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50 Amazing Mosques From Around The World (PHOTOS)

50 Amazing Mosques From Around The World (PHOTOS)

By Yasmine Hafiz Many of these incredible houses of worship defy typical expectations about what a mosque looks like. Nontraditional minarets and experimental domes add variety, and showcase the massive potential for creativity that exists within mosque design. “Beauty surrounds us,” said Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet and Sufi mystic. A look at these unusual sacred

The Surprising Story Of ‘Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an’

The Surprising Story Of ‘Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an’

By NPR Staff Thomas Jefferson had a vast personal library reflecting his enormous curiosity about the world. Among his volumes: a Quran purchased in 1765 that informed his ideas about plurality and religious freedom in the founding of America. In her book Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders, author Denise Spellberg draws parallels between the beliefs

Malala Yousafzai meets with the Obamas in the Oval Office

Malala Yousafzai meets with the Obamas in the Oval Office

By Philip Rucker Malala Yousafzai may not have won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but she enjoyed a private Oval Office audience with President Obama and the first family. Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani student who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for speaking out in support of the right of girls to

Hajj 2013: Muslims Prepare For Pilgrimage To Mecca (PICTURES)

Hajj 2013: Muslims Prepare For Pilgrimage To Mecca (PICTURES)

By Sara C. Nelson Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are arriving in Saudi Arabia to take part in this year’s hajj pilgrimage. The five-day pilgrimage is one of the pillars of Islam and is expected of able-bodied Muslims – of both Sunni and Shi’ite sects – at least one in their lifetime. The event, expected to fall

Human chain formed to protect Christians during Lahore mass

Human chain formed to protect Christians during Lahore mass

By Aroosa Shaukat Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District Police Lines at the Empress Road, in a show of solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar church attack two weeks back, which resulted in over a 100 deaths. The twin suicide attack

Move over organic – the new big business in food is halal

Move over organic – the new big business in food is halal

Susie Mesure Their culinary buzzword is provenance; they know their Jamie from their Nigella; and they have the spare cash to splash on eating out, if they could only find the right restaurants. The catch is that any meat they eat must be halal, on either religious or taste grounds. Meet the Haloodies, a growing

“Find Jesus in the Quran” billboard drawing attention

“Find Jesus in the Quran” billboard drawing attention

ATLANTA – A billboard on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard is raising a few eyebrows. The sign, located just before Interstate 285 reads “Find Jesus in the Quran.” The non-profit organization Why Islam has been posting similar billboards across the country for more than a dozen years. The one on Peachtree Industrial Blvd. is the third in

What makes Jerusalem so sacred?

What makes Jerusalem so sacred?

Richard Hect JERUSALEM (CNN) – Perhaps the most repeated observation about Jerusalem is that it’s a sacred city for the three monotheistic faiths of the west, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Hundreds of tour guides tell it to the busloads of tourists brought to the city each day. Journalists who have to file stories from and about

Wearing veil should be the woman’s choice, says Theresa May

Wearing veil should be the woman’s choice, says Theresa May

The government should not tell women what to wear, the home secretary has said, amid ongoing debate over the use of full-face veils. Theresa May said it was up to women to make a choice about what clothes they wear, including veils, although there would be some circumstances when it would be necessary to ask for

Unity Walk celebrates all faiths in remembrance of 9/11

Unity Walk celebrates all faiths in remembrance of 9/11

By Brigid Schulte A microphone reverberated with the deep and sonorous Muslim call to prayer shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. “Allaaaaaah — uh — Akbar!” An entire congregation bowed its head in prayer — a Jewish synagogue filled with Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hare Krishnas, Mormons, Pentecostals, Greek Orthodox, Baha’i and others. Just think, one woman