Category: Common Ground

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

Islam and the Thanksgiving Turkey

Islam and the Thanksgiving Turkey

By Eliza Berman Bassam Tariq didn’t grow up eating turkey; his parents didn’t like it. On Thanksgiving, they’d roast chicken and call it a day. But now Tariq has a hundred customers relying on his East Village Halal butcher shop, Honest Chops, to purvey the staple in their holiday meals, and they’re not just expecting any

Quran Is Not for Muslims

Quran Is Not for Muslims

By Mike Ghouse The very first verse in Quran reads, “1:2 (Asad) All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds (that exist),” and the very last chapter opens with this line, “114:1 (Ali) Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind,” and there is a whole lot

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

VIENNA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Senior Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders condemned violence by jihadi militants such as Islamic State (IS) at a Saudi-backed conference on Wednesday in a rare display of inter-faith unity aimed at promoting tolerance and diversity. Islamic State has caused international alarm by capturing large expanses of Iraq and Syria, declaring

Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses

Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses

By 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

In a first, Washington National Cathedral to host Friday Muslim prayer service

In a first, Washington National Cathedral to host Friday Muslim prayer service

By Michelle Boorstein Washington National Cathedral, known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday. The cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, has long held high-profile interfaith events, and some mosques hold services in synagogues or churches if they need overflow space. But organizers said

Jehron Muhammad: Black women and Islam

Jehron Muhammad: Black women and Islam

By Jehron Muhammad “A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Women: African American Muslim Women in the Movement for Black Self Determination” is the name of Philadelphia-born Bayyinah S. Jeffries’ recent book. The title not only suggests the important contribution of black Muslim women to the advent of Islam in American society, but also

Family Tree of Prophets

Family Tree of Prophets

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ISIS says Islam justifies slavery – what does Islamic law say?

ISIS says Islam justifies slavery – what does Islamic law say?

By Professor Bernard Freamon In the past few months, the world has witnessed horrific accounts of the enslavement of thousands of innocent Yazidis and other religious minorities by ISIS partisans in Iraq and Syria. In a recent article in its online English-language magazine, ISIS ideologues offered legal justifications for the enslavement of these non-Muslim non-combatants, stating

Interfaith conference to focus on Tennessee issues related to Islam

Interfaith conference to focus on Tennessee issues related to Islam

By Heidi Hall NASHVILLE – Middle Tennessee is on a nearly seven-year streak of distinguishing itself on the national stage for its treatment of Muslims. The reports began with the February 2008 arson of a Columbia mosque, continued with ongoing opposition to a new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and, this year, included a bill in the