Can we Muslims also reason, “The Shariah is made for man, not man for
the Shariah”? Or, like Jesus, can we also suggest that the Kingdom of God —
also called “the Caliphate” — will be established not within any earthly
polity, but within our hearts and minds? If Jesus is “a prophet of Islam,” as
we Muslims often proudly say, then we should think on these questions. Because
Jesus addressed the very problems that haunt us today and established a
prophetic wisdom perfectly fit for our times....
“Alexandre, before being a killer he was a victim himself,” Guillet
said to those gathered the funeral, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau. “Before planting his bullets in the heads of his victims, somebody
planted ideas more dangerous than the bullets in his head.”...
Rabbi Allen Maller
In the small Gulf Coast city of Victoria, Texas, there are several
churches, but just one synagogue, and one mosque. At least that’s how it was,
until the mosque, built in 2000, mysteriously burned down at about 2am on
Saturday January 28, 2017. Now, the synagogue has become a mosque because the
Jews of Victoria handed the Muslims the key to their synagogue building, so
they could share a place to worship while rebuilding their own Mosque....
The Bible affirms—strongly and unequivocally—the obligation to treat
strangers with dignity and hospitality. In “Love the Stranger,” an article
written for the annual meeting of the College Theological Society in 1991,
biblical scholar Alice Laffey stated that in the Hebrew Bible, the words “gûr”
and “gēr” are the ones most often glossed as referring to the “stranger,”
though they are also translated as “newcomer” and “alien” or “resident alien,”
What was it that drew both royalty and the hoi polloi to the Auliya? It
was his message of equality and secularism. He celebrated festivals like Basant
and the practice continues to this day. Nizamuddin’s mysticism embraced all
sections of society as perpetuated by preceding and succeeding Sufis, 22 of
whom lie buried in Delhi, making it known as the “Threshold of the Khwajas” As
such it is the revered seat of Sufi mystics honoured by both Muslims and
Rabbi Allen Maller
I predict that hundreds of American Rabbis and tens of thousands of
proud American Jews will sign up as Muslims if American Muslim are forced to
register. After all, everyone who believes in the One God of Abraham; and
faithfully follows the religion of God’s prophets; actually is a ‘Muslim’ in
How are sacred scriptures,
wisdom traditions and ethics linked? How many books and commentaries on sacred
texts should be read for right knowledge? What is the right path? Can’t we
state it in clear terms and stop wrangling over niceties of doctrine? How to
know the most important kernel of the Quran and Sunnah or of other traditions?
Iqbal says that “Qalandar Juz Do Harfi La
Illa Kuch Nahi Rakhta/Tu Qaroon Huwa Hae Lugat Haayi Hijazi Ka.” The Kalima
of Islam, like Upanisadic Great sayings (Mahvakyas) is simple and short....
As Quranic statements go, that one is not especially challenging to
Christianity; indeed it somewhat resembles the words of Saint Paul that God
“has made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the earth and hath
determined the bounds…of their habitation.” Even Mr Trump and his advisers
could argue, if pressed, that the fraternity between nations and communities
which these verses enjoin does not exclude respect for one another’s integrity,
including territorial integrity. Perhaps even fences are allowed.....
“My grandparents fled Hitler in the late 1930s. They barely made it
out. They went to whatever country would take them, and as you know the United
States turned away Jews, turned away 908 Jews on the St. Louis, a ship carrying
Jewish refugees that was turned away from the United States. And those Jews had
to turn around and go back to Europe where many of them were murdered. And we
can’t stand for that for any people, because we know this personally.”....
Someone reported having seen a red animal on a tree, while another
asserted he saw the same animal green. Someone else denied it was either; it
was yellow. A row followed. An old man sitting under the tree laughed and said:
‘My boys, all of you are right. Only you are not right when you say that others
are not right. I live under this tree, and know the animal very well. It is called
a chameleon. It is red and green and yellow and much besides....
Sheima Salam Sumer
One such benefit is that learning about the religions of our human
family and their adherents promotes peace through understanding. The Prophet
Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught that working for peace is better than
engaging in voluntary acts of worship: “Do you know what is better than charity
and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people,
as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.”...
.... Babur, initially unaware of the spiritual prowess of the
guru, had him incarcerated. However, he soon realised the genius of the saint and
let him go, but not before being rebuked by Nanak at his court. This was the
significant moment that was to represent the true nature of the interaction
between Sikh gurus and Mughal emperors. No matter how much political strength
the emperor possessed, the final power resided with the true king, the guru....
