Category: Common Ground

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

Christianity and Islam

Christianity and Islam

In Dialogues Concerning Jesus Christ the Messiah By Shabir Ally The Similarities Jesus is one of the greatest persons ever to have walked the earth. Two world faiths hold him in high regard. Islam holds him to be God’s Messiah, Prophet, and Righteous Servant. Christianity holds him to be all of the above and even

Prophet Joseph: From Trials to Triumph

By Azra Pervez The story of Prophet Joseph, the son of Prophet Jacob, is given with great detail in the Quran in Chapter 12, aptly titled “Joseph.” It begins with a dream he relates to his father, “‘O my father! I did see eleven stars and the sun and the moon: I saw them prostrate

Islam’s Stance on the Gospel and Torah

Islam’s Stance on the Gospel and Torah

Dr. Jamal Badawi First of all, even though it is common to say that the Quran confirms the Bible, strictly speaking this is not correct. The term Bible does not appear anywhere in the Quran. The term Old Testament and New Testament does not appear anywhere in the Quran. The Quran actually confirms the original

End the Gaza blockade to achieve peace

End the Gaza blockade to achieve peace

By Keith Ellison It seems as though each day brings new horrors and heartbreaks in the Holy Land. More than 1,000 dead. Gazan children blown up on the beach.A U.N. shelter hit. Two-thirds of Israelis living in fear from indiscriminate rocket fire launched by Hamas. But as the calls for a cease-fire gain momentum, it is important to understand that many

Newark Halal fest to return Saturday at NewPark Mall

Newark Halal fest to return Saturday at NewPark Mall

By Chris De Benedetti NEWARK — As nearly 10,000 people last year crowded into the state’s first-ever Halal Food & Eid Festival, its unexpected popularity caused long lines and food shortages, leading organizers to rethink this year’s reprise. Co-organizer Irfan Rydhan says now they’re ready for a throng of revelers outside NewPark Mall, where the