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 [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:35+00:00 October 31st, 2014|Christianity, Common Ground, Comparative Religion|

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 [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:36+00:00 October 28th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|

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 [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:36+00:00 October 28th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|

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 [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:36+00:00 October 25th, 2014|Common Ground, Spiritual Journeys|

Latinos Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

By Carolyn Presutti MIAMI — Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the organization whyIslam.org, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And according to Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), a group that promotes Latino conversions, a little more than half of new converts are [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:37+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|

What do Muslims think about Jesus (PBUH)?

Muslims respect and venerate Jesus Christ. They consider him to be one of God's greatest messengers to humankind. The Qur'an re-affirms his miraculous birth and his miraculous abilities. Furthermore, his mother Mary is regarded as one of the most pure and exalted women of all creation. As the Quran [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:55+00:00 October 15th, 2014|Christianity, Common Ground, Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him)|

At 17, Malala becomes the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history

By Amar Toor Kailash Satyarthi and 17-year-old Malala Yousafzay have won this year's Nobel Peace Prize "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education." The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the decision at a press conference today in Oslo. Satyarthi, an [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:56+00:00 October 14th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|

How An Illinois Mom Converted To Islam And Found Peace And Joy During Her Very First Hajj

Kristin Szremski is a 53-year-old mom from Palo Hills, Illinois. Born into a Missouri-Synod Lutheran family, she first converted to Catholicism before finding her place in Islam. This year, Szremski was one of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who were drawn to Mecca between October 2 - 7 to [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:56+00:00 October 14th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|
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