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A Prisoner’s Beard Offers the Next Test of Religious Liberty for the Supreme Court

By Adam Liptak

WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court comes back from its summer break next month, it will pick up where it left off, returning to the subject of religious freedom. But the court’s focus will shift from corporations to prisoners.

On the final day of the last term, in June, the justices ruled in the Hobby […]

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

As leaders of UK Jews and Muslims we say: we are two faiths with one message

A few days ago the organisations we represent – the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Muslim Council of Britain – published an unprecedented joint statement. There should be little controversial in what it said about opposing antisemitism and Islamophobia, or stating that: “Whilst everyone has the right to voice their political opinion, there can […]

By |September 3rd, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

US imam urges Scots Muslims: speak out on IS

Khalid Latif, who is the Muslim chaplain for the New York Police Department, says Scottish Muslim leaders must speak out more loudly against extremist organisations like IS in order to prevent the radicalisation of young men and women.

Latif, who is of Pakistani-Kashmiri origin and is the chaplain at the Islamic Center at New York University, […]

By |September 2nd, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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    End the Gaza blockade to achieve peace

    By Keith Ellison It seems as though each day brings new horrors and heartbreaks in the Holy Land. More than 1,000 dead. Gazan children blown up on the beach.A U.N. shelter hit. Two-thirds of Israelis living in fear from indiscriminate rocket fire launched by Hamas. But as the calls for a cease-fire gain momentum, it is important to understand that many […]

End the Gaza blockade to achieve peace

By Keith Ellison
It seems as though each day brings new horrors and heartbreaks in the Holy Land. More than 1,000 dead. Gazan children blown up on the beach.A U.N. shelter hit. Two-thirds of Israelis living in fear from indiscriminate rocket fire launched by Hamas. But as the calls for a cease-fire gain momentum, it is important to understand that many Gazans […]

By |August 5th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Newark Halal fest to return Saturday at NewPark Mall

By Chris De Benedetti
NEWARK — As nearly 10,000 people last year crowded into the state’s first-ever Halal Food & Eid Festival, its unexpected popularity caused long lines and food shortages, leading organizers to rethink this year’s reprise.

Co-organizer Irfan Rydhan says now they’re ready for a throng of revelers outside NewPark Mall, where the festival Saturday […]

By |August 5th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Ramadan Reflection Day #24: Giving Voice to the Voiceless — Why We Need More Ayman Mohyeldins in the World

By Imam Khalid Latif
I recently started following Ayman Mohyeldin on twitter, @AymanM. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s a Foreign Correspondent for NBC News and is reporting live from Gaza daily. Please keep the people their in your continued thoughts and prayers.

I don’t know Ayman Mohyeldin personally, but I think many of us […]

By |July 23rd, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

Harford mosque opens doors to community for Ramadan iftar

By David Anderson
Harford County residents and leaders had an opportunity Saturday to meet members of the local Muslim community and learn more about Muslim culture and traditions during the holy month of Ramadan, a critical event as the military continues its fight against Islamic fundamentalist groups around the world and tensions remain between Muslims and non-Muslims in […]

By |July 23rd, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

The Islamic World and the West: Recovering Common History

By Nayef Al-Rodhan
OXFORD: Recent years have seen much talk of the dangers of Islam in the West and its perceived incompatibility with Western societies. According to statistics, estimated on the basis of country of origin and of first- and second-generation migrants, Muslims represent the largest “non-indigenous” immigrant group in Europe. The largest groups are in France, […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments
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    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 […]

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 12th Century Muslim […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments

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 is an […]

By |July 12th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|0 Comments