Category: Common Ground

Sonny Bill Williams: Islam brings me happiness

Sonny Bill Williams: Islam brings me happiness

By Gary Morley and Neil Curry (CNN) – It was in the cave of Hira that the prophet Muhammad received the first revelation of the Quran. For rugby’s original wild child Sonny Bill Williams, meeting a Tunisian family who lived with their five children in a one-bedroom flat in the south of France proved pivotal to

Let Us All Praise “The Appreciative One”

Let Us All Praise “The Appreciative One”

Hesham Hassaballa Another year has passed, and another Feast of Thanksgiving has come upon us. As families across our great nation gather together, eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, gravy, and the like, it is a natural time for us as Americans to reflect over those things for which we should be thankful. As an

Interfaith Action On Hunger: A Shared Obligation

Interfaith Action On Hunger: A Shared Obligation

J. Andreas Hipple With more than 1 billion undernourished people – many of them children – across the globe, hunger is a problem that affects all religions and nationalities. The roots of hunger are as diverse as the communities that it affects; conflict, natural disaster, water shortages, disease, climate change, and, of course, poverty are

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

Osborne sukuks up to Islamic finance, but will it work?

Osborne sukuks up to Islamic finance, but will it work?

By Thomas Seal The government could soon issue its first taxpayer-guaranteed sukuk, marking the UK’s entry into the lucrative, rapidly expanding market of Islamic finance, which was until now exclusive to Muslim countries. But what are sukuk and why are they important? Sukuk (plural of ‘sakk’) are essentially government bonds that must comply with the

Discovering Muslim Women in Six Words

Discovering Muslim Women in Six Words

By Samina Ali If you had to write your entire life’s story in six words, what would those six words be? Seems impossible, right? I mean, how can anyone sum up an entire life with just six words? As a novelist, I understand this initial gut response: at least 300 pages and 100,000 words are

Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses

Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses

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 their

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

Story of Moses in the Quran

Story of Moses in the Quran

Saulat Pervez Among the prophets mutually revered by Islam and Judaism is the prominent figure of Moses or Musa, peace be upon him (pbuh). A descendant of Joseph, also known as Yusuf, (pbuh), Moses played a definitive role in restoring freedom to the Israelites. While he encountered many victories, he also experienced hardships in his

Islamic Perspective on Halloween

Islamic Perspective on Halloween