Category: Common Ground

Original Sin

Original Sin

By Dr. Laurence Brown The concept of original sin is completely foreign to Judaism and Eastern Christianity, having achieved acceptance in only the Western Church. Furthermore, Christian and Islamic concepts of sin are virtual opposites with respect to certain nuances. For example, there is no concept of “sinning in the mind” in Islam; to a

Origin of Christmas (video)

Origin of Christmas (video)

Bio of Dr Abdullah Hakim Quick Dr Abdullah Hakim Quick is a historian, social activist and religious leader of African and Native American descent. He has travelled to over 58 countries doing research and delivering lectures to various communities. His qualification in Islamic Studies comes from a BA from the Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi

Jesus: A Servant of God

Jesus: A Servant of God

By Imam Shabir Ally It will be quickly obvious that they often referred to him as a servant of God, but never Son of God. Peter, for example, said: “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus” (Acts 3:13). Peter further said: “God raised up his

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

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

Islamic Perspective on Halloween

Islamic Perspective on Halloween

Universal Lessons of Hajj

Universal Lessons of Hajj

Faisal Kutty Millions of pilgrims from all over the world will be converging on Mecca in the coming days. They will retrace the footsteps of millions who have made the spiritual journey to the valley of Mecca since the time of Adam. Hajj literally means, “to continuously strive to reach one’s goal.” It is the

Why Islam?

Why Islam?

By Dr Laurence Brown Let’s talk frankly. Almost never do non-Muslims study Islam until they have first exhausted the religions of their exposure. Only after they have grown dissatisfied with the religions familiar to them, meaning Judaism, Christianity and all the fashionable “-isms”—Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism (and, as my young daughter once added, “tourism”)—do they consider