Yet, increasingly, American Jews have fallen victim to Zionism, a
nationalistic movement that passes for many as a religion. While the ethical
instructions of all great religions -- including the teachings of Moses,
Muhammad and Christ -- stress that all human beings are equal, militant
Zionists take the position that the killing of a non-Jew does not count....
Nadeem F. Paracha
In 1987 three well-known genealogists (Cann, Stoneking and Wilson)
published a stunning report of a worldwide human mtDNA survey. The survey had
collected DNA samples of numerous men and women from around the world to see
who originated where. As they dug deeper and looked further back, they found
that mtDNA in every living person on the planet today stems from a woman who
lived in Africa some 200,000 years ago!
The idea that medieval Muslim rulers wreaked havoc on Indian culture
and society – deliberately and due to religious bigotry – is a ubiquitous
notion in 21st century India. Few people seem to realise that the historical
basis for such claims is shaky to non-existent. Fewer openly recognise the
threat that such a misreading of the past poses for modern India....
Rabbi Allen S. Maller, New Age Islam
It doesn’t make sense that God sends Messengers like Abraham. Moses,
and David to tell people to believe in only one God, and then suddenly sends to
Jesus a radically different message (the Trinity) which contradicts the
monotheistic teachings God's previous Messengers. Those early sects of Christianity that
believed Jesus was a human Prophet and nothing more were following the original
teachings of Jesus, because their concept of Monotheism was the same as that
taught by all the Prophets in the Hebrew Bible, called by Christians the Old
Much like folk Islam that used the geography of the region to evoke
spirituality, folk Christianity too, represented by this shrine, found an
actual geographical legitimisation, as a counter to Christianity or Islam being
foreign to this land. A statue of Mary was raised on a small mound here and a
shrine was constructed around it....
The gentle piano music starts as the doorbell chimes. A white-haired
Christian pastor greets his friend, a Muslim imam, and the two converse and
laugh over a cup of tea, wincing about their creaky knees as they prepare to
part ways. Later, it spurs the same idea in each for a gift: kneepads sent via
Amazon Prime. (It is a commercial, after all.) The piano notes accelerate as
the men open their deliveries with smiles, and then each uses the item to kneel
in prayer: one at a church, the other at a mosque. The final chords fade.....
Being at places of worship of different faiths helped me to reflect on
my own devotion to God or the lack of it.
As I laid out my prayer mat to complete my night Namaz, I was filled
with immense gratitude to the people at the Gurudwara, the Bhajan singers at
the ashram, the gentle Buddhist monks at the Vihar and my kind Christian
friends for teaching me the values of service, devotion and generosity. I am hopeful
these values will help me become strong in my connection to Almighty Allah!...
.... Islam and Christianity hold many similarities. Of them, and one
that is particularly important here is the return of an awaited saviour who
will rid the world of turmoil, and will reinstall peace across the world. For
the Christians, this will come in the form of Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and for the
Muslims, this it will come in the form of The Mahdi, who according to
narrations will be a descendent of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)....
Aijaz Zaka Syed
was not an isolated example. The
Prophet offered the same protection to the Christians of Najran in Yemen. When
a 60-member delegation of Najran Christians – 45 of them scholars and priests –
arrived in Medina in 631AD to meet the Prophet, he not only hosted them and
asked Muslims to pitch their tents, he invited them to pray inside Masjid
Nabawi – the Prophet’s mosque, one of the three holiest mosques in the world….
bridge burnt by the flames of violence and aggression, we’ll build ten more,
and be stronger for it. We are peaceful people: if you don’t want to take it
from me, visit one of these projects for yourself. I leave you with the words
of Prophet Mohammed, the ones with which he greeted even those who wanted him
dead, the ones he taught me to embrace the world with: Peace be upon you….
In the United
States, Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently called a spike in anti-Muslim
hate crimes a “stain on our nation’s very soul.” I agree — and the same must be
said about anti-Christian hate crimes in Egypt. But a bomb in a church is worse
than a stain....
problem lies with the concept of ‘otherness’. Every social, including
religious, group has its own concept of the ‘other’, and this ‘other’ can
number one or more other groups. Again, common to all social groups are notions
of external and internal ‘others’. The hadith “All creatures are [like] a
family of God, and He loves the most those who are kindest to His family”,
cited earlier is against any demeaning concept of otherness.
followed the rest of the class as they chanted a strange “Ooomaammm” mantra. At
the end of the class, I went up to the trainer and asked if this concoction of
sounds meant anything. She laughed and said, “We used to say Om, which is the
correct way of practicing the mantra. It is a spiritually relaxing sound I love
to end the class with but too many students complained. They said it sounded
too Hindu. Many of them left the class. I had to break the sound up to satisfy