Category: Common Ground

When Islam came to Australia

When Islam came to Australia

By Janak Rogers The white lines are faint but unmistakable. Small sailing boats, picked out in white and yellow pigment on the red rocks of the Wellington Range in Arnhem Land, northern Australia, tell a different story from the one most Australians accept as the history of their nation. They are traditional Indonesian boats known

Can Japan show the West how to live peacefully with Islam?

Can Japan show the West how to live peacefully with Islam?

By Nicolas Gattig Long ago, in another life, I went to a mosque in San Francisco to attend Friday prayer. More than the calling of Islam, it was a Libyan woman who beckoned me, and for the sake of family blessing, I considered a love conversion. Enamored and clueless, I checked out the scene —

Who Is Leading the Muslim Peace Movement? Millions of Muslims, That’s Who.

Who Is Leading the Muslim Peace Movement? Millions of Muslims, That’s Who.

By Jack Jenkins It’s not altogether unusual to find anti-Islamic rhetoric in conservative circles these days, but a particularly vitriolic breed of Islamophobia was on full display on Monday at the Heritage Foundation, where speakers at a panel mercilessly mocked and berated a Muslim student who asked about religious diversity. The event was ostensibly convened to discuss

Muslim woman has MP hopes

Muslim woman has MP hopes

By Cherie Howie New Zealand could soon have its first female Muslim MP. The Herald on Sunday understands Hamilton chartered accountant Anjum Rahman performed well at a recent Labour Party conference, and is expected to be ranked inside the party’s top 30 candidates for the September 20 general election. In 2011, Raymond Huo was number

Who was Jesus (pbuh)?

Who was Jesus (pbuh)?

877-WHY-ISLAM Brochure. By Yahiya Emerick Request a copy View in PDF In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful There are varied beliefs about Jesus among people of different faiths. Many believe he is God or the son of God. Some maintain that he was simply a very wise man. Others do

Muhammad–What manner of man was he ?

Muhammad–What manner of man was he ?

Imagine that someone at the office says that God speaks to him. At first we may think that he is not really serious. If he persists, we may wonder if he is truly sane. Or, could he be simply mischievous, trying to get us all worked-up over nothing? Or, might he be mendacious, lying for

Jafar ibn Abi Talib: Exemplary Interfaith Leader

By AbdulWahid Hamid Jafar ibn Abi Talib was a cousin of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and brother of Ali, the fourth caliph of Islam. He was among the first people to convert to Islam and experienced firsthand the persecution that the pagan Meccans doled out to the tiny community of Muslims. Hence, when

Who Was Jesus According to Jesus?

Who Was Jesus According to Jesus?

By Imam Shabir Ally The Quran tells us a lot of wonderful things about Jesus. As a result, believers in the Quran love Jesus, honor him, and believe in him. In fact, no Muslim can be a Muslim unless he or she believes in Jesus, on whom be peace. The Quran says that Jesus was

Belief in Divine Books

Belief in Divine Books

    Quran – an intricate and beautiful book that is a light, a warning, a promise for Muslims. It was divinely revealed over fourteen hundred years ago. Ever since, the Quran remains a Muslim’s solace, hope, and guide. Quran, the holy book of Islam The Quran, the holy book of Islam, was given to

Interfaith Action On Hunger: A Shared Obligation

Interfaith Action On Hunger: A Shared Obligation

J. Andreas Hipple With more than 1 billion undernourished people – many of them children – across the globe, hunger is a problem that affects all religions and nationalities. The roots of hunger are as diverse as the communities that it affects; conflict, natural disaster, water shortages, disease, climate change, and, of course, poverty are