoyed a time of full religious liberty. While they had survived centuries of marginalization under Christian rule, the dawn of tolerance in Muslim Spain enabled them to thrive. Thus began a period