Category: Common Ground

Ramadan, Day 18: What Is Faith?

Ramadan, Day 18: What Is Faith?

By Sohaib N. Sultan Faith is not only a set of beliefs, but is an experience that transcends intellectual knowledge. The Qur’an speaks of faith as something that God makes “beloved” and “beautiful” in the hearts of people (49:7). Faith is also described as a “light” that “helps you walk” (57:28). Imam al-Ghazali, the famous

Harmony Iftar meal brings Ramadan to wider community

Harmony Iftar meal brings Ramadan to wider community

By Samantha Wright Allen The crowd started trickling into Little Italy’s banquet hall well before sunset and the start of Iftar, when Muslims break fast during Ramadan. On Friday, food became the second course, a sideshow to the main event where non-Muslims were introduced to a nightly tradition. Now in its sixth year, Harmony Iftar

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

By Imam Khalid Latif Yesterday afternoon, Priya, Madina and I walked up a small hill overlooking the San Francisco Bay with Anum Ahmed, Tahir Chaudhry, Tamim Katawazi, recent alums of NYU who live in California, and Anum’s brother Ibad. The scene was remarkably serene. The setting sun glistened over the water and the view of

Celebrating a Muslim hero, in Iowa

Celebrating a Muslim hero, in Iowa

By Jan Gross Director Oliver Stone announced in 2013 the coproduction of a biopic designed to “share with the world a laudable Muslim leader who preached religious tolerance.” Now in production in Algeria, under the direction of acclaimed director Charles Burnett, the film will tell the story of a 19th century Muslim hero, the Emir

Tributes to man who led the restoration of Britain’s first mosque in Liverpool dies

Tributes to man who led the restoration of Britain’s first mosque in Liverpool dies

By Neil Docking The man who led the restoration of Britain’s first mosque in Liverpool has died – just two weeks after achieving his dream. Dr Mohammad Akbar Ali, 92, set up the Abdullah Quilliam Society in 1997, with the intention of restoring the Grade II listed building at Brougham Terrace off West Derby Road,

Ramadan, Day 4: Eating Haves and Have Nots

Ramadan, Day 4: Eating Haves and Have Nots

By Sohaib N. Sultan Recently, a friend offered a social commentary that really stuck with me. He said, “You know there’s something wrong when too many people in the world are dying because of starvation and, at the same time, too many people are dying because of overeating.” It reminded me of a simple yet

As Muslims celebrate Ramadan, Islam grows in Brevard

As Muslims celebrate Ramadan, Islam grows in Brevard

By J.D. Gallop Nearly 30 years ago, being Muslim in Melbourne meant quietly gathering in the living rooms of apartments for a moment of prayer or having to explain what sounded like a foreign, exotic religion to strangers. There were no masjids — worship centers — for children to learn Arabic or shops like those

What Jesus (pbuh) said about Fasting

What Jesus (pbuh) said about Fasting

by Imam Shabir Ally The Gospel of Matthew shows that Jesus “fasted forty days and forty nights” (Matthew 4:21). The Gospel of Luke adds the detail that “in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered” (Luke 4:2). Since Jesus fasted, his true followers will also fast, if they

Bay Area Muslims set to fast, observe Ramadan starting Saturday

Bay Area Muslims set to fast, observe Ramadan starting Saturday

By Chris De Benedetti NEWARK — Ramadan is a yearly time of self-sacrifice and generosity, during which Muslims for a month go without food and drink during daylight hours while refocusing attention on God and others. Though steeped in centuries of Islamic tradition, Ramadan’s daily rituals present modern challenges for Bay Area Muslims, including Silicon

Detroit Muslim leaders focus on unity as Ramadan nears

Detroit Muslim leaders focus on unity as Ramadan nears

By Niraj Warikoo DETROIT — Amid tensions abroad and closer to home, many Detroit-area Muslims are focusing on unity and peace this Ramadan season. Starting Saturday at sunset, Muslims around the world will celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, which includes fasting, prayers and nightly dinners — known as iftars — with family and friends. For many in metro