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    Quran Is Not for Muslims

    By Mike Ghouse The very first verse in Quran reads, “1:2 (Asad) All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds (that exist),” and the very last chapter opens with this line, “114:1 (Ali) Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind,” and there is a whole lot […]

Quran Is Not for Muslims

By Mike Ghouse
The very first verse in Quran reads, “1:2 (Asad) All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds (that exist),” and the very last chapter opens with this line, “114:1 (Ali) Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind,” and there is a whole lot in […]

By |November 19th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

VIENNA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Senior Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders condemned violence by jihadi militants such as Islamic State (IS) at a Saudi-backed conference on Wednesday in a rare display of inter-faith unity aimed at promoting tolerance and diversity.

Islamic State has caused international alarm by capturing large expanses of Iraq and Syria, declaring a […]

By |November 19th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

In a first, Washington National Cathedral to host Friday Muslim prayer service

By Michelle Boorstein
Washington National Cathedral, known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday.

The cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, has long held high-profile interfaith events, and some mosques hold services in synagogues or churches if they need overflow space. But organizers said Monday that […]

By |November 11th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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    Jehron Muhammad: Black women and Islam

    By Jehron Muhammad “A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Women: African American Muslim Women in the Movement for Black Self Determination” is the name of Philadelphia-born Bayyinah S. Jeffries’ recent book. The title not only suggests the important contribution of black Muslim women to the advent of Islam in American society, but also […]

Jehron Muhammad: Black women and Islam

By Jehron Muhammad
“A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than Its Women: African American Muslim Women in the Movement for Black Self Determination” is the name of Philadelphia-born Bayyinah S. Jeffries’ recent book. The title not only suggests the important contribution of black Muslim women to the advent of Islam in American society, but also the […]

By |November 11th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

ISIS says Islam justifies slavery – what does Islamic law say?

By Professor Bernard Freamon
In the past few months, the world has witnessed horrific accounts of the enslavement of thousands of innocent Yazidis and other religious minorities by ISIS partisans in Iraq and Syria.

In a recent article in its online English-language magazine, ISIS ideologues offered legal justifications for the enslavement of these non-Muslim non-combatants, stating that “enslaving […]

By |November 6th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Interfaith conference to focus on Tennessee issues related to Islam

By Heidi Hall
NASHVILLE – Middle Tennessee is on a nearly seven-year streak of distinguishing itself on the national stage for its treatment of Muslims.

The reports began with the February 2008 arson of a Columbia mosque, continued with ongoing opposition to a new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and, this year, included a bill in the state legislature […]

By |November 6th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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    Europe's Muslims feel under siege

    By Anthony Faiola and Souad Mekhennet COPENHAGEN — On a continent where Muslim leaders are decrying a surge in discrimination and aggression, Alisiv Ceran is the terrorist who wasn’t. The 21-year-old student at the University of Copenhagen recently hopped on a commuter train to this stately Scandinavian city, his bag bulging with a computer printer. Feeling jittery about […]

Europe's Muslims feel under siege

By Anthony Faiola and Souad Mekhennet
COPENHAGEN — On a continent where Muslim leaders are decrying a surge in discrimination and aggression, Alisiv Ceran is the terrorist who wasn’t.

The 21-year-old student at the University of Copenhagen recently hopped on a commuter train to this stately Scandinavian city, his bag bulging with a computer printer. Feeling jittery about a morning […]

By |November 2nd, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

I’m a Muslim with a beard. What’s so scary about that?

By Areeb Ullah
People stare. Sometimes, on the tube, they cross the carriage to create a space between us. There is something about me some people don’t like, or it makes them uneasy. It’s my beard.

My beard is about three and a half to four inches long now. I started growing it nearly a year ago; […]

By |November 2nd, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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    CBC Ideas: Is Islam the 'green' religion?

    By David Gutnick Recent headlines from the mainstream media around the world highlight how the words “Muslim” and “Islam” are often mentioned in the context of terrorism. But according to a world-renowned scholar, there’s another word that should be associated with Islam — environmentalism. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a professor of Islamic studies at George Washington […]

CBC Ideas: Is Islam the 'green' religion?

By David Gutnick
Recent headlines from the mainstream media around the world highlight how the words “Muslim” and “Islam” are often mentioned in the context of terrorism.

But according to a world-renowned scholar, there’s another word that should be associated with Islam — environmentalism.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, believes Islam […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Obama's Former Muslim Advisor Assesses Whether He's Lived Up to His Cairo Speech

By Jessica Schulberg
When Obama came into office, he appointed Dalia Mogahed to his advisory council on faith-based partnerships and gave her a seemingly impossible task: improve Muslim perception of the United States. In 2009, the U.S. was fighting two wars in Muslim countries, imprisoning hundreds of Arab men without charge at Guantánamo Bay, and another […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments