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 [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:34+00:00 November 6th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|

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, [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:34+00:00 November 6th, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|

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 [...]

2017-12-01T00:19:34+00:00 November 2nd, 2014|Common Ground, External Links|

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|

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|

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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