Category: Common Ground

Meet the First Woman To Design a Mosque

Meet the First Woman To Design a Mosque

By Matt Shaw Jackie Robinson did it in baseball. Barack Obama did it in politics. Valentina Tereshkova did it in space. And now, reports CNN, Zeynep Fadillioglu is the first female architect to design a mosque. Her Sakirin Mosque, in one of Istanbul’s oldest cemeteries, is a blend of traditional ornamental symbolism and refined, serene modernism. Of course,

Worldwide Condemnation of Terrorism

Worldwide Condemnation of Terrorism

By Abdullah, WhyIslam Associate Prominent Muslim scholars, organizations and movements, representing the vast majority of Muslims worldwide, have repeatedly condemned terrorism, and have spoken out for peace and justice. Following is a very brief list of such open condemnation of terrorism, including statements issued in the wake of the heinous attacks on September 11. 1.

Lifting the veil on Ireland’s fastest-growing religion

Lifting the veil on Ireland’s fastest-growing religion

By John Meagher Lorraine O’Connor has had to get used to the “go back to where you come from” taunts. They occur more frequently than she cares to think about – on the street, in the park, at the supermarket. But the Dubliner who proudly wears the Muslim headscarf, the hijab, every day never lets

City lives: Timbuktu’s leader of the faith is also its chief builder

City lives: Timbuktu’s leader of the faith is also its chief builder

By Alex Duval Smith Timbuktu’s clay-built Djinguereber mosque, commissioned in 1327 by emperor Musa I, is one of the most precious religious buildings in the world. Amid the extreme heat and sandstorms, its upkeep is an art in itself. The muezzin of Djinguereber is also its chief builder, a role inherited from his father. Mahamane

Purpose of Life

Purpose of Life

Dr. Laurence Brown The first of the two big questions in life is, “Who made us?” We addressed that question in the previous article and (hopefully) settled upon “God” as the answer. As we are creation, God is the Creator. Now, let us turn to the second “big question,” which is, “Why are we here?”

Troy Moon: Islam one of three Abrahamic faiths

Troy Moon: Islam one of three Abrahamic faiths

A few us here at the Pensacola News Journal get called out by a letter writer — see Wednesday’s Opinion page — for not addressing the beheadings of American journalists by terrorists in the Middle East. “…all murdered by Muslims, the followers of Allah, Shariah lawlessness and insanity. Yet not a peep of indignation or

In midst of Ferguson violence, Islam teaches racial lessons

In midst of Ferguson violence, Islam teaches racial lessons

By Syed Rizvi Malcolm X once said, “America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.” In the context of the aforementioned quote, Malcolm X addresses the point that western imperialism and the colonization of foreign lands led to the subjugation of its native peoples,

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